History of Enactus


SIFE had modest beginnings in Texas where the National Leadership Institute’s Robert T. “Sonny” Davis, a Texas attorney, founded it in 1975. Each fall, university teams were invited to attend leadership-training programs where they would learn the principles of free enterprise and develop leadership skills. They were challenged to go back to their campuses and conduct free enterprise outreach projects in their communities. In the spring, the teams were invited to present the outcome of their efforts to judges at regional competitions who evaluated how well they taught others a working knowledge of the free enterprise system.

During the late 1990’s, SIFE expanded internationally into Albania, Brazil, South Korea, Ukraine, Russia and Uzbekistan.

In the year 2000, SIFE saw its most significant growth with new program operations opening in Australia, Belarus, Botswana, Ghana, Malaysia, Nigeria, Philippines, South Africa and United Kingdom.

In July 2001, SIFE held its inaugural SIFE World Cup competition in London, England, where National Champion SIFE Teams from 17 countries vied for the title of SIFE World Cup Champion.

Each year SIFE now Enactus continues its strategic growth, spanning its reach to 1,500 teams in 39 countries with a World Cup held each year in early October.


SIFE now Enactus Australia commenced in 2000 and in that same year a business plan was in place; a SIFE Board had been set up, a constitution was in place; SIFE was registered as a Not for Profit Organisation in Australia; and 4 universities had Faculty Advisors and teams trained and in place to take part in a National Competition which is now held each year in July with upwards of 22 teams competing each year.

SIFE now Enactus has continued to grow and flourish. We have an active and committed Board and  specific  Board Partnership, Finance, Event and HR Committees.

Enactus Australia operates in 28 universities throughout Australia with over 700 students involved in upwards of 100 projects aimed at bettering the lives of thousands of people in Australian communities.