Enactus is a community of students and academic and business leaders committed to using entrepreneurship to improve lives and shape a better, more sustainable world.
In 2012/2013, more than 1,000 students were engaged in some 86 social entrepreneurship projects, enabling them to develop their personal, managerial and operational abilities and skills. This commitment has a major impact on their professional careers.
“Through Enactus, I was […] therefore able to develop highly operational skills very quickly; skills such as project management, public speaking, workplace organization and English language skills. I also learned how to identify stress, deal with the unexpected, and think creatively in all types of situation. Team management is another absolutely essential thing. Enactus gave me my first real experience of management, and we were a team of 60 students at the time! From hiring to involving the entire team, the issues to be managed are very broad and very instructive. Enactus has taught me how to work in partnership with companies and how to leverage the strengths of my part of the business […] It would be no exaggeration to say that Enactus has been a very important part of my (professional) career. Especially during the interview for my final year in-service training abroad, where I spent at least half my time talking about my Enactus experience. The interviewer was very interested in that, especially as Enactus was the one area of experience where I really stood out from other applicants. Having returned to France and graduated, I very quickly got my first job with program partner GDF SUEZ”.
Adrien Chaouch, Enactus France Alumni President
GDF SUEZ has been a partner of Enactus France since 2009, and the Group has the opportunity to contribute to the professionalization of the student projects throughout the year, and rewards the best of them through its National Competition.
As part of the 2013 National Competition, the GDF SUEZ Foundation presented a special award to an engineering graduate school in recognition of its energy efficiency project.
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The 3 most recent Challenge winners
- 2012-2013: The ENSE3 Enactus Team Ec’Audit project to reduce the energy bills of people on low incomes and encourage energy savings
In Grenoble, 20% of homes are in social housing developments built between 1945 and 1980, which do not meet today's energy standards. The Ec’Audit project initiated by the ENSE3 Enactus team had three key goals: to conduct energy audits of these social housing developments, to raise residents' awareness of energy challenges, and to renovate the homes concerned.
- 2011-2012: The Centrale Nantes Enactus Team Mission Kongoly project to produce wood-fired cookers for a socio-economic development project
The aim of this project was to encourage entrepreneurship in the Senegalese bush village of Kongoly by establishing the manufacture and sale of affordable wood-fired cookers in the village.
Working with local people to ensure the long-term viability of the business, the series of projects conducted in the village now supports its economy, provides the village with electricity and high-quality water, encourages education and has improved the health of villagers.
- 2010-2011: The ECE INSEEC Enactus team Fire Bricks project to enable access to a combustible energy source cheaper than wood in the form of fuel briquettes compressed from waste plant material
As a result of the Fire Bricks project, plant waste, such as straw and the nut shells remaining after extraction of shea butter, is recovered and compressed to make fuel briquettes. The villagers of Boni in Burkina Faso are responsible for gathering the plant waste and producing the briquettes. This project contributes to combating deforestation, helps to protect the environment, and promotes economic development in the village.