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. 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. Student teams identify needs of specific community groups (e.g. homeless people, pupils living in areas of multiple deprivation, people with learning disabilities) – establish a relationship with this group of people – co-design a project to address their needs – and then deliver the solution. The emphasis is on empowering others and making an impact. Guided by academic staff 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.
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. Recent examples include: a) working with homeless people and a local charity to set up a social enterprise to produce and sell jams and chutney in Glasgow – preparing homeless people for a better life and providing them with an income; and b) mentoring pupils in schools in areas of multiple deprivation to develop the confidence and skills needed to secure a positive destination when they leave school at 16.
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 to develop new skills and project experience that enhance the CV and open up opportunities for internships and graduate-level jobs. Students benefit from the support of an Enactus network that offers mentoring and networking opportunities, as well as leadership and managerial skills training. Students also benefit from an Advisory Board that gives access to their expertise and professional networks. By managing Enactus GCU as a social enterprise, students develop skills “for the real world”, and learn to take on increasing levels of responsibility. Students are responsible for managing their own social enterprise (they have a President and Committee): they need to raise funds for their activities and find impactful ways of using those funds. As part of the Enactus UK network, students are required to produce an annual report of their activities, which helps develops a sense of accountability and integrity.
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 the President of Enactus GCU at president@enactusgcu.com. Those wishing to join can also visit the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/569947776486407/
Name: Dr Alec Wersun
Role: Principal Enactus GCU University Adviser
Department/School: Glasgow School for Business and Society
Telephone: 0141 331 3414