Center for Social Entrepreneurship

at Middlebury

What is Social Entrepreneurship?

“Just as entrepreneurs change the face of business, social entrepreneurs act as the change agents for society, seizing opportunities others miss and improving systems, inventing new approaches, and creating solutions to change society for the better. While a business entrepreneur might create entirely new industries, a social entrepreneur comes up with new solutions to social problems and then implements them on a large scale.”

Social entrepreneurs are “individuals with innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems. They are ambitious and persistent, tackling major social issues and offering new ideas for wide-scale change.” Social entrepreneurship therefore occurs when individuals find problems within society and create novel ways to solve them.  Their ideas are practical, engaging, and inspire others to participate in social change to better the world.

– Ashoka, https://www.ashoka.org/social_entrepreneur

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