Social Entrepreneurship

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Social entrepreneurship is the use of startup companies and other entrepreneurial efforts to develop, fund and implement solutions to social, cultural, or environmental issues. This concept may be applied to a variety of organizations of different sizes, aims, and beliefs.



The Golden Age of Social Entrepreneurship | Swarochish ‘Swish’ Goswami | TEDxUofT (14:35) – Swish discusses how we currently live in the golden age of social entrepreneurship where young people and those disadvantaged by society can link empathy with entrepreneurship.


What is Social Entrepreneurship? |SENS MREZA | Smart Kolektiv (EVPA European Venture Philanthropy Association) (2:02) —An animation to explain the concept of social entrepreneurship to the general public to raise awareness about the importance of this type of business.


The Coolest Road to Social Entrepreneurship | Saima Khan | TEDxAmityUniversityDubai (11:40) — Saima shares invaluable advice for the perfect map toward the Coolest Road to Social Entrepreneurship. She encourages the millennials toward inculcating change with baby steps and make a much larger impact in our society like she is doing.





  • 5 Tips For Starting and Running A Successful Socially Responsible Business – Trina Spear, Co-Founder of FIGS, a company that creates medical apparel through a Threads for Threads initiative and gives scrubs to healthcare providers in need around the world, provides five tips on how to successfully run a socially responsible business.
  • 30 under 30: Social Entrepreneurs — A list of 30 people under 30 who have created businesses with the Social Entrepreneur idea. These businesses range from clean energy to medicine in third world countries.


Engage with Cal Poly connections

Cal Poly Centers or Institutes


Programs and Courses

  • Entrepreneurship Minor
  • BUS 220 Business Basics for Entrepreneurs
  • BUS 310 Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • BUS 404 Governmental and Social Influences on Business
  • BUS 422 Accounting for Government and Not-For-Profit Entities
  • BUS 477 Managing Change and Development
  • BUS 488 Planning and Managing New Ventures
  • GSB 556 Entrepreneurship and New Venture Management
  • PHIL 323 Ethics, Science and Technology
  • PHIL 331 Ethics
  • PHIL 335 Social Ethics
  • PHIL 337 Business Ethics
  • PHIL 341 Professional Ethics
  • ECON 303 Economics of Poverty, Discrimination, and Immigration
  • ECON 345 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
  • ECON 345 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
  • ECON 432 Economics of Energy and Resources
  • ECON 434 Urban Economics


Student Clubs and Organizations

  • Sustainability-focused Student Clubs
  • DECA: DECA is an international, career-development organization that focuses on educating students in four clusters of entrepreneurship (Marketing, Finance, Hospitality, and Management) through competitive events.
  • Cal Poly Entrepreneurs: Cal Poly Entrepreneurs is a student run club designed to foster and encourage entrepreneurial innovation.
  • Net Impact: A club that champions sustainability, social responsibility, and business for good. We bring in speakers from companies that strive to be socially/environmentally responsible.


Enhance your involvement in the field

Internship Opportunities

  • Angel List – Startup Job Board
  • – Socially responsible companies, non-profits, etc
  • Look for internship opportunities through the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship & Cal Poly Clubs (Net Impact & CP Entrepreneurs)


Professional Associations


LinkedIn Groups


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