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Students in Free Enterprise

Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) is a global, not-for-profit education organization that encourages college students to improve the quality of life and standard of living around the world by teaching the principles and values of free market economics. Members of SIFE teach important concepts through educational outreach projects involving market economics, entrepreneurship, personal finance, and business ethics to better themselves, their community, and the world.  The SIFE organization spans 41 countries around the world and involves over 1,300 colleges and universities. 

An annual series of regional and national competitions provides a forum for teams to present the results of their projects, and to be evaluated by business leaders serving as judges. National champion teams advance to the prestigious SIFE World Cup. In addition to the community aspect of the program, SIFE’s leadership and career initiatives create meaningful opportunities for learning and exchange among the participants as well as the placement of students and alumni with companies in search of emerging talent.Messiah College’s SIFE team offers students the opportunity to apply what they are learning in the classroom to solve real world problems. Through the process of teaching and serving others, they catch a glimpse of the true scope of their personal potential and are forever changed. As they go about the process of organizing their team, developing education projects and competing in a global competition, they develop teamwork, leadership, and communication skills far beyond those of the average college student.

Each year since 2003 Messiah College has been selected as a champion at the Philadelphia regional competition allowing them to compete at the national level. Messiah has finished in the top forty every year.  The competition also provides the opportunity to see how other college students are changing the world and the chance to meet CEOs and other top executives from major U.S. companies.  The true rewards for the team come from helping budding entrepreneurs get their plans off the ground and mentoring others to reach for their dreams.

 

Visit the National SIFE website.

 

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