Global Human Development’s Social Enterprise and Innovation Fellows Program (SEIF) is designed to give students a thorough understanding of the role of the private sector, including domestic and multinational companies and social enterprises, in promoting sustainable development in developing and emerging markets, and to prepare them to become leaders and change-agents in a rapidly changing world.

Through participation in the innovative, hands-on SEIF Program, which includes skills-based courses, a Social Innovation Lab, client-engagement projects, private-sector mentors, and networking opportunities with leaders in impact investing, social entrepreneurship and the private sector, fellows develop strong intrapreneurial and entrepreneurial skillsets and become equipped to design and assess business proposals for viability and impact. Fellows also have the opportunity to participate in courses and extracurricular events in collaboration with the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation, the McDonough School of Business’ Global Social Enterprise Initiative and the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative.

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Fellows Program News

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For the Third Year, GHD Students Author Case Studies for the International Youth Foundation’s YouthActionNet Program

Several Global Human Development Program students have authored case studies on emerging issues in international development through a partnership with the International Youth Foundation.  Students enrolled in a course exploring the role of social enterprises and social entrepreneurs were paired with young leaders of social ventures identified through the IYF’s YouthActionNet program.

Hoya Haxa

Hoya Haxa! Georgetown Team Wins First Ever Vatican Hackathon

From March 8th to 11th, 120 students from around the world participated in a 36-hour hackathon at the Vatican in Rome, aptly named VHacks. The Vatican hackathon was the first of its kind and encouraged students to tackle challenges in three categories: Migrants and Refugees, Social Inclusion, and Interfaith Dialogue.

GHD students participating in the 2017 Social Innovation Lab

GHD Students Win First Prize in 2017 Social Innovation Lab

From the 17th to the 19th of November, Georgetown Social Enterprise and Innovation Fellows convened to take part in the Social Innovation Lab, a three-day intensive course where students were challenged to apply design thinking principles to real-world problems to create innovative solutions to some of the most pressing needs facing the world’s refugees today.

Student group visiting GlobalGiving

GSED Fellows Visit GlobalGiving

On November 10, the Global Social Enterprise and Development Fellows visited the GlobalGiving offices to meet with President and Co-Founder Mari Kuraishi. Mari spoke about the history of GlobalGiving and its unique business model as a crowdfunding platform. Students were able to gain insight on the complexities of starting a social enterprise and the day-to-day operations of the organization.

Women working in Africa

GSED Fellows Published in the Youth Action Net Case Study Series

These studies present findings from a collaboration between YouthActionNet and Georgetown University’s Global Human Development Program under YouthActionNet’s University Connect initiative. Each study paired a social entrepreneur with a Global Social Enterprise and Development Fellow to analyze assets, methodologies, and opportunities.