Enactus (formerly known as Students in Free Enterprise, or SIFE) is an international non-profit organisation with a global network of over 70,500 university students in 36 countries. Students collaborate with leaders in business and academia by taking entrepreneurial action to develop social enterprise projects which empower their communities.
Each year, teams from various universities across Australia compete against each other at the National Conference & Championships by presenting their projects to a panel of judges, culminating with the winning team representing Australia at the prestigious Enactus World Cup. Like in business, we believe that competition encourages creativity and rewards results. For Enactus, it means more lives impacted. 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.
Enactus UNSW is now one of the largest student organisations at UNSW, with members ranging over 6 faculties and 20 disciplines. Originally established in 2000, the organisation quickly grew to over 100 active members within the first few years. For more information, please visit Enactus International and Enactus Australia.
Nathan is a 3rd year Psychology student who chose his degree because he wanted to understand people and find new ways to help them. He believes the best in people and wants to see everyone realise their true potential. As the current President, Nathan’s role is to ensure that the organisation is unified in moving towards its goals: driving project progress, and becoming experts in social entrepreneurship.
Over the past few years in Enactus, Nathan has enjoyed learning about social entrepreneurship and meeting people who share his passion. He hopes that by the end of his tenure, he will have a strong idea of how he will next pursue his passion for helping people. In his spare time, Nathan enjoys playing basketball with his friends, and losing track of time in captivating books.
Freder is your friendly Vice President of Projects (VPP) who loves to try new things and learning from new experiences. In his free time, he enjoys browsing memes, playing with his dogs, and drinking Chatime. As the VPP, Freder is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of all the Enactus UNSW projects and supporting them to drive for social impact.
He first joined Enactus because he wanted to build on his ideas on making social impact and for personal development, but he has stayed because of the family-like culture. His favourite memory of Enactus was at the National Conference where he experienced the power of social enterprises and the ability for students to make a difference.
Jimmy is a resilient, sleep deprived, coffee-loving Commerce/Law student who aspires to be a reliable closer like Harvey Specter. During his limited spare time, Jimmy enjoys tagging others in memes and following the tennis. As the Vice President (External), he oversees the Partnerships, Marketing & Communications and Events portfolios at Enactus UNSW.
In 2015, Jimmy joined Enactus UNSW because he wanted to witness how the power of social innovation could transform the lives of others in a positive way. Through his role as a Project Leader in 2016, he gained a genuine appreciation of the role of social enterprises in our community. Now, as an Enactus veteran, Jimmy hopes to encourage other students to explore the limitless possibilities of social entrepreneurship. His favourite memory would be collaborating with other students during the Social Innovation Program to drive project progress.
When Aaron isn’t thinking about food and travelling, he is learning how to create Apps and investigating different ways to evolve Enactus UNSW’s digital presence. Aaron was drawn to Enactus because he wanted to play a part in an organisation that has such a positive and sustainable impact on the community.
His favourite moment with Enactus was at the National Conference where he was blown away by the diverse range of projects that had been brought to life by all the universities present and the amazing team spirit that accompanied it.
Judy, who has been bitten by the travel bug, is usually planning what she will get up to in the next break or utilising her amazing ability to fall asleep anywhere from buses, trains and library bean bags. When Judy isn’t thinking about travelling or food, she is usually busy strategising the next steps to ensure the project transforms the lives of others in a positive way.
Judy joined Enactus as it provided her the opportunity to make a lasting impact on the community and to combine her passion for philanthropy and business together through social innovation. Though, she joined for this reason she also stayed because of the amazing people in Enactus and also friendships she has developed along the way. The highlight of Judy’s time in Enactus has been having the privilege to see her project grow from the very beginning, and witnessing the progress and traction the project has gained through the team’s efforts.
Steven is a cheerful, encouraging person who is always looking to make a difference in the lives of others. With over a hundred cousins, Steven loves meeting people and welcoming them to the Enactus family. As Marketing Director, Steven believes promoting social entrepreneurship to all faculties will bring the diversity of thought needed to help each project maximise its impact.
Steven is constantly amazed by the power of social media, and is determined to use its reach to show everyone the good in Enactus UNSW, its projects and its members. If he could summarise Marketing’s approach for the next year in three words, Steven would say ‘strategy’, ‘execution’ and ‘passion’. Steven cherishes every moment of his Enactus experience and truly believes the best is yet to come!
