Enactus and EY

Enactus

As mentors to university students creating life-changing social enterprises and community projects, EY people are helping develop a new generation of purpose-led leaders.

Operating across 36 different countries, working with around 70,000 participating students and directly impacting more than a million lives every year, Enactus believes in the power of entrepreneurial action to build a better world.

That's why it provides a platform for university students to put their talent and creativity to use in devising and implementing social enterprises and community development projects that change lives for the better in their communities. And it's an experience that can change the students' lives too, as they learn to become more effective, purpose-driven leaders in the process.

It's also why EY people across multiple countries – including Germany, the UK and Ukraine – are inspired to get involved in all aspects of Enactus' work, from offering their knowledge and experience as mentors and advisors to judging at "Dragon's Den"-style competitions and serving on Enactus advisory boards.

Tax Senior, Alex Siwek, is one of those people and has been mentoring Enactus students at Edinburgh University for a couple of years now.

"It's a great way to get involved in social enterprise projects and to work with students as a mentor and business advisor," he says. "This being my second year engaged with the Edinburgh team, one of the best things has been the opportunity to really get to know the students and see how their skills – and their projects – have evolved and grown over time."

With the best Enactus projects celebrated at regional and national competitions, Alex is understandably proud that the Edinburgh team he supported was ranked among the top five in the UK. "To see them get to the top five at the national competition has been a very rewarding experience and I'll definitely remain involved in supporting them."