Enterprising times for La Trobe students

ENACTUS awardAward winning Mildura Bachelor of Accounting students Rachel White and Eliza Allomes have recently returned from the National Enactus Conference and Championships in Sydney. 

La Trobe’s Enatus team was represented by ten members of their twenty-one member  team, including their president Rachel White. The team competed against twenty-one other university teams. 

La Trobe’s Enactus team (formally known as Students in Free Enterprise- SIFE) has competed or attended the championships over the last six years. However, this is the first time the team has been awarded the Spirit of Enactus Award. 

‘The most exciting moment of the competition would have to be when we won the Spirit of Enactus Award’ said Rachel White

‘None of us were expecting it at all and when our name got called out we were all pretty excited by it’.

The award is presented to a team that has just missed out on going to the finals or is been recognised for their projects that given another year, could allow the team to be able to move to the finals. 

‘This is a fantastic outcome from a team that is spread across the extremes of the university’ said Southern Regional Coordinator, Enactus and Mildura Campus Coordinator for Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, Jeremy Seward.

‘The team have faced challenges such as coordinating their members and their projects across two campuses. They are to be commended for their efforts’.

The Faculty of Business, Economics and Law was well presented at the competition with seven of the ten team members from the faculty. 

As a part of the championships, teams present their community outreach projects that they have worked on in the past year. 

The team have worked diligently on their project’s, putting in more than seven hundred and fifty volunteer hours over the past year, which directly impacted on the lives of  thirty-six people and indirectly impacted on another ten people. 

One of the team’s projects partnered with the Sunraysia Mallee Ethnic Communities Council to develop workshops for their members that are involved in committees and have taken on committee roles in our local community. The workshops looked at governance and committees responsibilities in regard to finance.  

Rachel White encourages all La Trobe students to get involved. 

‘It is a truly amazing thing to be a part of. You get the opportunity to make a difference in your community, as well as getting practical experience in areas that relate to your fields of study’ said Rachel White.

The team’s Faculty Advisor and recent FBEL graduate, Narelle Tomlinson was energised by the conference and the championship.

‘The thing I will take away is that the university experience of our students is not only coming to class and studying but making a difference and enhancing what they learn through the Enatus program’ said Narelle Tomlinson.

‘The program helps create not only great community leaders but a well-rounded confident individual’.

Additional information:

ENACTUS – definition below

ENtrepreneurial – having the perspective to see an opportunity and the talent to create value from that opportunity

ACTion – the willingness to do something and the commitment to see it through, even when the outcome is not guaranteed 

– a group of people who see themselves connected in some important way; individuals that are part of a greater whole


Media enquiries

Ms Rebecca Wells
Senior Marketing & Development Officer (Communications)
T + 61 3 5051 4020
E r.wells@latrobe.edu.au

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