Social Enterprise at Emory University's Goizueta Business School

Our Vision for Social Enterprise

Business schools are well positioned and obligated to focus on increasing prosperity and reducing poverty in ineffective markets. This core belief led to the establishment and continued growth of Social Enterprise at Goizueta (SE@G) - a research center designed to generate positive societal impacts by making markets work for more people, in more places and in more ways.

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The social enterprise sector is receiving increased attention and investment as nonprofits, for-profit and hybrid organizations work to create positive societal impacts. These investments, estimated in the hundreds of billions of dollars globally, are made with the intention to generate social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. SE@G believes it is critical to produce academic research, pilot market-based solutions, convene stakeholders, and develop skilled business leaders to influence the sector's growth over the next decade.

  • $1.25 million in funding for Entrepreneurship Database Program; data-driven insights help improve efficacy of entrepreneur accelerator programs
  • 30 research papers and projects initiated by faculty and students
  • 84 microbusinesses supported and $160,000 in loan capital invested in marginalized Metro Atlanta communities through Start:ME Accelerator Program
  • More than 200 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in social enterprise electives
  • Student-led clubs create a robust social-sector community; two clubs make investments in social enterprises and microbusinesses around Atlanta

  • Improve the effectiveness of entrepreneurship support systems around the world through research database on entrepreneurs and accelerators
  • Close microbusiness gaps in Metro Atlanta’s marginalized communities by proving the feasibility of a citywide accelerator model and loan investment fund
  • Increase involvement in SE@G Fellows program, exposing more students to related careers and industry needs
  • Provide further transparency in specialty coffee markets and empower more female growers by scaling incubator models
  • Seed pilot programs that shape conversations on how innovative enterprises can launch, scale and spark larger societal challenges

The social enterprise sector is receiving increased attention and investment as nonprofits, for-profit and hybrid organizations work to create positive societal impacts. These investments, estimated in the hundreds of billions of dollars globally, are made with the intention to generate social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. SE@G believes it is critical to produce academic research, pilot market-based solutions, convene stakeholders, and develop skilled business leaders to influence the sector's growth over the next decade.

  • $1.25 million in funding for Entrepreneurship Database Program; data-driven insights help improve efficacy of entrepreneur accelerator programs
  • 30 research papers and projects initiated by faculty and students
  • 84 microbusinesses supported and $160,000 in loan capital invested in marginalized Metro Atlanta communities through Start:ME Accelerator Program
  • More than 200 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in social enterprise electives
  • Student-led clubs create a robust social-sector community; two clubs make investments in social enterprises and microbusinesses around Atlanta

  • Improve the effectiveness of entrepreneurship support systems around the world through research database on entrepreneurs and accelerators
  • Close microbusiness gaps in Metro Atlanta’s marginalized communities by proving the feasibility of a citywide accelerator model and loan investment fund
  • Increase involvement in SE@G Fellows program, exposing more students to related careers and industry needs
  • Provide further transparency in specialty coffee markets and empower more female growers by scaling incubator models
  • Seed pilot programs that shape conversations on how innovative enterprises can launch, scale and spark larger societal challenges
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