SEU Enactus Advances to the National Competition

Southeastern University Enactus was recently invited to participate in the Enactus U.S. National Competition after being named among the top teams at the Enactus Regional Competition!

Enactus is a global nonprofit platform through which university students around the world empower their communities via entrepreneurial projects. Through implementation of seven strong initiatives, SEU Enactus is making a difference in Polk County and Choloma, Honduras. Individuals impacted by the team’s efforts include small-business owners, unemployed mothers, middle and high school students at risk for bullying and poor nutrition, homeless veterans and entrepreneurs of the middle and high school age. SEU Enactus’ efforts are enabling sustainable progress and transforming the lives of those in the local community and around the world.

Krista Rogers, business advisory board liaison for SEU Enactus, shared, “Being a part of Enactus affords students the opportunity to gain incredible experiences for application in current activities and in preparation for the future. I have developed my communication, teamwork, networking and leadership skills as a result of being in Enactus during my entire college career. Joining Enactus is one of the best decisions any college student can make.”

This year, the Enactus organization held six regional competitions throughout the United States. SEU Enactus competed at the Atlanta, Georgia, event along with 30 other university Enactus chapters, 24 of which will advance to the U.S. competition in St. Louis, Missouri, happening May 15–17. The teams in SEU’s own league included Florida State University, Georgia Southern University and the 2012 Enactus World Cup champion team from Belmont University.

Each team shared a professional presentation with a room full of judges representing Fortune 500 companies. With an accompanying picture and video showcase, SEU Enactus presented a memorized 17-minute overview of this year’s successes. The team chose to highlight the following three projects:

  • The Caliber Consulting Group worked with a local business owner, Debra Bershak of Graceful Grains, to refresh all marketing materials, receive gluten-free certification and acquire a commercial kitchen space. In partnership with SGA, the Caliber team also hosted DECLASSIFIED, a TED Talk-style seminar addressing the topics of starting a business, managing time and budgeting.
  • The Nuevo Camino team continued its efforts in Choloma, Honduras, introducing environmental stewardship in elementary schools, beginning an entrepreneurial club in a local high school, ministering to girls rescued from human trafficking and building a chicken coop for a family in need.
  • Kool 2 B Kind hosted two anti-bullying field days in the fall as well as its largest-ever event April 9 at Victory Field. This event was open to all Polk County students and their families. Special guests included Mayor Howard Wiggs and personnel from the Orlando City soccer team and the Lakeland Flying Tigers baseball team.

Rachel Hoover, marketing manager for SEU Enactus, said “It is always encouraging to reach competition and summarize our team’s accomplishments throughout the year. The energy in the atmosphere is hard to express as you look around and realize how many students have chosen to dedicate their time to creating real, sustainable change in the world. We have returned feeling empowered, with a fresh drive to further our projects and become a force to be reckoned with at the national competition.”

Also a part of the regional competition was a career exposition featuring companies such as Walmart, CHEP, Mondelez, Enterprise and Walgreens. Several SEU team members were approached by company representatives and asked to consider employment at their organizations.

Hoover said, “The career expos provide unimaginable opportunity to students. I was able to meet two company executives whom I had interviewed with on the phone a few weeks prior. And the reason I had these interview opportunities in the first place was due to being an Enactus member.”

Best of luck at nationals next week, SEU Enactus!

To learn more about SEU Enactus, please visit seuenactus.com and follow the team at @seu_Enactus.

Krista Rogers

Organizational Leadership, Class of 2016
Hospitality coordinator for SEU Honors Program
Business advisory board liaison for SEU Enactus