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.
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!