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The Social Innovation Initiative,  a program of the Swearer Center for Public Service, creates and connects students to meaningful experiences focused on action, identity, and social impact through the lenses of innovation and entrepreneurship. 

What is social innovation?

 Social innovation is the creation of new ideas that address social problems by reconceiving the status quo to create more sustainable and just systems that benefit marginalized groups and society as a whole. To meet this definition, these ideas should be able to demonstrate their impact and consider pathways to financial sustainability and scale.

Want to know more? Click here to learn about definitions of social entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship, as well as access related resources. 

Have an idea for a venture? Visit our Venture Support page to learn about how we can help.

Interested in learning about social innovation? Explore our Learning & Mentorship pages to find out about courses and student groups related to social innovation.

Want to pursue social innovation further? Check out our Beyond Brown pages to discover professional experiences, fellowships, and conferences.