Where to Study
With every challenge to human health and welfare, the opportunities for social entrepreneurship grow. Today, that opportunity is spreading through universities, conferences, fellowship programs, and visionary organizations that provide direct support to social entrepreneurs.
Conferences and Events
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Babson College - Entrepreneurship Research Conference
Case Western Reserve - Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit
Harvard University - The Social Enterprise Conference
Skoll Foundation - Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship
Stanford Graduate School of Business - Social Innovation Conferences
Temple University - Social Entrepreneurship Conference
Undergraduate and Graduate Programs
A leader in entrepreneurial management education, Babson College (Wellesley, Massachusetts) grants BS degrees through its undergraduate program and MBA and custom MS and MBA degrees through the FW Olin Graduate School of Business.
The Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management (Cleveland, Ohio) develops, seeks, and shares innovations that advance social entrepreneurship and business sustainability.
The Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School (New York, New York) explores social enterprise within four focus areas: public and nonprofit management; international development and emerging markets; social entrepreneurship; and corporate social responsibility and sustainability.
The Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business (Durham, North Carolina) promotes the entrepreneurial pursuit of social impact through the thoughtful adaptation of business expertise.
The Social Enterprise Initiative at Harvard Business School (Cambridge, Massachusetts) is a major effort focusing on nonprofit organizations and other private social-purpose enterprises.
The Berkley Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at New York University (New York, New York) is dedicated to the exploration and encouragement of entrepreneurship, new venture creation, and innovation within the business school curriculum and through the support of entrepreneurship research.
The Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Program in Social Entrepreneurship at New York University (New York, New York) exposes a group of graduate and undergraduate students to the cross-disciplinary skills, experiences, and networking opportunities needed to advance their efforts to realize sustainable solutions to society’s most intractable problems.
The Skoll Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School (Oxford, UK) promotes the advancement of social entrepreneurship worldwide and fosters innovative social transformation through education, research, and collaboration.
The Center for Social Innovation at Stanford Business School (Palo Alto, California) promotes innovative solutions to social problems through interdisciplinary research.
The Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute at Temple University’s Fox School of Business (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) emphasizes integrated, applied, hands-on learning, bringing together students, entrepreneurs, mentors, alumni, faculty and business advisors from diverse backgrounds to work on real-time projects.
The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) was the first to develop a fully integrated curriculum of entrepreneurial studies. Today Wharton has one of the largest entrepreneurial teaching programs available, offering more than twenty courses to some 2,000 students and entrepreneurs.
Fellowship Programs and Organizations that Provide Direct Support to Social Entrepreneurs
Acumen Fund’s one-year fellowships begin with eight weeks of intensive leadership training in their New York City office. fellows then spend nine months working with one of Acumen Fund’s portfolio organizations in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, India or Pakistan.
Fellows in the Agora Fellows Program commit to nine-to-twelve months working in Managua, Nicaragua, or San Salvador, El Salvador, and work to design and execute new initiatives related to the role of finance and entrepreneurship in development.
Ashoka fellows are provided with a living stipend for an average of three years, allowing them to focus full-time on building their institutions and spreading their ideas. Since 1981, Ashoka has elected over 2,000 leading social entrepreneurs as fellows.
Run entirely by students, the Washington, DC-based Compass Fellowship conducts an intensive two-year social entrepreneurial program that offers business skill training, provides an internship opportunity, and seed capital for its fifteen fellows to launch a social venture.
Draper Richards Foundation offers fellowships that provide unrestricted funds to US-based organizations at the beginning of their development.
Through a two-year fellowship program, Echoing Green invests in and supports outstanding emerging social entrepreneurs to launch new organizations that deliver bold, high-impact solutions.
Established in 1997, Endeavor currently operates in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Mexico, South Africa, Turkey and Uruguay. Endeavor’s entrepreneurs are selected every six months through a rigorous screening process.
Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship is headquartered in Cologny-Geneva, Switzerland. Over the past eight years, the Foundation has selected twenty-to-thirty social entrepreneurs annually from around the world, fostering peer-to-peer exchange and supporting the replication of their methods.
Skoll Foundation Awards for Social Entrepreneurship support social entrepreneurs whose work has the potential for large-scale influence on environmental sustainability, health, tolerance and human rights, institutional responsibility, economic and social equity, or peace and security.