Enactus is an international community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of social entrepreneurship to enable human progress. Members apply business concepts to develop community outreach projects that transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world.
What is social entrepreneurship, exactly? Traditionally, when we think about entrepreneurship, people like Steve Jobs, Mark Cuban, Coco Chanel, Walt Disney, or Donald Trump readily come to mind. Traditional entrepreneurship involves creating a new and innovative product or service and making bank.
In today’s world, entrepreneurship has a new definition–it describes an innovator and a strategic risk taker, a leader and a team player, a true MVP. We have political entrepreneurs who lead revolutions against repressive governments, cultural entrepreneurs who draw attention to and promote the beauty of peoples’ histories, and even corporate entrepreneurs (that’s right, they work for traditional corporations) who come up with new ways to expand product lines or fix an inefficiency in their current business model.
Social entrepreneurship involves coming up with an entrepreneurial solution to some kind of social, economic, or financial problem. The goal is to permanently solve that problem with the added task of making one’s efforts sustainable (which is sometimes where traditional ideas on profitability comes into play). Social entrepreneurship is another way of thinking about business, putting pressure on us to use the positive power of business to create meaningful change.
Enactus Pitt engages in several different projects in the greater Pittsburgh region and around the world. Our team members create projects based on their personal interests, passions or skills. In this way, we maximize our potential and each of us finds internal motivation to keep working on projects where, honestly, success doesn’t happen in a day.
Enactus Pitt has also been recognized at regional and national Enactus competitions, winning Rookie of the Year and consistently placing in the First Round. Along these lines, Enactus provides its members exclusive opportunities to meet and work with executive members of well-known corporations. For more information on this, please visit the national website at enactusunitedstates.org or enactus.org.