JOIN US AND BE THE CHANGE
Here at Illinois Enactus, we make every effort to achieve the impossible through the power of entrepreneurial action. We transform lives and strive to shape a better, more sustainable world.

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.

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 upcycles discarded soap and coffee grounds to create sustainably sourced soap and scrub products in cooperation with the residents of Restoration Urban Ministries.

Stay Glassy

Stay Glassy operates to reduce glass waste and provide employment opportunities locally.Through selling a product line of candles, drinking glasses, and decorative plants online and at community events, Stay Glassy conducts upcycling education.

Circle Cycle

Circle Cycle is promoting bicycles as a vehicle for social change to empower local youth and increase mobility. Circle Cycle is creating a year-round “Earn a Bike” program utilizing abandoned bicycles at our local Boys and Girls Club.

Donable

Donable connects passionate students to non-profits who require resources and student talent to complete projects.

Justice for Juveniles

Justice for Juveniles aims to reduce youth recidivism in the Urbana-Champaign community. Justice for Juveniles is creating an entrepreneurship program for youth aged 16-24 in collaboration with the founder of DREAAM (Driven to Reach Academic Achievement for Males) House.

Tireless

Tireless is mitigating tire waste in the local community through developing durable and eco-friendly products while raising attention about proper disposal methods for tires.

Phoenix

Phoenix will work to teach applicable business skills to high school students through their passions in graphic design. In addition, Phoenix aims to empower students with a platform to spread a message about social issues.

Sage

Sage aims to address the issue of elderly loneliness. Sage is facilitating activities between youth and elderly that promote artistic and entrepreneurial collaboration.

Research and Development

Research and Development focuses on product innovation around environmental or social needs, independent of our existing projects.

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.

Hannah Gaffner

President

Major: Accountancy 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!

Devki Kasture

Vice President of Membership

Major: Finance and Information Systems

Devki started as a Project Associate for H2Grow, aiming to create sustainable alternative farming techniques. She spent the next 2 semesters on Operations Team where she combined her passions for finance and project efficiency. As the VPM, Devki aims to contribute in developing Enactus members while fostering a sense of community within the organization. Outside of Enactus, Devki's passions include traveling, watching comedy shows, environmental sustainability and photography.

Özgür Gençer

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.

Hui Yi Koh

Vice President of Communications

Major: Civil Engineering

Hui Yi was a Project Associate on H2Grow and served as Project Manager of Circle Cycle, which dovetailed her interests in waste reduction and infrastructure improvement, before becoming VPC. As VPC, Hui Yi aims to make Enactus more visible in the Urbana-Champaign community. In her free time, she enjoys reading, drawing and anything involving crafts/making.

Josh Gitogo

Executive Manager

Major: Business Process Management and Information Systems/ Information Technology

Josh joined Grounds for Growth and spent the past two semesters as its Project Manager. He is excited about working on projects that help reduce waste and economically empower people in the Champaign-Urbana community. In his free time he enjoys rollerblading, skateboarding, hiking, listening to podcasts and going to concerts!

Yoga Sundar

Executive Manager

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.

Sydney Kwan

Executive Manager

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.

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.