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Founded in 1975 in the United States, Enactus is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action. We provide a platform for teams of outstanding university students to create community development projects that put people’s own ingenuity and talents at the center of improving their livelihoods.

Guided by educators and supported by business leaders, our students take the kind of entrepreneurial approach that empowers people to be a part of their own success. Our work transforms both the lives of the people we serve, and in turn, the lives of our students as they develop into more effective, values-driven leaders.


Enactus envisions students worldwide as empowered change-makers who use entrepreneurship to address pressing social and environmental issues, fostering lasting impacts through collaboration and innovation.


To engage the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders to use innovation and business principles to improve the world.


  • Innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Integrity

Core Program

Regional Competition

  • Teams to present their social entrepreneurship projects, addressing community challenges.
  • student showcase their project's impact and sustainability to judges, fostering connections and knowledge exchange among participants.
  • Teams showcase their project's impact and sustainability to judges, fostering connections and knowledge exchange among participants.
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National Exposition

  • The Enactus National Exposition is the top event for South African university teams to present their social entrepreneurship projects, evaluated on innovation, sustainability, and impact.
  • Teams showcase their project development and community impact to judges, with the event fostering networking and knowledge sharing
  • Winners advance to the Enactus World Cup, representing South Africa on a global stage.
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Eanctus World Cup

  • The Enactus World Cup is an annual global competition where teams present their social entrepreneurship projects to global executives.
  • In 2024, the event will be held in Astana, Kazakhstan, focusing on innovation, sustainability, and measurable impact.
  • The World Cup fosters knowledge exchange, collaboration, and partnerships, with winners gaining significant opportunities and global recognition.
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Special Programs

MTN Digital Innovation Challenge

  • Empowering students for over five years to develop transformative solutions in Health, Education, and Agriculture.
  • Guided by Digital experts, participants leverage no code digital platforms to address societal challenges and create sustainable social enterprises.
  • Fostering an entrepreneurial spirit, the challenge turns innovative ideas into impactful ventures, driving economic growth and community upliftment.
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Harmony Food & Health Security Challenge

  • Empowering Enactus teams to tackle food, health, and water security issues through innovative business solutions and community engagement.
  • Students conduct research, develop MVPs, and refine solutions based on feedback, ensuring impactful and sustainable outcomes.
  • Annual presentations and reports showcase their progress and achievements, contributing to resilient and healthier communities in South Africa.
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Ford Community College Challenge

  • Global Collaboration: Enactus teams in Australia, Brazil, Germany, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Africa, and the UK work with Ford Philanthropy to drive positive change in their communities.
  • Empowering Students: The initiative encourages university students to create innovative, sustainable solutions addressing local social needs, enhancing community resilience and quality of life.
  • Sustainable Communities Focus: Projects target both environmental sustainability and the development of healthy, thriving communities in the global economy.
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Schneider Electric Energy Transition Battery Innovation Challenge

  • Global Leadership in Energy Management: Schneider Electric leads in energy management and automation, driving sustainability and efficiency through innovative solutions.
  • Cutting-Edge Technologies: Offering a comprehensive portfolio, they help businesses and communities optimize energy consumption and enhance operational efficiency.
  • Commitment to Sustainability: Schneider Electric plays a pivotal role in the energy transition, focusing on increased efficiency and reduced environmental impact.
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We believe investing in students who take entrepreneurial action for others creates a better world for us all

Entrepreneurial – igniting business innovation with integrity and passion

Action for others – the experience of social impact that sparks social enterprise.

Us – student, academic and business leaders collaborating to create a better world.

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