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. 

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. This year we will crown and Early Stage Champion. 

All teams, new and veterans alike, are welcome to compete in this exciting track of competition and can also participate in the World Cup Qualifier competition, but with a separate project used in the Early Stage Competition. 

Early Stage Competition Materials 

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


  • February 14 at 5:00 PM CDT - Deadline to submit Early-Stage Project Eligibility Form 
  • February 28 @ 5:00 PM CDT - Team Registration Deadline   
  • March 7 @ 8:00 AM CDT - Deadline to submit competition requirements (instructions will be provided in advance to registered competing teams 
  • March 15 @ 12:00 PM CDT - Announcement of Early Stage Semi-Finalists 
  • March 15 @ 2:00 PM CDT - Early Stage Semi-Final League Draw (Zoom)
  • March 16 @ 2:00 PM CDT - Announcement of WCQ Semi-Finalists and Early Stage Finalists
  • March 16 @ 3:15 PM CDT - Early Stage Finalist Timeslot Draw (Zoom)
  • March 16 @ 4:00 PM CDT - WCQ Semi-Final League Draw (Zoom)



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 2022 
  • Team project has not yet yielded long-term outcomes  
  • The team’s project must be approved by Enactus staff 
  • The project presented in 2022 may not be presented again in the 2023 Early-Stage Competition  


  • Submit Early-Stage Eligibility Form by February 14 at 5:00 PM CDT 
  • Once approved, Enactus Staff will confirm the team’s participation and the team will be able to officially register as competing early-stage.   
  • If a team does not submit competition materials by March 7 @ 8:00 AM CDT, their spot in the competition will be automatically forfeited.  

Questions about project qualifications? Contact your Regional Program Manager