USQ Enactus team wins two trophies
A GROUP of University of Southern Queensland (USQ) students have been recognised for making a difference in the community at the Enactus National Conference and Competition.
Enactus is a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world.
Teams from universities across Australia gathered in Melbourne this month to present the outcomes of their projects through a written annual report and visual presentation.
USQ's team comprised of eight Springfield students studying business, accounting, law, human services, psychology and education.
The team celebrated a third straight semi-final finish, placing them in the top eight teams in the country.
They also captured the Spirit of Enactus award recognising the commitment, passion, and enthusiasm of the team.
Enactus USQ president Dean Bussian said he was proud of how the team performed at the national competition.
"It's quite surreal at this moment and I still can't believe we came back with two trophies which makes it our best result," he said.
"We had been preparing for this for the past two months and a lot of work from all the team members went into it.
"Some of them had only been in the team for a couple of months, so to come in and juggle study, work and what was required for this competition was an incredible effort.
"To make the semi-finals and win the Spirit of Enactus award makes it all feel worthwhile and I'm extremely proud of everyone."
The team presented three community-based projects at the conference, including Cash to Grow, Tertiary Texts and Project Ignite.
Mr Bussian felt the added experience and the progression they had made since last year made the difference.
"In our three projects we identified the major issues that needed to be addressed in our local area and created projects in conjunction with people in the community to help make a positive impact," he said.
"We all believe in our projects and given we're a small team and we know each other very well, the passion we needed to show to win over the judges came across naturally."