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Social entrepreneurs are growing in number on the Cornell campus, supported by a variety of courses, student clubs and university-wide efforts to encourage students to use the skills of entrepreneurship to be agents of change in the world. See the cover story from ESHIP Magazine that details some of the ways Cornell is embracing social entrepreneurship.

Cornell President David Skorton has been vocal in his support for social entrepreneurship. “If there ever was a time for higher education to be front and center in solving societal problems, that time is now,” he said during a 2009 commencement address.

Cornell was chosen as one of four model universities by the Ashoka Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports social entrepreneurs and education. Through this partnership, the university will further develop its resources to support social entrepreneurs and help mentor other campuses who are developing similar programs.  For a copy of the report prepared for President Skorton, click here.

Some larger efforts to build the spirit of social entrepreneurship at Cornell include:

  • Changemaker forums, which celebrate students involved in social entrepreneurship.
  • A new social entrepreneurship track of the undergraduate “Big Idea Competition” for business ideas.
  • Visits of numerous alumni social entrepreneurs to campus for events and meetings with students

In the fall of 2010, Anke Wessels' course, “Social Innovators and Entrepreneurs," was selected by the Ashoka Foundation as one of the 10 best social entrepreneurship courses in the country and will be honored at a spring 2011 conference at Duke University. Learn more about the award and the course here.