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.
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.
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
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.
Illinois Enactus are Regional Champions in both the 2012 and 2013 Enactus USA Regional Competition.
Illinois Enactus are National Quarterfinalists in both the 2014 and 2015 Enactus USA National Competition.
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.
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.
Major: Operations Management and Marketing
Hannah's favorite semester was when she was Project Manager for Stay Glassy - the team was able to further engage with the community to expand the scope of the project. She loves the creativity and relationship building that comes from working on Enactus projects. Apart from Enactus, Hannah is passionate about providing hope and stability to children in the child welfare system and learning how to effectively create cross-cultural relationships. In her free time, she enjoys skiing, peaceful nights on the farm, dancing, and exploring this beautiful world!
Vice President of Membership
Eddie was a project associate on Filify3D and Donable before he joined Membership Development Team. The diversity of people in Enactus is one of Eddie’s favorite part of being in Enactus and he hopes to support these people in any way possible. Eddie’s passions include wheel-based transportation, consumer electronics, and cards.
Vice President of Operations
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Özgür started on Operation Forward and was a member of Media Team for two semesters before taking up the mantle of VPO. Özgür aims to make Enactus financially both more transparent and independent. Özgür's passions include photography, tech news, and winning at Monopoly.
Vice President of Communications
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.
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.
Major: Actuarial Science and Statistics
Yoga started as a Project Associate on Lean & Green, and went on to lead the project the following semester. He believes his passion for social entrepreneurship can increase accessibility to nutritious food and improve overall food security amongst young adults. As an Executive Manager, Yoga is looking forward to the opportunity to develop the members of Illinois Enactus and driving projects toward a sustainable future. Yoga enjoys travelling, alt-rock music, soccer and youtube.
Major: Chemical Engineering
Sydney started as a project associate on Filify 3D. In Spring 2019, Sydney was project manager on Tireless, a newly sourced capstone. Her life goal is to help decrease our impact on the environment, which is why she is passionate about the work Enactus does. As EM, Sydney is excited to see her projects grow so that they can be sustainable in the long-term. Outside Enactus, she loves hiking, baking, and music.
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.