Enactus is an international, non-profit organisation bringing together students, academics, and business leaders who are committed to creating a better world through entrepreneurial action. Each year, Enactus teams from universities across Australia present their projects to business leaders and industry professionals at the Enactus Australia National Conference & Competition.

Projects are judged according to the world-wide criterion, which asks:

“Which Enactus team most effectively used entrepreneurial action to empower people to improve their livelihoods in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable way?”

This year, Enactus UNSW are thrilled to have emerged semi-finalists in the conference and awarded HSBC Best Practices Business Advisory Board. Apart from that, their project Fortunate Food Co. won the Unilever Sustainable Living Project, receiving $2500 to scale their impact.

Partnering with OzHarvest and Woolworths, Fortunate Food Co. is a project aiming to alleviate food waste by transforming off-spec produce into delicious chutneys and juices, which will be produced and sold by community members. So far, more than 500kg of food waste has been made into chutney and juice.

Another growing Enactus UNSW project is The Bean Community, which partners with corporate cafes to provide refugees and asylum seekers with meaningful work experience, easing their integration into the Australian community. To date, several asylum seekers have gained permanent paid employment, thanks to this project.

Also ongoing is a series of Research and Development projects aiming to empower various disadvantaged community members. For instance, Open Door Learning empowers youths affected by cancer to achieve their academic and career aspirations through an educational support program.

The social impact made by Enactus UNSW shows that any student can change the world, it just takes the right platform and a willingness to learn.

As Denny Dien, former Enactus UNSW president often reminds the team, “It is the 12 months of work leading up to the Conference and it’s the impact we make which matters, not who wins.”