Social Entrepreneurship

Dan Williamson meets with ESP faculty and staff
 Entrepreneurship classroom setting
Student writing on post-it notes in class
 Startup Weekend participant group photo
 Post-it notes on a whiteboard

Miami University's Center for Social Entrepreneurship creates hands-on, experiential learning opportunities for undergraduates and strives to give students the tools they need to leave their mark on the world. The Center defines social entrepreneurship as "innovative solutions to persistent social problems - particularly to those that are marginalized or poor - that create social value through sustainable, systemic change." These social problems include a wide range of sectors - financial, educational, environmental, governmental, nutritional, and many others. The Center challenges students to think about these issues, both in the U.S. and around the world, and provides them with the tools to address them in a meaningful way.

Center for Social Entrepreneurship Highlights include:

  • Named "Best Program in Social Entrepreneurship" by the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC) in 2012
  • Recipient of more than $650,000 in federal grants for social entrepreneurship programs with international scholars through the U.S. Department of State
  • Two-time winner of the "Innovation in Social Entrepreneurship" award by ASHOKA.
  • Inaugural winner of the "3E Learning Award in Social Entrepreneurship" for pedagogical innovation at the Skoll World Forum