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.
Fellows Program News
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.
GHD’18 Rushika Shekhar, Credit / Ability Team to Win 2nd Place in StartUp Hoyas Entrepalooza Competition
GHD student Rushika Shekhar, part of the Credit/Ability team, pitched and won second place in the Startup Hoyas Entrepalooza Competition on April 24. The top nine teams pitched for six minutes to compete for a combined $18,000 in cash prizes.
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.
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.
The Georgetown practicum is part of YouthActionNet’s larger efforts to partner with institutions of higher learning around the globe to integrate social change into the academic experience and career interests of students. The 2017 case studies feature research from GHD students Milan Kaur, Nikunj Beria, Molly Bernstein, Rushika Shekar, and Dalia Mehiar.
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.
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.
Eight teams from across Georgetown’s campus were given the chance to compete for over $15,000 in the Startup Hoya Challenge with first place prizes of $5,000. Capaz and Social Impact Connection, two GSED fellow teams, were semi-finalists in the StartupHoya Challenge Social Innovation track.