Enactus is a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to enable human progress. We establish student programs on campuses across the nation. Enactus students apply business concepts to develop community outreach projects, transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world.
Enactus was originally founded in the United States in 1975 and the U.S. is now one of 39 countries from around the world that operates an Enactus program. The U.S. operates as a division of Enactus and with over 500 active universities and more than 21,000 student participants, it represents the single largest Enactus country operation. It is a priority country for the future growth and development of the Enactus organization.
National Competitions are dramatic, energy-filled events where Enactus teams showcase the collective impact of their community outreach efforts. Students present their projects and are evaluated by business leaders serving as judges who rank them on how successful they were at using business concepts to improve the quality of life and standard of living for those in need. The winners of the sensational competitions are then invited to compete at the prestigious Enactus World Cup. In 2011, more than 33,000 attended these competitions where Enactus students presented a broad range of projects to nearly 4,600 judges. Download the Enactus United States Fact Sheet.