Enactus United States is once again hosting the Early-Stage Competition to recognize teams with projects in the early stages of development and provide insightful feedback to promote the growth of projects. Teams competing in this track of competition will submit an up to 7-minute pre-recorded video presentation of 1 pre-approved project that has not yet produced long-term outcomes. A live Q&A session will occur in this track of competition! 

Early Stage competing teams will be judged on their efforts to define a need, pursue entrepreneurial leadership, work towards positive impact, focus on long-term sustainability, and effectively communicate their project. 

All teams, new and veterans alike, are welcome to compete in this exciting track of competition but cannot also participate in the World Cup Qualifier (Traditional) competition. Students on teams that participate in the Early-Stage Competition can, however, participate in the SDG Pitch Competition 

Early Stage Competition Materials 

  • Up To 7-minute Video or PowerPoint Presentation
  • Team Project Report 
  • Project Verification Form: Printable PDF / Fillable PDF 
  • Optional Annual Report or Project 1 Pager 
  • Team Photo  
  • Optional Meet the Teams Video (up to 15 seconds)
  • Optional Team Bio – Example    


  • March 1 - Deadline to submit Early-Stage Project Eligibility Form 
  • March 17 @ 11:59 PM CDT - Registration Deadline   
  • April 4 @ 11:59 PM CDT: Deadline to submit competition requirements (instructions will be provided in advance to registered competing teams 
  • April 13 - 10:00 AM CDT- 12:30 PM CDTAt least 1 representative available for live 7-minute Q&A session (timeslots TBA) 
  • April 16 @ 3:00 PM CDT: Live virtual award ceremony 



All Enactus teams are welcome to compete in Early-Stage Competition as long as the team abides by the following eligibility requirements: 

  • The team presents only 1 project at Expo 2021 
  • Team project has not yet yielded long-term outcomes  
  • The team cannot also compete in World Cup Qualifier (Traditional) Competition 
  • The team’s project must be approved by Enactus staff 
  • The project presented in 2021 may not be presented again in the 2022 Early-Stage Competition  


  • Submit Early-Stage Eligibility Form by 3/1/2021 
  • Once approved, Enactus Staff will confirm the team’s participation and the team will be able to officially register as competing early-stage.   
  • Make sure everyone on your team who plans to participate in the Online Expo has also registered as an individual 
  • If a team does not submit competition materials by 4/4/2021 at 11:59 PM CST, their spot in the competition will be automatically forfeited.  

Questions about project qualifications? Contact your Regional Program Manager