Project Accelerators

Please stay tuned for 2017 - 2018 announcements coming in Fall 2017.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016-2017 Project Accelerators and Challenges!

Through Project Accelerators, formerly known as Project Partnerships, Enactus United States teams have the opportunity to focus on some of the most important challenges affecting our world today. Project Accelerators provide grant funding for participating teams to start a new or improve an existing project that aligns with the grant criteria and objectives.

In addition to grant funds, teams participating in Project Accelerators have access to a dedicated website with program information and designated Enactus staff to provide additional instruction and resources. Check each Project Accelerator website for a complete overview of opportunities for participating teams, which could include mentorship from sponsor representatives, special training resources, exclusive webinars, collaboration groups and more.

All teams participating in Project Accelerators will submit Final Impact Reports in April 2017 to detail the success of their projects, including measurable outputs and outcomes. These reports are evaluated to determine the top teams who will receive additional recognition and cash prizes to reward their efforts. 

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Students for Health Project Accelerator
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Students for Health Project Accelerator provides the opportunity for Enactus U.S. teams/college students to implement new or existing initiatives to improve the health and wellness of the communities surrounding their respective university. Project tracks should include one or more of the following:

  • Addressing a Community Health Need
  • Leveraging Social Entrepreneurship
  • Engaging Small Business
  • Leveraging Technology

 Visit to learn more.

Grant Details: Up to 40 Enactus teams will receive a $1,500 grant
Application Deadline: 10/14/2016
Final Impact Report Deadline: 4/21/2017
Prize Details:

  • 1st Place: $6,000
  • 2nd Place: $4,000
  • 3rd & 4th Place: $2,000 each 

Unilever Bright Future Project Accelerator
The Unilever Bright Future Project Accelerator mobilizes Enactus United States teams to implement innovative projects that apply sustainable solutions towards achieving food security in the United States while promoting the importance of Global Goal 2: Zero Hunger. Visit to learn more. 

Grant Details: Up to 20 Enactus teams will receive a $1,500 grant
Application Deadline: 10/13/2016
Final Impact Report Deadline: 4/20/2017
Prize Details:

  • 1st Place: $7,500
  • 2nd Place: $5,000
  • 3rd Place: $3,000
  • Five Finalists: $1,000 each

Enactus Women's Economic Empowerment Project Accelerator
The Enactus Women’s Economic Empowerment Project Accelerator, made possible with funding from Walmart, mobilizes Enactus United States teams to empower women in the US to improve their livelihoods by creating and implementing comprehensive Workforce Development projects that enable women to gain and retain employment and/or further their career, resulting in promotions or wage increases. Visit to learn more.

Grant Details: Up to 65 Enactus teams will receive a $1,500 grant
Application Deadline:  10/12/2016
Final Impact Report Deadline: 4/19/2017
Prize Details:

  • 1st Place: $5,000
  • 2nd Place: $4,000
  • 3rd Place: $3,000
  • Three Finalists: $1,000 each

Administrative Details

To submit Applications, Reports and/or Impact Entries, students must be registered with Enactus and have permissions assigned by their Enactus faculty advisor. Only advisors can assign these permissions. Advisors should follow these directions to assign the “Apply/Submit Project Partnership or Topic Competitions” permission to students:

  1. Log into your portal account.
  2. After you are logged on, click "Team" on the top navigation bar.
  3. Click the pencil icon in the row for the student you want to edit.
  4. Make changes and save.