HIVE Ambassador named Fellow
Thembe Mvula (HIVE Ambassador for 2015-2016, a member of Enactus Kent, and Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies alumni) has been named Fellow. Thembe is one of two Enactus UK Alumni to be named Fellow.
Thembe is joining a group of Fellows made up of a diverse group of graduates and young professionals who are ambitious about making society better. They include engineers, journalists, tech entrepreneurs and social researchers.
Thembe studied Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of Kent. Alongside her studies, she was actively involved in local and international voluntary groups which introduced her to social enterprise and innovation.
As a Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies student, enterprise is a field far removed from my learning experience at university. Being passionate about social enterprise and my interest in becoming an entrepreneur led me to discover business-based student society Enactus Kent as well as HIVE.
Throughout 2015-2016 Thembe worked as an Ambassador for HIVE, advocating entrepreneurship and innovation throughout the student body at the University of Kent. Thembe proactively campaigned for the student enterprise activities on campus and says:
There are vast networking and personal profile building opportunities to take advantage of whilst being a student. What I particularly value about student enterprise is the ability to interact with business experts in a way that might not be as freely available outside of higher learning. Attending a business advice session in my second year enabled me to not only consider more clearly how I could start my own business, but also provided me with practical feedback on how to achieve my aims step-by-step. As students, we’re all aware of how increasingly difficult it is capture a suitable employer’s attention and this should be something that is considered long before the completion of your degree.
Thembe has also been heavily involved in the Society, Enactus Kent. Within this group Thembe has led on sustainability and social projects and this year mentored a team who competed at the Enactus UK Nationals Competition.
Thembe's recent TEDx talk explored the challenges of communicating and overcoming mental health battles through spoken word, informed by her belief in the power of artistic expression in raising awareness of social issues. She recently pitched to a board of educators, advocating using spoken word poetry to help students understand literature in schools.