Developed through collaboration with corporate and organizational partner companies, Impact Challenges empower Enactus teams to implement viable solutions to a specific economic, social or environmental need, such as financial literacy, lasting hunger relief or job creation.
Through these programs and competitive platforms, students are motivated to collaborate, share best practices, and pursue higher levels of achievement while being empowered to deliver innovative and effective outreach projects that address issues of importance.
For the partnering company, Impact Challenges provide an opportunity to mobilize emerging leaders to tackle one of their community priorities while fostering relationships between enterprising youth and employees.
If you are interested in partnering with Enactus Canada and/or establishing an Impact Challenge, please contact us.
Our current Impact Challenges include:
TD ENTREPRENEURSHIP CHALLENGE
The TD Entrepreneurship Challenge empowers Enactus teams to identify, create and deliver projects that teach relevant entrepreneurship skills, empowering aspiring and existing entrepreneurs.
INNOVATION AND IMPACT CHALLENGE, POWERED BY ENACTUS ALUMNI
The Innovation and Impact Challenge, powered by Enactus Alumni empowers Enactus teams to identify, create and deliver projects that address real-world problems.
The purpose of this challenge is specifically broad to allow Enactus teams to present their innovative ideas and solutions, regardless of the problem area, solution stage, or state of impact, etc. Teams are not required to have impact to compete in this challenge.
Download the Innovation and Impact Challenge – Overview
Download the Innovation and Impact Challenge – Judging Criteria
Download the Innovation and Impact Challenge – Challenge Report Template
Learn more about the Friends of Enactus and Maple Leaf Club Programs
CANADIAN TIRE ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGE
The Canadian Tire Environmental Sustainability Challenge is designed to empower Enactus teams to identify, create and deliver projects that tackle climate change through the concept of circularity while teaching and empowering others to do the same.
NOTE: Teams have the option to reuse, repair, refurbish, and/or recycle as part of their project or any combination of these activities.
Download the Environmental Sustainability Challenge – Overview
Download the Environmental Sustainability Challenge – Judging Criteria
Download the Environmental Sustainability Challenge – Challenge Report Template
DESJARDINS YOUTH EMPOWERMENT CHALLENGE
The Desjardins Youth Empowerment Challenge is designed to empower Enactus teams with the resources needed to identify, create, and deliver projects that address the needs and opportunities facing youth, as it relates to education, learning skills and lifelong success.
NOTE: For this challenge, youth is defined as individuals under the age of 25. Youth Empowerment is defined as the effective transfer of knowledge and the development of new skills in youth, resulting in an improvement of their livelihoods. These newfound skills and knowledge should fill the gaps identified in the needs assessment and enable youth to lead better lives sustainably.
IMPACT CHALLENGE COMPETITION REQUIREMENTS
- The Challenge Report is a written document that judges will be reviewing during your 3-minute setup period.
- You must use the templates provided above to complete the reports.
- You cannot change the size of the provided boxes, margins, or orientation of the template. Your report must remain 1-page single sided.
- You can use any font and add anything you would like inside the boxes provided (images, logos, etc).
- You will be notified by your Program Manager regarding the number of copies you will need to print prior to the event.
- Reports are distributed by team members to the judges during the set-up period.
- One (1) copy of your report for each Challenge your team is competing in must be handed in at the registration desk upon arrival at the Enactus Canada Exposition. A digital copy of the report must be emailed to your Program Manager and approved prior to the event.
Note: The report is the only document you are allowed to distribute to judges during the set-up period. No additional materials can be distributed (i.e. products, samples, etc.).
Below are some example reports from previous years, note that the report format has changed but the content requirements remain the same.
- Fleming College
- Saint Mary’s University
- University of British Columbia – Vancouver
- Wilfrid Laurier University
Project Verification Form
- Every team must request that their Faculty Advisor, Student Leader, and one administrator (e.g. dean, department chair or institution president) review their Challenge Report(s) and sign the Project Verification Form.
- If a team’s Faculty Advisor is also an administrator, the form must be signed by another administrator.
- The Project Verification Form serves as just one part of an internal audit of projects and activities at all levels of competition.
- You can find the most up-to-date project verification form here.
Each competing team will have a 11-minute time block for their live presentation. The League Coordinator will keep the official time. After the League Coordinator has formally introduced the team, the time will be precisely divided as outlined below.
- 3 minutes – Set-up Period
- 5 minutes – Live Presentation
- If your presentation is less than 5 minutes, the remaining time will be carried over to your Question-and-Answer period.
- 3 minutes – Judges’ Question & Answer Period
The regional round of competition for Impact Challenges will take place with teams competing in one of the leagues per region. The first-place teams from each league will move on to compete in the Impact Challenge Final Round of Competition during the Enactus Canada National Exposition. The award structure for each Impact Challenge is as follows:
Regional Round of Competition
- Second Runner-Up: $500
- Runner Up: $1,000
- Regional Champion: $1,500
Final Round of Competition
- Second Runner-Up: $1,000
- Runner Up: $2,000
- Regional Champion: $3,000
Further details on Impact Challenges, live presentations, and competition policies can be found in the Enactus Canada Team Manual on our Team Resources page.