Flagler College Enactus team places third at national competition
Dec 1, 2016
Flagler College’s student Enactus team placed third at the Enactus U.S. National Exposition in May after reaching the Final Four round of judging.
Other Final Four teams competing included Heritage University, John Brown University and La Sierra University, which was crowned Enactus National Champion. A total of 120 college and university teams took part in the two-day competition, where they presented entrepreneurial projects they undertook in their communities and around the world.
Enactus is an international organization that connects student, academic and business leaders through entrepreneurial-based projects that “empower people to transform opportunities into real, sustainable progress for themselves and their communities.”
Flagler’s theme this year was “The Human Element.” More than 40 members of the team spent the past academic year making tangible improvements in the lives of the people they’ve worked with.
“Dominican Waves,” for instance, is a soap business that Flagler’s Enactus team has launched, in collaboration with the Dominican Development Group in the Dominican Republic, to help local community members become financially sustainable. A second project was a business incubator with the West Augustine Community Redevelopment Area in St. Augustine. Called “Jump Inc.,” students have helped individual residents learn business basics, how to start a business or improve their job skills.
There are more than 443 active teams in the organization nationwide, and more than 16,800 students involved. Flagler Enactus has won national titles for their projects in 2004, 2009 and 2013.