social entrepreneurship @ UVA

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Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Virginia creates opportunities for students to learn about social entrepreneurship through experiential classes, workshops, speakers, hackathons, concept competitions, Global Field Experiences and internships.

Social Entrepreneurs are committed to solving the major challenges facing the planet today. They take innovative and creative approaches to develop sustainable solutions to a range of problems from poverty, malnutrition, and homelessness and to lack of access to education, health care and dignified work. Those solutions may take the form of innovative financially-sustainable non-profits, world changing for-profits, or a range of hybrid models in between, including innovative financing like venture philanthropy, social impact bonds, public-private partnerships and impact investing. Often real system-change requires collaboration across sectors, this is the focus of the SE@UVA Research Hub for Collaborative Innovaton.

As this field develops, it is imperative we educate future leaders to advance this field. We strive to bring together the best of the University’s public service mission, world-class professional schools, and critical liberal arts training through a pan-University social entrepreneurship initiative.

Interested in a Minor in Social Entrepreneurship? Learn more about the cross-disciplinary, cross-Grounds Minor.