Brazilian Adventist Students Join Global Entrepreneurship Challenge
Students at the 5,000-student campus of the Northeast Brazil College (known by its Portuguese acronym, FADBA) in the city of Cachoeira, Bahia State, Brazil, recently gained access to a global entrepreneurship challenge program.
Faculty contacted the headquarters of the Brazilian Enactus, the world’s largest social entrepreneurship program. Since July 2013 the team Enactus-FADBA was assembled and able to participate in events sponsored by the organization.
Present in more than 35 countries, and reaching over 120 other nations with their projects, Enactus promotes entrepreneurship and economic empowerment, following social projects related to university studies, conducted entirely by students and supervised by teachers.
Participating institutions create “teams” responsible for the projects. The teams are trained throughout the process, culminating in a national championship celebration where projects are presented.
The best project, judged by CEOs and executives of large national and multinational companies, represents the country at the World Cup Enactus, which this year will be held in Cancún, Mexico.
Brazil currently has 30 teams. The most recent is the FADBA team, who was present, along with major universities of the country in the most recently Enactus National Championship, held in São Paulo on July 3-4.
Professor Fabio Bergamo, faculty advisor to the Enactus-FADBA team, and business administration student Taís Angels were invited to be observers of the event. There they had the opportunity to experience the exciting spirit of Enactus, a community that has more than 700 students in the country and more than 65,000 worldwide.
The Enactus-FADBA team has approximately 30 students, and they are defining their initial projects aimed at helping underserved communities of the Reconcavo Baiano area around Salvador, the Bahia state capital.
—Reported by Adventist World staff