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Enactus Criterion

Every country that operates an Enactus program organizes a national competition, from which one institution is named national champion and advances to compete at the Enactus World Cup. In every country around the world, and at each level of the overall competition, the judging criterion remains the same:

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

In order to ensure each project’s further effectiveness, the following three aspects are evaluated:

  • Seeing opportunities: conducting a thorough needs assessment with the target audience
  • Taking action: Using entrepreneurial action
  • Enabling progress: Measuring and reporting direct and indirect outcomes; empowering people; improving livelihoods in an economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable way.

Sustainable development goals

Lastly, Enactus has aligned its entrepreneurial action program to the seventeen United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to support and achieve this action plan for the advancement of people and planet.


“Enactus students are developing a strong awareness of, and responsibility for their society and environment. By embarking on the social innovation projects through the Enactus program these university students are well on their way to contributing to the achievement of the Global Goals by 2030.” 

—- Kate Taylor, UNOPS