Enactus – enabling progress through entrepreneurial action
Enactus Mannheim e.V. is a Enactus is an organization that connects student, academic and business leaders through entrepreneurial-based projects that transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world.
Guided by academic advisors and business experts, students identify social challenges, develop entrepreneurial concepts and with sole responsibility implement projects of lasting impact. Enactus supports socially and ecologically relevant ideas that create a sturdy business foundation to help people help themselves. The experience not only transforms lives, it helps students develop the kind of talent and perspective that are essential to leadership in an ever-more complicated and challenging world.
The verb “to enact” has a powerful meaning: “to put something into action, to pass a motion, to issue something”. A term, that perfectly describes the mission and purpose of the non-profit organization Enactus. In 39 countries more than 62,000 students at 1,600 universities are committed to Enactus, 440 partner firms support the organization. This makes Enactus the world wide biggest network of its kind. In Germany Enactus is represented at more than 40 universities.
Entrepreneurial Spirit and Shared Values
The word „en•act•us“ stands for three important principles:
- Entrepreneurial – initiating ideas and business solutions with passion and innovation.
- Action – the experience of sustainable impact, activated with integrity.
- Us – student, academic and business leaders collaborating to create a better world.
Charitable Projects and Business Methods
In practice, Enactus means taking on responsibility, showing entrepreneurial spirit and using business methods to tackle and solve societal, economical and environmental challenges. Therefore, teams identify topics and goals, analyse the projects’ prevailing conditions and develop concepts to powerfully transfer knowledge from theory to practice. Working together with partners, such as non-profit organizations, businesses and individuals, ensures a high project sustainability.
All members of the Enactus network are united by one ambitious goal: improving the world one small step at a time.