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Social Entrepreneurship

As a social entrepreneurship major at Rollins, you’ll learn how to apply business skills to tackle challenging social and environmental problems around the world. Our AACSB-accredited program combines entrepreneurial thinking and action, cutting-edge problem-solving techniques, and best practices from business skill sets with a deep understanding of current economic, political, cultural, and environmental issues.

Along the way, you’ll hone your changemaking skills and business acumen by partnering with our network of innovative social entrepreneurs and CEOs of for-profit and nonprofit organizations. And you’ll be positioned to find—or create—a career that applies creative and sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

Why Study Social Entrepreneurship at Rollins

Be a Global Leader

Rollins is the first Ashoka U Changemaker campus in Florida, and our social entrepreneurship major is the first in the world accredited by AACSB International, the highest standard for global business education.

Gain Hands-on Experience

Through everything from faculty-led field studies and pitch competitions to internships and community engagement initiatives, you’ll develop your capacity to address the 21st century’s greatest challenges.

Use Business to Change the World

Our interdisciplinary approach helps you translate business skills and a knowledge of social issues into making a meaningful difference in the world while cultivating a productive career.

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Frisco Poenisch
“The world is evolving rapidly, and the social entrepreneurship program is dedicated to developing competent and versatile individuals equipped to create and contribute to business globally and think through lenses of greater social good. The contrast with traditional mentality is clear to those I’ve interacted with since graduation, where my ability to innovate, collaborate, and apply an entrepreneurial mindset to any project has generated consistent recognition from both peers and superiors.”

Frisco Poenisch ’17

Client Partner – Strategic Government Accounts, Gartner

Rollins Social Entrepreneurship Careers

Yes, you can build a successful career while loving what you do. More and more, companies are seeking employees who possess the kind of social, entrepreneurial, and business skills that you’ll develop at Rollins.

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Travis Strote ’17

Founder, Yogavated Athletics

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Elyse Tran ’16

JD Candidate, Santa Clara University School of Law

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Ariel Yazdian ’17

Account Associate, Resy

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Isabel Roche ’19

Corporate Sales Development, Outreach

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Rayshaun Wagner ’17

Residence Director, Educational Housing Services

Tyler Fairbanks ’16

Tyler Fairbanks ’16

Financial Analyst, JBG Smith Asset Management

Real World Experience

Hone your skills by partnering with innovative organizations in our backyard and around the world.

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Popular Courses

As internationally recognized leaders in social entrepreneurship education, we realize that global problems cannot be addressed from a single lens. Our interdisciplinary business curriculum affords you the flexibility to meet your goals in a changing, diverse world.

SE 100
Social Entrepreneurship: Leading Change

Explore social entrepreneurship in the context of global and local social issues that also match your personal motivations. Enhance critical entrepreneurial skills such as creativity, innovation, risk-taking, and teamwork.

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SE 220
Global Development Challenges & Opportunities

From poverty and health to trade and education, learn about international development challenges and how public, private, nongovernmental, and social enterprise strategies address them.

SE 305
Social Entrepreneurship Marketing

Examine marketing strategies for social enterprises, nonprofits, and socially responsible businesses, including opportunity-risk recognition, blended-value, situational-marketing analysis, pricing distribution channels, and marketing communication.

SE 320
Strategies for Changemakers

Learn best practices of social innovation and apply them through a community engagement project. You’ll interact with local social entrepreneurs and mentors and gain hands-on experience by building a tangible solution to a community problem.

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SE 345
Financing Social Entrepreneurship

Investigate opportunities for funding social enterprises, including venture capital, venture philanthropy, and grants. Learn to assess and structure investments in social enterprises, create financial projections, and measure social impact.

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SE 440
Planning & Implementing for Social Entrepreneurship

Develop and present a venture plan by applying concepts of problem identification and problem solving, IDEO process, business models, and strategies for developing and pitching your plan.

A Day in the Life of a Rollins Social Entrepreneurship Major

“The social entrepreneurship department is such a tight-knit group of faculty and students. It has really taught me about the power of relationships, which has helped in everything I've done at Rollins, especially internships and leadership positions on campus.”

Ryan O'Donnell ’20

Beyond the Classroom

Global Experience To change the world, you need to engage it. From studying community development in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro to exploring conservation in a Costa Rican rainforest, you’ll choose from more than 90 extraordinary study-abroad experiences.

Going All In From addressing access to safe drinking water in the Dominican Republic to helping preserve one of America’s most dramatic landscapes, Rollins’ Immersion experiences allow students to tackle some of the world’s most pressing issues through journeys of education, reflection, and action.

Put Your Ideas to Work in the World Develop marketing plans for socially responsible businesses. Consult for local nonprofits. Implement educational projects for underprivileged children. You’ll hone your skills and expertise while collaborating with a range of community partners to make a positive impact in your backyard and beyond.

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Expert Faculty & Community Partners

Rollins social entrepreneurship professors have diverse academic backgrounds and wide-ranging experiences living, working, and researching abroad, including through the U.S. Fulbright Program. Our faculty are award-winning researchers and teachers committed to helping students translate their skills and knowledge into making a meaningful difference in the world.

Department of Social Entrepreneurship
Kathleen W. Rollins Hall, 2nd Floor
1000 Holt Ave. – 2781
Winter Park, FL 32789
T. 407.646.1588

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