Students of Enactus UWA - formerly Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) - began 2013 with a two-day camp to develop their leadership skills while exploring and discussing ideas around development, poverty, and social justice.
The Empower Camp gave Enactus UWA students the opportunity to further hone their current projects, all of which use an entrepreneurial approach to help marginalised communities through empowerment.
Last year, these projects saw the Enactus UWA team win the Australian Enactus championships, going on to compete at the Enactus World Cup in Washington DC, where they reached the semi-finals.
Enactus UWA Co-president Shannon Ziegelaar (pictured) said participating in the Enactus World Cup inspired the team to continue striving to make a difference to local and international communities.
"Enactus World Cup was a phenomenal experience," she said.
"We had the chance to meet business leaders from all over the globe and made some valuable contacts to propel our projects forward. Most of all, it was an opportunity to be inspired by other students and understand the potential that an organisation like Enactus, with its unique formula, has to make a real difference in the world."
Enactus is an international non-profit organisation that brings together student, academic and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need.
The Enactus UWA team, based at the UWA Business School, includes students studying Commerce, Arts, Law, Science, Engineering and Music, all of whom are passionate about implementing positive business projects to improve the lives of disadvantaged people.