Enactus GCU

Enactus GCU allows students to co-design and co-deliver entrepreneurial projects that empower people to make real, sustainable progress for themselves and their communities.

Opportunity to develop the following Common Good Attributes
Active and global citizenship
Entrepreneurial mind-set
Responsible leadership
What’s involved?
Enactus is an international non-profit organization dedicated to inspire students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action – it develops all CG attributes. Enactus UK provides a platform for teams of students to create community development projects that put people’s own ingenuity and talents at the centre of improving their livelihoods. Guided by educators and supported by business leaders, Enactus students take the kind of entrepreneurial approach that empowers people to be a part of their own success. The work of Enactus is intended to transform both the lives of the people they serve, and in turn, the lives of Enactus students as they develop into more effective, values-driven leaders. In summary – student teams identify needs of specific community groups (e.g. the homeless, the elderly, pupils living in areas of multiple deprivation, people with learning disabilities, those in need of IT skills) – establish a relationship with this group of people – co-design a project to address their needs – and then deliver the solution. Emphasis is on empowering others and impact.
How will participating in this activity/opportunity allow students to make a positive difference to the communities that we serve?
Enactus students co-design and co-deliver entrepreneurial-based projects that empower people to transform opportunities into real, sustainable progress for themselves and their communities. Enactus students do this by using and developing the knowledge and skills gained at College and University to solve real-world problems in their communities. Enactus GCU students represent the University in Enactus annual regional and national competitions, thereby raising the University’s profile, and enhancing its reputation in academic and business networks as a United Nations PRME Institution and an Ashoka U Change-maker Campus, on which faculty and students work for the Common Good.
What are the benefits of taking part in this activity/opportunity for participating students?
Being an active member of Enactus GCU is a great way of developing a new set of skills and project experience that enhance the CV, and open up opportunities for internships and graduate jobs with Enactus sponsors, as well as other graduate-level jobs. Students benefit from the support of an Enactus UK network that offers mentoring and networking opportunities, as well as leadership and managerial skills training. Students also benefit from an Advisory Board that gives students access to their expertise and professional networks. Students are responsible for managing their own Enactus social enterprise (they have a President and Committee); they need to raise funds for all of their activities, and find impactful ways of using those funds. As part of the UK Enactus network, students are required to produce an annual report of their activities to Enactus UK (develops students’ sense of accountability and integrity).
Success stories
In the last three years, Enactus GCU students have participated in both the Scottish Regional and National Enactus finals, in which over 50 teams from UK universities compete for the title of Enactus National Champion and the right to represent the UK at the Enactus World Cup. In 2015, Enactus GCU got through the Scottish Regional competition to compete in the National Rookie Finals, where they ran very close the eventual winners, St Andrews. In 2016, Enactus GCU went on to represent GCU at the National Finals in London. At the National Finals Enactus GCU won a “Most Improved Team” award, and won 2nd place in the hotly contested EY Award for Empowering Youth. At National Finals in 2017, Enactus GCU scaled new heights – reaching the semi-finals for the first time, and coming away with an amazing 5 awards, sponsored by KPMG, EY, ERAC, Wilko and Enactus itself. generating income of over £7000 through a combination of innovative fund-raising efforts, and winning prizes from Enactus corporate sponsors.
Which School or department delivers/ supports this activity?
Glasgow School for Business and Society
Which students can participate in this activity?
Enactus is more suited to undergraduate students due to the emphasis on designing and delivering long-term, sustainable, community-based social innovation projects. Students can join Enactus GCU for a fee of £5 per annum. To learn more, and to discuss joining, please contact: Enactus GCU Student Leaders: Thomas Bartlome (Enactus GCU President); president@enactusgcu.com Luisa Hoffman Saez (Enactus GCU Vice-President); vicepresident@enactusgcu.com Enactus GCU University Advisers Dr Alec Wersun (Principal University Adviser); a.wersun@gcu.ac.uk; Tel: 0141 3313414 SEBE University Adviser: Joanna Marshall); Joanna.marshall@gcu.ac.uk; Tel: 0141 2731432 SHLS University Adviser: Fiona Moffat; F.Moffat@gcu.ac.uk; Tel: 0141 3318759 GSBS University Adviser: Karen Fryer; Karen.Fryer@gcu.ac.uk; Tel: 01413313384
Name: Dr Alec Wersun
Role: Principal Enactus GCU University Adviser
Department/School: Glasgow School for Business and Society
Telephone: 0141 331 3414
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