Center for Entrepreneurship and Social Impact

We’ll empower you to create a positive impact through business as you study entrepreneurship and social change with national leaders in the field. You’ll have opportunities to create impact both within and outside the classroom as you develop your entrepreneurial skills and create innovative solutions to address market gaps and tackle some of the most urgent social issues of our day.

Pitch With a CAUSE

Pitch with a CAUSE is a competition open to anyone with an idea for a business that makes a positive social or environmental impact. The competition is open to anyone interested in making a submission, including high school students, undergraduate students, graduate students and community members. Everyone is welcome.

Experiential Learning

Microfinance Study Abroad

As part of the microfinance course, you'll learn about microlending and how access to capital changes the lives of the poor. The class is unique in that it is small, usually limited to 10 students. You'll develop an understanding of microfinance through interactive activities, engaging case studies and lively discussions. Toward the end of the semester, you'll travel to Mexico, where you'll gain valuable experiences and apply the knowledge you have learned.

Social Venture Consulting Study Abroad

This course allows you to engage with social entrepreneurs abroad. You'll learn consulting techniques, visit the social entrepreneurs to gather data and help them develop sound business models to grow their enterprises. The class is limited to 10 students.

Internship Opportunities



To cultivate and support an innovative learning environment that develops entrepreneurial skills, fosters leadership opportunities, and empowers students to engage in entrepreneurship, innovation and impact.


Empowering entrepreneurs to change the world.

Health in Entrepreneurship Research Forum

Friday and Saturday, Oct. 13-14, 2023

Join us in Chicago for our inaugural Health in Entrepreneurship Research Forum.

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