March 14, 2014
Memorial University swept all four categories at Enactus Canada’s regional exposition in Halifax recently.
Enactus Memorial won its three team-based competitions and business student Alex Stead won the individual competition for full-time students operating their own businesses.
“I can’t stop smiling at my award,” says Ms. Stead, who was named Newfoundland and Labrador’s 2014 Student Entrepreneur provincial champion in February.
The 20-year-old bachelor of business administration student owns and operates Alex Stead Photography.
Ms. Stead competed against four other provincial and regional champions. She is not a member of Enactus Memorial, and says she was a bit intimidated after watching the seasoned presenters in the team competitions. In the end, she stayed true to herself to win the top prize.
“I think what makes me stand out in general is that I tend to always go my own way. I went into my presentation knowing that I’m not a typical business person. I don’t know how to play that game of polished speeches and fancy slideshows,” she says. “Since I knew that I would never be able to beat anyone at a game that I don’t really know how to play, I planned to just be me and let my personality and passion shine through.
“I made my presentation more about my personal branding and how my passion for creativity flows into all aspects of my business. I tried to get across the fact that I’m a blend between artist and business owner, and that creates a very distinct skillset.”
Ms. Stead will now compete at the national student entrepreneur challenge that takes place during the 2014 Enactus Canada National Exposition, April 28-30 in Calgary, AB.
Enactus Memorial sent 20 students from the faculties of arts and business to compete in the regional challenge.
The Memorial squad took top honours in three different categories: the Capital One Financial Education Challenge, the TD Entrepreneurship Challenge, and the Scotiabank EcoLiving Green Challenge.
Enactus Memorial president Jonathan King says the team used a different approach in the competition this year.
“The team’s performance was truly inspiring because for the first time in the last five years, more than half of our team was attending their first ever Enactus competition. Enactus Memorial usually prides itself on being a team with strong, sustainable projects that show our continued success but this year we decided to do things differently and really focus on new programs that we are growing both quickly and successfully.”
Among the new projects presented were Centsible Solutions, AGreenCulture, World at Work and Project Stitch.
Other Enactus Memorial projects presented were Change Matters, Bottlepreneur and the Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur (formerly known as Based in Business).
“As this was the first time we had presented many of these programs to a panel of judges, we got to see how business leaders viewed the programs and the response was very positive,” says Mr. King. “While this reception was great, we know we have to grow our programs ever further over the next month-and-a-half and really try to increase our community engagement to help drive the businesses of the participants we work with.”
Enactus Memorial will also compete at the national exposition in Calgary. The group has won the national prize six times in the past eight years. They were first runner up in 2013.
Enactus Canada is the largest student leadership development program in Canada. Its regional and national competitions bring together student leaders, academic professionals and top business executives in forums that focus on transforming lives through entrepreneurial action.