The Menasha Future of Employment (FOE) Project Accelerator mobilizes Enactus United States teams to implement innovative projects that apply technological, market-based solutions to streamlining the staffing industry and connecting under-served communities to sustainable, skills-based employment opportunities. Teams receiving the accelerator grant will develop creative, technology-based solutions for bridging the access gap between disadvantaged communities, including (but not limited to) homeless, previously incarcerated, or military veteran communities, to empower them to gain valuable skills and job opportunities in the packaging manufacturing, warehouse, and distribution industry.

This accelerator encourages teams to develop an entrepreneurial approach to sustainable staffing and workforce readiness. Teams are to consider what training and support is necessary, and what economic opportunities can be generated through the objective to improve the efficiency of warehouse and manufacturing staffing. In alignment with the Enactus judging criterion, it is important for teams to keep in mind how they can use entrepreneurial action to approach this challenge in a manner that empowers people to improve their livelihoods, as well as empowers Menasha to close the access and efficiency gaps when sourcing employment and staffing needs.


Teams that wish to apply should review the following guidelines and eligibility requirements before designing a Menasha FOE project:

  • Applications for FOE project grants will be accepted between the dates of June 10th, 2019 and September 27th, 2019 on a rolling basis. We will continue to accept applications until eight (8) grants have been awarded or until the application deadline, whichever comes first.
  • Grant recipients must be willing to implement their project in collaboration with one of the 34 Menasha fulfillment centers, packing plants or facilities in the states of CA, GA, IL, IA, MI, MN, NJ, OH, PA, TX, VA, and WI. Teams applying for this grant should be within a reasonable distance* of the plant/facility with which they choose to work. For a full list of Menasha plants/facilities and to determine whether your team is eligible to apply, click here.
  • Consider how your project can use technology to streamline the staffing process and bridge the access gap for your target audience (i.e. apps, web platforms, etc.).
  • Menasha is looking for teams to apply business innovation to develop sustainable solutions that can be taken to scale* to impact additional communities.
  • Consider the mission of the Menasha Foundation and their work to build a community-based, socially responsible labor sourcing model through their Path to Purpose program that serves underrepresented talent by creating meaningful employment opportunities. As you design your project, we ask that you incorporate the Path to Purpose program model to support the work being done by Menasha in this program. For more information, click here.
  • Visit the Menasha Corporate Sustainability report to see the great work they are accomplishing to reduce water usage, reduce waste and so many other key items related to sustainability, click here.

*It is the team’s discretion to decide what is a reasonable distance and how far they are willing to travel to work with a Menasha facility. While some project work can be done remotely, the team will be expected to visit the facility throughout the project lifecycle. While Menasha is not placing restrictions on distance and would like to encourage teams willing to travel to apply, the application judging panel will assess whether the distance and capacity for the team to travel to the facility is feasible.  

*Scalable means that the project has the potential to be effectively replicated to impact communities. We’re looking for team projects that have already scaled, can scale before the Final Impact Report Deadline, or that have the potential to scale. Scaling can be executed by the team replicating their own solutions or by another group, nonprofit, community leaders, etc. who have gained insights from the team to replicate the team’s work.


The Menasha FOE Project Accelerator is an opportunity to scale your project to the next level.


Up to eight teams will each receive a grant in the amount of $3,000 to implement their Menasha FOE project.


Each team will be paired with a Menasha mentor located at the Menasha facility with which the team is working to implement the project to receive additional guidance and insight as to how Menasha operates their facilities and makes sustainable employment a priority. Mentors will meet with teams based on an agreed upon schedule between the team and mentor.


Participating students will have direct access to Menasha staff to learn about internship and full-time employment opportunities at Menasha.


In addition to grant funding, the teams with the most successful projects will be awarded with cash prizes upon submitting a Final Impact Report. Grand Prize winners will be awarded as follows:

1st Place: $7,500
2nd Place: $5,000
3rd Place: $3,000
Finalist: $1,000** 


The Grand Prize Winners will be recognized at the Enactus USA 2020 National Exposition and at

**Should we receive fewer than 8 applications for this project accelerator, Menasha and Enactus reserve the right to eliminate the Finalist prize.

Apply Now - Click here

Important Dates - Click here

Judging & Final Impact Report - Click here

For questions about the Menasha Future of Employment Project Accelerator or to discuss whether your team is eligible to apply, please contact your Enactus Regional Program Manager