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Social Entrepreneurship Institute

Give your best. Then give back.

The Social Entrepreneurship Institute (SEI) provides a way for you to learn about social entrepreneurship, civic engagement, and societal needs through service learning, workshop and a lecture series.

SEI Overview

The SEI was established, in part, to invest the intellectual capital of the University of Illinois back into the communities of the State of Illinois.and it.s become all the more important during the current economic and state budget crisis. We charge community organizations nothing for our work. In the past four years, SEI has worked on consulting projects for organizations such as Crisis Nursery, Girls Scouts of Central Illinois, Hope Community Health Center, SmileHealthy, Illinois Green Business Association, Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club, Center for Women in Transition, and A Woman's Fund.

We want these organizations to function more effectively while grappling with limited resources. That.s why SEI provides community organizations with student consulting teams and training on basic business concepts. SEI helps community organizations to explore whether a .social entrepreneurship. enterprise.creating a for-profit venture to sustain their non-profit.s organization and right for them.

The institute is a program that is hosted by the College of Business Office of Undergraduate Affairs in partnership with several institutional and community partners, including Illinois Business Consulting, the Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership, the United Way of Champaign County, and Hanley Foundation.

For Community Organizations

SEI provides community organizations with business training and a team of student interns to work on a consulting project. Organizations that wish to participate will be able to apply online starting the third week of April.

For Students

Students apply to the SEI to become Social Entrepreneurship Fellows. If accepted as a fellow, you become part of a consulting team assigned to a project with a non-profit. required to attend workshops and our lecture series to learn about social entrepreneurship and the positive ways in which business can respond to critical issues facing communities.and the planet as a whole. Connected with the Social Entrepreneurship Institute is the Social Entrepreneur Fellows Internship Program, which provides an excellent opportunity for you to learn about societal issues and civic engagement and to serve the community. You may apply to participate as a fellow in a variety of internship roles, including interning with community organizations, interning as a research assistant, and interning as an SEI administrative assistant. If you apply for the internship positions with community organizations, you.ll need to be available to participate in both the Institute.s workshops and lectures. Additionally, required to enroll in the .Social Entrepreneurship and the Citizen Leader. course. If you wish to participate, you can apply online starting the third week of April.

Service-Learning Internship Course

Student fellows are required to enroll in the affiliated course, Social Entrepreneurship & the Citizen Leader (3 credits/graded/summer session 2), which is intended to provide structure and support to maximize learning and accountability in the academic service-learning internships. The course focuses on social entrepreneurship, in which opportunity recognition, resource mobilization, and value creation are used to address social issues in innovative and sustainable ways. Students gain hands-on experience with the theory and application of social entrepreneurship in authentic contexts through the service-learning internships and participate in structured activities, discussions, and reflection to connect those experiences to concepts and readings in business, social entrepreneurship, leadership development, and community psychology. Through a process of thoughtful engagement and civic reflection, the course objectives are designed to help student fellows achieve a functional understanding of social entrepreneurship principles in context, develop skills to be effective citizen leaders and community practitioners, and demonstrate competency in business and professional skills through the successful completion of deliverables that meet genuine community needs.

Upcoming Events

Much Shelist Social Entrepreneurship Lecture Series

Upcoming panel discussion and reception

"Good" Business Can Be Good Business
A discussion about successful business strategies that result in positive social change, with panelists that run the gamut from startup social entrepreneurs to corporate leaders concerned about corporate social responsibility.  The panel will be moderated by David T. Brown of Much Shelist Denenberg Ament & Rubenstein, P.C.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Illini Center - 4th floor
200 S. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60606

2012 Change Makers Reception

The reception is to honor alumni and students who are having a positive social impact and to allow those interested in having a positive social impact to network with each other.  

Keynote Speaker: Mats Lederhausen
This philosophy is based on both ancient philosophy as well observations and experience from companies that were propelled by a strong purpose. Brands that have a strong conviction around why they exist and who they exist to serve will end up attracting better employees and more loyal customers and therefore ultimately be more successful. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012
5:30 - 7:30

Illini Center - 4th floor
200 S. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60606

Service-Learning & Social Entrepreneurship Showcase

An all-campus event that features service-learning and social entrepreneurship courses and programs at ILLINOIS, the showcase provides opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and community members to network and learn about ways to get involved in academic and co-curricular projects that strengthen communities and foster civic responsibility. Any member of the campus community is eligible to submit a proposal, which may include non-University partners as presenters.

Find out more. (PDF link)

SEI Staff Contacts

Valeri Werpetinski, Director of Curriculum and Service-Learning (333-3370)