Enactus UNSW Recruitment
This is the best way for you to get the full Enactus experience! Both our project and operations teams open recruitment at the start of each semester and would love for you to join! For those keen beans out there, we recommend applying as soon as recruitment opens; written applications are reviewed on a rolling basis so get in fast!.
Enactus UNSW Social Innovation Program
The Social Innovation Program (SIP) is a two-week intensive course during the summer break where attendees work together and gain hands-on experience in developing sustainable social enterprises. You will play a key role in helping these social enterprises further develop their ideas, and implement them to achieve real social impact!
Whether you’re an eager 1st year or a student with a passion for social enterprises, SIP offers an unmissable opportunity for both personal and professional development. Here are three reasons why SIP should be marked on your calendar:
- Guidance from industry leaders in the entrepreneurial space
- Engaging with individuals from all faculties who share the same passion to make a social impact
- AHEGS approval
Enactus UNSW Pitchfest
Pitchfest is the perfect opportunity to pitch you your solution to a chosen social issue! This competition is guaranteed to develop your problem solving skills by putting them up to the ultimate test! Aside from the opportunity to win some (very cool) prizes, you will also be refining your communication skills and presentation skills - both of which are highly valued by today’s workforce! So be sure to sign up for Pitchfest, and get rewarded for making a real social impact!
We offer workshops throughout the year to help guide you through how to build your own social enterprise. They provide clarity in terms of expected timeframes and questions to consider as you move through different stages of the project pipeline. In each workshop, we connect you with experienced entrepreneurs that can help make your best ideas materialise.
Empathy/Defining the Problem
Whether you have an idea, a predetermined problem to address, or you’re just starting from scratch, you should always begin by empathizing with the target audience you want to help. Empathy is defined by IDEO as to gain a “deep understanding of the problems and realities of the people you are designing” a solution for. To do this, you must immerse yourself with a deep personal understand of your target group’s problems, needs, and challenges. Often, you will find that the problem was different to what you imagined, or that there are opportunities for improvement that were previously hidden. As such, you must define the problem using the identified needs and problems found through empathy. In this process, we aim to shape a consistent point of view about the problem and to frame a mission statement to define your social enterprise’s goals. A thorough and well conducted needs assessment sets the foundation for project success and impact!
Once you understand the problem you want to address, it's time to get creative! In this stage, no idea is too wild or crazy. The goal of the ideation stage is to generate as many ideas as you can - quantity over quality. You can facilitate this with brainstorming tools and activities such as the 'Worst Possible Idea’ and 'Challenging Assumptions’. Then, it's time to narrow your ideas down and combine ideas together to create a better idea. Which ideas best address the problems you identified in the previous stage? Can some ideas be combined to create an innovative solution? At the end of this stage, you should have a handful of ideas that are ready to be tested through validation.
Validation & Prototype Workshop
Our Validation workshop provides you insight on the key tools and questions to confirm the assumptions underlying your concept/solution to a social issue. If your idea is to sell a product, are people willing to pay for it? If your idea is to develop a new online marketplace, are people willing to use it? The best way to answer these questions is to prototype or test certain aspects with users and gain feedback about their experiences. The validation stage is critical to testing your idea and understanding whether it will work as you have planned it out. Be prepared to adjust your idea or change it completely. The most important lesson here is to learn from your failures and recognise it is OK to fail. As you alternate between validating and iterating new ideas, you will likely find that your idea ends up very different to how it started!
Note: Do not be alarmed if any of these terms or concepts sound intimidating - you will be surprised by how much is intuitive to your inner entrepreneur!