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The Journey Begins: The 2015 Enactus National Competitions
What happens when we tap into the entrepreneurial spirit that lives within each of us and channel our unique talents, passions and ideas toward creating good in the world?
Results like these: boys in foster care empowered to support themselves financially as they face leaving the system. Villagers taught to use solar powered bottle bulbs, providing an alternative to stealing electricity or overloading fuse boxes. Young children finally able to afford glasses, giving them a chance to succeed in school and create a brighter future. These three examples of human progress are just a taste of the type of entrepreneurial action that will be showcased during the upcoming 2015 Enactus National Competitions.
These three examples of human progress are just a taste of the type of entrepreneurial action that will be showcased during the upcoming 2015 Enactus National Competitions.
The 17 week national competition season, which kicks off on 13 April, is nothing short of inspiring. After giving thousands of hours empowering others through entrepreneurial action, university students spend the weeks leading up to the competition perfecting their presentations, memorizing scripts, and planning their travel, often with limited resources. They work diligently to find the best way to present their impact, knowing that by sharing their work, they are inspiring others to get involved. Celebrating lives changed is not the only incentive: teams are also vying to be named the National Champion and earn the right to represent their country at the prestigious Enactus World Cup, which will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa in October.
Each event is unique, defined by the culture and history of the country and the program. Many will start with an exciting opening ceremony, recognizing all the teams in attendance and often handing out individual awards. The length of the competition depends on the size of the country program: some will only have one round while others will span multiple days. There may be discussion panels, networking lunches, career fairs, and interview sessions. But although each event is as unique as the country hosting it, they all share the same excitement for the mission, pride in their accomplishments, and hope for the future.
If you can attend one of the 36 national competitions this year, do it. You won’t be disappointed as you experience firsthand the energy and enthusiasm of our students. You’ll be impressed by the caliber of business leaders giving their time as judges and offering feedback to the teams. Your views on tackling problems around the world will be challenged and you’ll be inspired to see opportunity in the most difficult situations. You will leave knowing that being an Enactus member means being a part of a movement bigger than yourself, where individuals come together around a shared cause and as a group, make drastic steps to improve lives around the world. This unique mix of competition, collaboration and celebration is what makes an Enactus event so special, an experience our attendees aren’t quick to forget.
Can’t attend one of this year’s events? Don’t worry, we have you covered.
We will be actively following each competition and sharing highlights, pictures and videos as well as competition results. Each country will have its own unique hashtag, which we’ll share before the competition, and you can track the worldwide conversation by following the hashtag #WeAllWin. After each event, we’ll be posting a recap blog for each country as well as curating pictures and videos on all of our social media platforms. You can also follow along on the National Competition page of the Enactus website, which includes the schedule of competition, national champion information, and a dynamic social grid that will pull competition messages, pictures and videos from all over the web.
New this year is our social ambassador initiative, which will further ramp up our social media coverage of the competitions. Many countries are selecting individuals, often students or alumni with a fierce love for the program, to offer their perspectives from the competition. They will capture and share the inspiring moments and key highlights. Before each event, we will let you know who to follow for each country and we will share posts on Facebook and Twitter. We’ll also be sharing a number of blog posts that explore the national competitions throughout the season so be on the lookout for those.
The countdown is on, and the start of our first two competitions in the United Kingdom and the United States is just days away. Join us on this journey as we celebrate all that has been accomplished this year – you won’t want to miss a minute of it.