ENACTUS; THE POWER OF SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Do you love entrepreneurship?

Do you love the idea of making an impact in the lives of people?

Social entrepreneurship may be the perfect combination for you.

13 of the 50 universities FORBES recently named the most entrepreneurial in the country had ENACTUS Chapters. With a membership of about 70,000 students in 36 countries, ENACTUS prides itself in providing a platform for students, business leaders, and community members to work collaboratively to bring social change.

In my current role as an intern at Indiana Institute of Technology’s Center for Creative Collaboration (C3), I have been conducting research on social entrepreneurship projects to launch ENACTUS at Indiana Tech this year and consequently join 1730 other campuses with ENACTUS. It is an exciting time to be a part of the team as we here at the C3 as we put together logistics and measures to ensure the smooth running of ENACTUS.

It is refreshing to be surrounded by a group of creative individuals in the C3 who are passionate about making a difference. So far, I have really enjoyed learning about projects that other ENACTUS Chapters all over the world are working on (and have worked on in the past). Personally, reading about these stories inspire me to do more for society. Learning about how college students like myself, besides their busy class demands, make time to implement exceptional ENACTUS projects has been astounding, to say the least.

What is Social Entrepreneurship?

Social entrepreneurship is the use of business to combat society’s challenges. More social enterprises are springing up all over the world as people are motivated to give back to society through business solutions, ideas, and models. Social entrepreneurs are providing solutions to end poverty, reduce environmental pollution, improve health conditions and many other projects all in an attempt to improve the livelihood of people all around the globe. 2006 Noble Peace Prize Winner and renowned social entrepreneur Muhammed Yunus once said, “There are two types of business. One that makes money and the other solves the problems of the world.”

Credits: http://socialentrepreneurs.strikingly.com/

What can Indiana Tech’s ENACTUS Team Anticipate?

ENACTUS will give Indiana Tech students the opportunity to solve social problems and at the same time contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In line with the mission of the C3, ENACTUS will provide a platform for students to take part in experiential learning and impact hundreds of lives if not thousands. Indiana Tech’s ENACTUS Team will get to pick their own project, take on unique roles in the Team, and have endless opportunities to use their skills and learn new ones. Team members will get to use knowledge gained from the classroom and combine it with guidance from business leaders to create a distinct product(s) or business models that will address specific challenges in the community.

Students will have the honor of representing Indiana Tech at competitions and partake in the phenomenal ENACTUS experience. The best part about making a difference is that it costs so little and the impact is so huge. All these remarkable experiences and encounters will ultimately set Team members to engage in real-world problem-solving. The Center for Creative collaboration is strongly looking forward to having the first Indiana Tech ENACTUS Team.

ENACTUS World Cup

In addition to ENACTUS Teams positively impacting the community, team members strongly look forward to participating in the annual ENACTUS World Cup Competition. National champions from the 36 ENACTUS Countries come together to show their innovation and compete to win the prestigious ENACTUS World Cup Championship Title. Besides competing for the title, ENACTUS celebrates diverse cultures and social innovation and leadership. Team members will have the opportunity to network with business leaders and other student innovators present at the conference.

2018 ENACTUS World Cup Champions from Lambton University in Canada embarked on a project, titled One Seed in Zambia where they helped the Zambians improve their farming techniques and this ultimately contributed to the growth of the local economy. This project contributed to SDG 8, SDG 1 and SDG 2.

Canada ENACTUS Team, Credits: Lambton University

ENACTUS Team from Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, India, won the ENACTUS World Cup Championship in 2017. The team presented their project aimed at improving sanitation conditions in India and another initiative that empowered women to operate computer centers in India. Project Asbah contributed to SDG 6, SDG 9, and SDG 11.

Team India at the ENACTUS World Cup, Credits: enactus.org

The infographic below shows the stages of the journey to bring ENACTUS to Indiana Tech.

The following students are currently enrolled in the BA 4760 Venture Lab Course: Nicholas Allen, Dylan Hoya, Chandler Peterson, Dylan Phair, Nathaniel Riley, and Marcus Sims

How can I join Indiana Tech’s ENACTUS Team?

ENACTUS has impacted the lives of over 1.3 million people all over the world. The possibility of being part of this life-changing social impact is very exciting. Stop by the Center for Creative Collaboration (C3) to learn more about ENACTUS and how you can be a part of this life-changing experience. You can also email the C3 at C3@indianatech.edu.