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About

We are the official Enactus team at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Founded in 2007, our organization exists to create real change through our projects while preparing our members to succeed in their future careers.



Our Mission

We are a community of student, academic, and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world.

Annual Report

Projects

Our projects are the heart of what we do. Typically, a project will be sourced from our members. New members are assigned to projects based on preference and project needs. Each of these projects have been carefully sourced, analyzed, and supported to ensure their impact and success.

Grounds for Growth

Grounds for Growth is a social entrepreneurship project that enables sustainable progress in the Champaign-Urbana community by up-cycling discarded coffee grounds and vegetable oil into hand-made soap and scrubs.

Stay Glassy

Our glass products are not only up-cycled, helping reduce glass waster in the Champaign-Urbana community, but they are handcrafted by W, an individual in the Champaign-Urbana community with an intellectual disability.

Circle Cycle

Circle Cycle is promoting bicycles as a vehicle for social change to empower local youth and increase mobility through a year-round earn-a-bike program while also addressing the issue of abandoned bicycles on campus.

CreAlgae

CreAlgae is focused on creating a petroleum-free algae-based bioplastic using harmful algal blooms from local waterways and chitosan, a waste product from the seafood industry.

Monarch

Monarch aims to collaborate with a community organization to reduce paper waste through a paper journal business that utilizes 100% post-consumer paper.

Symmetry

Making wood without cutting down trees to combat deforestation and empower designers with more sustainable materials.

Phoenix

Phoenix is an initiative to collaborate with high school students in the community and give them a platform to highlight their fashion design interests.

Sage

Sage works to create intergenerational cohesion between the seniors and youth population through preserving lived experiences through the written word.

Hydrologic

Curbing excessive water consumption within the community by implementing low-flow showerheads.

Our Journey

Founded in 2007, our organization exists to create real change through our projects while preparing our members to succeed in their future careers. With a head for business and a heart for the world, we live our values of integrity, passion, innovation and collaboration. Enactus is the world’s largest experiential learning platform dedicated to creating a better world while developing the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders and social innovators.

  • 2007

    Our Humble Beginnings

    Illinois Enactus is founded as a chapter of SIFE - Students in Free Enterprise. SIFE was the world's most successful program helping university students to create community empowerment projects

  • 2012

    Rebranding: Enactus

    SIFE changes its name to Enactus - (En)trepreneurial (Act)ion (Us) - to reaffirm its long-standing commitment to using entrepreneurial action as a catalyst for progress.

  • 2012-2013

    Regional Champions

    Illinois Enactus are Regional Champions in both the 2012 and 2013 Enactus USA Regional Competition.

  • 2014-2015

    National Quarterfinalists

    Illinois Enactus are National Quarterfinalists in both the 2014 and 2015 Enactus USA National Competition.

  • 2016

    Illinois Enactus reaches the Top 12

    At the 2016 Enactus USA National Competition held in St Louis, Missouri, Illinois Enactus places 3rd in the Semi-Final Round, our best result yet.

  • 2017

    Illinois Enactus places Top 8

    Illinois Enactus achieves a Top 8 showing in the 2017 Enactus USA National Competition. We presented our projects Grounds for Growth, En-ABLE-ing Entrepreneurs, and Operation Forward.

Meet our Executive Board

Our members are known for their wide array of talents, bright minds and quirky personalities.

Aarthi Mahesh

President

Major: Psychology

Aarthi started on Enabling Entrepreneurs before becoming a project manager of Justice for Juveniles and later Stay Glassy. She served as a project manager for three consecutive semesters before her President role. Her passion for Enactus stems from her desire to create a meaningful and sustainable impact on the world. She loves the diverse community and variety of projects Enactus has to offer. As President, Aarthi is looking forward to the opportunity to increase project scalability and enhance positive member experiences. In her free time, she loves to go hiking, play with her pets, and try new foods.

Sahil Patel

Vice President of Membership

Major: Finance & Accountancy

Sahil was a project associate on Tire-less and served semesters on both the Community Engagement and Operations Teams before joining the Executive Board. He enjoys the competitive aspect of Enactus and is looking forward to this year’s national exposition. Sahil enjoys travel and hopes one day to join the Peace Corps.

