Enactus attains Sweet 16 with honors at the National Expo

MMU's Enactus team at Nationals

Mount Mercy University’s Enactus team earned a Sweet 16 spot for the fourth year in a row at the National Exposition in Kansas City, Missouri. Two students from the Enactus team were in the running for the Project Leader of the Year Award and the Executive Leader of the Year Award. Another team member was a finalist for  the Jules & Gwenn Knapp Scholarship.

The MMU Enactus team is one of four teams that have achieved a Sweet 16 spot for the last four years. Out of 400 teams nationally and over 80 teams that competed, Enactus placed within the Top 12 at the National Expo.

Each team had 17 minutes to highlight their entrepreneurial projects during the exposition. Mount Mercy’s team presented the Market at the Mount, Some Day: One Day, and H.O.S.E. during that time. Market at the Mount brought in over 1,800 people who spent almost $33,000 on 75 local vendors. Some Day: One Day helped launch online web markets for three vendors. H.O.S.E, Holding Out Shooters Effectively, worked sustainably by repurposing firehoses into safety sleeves for schools in active shooter situations.

“It’s exciting to see the impact that students can have on our local community by taking entrepreneurial action to improve entrepreneurs’ lives,” said Dr. Nate Klein, Enactus advisor.

Senior Trevor Hartz, a Blairstown native, was a top three finalist for the Project Leader of the Year Award. Senior Blake Seda, a Swisher native, was a semi-finalist for the Executive Leader of the Year Award. Seda was a top ten finalist.

Enactus President & Junior Annie Ertz, a native of Central City, was a finalist for the Jules & Gwenn Knapp Scholarship, a $10,000 academic scholarship that recognizes an Enactus student’s teamwork, leadership and educational achievements. Ertz would be Mount Mercy’s first student to receive this award. She was a top five finalist for the scholarship and earned a $2,000 award.

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