The Briar Cliff University Enactus team includes (from left): Kenneth Thompson, Emily Vondrak, Eric Nicholsen, Matthew Berg, Lavon Wright, Shane Graves, Taylor Schumacher and Bridget Lyons.
STORY UPDATE: Make it a dozen for the Briar Cliff University Enactus team.
For the 12th straight year, BCU advanced past the regional level and into the quarterfinal round of the National Enactus Exposition in St. Louis.
The Briar Cliff team finished as the runner-up in its quarterfinal grouping on April 15, placing it among the top 32 Enactus teams nationwide. The group of eight students was awarded $1,000 for its performance.
BCU Enactus team members include co-presidents Kenneth Thompson and Bridget Lyons, along with Emily Vondrak, Eric Nicholsen, Matthew Berg, Lavon Wright, Shane Graves and Taylor Schumacher.
Brigham Young University – Hawaii was named the national champion. View results →
— Updated April 15, 2015
SIOUX CITY, Iowa — [On April 15], a group of business-minded Briar Cliff University students put a year’s worth of entrepreneurial-centered projects on display at the national level.
The Briar Cliff Enactus club [competed] at the National Exposition in St. Louis against teams from schools and communities of all sizes.
“You really get to see what we’ve actually done opposed to a school that’s larger. It puts you on the same level.”
— Kenneth Thompson ('15), BCU Enactus co-president
Enactus - short for Entrepreneurial Action Within Us - is an international program that lets college students work with academic and business leaders to create sustainable projects.
“For each of our projects, we look at something like a business and try to keep it growing. We empower the community," said Kenneth Thompson, Enactus co-president and a senior accounting and business administration major from Los Angeles. "For some projects, we are instilling entrepreneurial efforts into children."
The Briar Cliff team has won at the regional level for the past 11 years. Thompson said being able to gauge the team’s efforts against larger schools has been invaluable in measuring performance and refining projects.
This year’s Briar Cliff team [displayed] six projects in a 17-minute presentation. They included:
- Innovation Grow: Engages elementary and high school students in the steps to becoming an entrepreneur.
- beSomebody: A partnership with Siouxland CARES and the Mayor's Youth Commission to analyze social issues in six schools.
- Green Briar Cliff: An effort to increase recycling in Sioux City.
- Entrepalooza: Ten days of events sponsored by local organizations to inspire entrepreneurship in Siouxland.
- Zidisha: A business cooperative with Mbuguni Village in Tanzania to train local women to weave baskets and bring them to market.
- Bloom Wild: A business started by Hinton, Iowa, resident Vanessa Wodtke, which was taken from a hobby to a storefront business.