Social Entrepreneurship

Social Entrepreneurship uses principles typically associated with business development to organize, create, and manage a venture to make social change. 


At UChicago, a number of social entrepreneurship ventures are supported by the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Booth School of Business.  Students interested in social entrepreneurship should pay special interest to Polsky's Social Enterprise Initiative, which provides specially-tailored resources for student social entrepreneurs and innovators.


Near campus, a number of community partner organizations are working from a social entrepreneurship model to make a difference in their communities.

NowPow/MAPSCorps is a collective social impact organization that grew out of a UChicago Medicine and UCSC collaborative research project.  Each summer, MAPSCorps (a nonprofit organization) hires hundreds of college and high school students to map the assets of South and West Side communities.  The data they provide fuels a healthcare innovation developed and marketed by NowPow (a for-profit medical technology corporation) to area clinicians, improving health and employment outcomes for the region.

Sunshine Enterprises is a collection of for-profit ventures, including a micro-business incubator space, supported by Sunshine Gospel Ministries in Woodlawn.  Money raised through their social ventures is reinvested in their community through accelerator grants for other new enterprises.


Want to get involved in social entrepreneurship?  Not sure where to start?  Contact Xavier Ramey, UCSC's Senior Associate Director for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship.