FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Review these frequently asked questions about the Races empowered by Enactus. We will update the FAQs as needed to address popular questions, so check back often. 

If you have any unanswered questions, let us know! Send 1 Race 2 End Waste questions to endwaste@enactus.org and The Water Race questions to waterrace@enactus.org.


Who is eligible to join Enactus Races?

Races are team competitions open to all registered students on Enactus teams. Please visit enactus.org/where-we-work/ to see the 36 countries where Enactus currently operates.

Not part of Enactus? Contact international@enactus.org to learn how you can join.

Can my Enactus team participate in a particular Race with more than one project?

Yes. Enactus teams are welcome form more than one project team to submit multiple projects to a particular Race.

Can Enactus students from different Enactus teams form a project team?

While we encourage you to connect and collaborate with other Enactus teams while participating in Races, only Enactus students and Faculty Advisors from the same Enactus team can form a project team.

Can my Enactus team join more than one Race?

Yes!

Does my Enactus Faculty Advisor have to register on the online Race platform?

We encourage, but do not require, Faculty Advisors to register on the online Race platform. Enactus teams must have their Faculty Advisors review and approve their Progress Reports before making their online submission.

How do I form a project team?

Once they have registered themselves on the platform, Project Leaders can form a team by following the instructions on the project team formation page. Teams must have a minimum of two Enactus students who are registered on the platform.

Once a team has been created, the Project Leader can begin adding additional team members. After logging in, visit your team’s profile in the directory. Click the “Invite Members” button. If the team member you wish to add has already been registered on the platform, find and invite them by typing their name in the search bar that appears.

If your teammate is not yet registered, enter their email address and Enactus will send an invitation with information about how they can register and join your team.

What is the difference between the team leader, admin, and member roles?

The platform allows project teams to share responsibility for managing their team profile. The person who creates the team profile automatically becomes the Project Leader, and is the only team member who can manage member roles, start the submission process and formally submit an Action Entry/Progress Report. Once the project team is created, the Project Leader can begin adding members. There are two options for team member roles: admin and member. Admins can edit the team profile, add new team members, and view the submission draft. Members can only view the draft.

Does my Enactus team have to compete at my country’s Regional or National Competition/Exposition to participate in a Race?

To be eligible to advance to the Impact Competition of a particular Race, the Enactus team must compete at their country’s 2017 Regional or National Competition.

  • If your Enactus country has Regional Competitions, you must compete at a Regional Competition. >Your team does not have to advance to the National Competition to be eligible for a Race’s Impact Competition.
  • If your Enactus country has a National Competition only, you must compete at the National Competition.
  • Race teams that do not compete in their country’s competition process are not eligible to compete in a Race’s Impact Competition.
  • Enactus reserves the right to grant exceptions to teams for extenuating circumstances that prevent a team from competing in their country’s competition process. Teams seeking an exception due to extenuating circumstances must put their request in writing via email no later than 1 June 2017. Enactus will review exception requests. Decisions by Enactus are final. See the Race’s Impact Competition Guide and Tips for details.

Note: teams who do not compete in their country’s 2017 Regional or National Competition may still participate in the Action and Progress phases of the Races. To be eligible for Progress Rewards, teams must compete in their country’s 2017 Regional or National Competition.

Does my Race team have to submit a 77-second video to participate in a Race?

In order to be eligible for Progress Rewards of a particular Race, a team must submit a 77-second video no later than 1 June 2017 by 17:00 GMT Read the 77-Second Video Guidelines for more information.


How can my team connect to a mentor?

Visit the Mentor Directory to view Race mentors. Visit a mentor’s profile and click “request an introduction.” Enactus will review requests and do our best to make connections when possible. We will contact you directly if a connection can be made.

Please review the Mentorship Guidelines for more information.

Will my team be connected to a mentor if we have mentorship needs?

The Races provide an opportunity for teams to connect with mentors. There are a limited number of mentors and a limited timeframe. Teams can describe mentorship requests in their Action Entry. This information will be available in the team’s project profile that is posted in the Project Gallery. Enactus will make our best effort to accommodate requests.


What is the difference between food waste and food loss?

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations:

Food that gets spilled or spoilt before it reaches its final product or retail stage is called food loss. 

Food that is fit for human consumption, but is not consumed because it is spoiled or left to spoil or discarded by retailers or consumers is called food waste.

Visit the resources in the Knowledge Hub to learn more.

What kinds of measurable results are you looking for?

We want to know how your project is delivering measurable progress towards addressing food loss/waste. In your Progress Report, we’ll ask you to provide data on the following success metrics. Note: some success metrics may not be applicable to your project. We encourage teams to report additional success metrics that are relevant to their particular efforts.

  • Number of people directly impacted
  • Number of people indirectly impacted
  • Amount of food waste/loss reduced or diverted in tons
  • Number of businesses created
  • Number of jobs created
  • Amount of new revenue generated in USD
  • Amount of cost savings generated in USD

What kinds of measurable results are you looking for?

We want to know how your project is delivering measurable progress towards addressing water and/or sanitation challenges. In your Progress Report, we’ll ask you to provide data on the following success metrics. Note: some success metrics may not be applicable to your project. We encourage teams to report additional success metrics that are relevant to their particular efforts.

  • Number of people directly impacted
  • Number of people indirectly impacted
  • Number of people with new/improved access to safe and affordable drinking water
  • Number of people with new/improved access to products/services that improve sanitation
  • Amount of water conserved through water use efficiency or reduced water demand (in liters)
  • Amount of water recycled and/or safely reused (in liters)
  • Number of businesses created
  • Number of jobs created
  • Amount of new revenue generated in USD
  • Amount of cost savings generated in USD