Shaan Ahuja

Vice President of Operations

Major: Industrial Engineering

Shaan served as a project associate for Stay Glassy and a project manager for CreAlgae before taking up the responsibilities of VPO. Shaan loved being on Enactus projects and now works to ensure that each one has the funds and tools they need to succeed. His hobbies include drawing, extreme sports, guitar, and fitness.

Vloria Huang

Vice President of Communications

Major: Accountancy

Vloria was a project associate on Operation Forward before she joined the Membership Development Team and Media Team. She brings diverse experience from different teams in Enactus to the Executive Board. Vloria is keen to improve the social media presence of Enactus and our projects. In her free time, she is excited to travel the world and counts skydiving among her hobbies.

Randy Janson

Executive Manager

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Randy was a project associate on Circle Cycle and Tireless before becoming the project manager for the new Research & Development Team and representing Filify 3D in the iVenture Accelerator Program. His favorite part of Enactus is when projects emerge from the theoretical realm into the real world, bringing sustainable impact to the planet and its people. Randy's interests include hiking, baking, and racquetball.

Muskaan Sawhney

Executive Manager

Major: Molecular and Cellular Biology

Muskaan began her journey at Enactus as as project associate on Tireless and part of the Phoenix capstone team. She then went on to lead Tireless as the project manager for the next two semesters. Muskaan is passionate about the impact that a diverse set of perspectives and community can have on the development of social entrepreneurship based projects. She is looking forward to see her projects thrive during and beyond her term as they pave the path towards new sustainable solutions. Outside of Enactus, she loves singing her heart out to Broadway music, reading, and is a huge foodie.

Annie Chan

Executive Manager

Major: History and Economics

Annie was a Project Associate on Circle Cycle for two semesters before leading as a Project Manager. Though she is not the most outgoing person, she aims to create more sustainable programs by bringing a people-centered perspective to everything she does. Annie is most passionate about the welfare of our world’s working classes. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, biking, and listening to the same ten songs.

Why join Enactus?

Ready to join the best in the business?


Enactus is unique because it is made up of students from every major imaginable. We need all skill sets to do what we do! As part of Enactus, you will work with a diverse group of students from which you will learn more than you could ever imagine. The field of social entrepreneurship is filled with some of the brightest minds in the world. The partnerships we make through our projects connect us to activist, business, and political leaders across the world. We are all united by common causes and work to eliminate inequities across the globe.

As part of Enactus, you will be part of a family. This family extends far beyond Illinois Enactus. You're joining the largest business network in the world. This network consists of only the most driven students and business leaders. Surrounding yourself with these people is the best way to grow as an individual. On campus, you will be working with and learning from outstanding students and companies. You will have a new group of friends and countless social events to attend. You will also develop a strong bond with your new member class (especially during the New Member Retreat)! The friendships developed in this organization are a large part of what makes the Enactus experience so rewarding.


This organization would not exist without the projects. An Enactus project strives to improve the quality of life and standard of living for the people in need all over the world and in our local community. These projects are more than just community service - we are creating sustainable solutions and empowering individuals. The feeling of achievement you will experience after applying the knowledge you've gained in the classroom and equipping those in need with sustainable solutions you developed is almost impossible to describe. Yes, these projects also help you prepare for your future career, but they will make a much bigger impact than that. They will change the lives of others and shape your world view. By working on diverse teams and developing unique skills, you will gain experience from day one that you can talk about in interviews and for the rest of your life. In Enactus, every member is actively involved in a project, so you will be able to speak on and remember the specific impact you create in someone's life.


Every member of Enactus gains the professional skills needed to succeed after graduation. Your professional development begins through our mentorship program and our numerous workshops and trainings. Our organization will provide you with all the resources you need to write a perfect resume, nail every interview, and navigate the job market. Enactus will hone your ability to receive the internships or full-time positions of your dreams. Enactus has over 200 corporate sponsors and a world-wide network. Career fairs are hosted exclusively for Enactus and several companies that do not actively recruit at UIUC reach out to Enactus alone to recruit interested students. As a member of Enactus, you will attend leadership conferences and interview for positions available only to Enactus members. With all these amazing resources, there are countless opportunities for you to benefit from our professionalism.