The UMKC Enactus team placed in the top 16 at the Enactus National Exposition in St. Louis May 17. They advanced after receiving the top prize at the regional competition in Chicago March 21.
There are over 500 Enactus teams in the United States. 120 of those qualified for the national competition through their success at the 7 regional Enactus competitions. Of the 120 teams at nationals, UMKC was one of only 20 teams to advance to the semi-final round. This success places them in the elite status among universities nationwide and highlights the extremely high quality students that UMKC is producing.
Enactus is the largest professional student organization in the world, with more than 70,000 student participants in 36 countries worldwide. In preparation for the competition, the UMKC team spent the year developing and implementing entrepreneurial projects that concentrated on three key initiatives: international trade, education and entrepreneurship. When competing, they made their case for how these endeavors make a difference in the world today, while also showcasing their momentum to create new careers and spark business innovation and social enterprise.
The presentation team for the National Exposition consisted of Chad Feather (B.B.A.), Dennis Mowry (Pharm.D.), Raj Patel (B.A.), Emily McIntyre (B.B.A.), Kate Ragan (Pharm.D.), Kellen Sheil (B.B.A.), Tielyr Creason (B.S.), and Lucas Ryan (B.S.).
“The success of UMKC Enactus has brought local, national and international recognition to UMKC and the Bloch School,” said Ben Williams (MBA ’15), Assistant Director of the Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Enactus Advisor. “This acknowledgment highlights the successful experiential learning and student development happening at UMKC, in addition to traditional classroom experiences.”
Williams describes the long-term impact Enactus’ achievements will have on UMKC.
“Enactus is sponsored by the top 500 corporations in the world, many of whom are interested in hiring the students who invest in this experiential learning,” Williams said. “These employers have openly stated that UMKC Enactus is definitely a top team that they target in their hiring. This, in turn, provides the potential to attract the best students and faculty to UMKC.”
The 2017 Enactus National Exposition will be held in Kansas City May 21-23.