Strategic Initiative

Social Enterprise

Goizueta Business Principle No. 28

More Markets Should Work For More People in More Ways

Business schools are well positioned and obligated to increase prosperity and reduce poverty. This core belief led to the establishment and continued growth of Social Enterprise at Goizueta (SE@G) — an action-oriented research center committed to generating positive societal impacts by creating better markets, supporting stronger communities, and developing next-generation social innovators.
  • Relevant Study

    Number of social impact concentrations for business school students (Social Enterprise and Nonprofit)

    Number of students enrolled annually in annually across in social impact courses and travel modules
  • Developing Talent

    Social Enterprise BBA and MBA Fellows (BBA and MBA) graduates since 2014 pursuing impact careers
  • Connecting Globally

    Number of accelerator programs from around the world participating in the Entrepreneurship Database program
  • Building Community

    Number of local small businesses accelerated by taking part in Start:ME since 2013
  • Knowledge Creation

    Number of research papers and projects initiated by faculty and students


Social Enterprise | Strategic Plan

Social Enterprise @ Goizueta combines academic research with fieldwork and student activities to create better markets, support stronger communities, and develop the next generation of social innovators

Through research, we will seek to answer new questions about poverty and prosperity which will improve the effectiveness entrepreneurship support programs, economic development strategies, impact investing approaches, specialty coffee transaction transparency, and social impact management practices.

Through our fieldwork programs, we will scale our innovative entrepreneur support program for promising entrepreneurs that have been historically underserved in local Atlanta neighborhoods and internally in Latin America’s rural coffee country. Additionally, we will seed pilot programs that shape conversations on how innovative enterprises can launch, scale and spark larger societal challenges.

Through our courses and student activities, we will help the next generation of entrepreneurs, business leaders, and managers develop the evolving set of business knowledge, skills, and experiences required to be effective. In particular, we will invest in a learning experience that exposes students to complex issues, challenges, and opportunities present where business and society intersect both here in the U.S. and globally.


Peter Roberts and Wes Longhofer
Social Enterprise @ Goizueta

Research center provides support for faculty, staff, students, community

SE@G aspires to increase prosperity and reduce poverty in those places where markets are currently ineffective through academic research, fieldwork programs, and teaching.


Entrepreneurship Database Program at Emory

Program draws insight from small business accelerators

SE@G established the Entrepreneurship Database Program (EDP) to collect and analyze data from thousands of early-stage ventures applying to more than 200 accelerator programs around the world. These data support a series of research reports that provide actionable insights for managers of emerging-market accelerator programs.

Sample Classes

What is a corporation? How do corporations maintain legitimacy, acquire resources, and build partnerships as they create, confront, and sometimes attempt to solve complex global problems? This course is about the corporation in global society, including its culpabilities, responsibilities, and possibilities.

This course surveys the evolving role that nonprofit organizations and their leaders (both management and board of directors) play in delivering social impact through a blend of academic content including traditional case examples, emerging business model frameworks, and guest lecturers from nonprofit leaders.

This trip is designed for MBA students (fulltime and EvMBA) and explores coffee farms and their communities (including cooperatives), visit social enterprises / social entrepreneurs, tour colonial cities, and participate in outdoor adventure activities (volcano hikes and more). MBA students receive course credit and can enroll through their program office.

Part of the broader IMPACT 360 program, this section of the practicum program matches MBA students with social sector clients for a semester long consulting experience focused on business model design, go-to-market strategy, and more.

Social enterprises are mission-driven organizations that trade in goods or services for some defined social purpose. At times, the profits from a business are used to support a specific social goal. Other times, the organization itself accomplishes a defined social aim through its own operations. This class discusses the evolving role played by the social enterprise in the context of changes in both the private and government sectors along with the core group of “investors” that fund such enterprises.

This course will introduce students to the role of philanthropy in solving public problems, particularly with regard to inequality and urban development in Atlanta. Topics covered in the course will include the history and theory of philanthropic giving in the U.S. as well as recent research on strategic and venture philanthropy, particularly with regard to its relationship to the larger organizational ecosystem of urban communities.

Select Social Enterprise Research

Select Social Enterprise Partners

  • FCS (Focused Community Strategies)
  • Purpose Built Schools Atlanta
  • East Lake Foundation
  • Friends of Refugees
  • Anacafe (Guatemala)
  • Specialty Coffee Association (SCA)


Impact Investing

Emory Impact Investing Group moving forward with two new loan closings

The Emory Impact Investing Group (EIIG), led by undergraduate students, provides no-interest loans to entrepreneurs in Metro Atlanta, largely from historically underserved areas. In doing so, EIIG aims to uplift communities in Atlanta that need the most help.
  • Social Impact

    Percent of millennials believing the top business priority should be improving society (Deloitte)
  • Student Philanthropy

    Amount of students and alumni contributed last year toward momentum.
  • Increased Employment

    Number of jobs created by participating Start:ME businesses


Emory Executive Education

Be the inspiration in your organization

With globalization and the rapid growth of technology, organizational change has become an everyday part of corporate life. New products and services, diversification of roles, or major strategic shifts of focus can often create challenging dynamics. This course provides leaders, managers and change agents with models to better understand reactions to change, and the skills to navigate the conversations required to gain buy-in and support when adapting to new workplace conditions.

Become a Partner

Be among the first to receive opportunities to get involved or give to our efforts. Either way, you can be a part of our social enterprise initiative.