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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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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Ariel Yazdian

“Throughout the courses in my major, I was able to create new business ideas and make them come to life. I gained knowledge of critical entrepreneurial skills like creativity, leadership, teamwork, and innovation. I truly believe that my experience at Rollins in the social entrepreneurship major helped me step outside my comfort zone and be able to take my talents to the technology field.”

Ariel Yazdian ’17

Account Associate, Resy


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.

  • Travis Strote

    Travis Strote ’17

    Founder, Yogavated Athletics

  • Elyse Tran ’16

    Elyse Tran ’16

    JD Candidate, Santa Clara University School of Law

  • Matt Tulley

    Matt Tulley ’17

    Real Estate Sales & Property Management, William Raveis Real Estate; Founder, Hyperlocal Systems

  • Jorge Morejon

    Jorge Morejon ’18

    Account Development Specialist, ClearCompany

  • Chelsea Reed

    Chelsea Reed ’17

    Associate Relationship Manager, Community Engagement, Addition Financial

  • Chase Everett

    Chase Everett ’19

    Management Consulting Analyst, Accenture Federal Services


Real World Experience

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

  • Deloitte
  • Clean the World
  • Boston Scientific
  • Nascar
  • Gartner
  • City of Orlando
  • ESA
  • Rebuild Globally
  • FDIC
  • Griffith Foods

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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

Business Development Representative, Kustomer


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.



Expert Faculty

Our professors represent a cross-section of academic disciplines, from anthropology and computer science to social entrepreneurship and environmental studies.

Department of Social Entrepreneurship

Kathleen W. Rollins Hall, 2nd Floor
1000 Holt Ave. – 2781
Winter Park, FL 32789

Telephone: 407.646.1588

Visit the Department of Social Entrepreneurship Website

Contact Social Entrepreneurship Professors

  • Tonia Warnecke, PhD

    Tonia Warnecke, PhD

    George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Chair of Social Entrepreneurship

    Research interests: Economics, international development, gender and entrepreneurship, social impact business models, and microfinance

  • Josephine Balzac-Arroyo portrait

    Josephine Balzac-Arroyo, JD, LLM

    Assistant Professor of Social Entrepreneurship

    Research interests: Environmental law, law and ethics, sustainable development, community engagement, and climate change

  • Ron Ben-Zeev portrait

    Ron Ben-Zeev

    Founder & CEO, World Housing Solution Inc.

    Expertise areas: Community building, entrepreneurship, mentoring, business development, technology, construction/building, manufacturing, leadership, and marketing

  • Ben Hoyer portrait

    Ben Hoyer

    Founder & Co-owner, Downtown CREDO

    Expertise areas: Direct trade coffee, social enterprise startups, strategic planning, community collaborations, and leadership and management

  • Walter Mswaka

    Walter Mswaka, PhD

    Associate Professor of Social Entrepreneurship

    Research interests: Social entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial finance, business strategy, non-governmental organizations (NGO)

  • Kyle Johnson

    Kyle Johnson

    President & CEO, Lighthouse Central Florida

    Expertise areas: Operations, communications, fundraising, sustainability, event planning, and empowering the vision impaired

  • Anna Szopa, PhD

    Anna Szopa, PhD

    Adjunct Professor of Social Entrepreneurship

    Research interests: Technology transfer, innovation management, crowdfunding and crowdsourcing, and assistive technologies