Briar Cliff’s Enactus team holds its 2016 regional championship trophy. Members include (from left): Patricia Bahati, Luke Manganaro, Emily Vondrak, Jared Belin, Kristyn Schlickbernd, Clare Hollman, Lavon Wright and Matt Mayer.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa — For the 13th straight year, the Briar Cliff University Enactus team qualified for the National Enactus Exposition, held May 16 at the America’s Center in St. Louis, Mo. There, the team finished as a quarterfinalist, placing the Chargers among the top 120 Enactus teams nationwide.
La Sierra University (Riverside, Calif.) was crowned the national champion.
Enactus – short for “Entrepreneiurial Action Within Us” — is a competitive international program that connects college students with academic and business leaders to create sustainable projects around the world.
At the competition, Briar Cliff team members presented a group of projects they have spearheaded during the past year, including:
- Innovation Grow: Engaging local high school and middle school students in the steps to becoming an entrepreneur.
- BeSomebody: A partnership with Siouxland CARES and the Mayor’s Youth Commission to address social issues like bullying in Sioux City schools.
- Entrepalooza: Ten days of events, sponsored by local organizations, to inspire entrepreneurship in Siouxland.
- Zidisha Project: A business cooperative with a Mbuguni Village in Tanzania, which provides seed money and trains local women there to raise chickens and bring them to market.
The Briar Cliff team has advanced to the national competition every year since 2004, often against larger schools and state universities more than 20 times its size. This year’s BCU Enactus team members include student co-presidents Lavon Wright and Jeraldo Montejano; vice president Emily Vondrak; along with Hoy Thompson, Luke Manganaro, Jared Belin, Kristyn Schlickbernd, Clare Hollman, Patricia Bahati and Matt Mayer.