The Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative (IEI) is a university-wide initiative that supports early-stage entrepreneurial leaders in developing the mindsets, skills, and sense of purpose needed to thrive in a rapidly changing world. The initiative aims to catalyze the creation of an inclusive economy by making entrepreneurship education, resources, and networks more accessible to students from diverse backgrounds. We envision a world that works for us all, in which individuals can do well by doing good, using their talents to help shape a more sustainable and equitable economy. For more information about the Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative, visit this website.
Inclusion Open Grant Recipient
The Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative is made possible through funding received from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s Inclusion Open program. This program awards funds to organizations working to help female entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs of color achieve higher rates of success. The Inclusion Open program is a facet of the Kauffman Foundation’s Zero Barriers movement, which is based on the belief that everyone has a fundamental right to turn an idea into an economic reality, regardless of who they are or where they live. Based in Kansas City, Missouri, the Kauffman Foundation is a private, nonpartisan foundation that works together with communities in education and entrepreneurship to create uncommon solutions and empower people to shape their future. It uses its $2 billion in assets to collaboratively help people be self-sufficient, productive citizens. For more information about the Kauffman Foundation’s Inclusion Open program, visit this website.
An Ashoka U Changemaker Campus
The New School is a founding member of the Ashoka U Changemaker Campus network, a global community of leaders and institutions working collectively to make social innovation the new norm in higher education and beyond. An initiative of Ashoka, the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs, Ashoka U envisions a world where Everyone is a Changemaker.
To date, over 40 colleges and universities have been recognized as Changemaker Campuses. These institutions differ in size, institutional type, geographic location, religious affiliation, and age, but are united in the extraordinary social innovation education they provide their students. Changemaker Campuses represent a vision of what universities can be and are committed to transforming higher education through collaboration and thought leadership. These institutions work with each other and Ashoka U to break down barriers to institutional change and leverage their individual and collective power to advance changemaking in all sectors. For more information about the Ashoka U Changemaker Campus network, visit this website.