Enactus Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is housed under the BOOST Fellowship and has been an operational program since 2004. Enactus, known before October 2012 as Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE), is an international non-profit organization that works with leaders in business and higher education to mobilize university students to make a difference in their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders.  Participating students form teams on their university campuses and apply business concepts to develop outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. An annual series of regional and national competitions provides a forum for teams to present the results of their projects, and to be evaluated by business leaders serving as judges. National champion teams advance to the prestigious Enactus World Cup. In addition to the community aspect of the program, Enactus leadership and career initiatives create opportunities for learning and exchange among the participants as well as the placement of students and alumni with companies in search of emerging talent.

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Enactus emanates from the acronym EN.ACT.US, ENtrepreneurial – having the perspective to see an opportunity and the talent to create value from that opportunity; ACTion – the willingness to do something and the commitment to see it through even when the outcome is not guaranteed; US – a group of people who see themselves connected in some important way, individuals that are part of a greater whole. This narrows down to seeing possibilities, taking action and enabling progress.
In Zimbabwe Enactus projects are undertaken by highly dedicated student teams from ten universities across the country; namely Africa University, Bindura University of Science and Education, Chinhoyi University of Technology, Great Zimbabwe University, Harare Institute of Technology, Midlands State University, National University of Science and Technology, Solusi University, University of Zimbabwe and Women’s University in Africa. Enactus offers these students the opportunity to develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills through learning, practicing and teaching the principles of free enterprise, in the hope of improving the standard of living for thousands in the process.
Starting in the 2010-2011 Year, Enactus changed its criteria into one criterion. The criterion is as follows:
“Considering the relevant economic, social and environmental factors, which Enactus team most effectively empowered people in need by applying business and economic concepts and an entrepreneurial approach to improve their quality of life and standard of living.”
The main thrust for Enactus Zimbabwe is premised on the creative and innovation nugget. With the current challenges in our communities, the students are urged to think out of the box; reach greater heights and extents of inventing new implements that can be used to generate a sustainable business model for the communities that they engage in these life transforming projects.
Each year in July, Enactus Zimbabwe draws students and business leaders together to pay tribute to these educational outreach projects at our national competition. The competition provides teams with the opportunity to present their outreach projects to a panel of judges who evaluate those projects and determine which teams had the most impact improving the quality of life and standard of living for members of their community.  This competitive process creates a “best-practice” sharing environment and is aimed at fostering a healthy spirit of competition, which encourages and rewards excellence. In every country around the world, and at each level of the overall competition, the format, rules and judging criteria remain the same. Every country that operates an Enactus, at minimum, organizes a national competition, from which one institution will be named national champion and advance to compete at the Enactus World Cup.
Enactus Zimbabwe is open to collaboration in implementation of projects in Zimbabwe and beyond. Those interested in collaborating with us in order to make a difference in people’s lives are most welcome to approach us! We believe in making the change with you and us working together!