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Enactus Saint Mary’s Makes History with Five Wins at Regionals

1 March, 2016

Enactus 2016 News

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“There’s a first time for everything!”

That was the reaction of Enactus Saint Mary’s co-president Ali Algermozi on Friday, February 26, when the Enactus Saint Mary’s team made history, bringing home five big wins: first place trophies in all four categories at the Enactus Regional Competition, plus the Woman Leader of Tomorrow award.

May 2 – 4, the team will attend and compete at the National Enactus Exposition – last year, Enactus Saint Mary’s took the number two spot.

These annual competitions reward campus groups for community projects that help address social, environmental and financial literacy problems in society with entrepreneurial projects.

In Friday’s regional competition, 13 Enactus groups from universities in all four provinces competed.

Saint Mary’s President Robert Summerby-Murray congratulated the team, “the Saint Mary's Enactus Team has once again demonstrated the excellence and engagement that emerges from our learner-centred environment. By building and testing innovative and entrepreneurial approaches to societal problems, these multi-disciplinary teams demonstrate exactly how they will make a difference in the world when they graduate. I am immensely proud of the accomplishments of these students in all aspects of this year's regional competition.

“Their passion and determination to succeed confirm them as role models for us all.”

OPtions Youth: Helped at-risk youth get on track for success

In both the Capital One Financial Education Challenge and the Scotiabank Youth Empowerment Challenge, Enactus Saint Mary’s presented on OPtions: Youth. This year, OPtions Youth achieved a 100% success rate with the 14 at-risk youth participants all either returning to school, securing employment or starting a business. “The commitment and creativity of these students is truly inspiring," said Gordon Brost, District Vice President, South West Nova Scotia District, Scotiabank in a release Monday.

The Startup 100 takes its success national, and AWE helps entrepreneurs with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Enactus Saint Mary’s took the TD Entrepreneurship Challenge with The Startup 100, a project that supported and connected over 100 student entrepreneurs across the province and aims to engage startups across Canada. They also presented Autism Works Entrepreneurship. Autism Works Entrepreneurship is a program to help people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) access entrepreneurship resources and expertise in the community, and ongoing supports.

Project Reach and OPtions 360 diverts 2400 lbs of waste and helps refugee families

And in the Scotiabank Ecoliving Green Challenge, the team took first place with Project Reach, during which they diverted almost 2400 lbs of waste from landfills by upcycling and donating items to refugee families.

Enactus leader of today recognized as HSBC Woman Leader of Tomorrow

Enactus Saint Mary’s co-president Bridget Stevens was recognized with the HSBC Woman Leader of Tomorrow (Atlantic Region) award. A third year BSc majoring in Environmental Science, Bridget aspires to work as an environmental architect and develop LEED certified buildings to make cities more sustainable.

Other achievements of the Enactus Team

The awards are only the latest achievement of the Enactus Saint Mary’s group. This year Enactus Saint Mary’s projects have directly empowered 691 youth, contributing $122,000 to their personal wealth. An Enactus Saint Mary’s project, OPtions International, helped 84 entrepreneurs in Peru, Bolivia and Kenya build a brighter future for their communities through entrepreneurship and skills training. And Project Launch helped 25 startups become sustaining businesses.

Enactus Saint Mary’s members demonstrate employability

A recent study by the national group showed that Enactus Saint Mary’s members demonstrate exemplary employability, a sign that the Enactus focus on problem recognition, innovative solutions, measurable results and rewarding a clear presentation of these is a model that works to develop students. Enactus Saint Mary’s has about 200 members this year, representing all fields of study.

What is Enactus?

Enactus is an international non-profit organization that sets up chapters on campuses around the world and supports an infrastructure of competitions and cooperation to develop entrepreneurial students who want to make a real difference in the world.