Academic Year Ending 2013
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A community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. entrepreneurial—having the perspective to see an opportunity and the talent to create value from that opportunity; action—the willingness to do something and the commitment to see it through even when the outcome is not guaranteed; us—a group of people who see themselves connected in some important way; individuals that are part of a greater whole.
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Table of Contents
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Organizational Overview Membership Guidelines Establishing an Effective Team Developing Quality Projects Preparing for Competition Appendix
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Dear Enactus Team Faculty Advisors and Students:
As members of Enactus, we believe that human progress depends upon our ability to tap into the entrepreneurial spirit that lives within each of us and channel our collective talents, passions and ideas toward creating good in the world. Nobody knows better than you the transformative power of entrepreneurial action. You demonstrate it in your projects every day. You find potential where others can only see problems. You find value where others can only see the ordinary. And when you apply your creativity and hard work, things change. When you take action and are willing to be accountable for outcomes, progress is achieved – real human progress. At the center of our entire approach is empowerment. Through tools like this handbook, you are better equipped to take action and in turn, unleash the entrepreneurial spirit in others. Not to hand out help to people in need, but to work side-by-side with them to create opportunity so that every person and community you touch is empowered to live up to their fullest potential. Good luck throughout the remainder of the year and thank you for dedicating your talents, passions and ideas to transform lives and create a better, more sustainable world. Together, we are Enactus!
Alvin Rohrs President & CEO Enactus Worldwide
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We are in the business of empowering our community.”
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To enable progress through entrepreneurial action.
Enactus is an international organization that brings together student, academic and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to enable progress around the world. Guided by faculty advisors and business experts, participating students form teams on their campuses to create and implement community projects that empower people to improve their quality of life and standard of living. The experience not only transforms lives, it helps students develop the kind of talent and perspective that are essential to becoming effective, values-driven leaders. An annual series of regional and national competitions provides a forum for teams to showcase the impact of their outreach efforts, and to be evaluated by executives serving as judges. National champion teams advance to the prestigious World Cup. In addition to the community aspect of the program, our leadership and career initiatives create meaningful opportunities for cross-generational learning and exchange as well as the placement of students and alumni with companies in search of emerging talent.
Every crisis creates opportunity, every struggle offers the chance to rediscover. Everything we do is born from the ability to see potential where others can’t.
The willingness to try, fail and learn on the journey toward creating something new is just as critical as the passion to succeed....