MMU Enactus brings home fourth place at National Expo

Mount Mercy University’s Enactus club made it to the final competition round at the 2017 Enactus United States National Exposition in Kansas City, Missouri, on May 23. Claiming fourth place out of more than 450 teams nationwide, this is the highest ranking ever for Mount Mercy’s Enactus (formally SIFE) team—a Mount Mercy organization for 19 years.

“As I am sure all the Mount Mercy College/University SIFE/Enactus alumni would agree, this team made us extremely proud with what they did throughout the year to put themselves in a spot to be successful at nationals,” said Nate Klein, Mount Mercy Enactus adviser and assistant professor of business. “To know that we competed against more than 450 teams throughout the USA, teams with 10 times our budget, with teams from Division 1 schools, and then to know that the impact we've had on our community put us in the final four in the nation makes all of us extremely proud.”

Beating out teams from University of Iowa, BYU, Purdue, Penn State, Michigan, Rutgers, UC-Berkeley—and many others—Mount Mercy’s Enactus team faced two days of fierce competition. After advancing to the final four, the team had only ten minutes to prepare their final presentation.

Each of the teams had 17 minutes to showcase their entrepreneurial projects during the expo. Mount Mercy Enactus members highlighted their Market at the Mount, Sharondale, Crazy Good Meats and #Sandbags2Handbags projects.

The team’s presenting members included Enactus President Goar Kempf, Miranda Hammes, Marco Fichtner, Peter Watson, Derek Siddell, Blake Seda, Trevor Hartz and Annie Ertz. Other traveling members included Leslie Hoffman, Andjela Calasan and Aaron Golding.

The team’s adviser, Klein, is a Mount Mercy SIFE alumni. He had the distinct pleasure of coaching his younger brother, Blake, on this year’s team.

“Great teams know that it's hard to continue to be on top, so it's fun to know that we actually had a team member fly out 12 hours after we presented to continue our partnership with Sharondale in Belize. We also have meetings set for the coming weeks to prepare for our fourth annual Market at the Mount on Saturday, December 9,” Klein said.

Last year, Mount Mercy Enactus finished in the top 12, the highest ranking for the team at that time.

Enactus provides students with the opportunity to make a difference and to develop leadership skills through learning, practicing and teaching the principles of free enterprise with the motto, “A head for business, A heart for the world.”

Congratulations, MMU Enactus!

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