As a crazy sports fanatic, you wouldn’t be surprised to find Andrew on the weekend dunking over his opponents in basketball or serving aces in tennis. With a rewarding degree in actuarial studies, most of his life consists of modelling but not the type of modelling he was hoping for. As the treasurer of Enactus UNSW, he completes admin work with efficiency and tries to implement new initiatives for his team.
Andrew joined Enactus at the start of 2017 in hopes of developing his soft skills but stayed because of the amazing impact of social entrepreneurship. His favourite memory would be at nationals where he was exposed to the extensive impact of Enactus teams all over Australia.
James is a bright, cheery and ambitious fellow who’s mischievous laugh can be heard miles away. When he’s not being cheeky, he dedicates his time to self-development, so don’t be surprised if you see him actually reading and studying!!
As the Partnerships Director James ensures that not only Enactus UNSW but the project and business development teams have access to the best resources and mentor guidance they can have. Originally joining a project team to develop his entrepreneurial skills, James now wishes to serve as the cornerstone for many others to propel their growth forward. He believes that with passion, the right direction and some nurturing, anyone can accomplish anything.
Enrica is your friendly neighbourhood mate who is always down to try new things, just not Maths. When she’s not busy bragging about getting her Ps soon, wishing she walked her dogs more often, or practising lyrics to Chinese karaoke, she’s usually planning for her next big outdoors adventure.
Enrica joined Enactus because she saw it as an opportunity to contribute to something larger than herself, and is continuously inspired by the entrepreneurial potential we all have within ourselves to create meaningful social change. As the Events Director, she is keen to shape the Enactus experience for all its members by providing avenues to bond and make fulfilling social and professional connections.
Angy is a cheerful and energetic individual that is continually amazed by the ubiquitous access to education and communication through technology. When she is not out trying to drop some fresh hot puns, she is up all night trying to cram all her studies and learning something new on the world wide web.
Proud of a nationality that invented the Mie-goreng, she is a big enthusiast for embracing failure and determination whilst reminding others that the Mie-goreng secret recipe was not made in one night. She joined Enactus by following her belief in the power of every individual to create sustainable and scalable change and to not be afraid to be yourself and follow your passions. She has a strong belief that one’s vulnerabilities are synonymous to strength rather than weaknesses and hence, nobody is perfect (Hannah Montana, 2006) – and that’s okay.
Vincent is the 3rd year Psychology student who can’t read minds. You’ll always find him walking around campus clutched to his coffee and thinking about how he can make Enactus the best society on campus. Vincent joined Enactus in 2016 to develop and grow as an individual, while giving him the unique opportunity to solve real social issues with real solutions.
As the Human Resources Director, he ensures that all of our members grow and achieve their potential during their time at Enactus UNSW. One of his fondest memories was representing Enactus UNSW and presenting at the 2017 National Conference! He believes that the stress and nervousness he experienced as he was preparing brought him much closer to his Enactus family.
Social entrepreneurs are individuals who develop practical, innovative and sustainable solutions to combat real social issues! While they can emerge from any practice or background, all social entrepreneurs grow the courage to innovate and overcome traditional practices
Join Enactus UNSW! Together with the help of our mentors, you will be able to learn and go through all the stages of developing a social enterprise, from the ground up.
Each team in Enactus requires a minimum of 6 hours of commitment, and regular weekly meeting attendance.
Not at all! We will provide you with the tools and opportunities to learn as you go.
Our recruitment drive officially opens at the start of every semester. However, opportunities to join teams within Enactus may pop up during the semester so stay on the look out! (Tip: follow us on social media to ensure you are the first to be notified!)
First, we operate in the social entrepreneurship space. This is a unique niche market that makes adds tremendous value and purpose to what we do. Second, we are all about cross-collaboration. Being in a Core Team doesn’t mean you can’t contribute to social impact! All of our teams work closely together as a cohesive unit, meaning that no matter what team you are a part of, your insights are valued and can contribute to project progress. This means your experience with us will be above and beyond what you can expect from any other student society. Third, Enactus is an international organization in 36 different countries. This means we have the support of a global network, and access to a range of industry mentors who can help you on your journey. So what are you waiting for? Be sure to sign up for one of our operations teams at the next recruitment drive!
We welcome all students from all faculties - and really encourage those from more diverse degrees to join. We believe having a wide range of skills and knowledge enables us to approach social issues from different angles, and achieve more sustainable results. Engineering or social science, medicine or design - if you are passionate about making a difference, we would love for you to join our mission!
Definitely. Social entrepreneurship has no age limit or restriction - all are welcome!