Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship Hub

The Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hub is a creative space on campus where we provide tools/resources to support addressing local and global social issues. This is done through hands-on learning and purposeful dialogue based on human-centered design thinking methodology.

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Human Centered Design Thinking

The Hub inspires the community to practice human-centered design thinking by involving the human perspective in all steps of the problem-solving process. 

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Meaningful Discussions

The Hub engages in meaningful discussions to advance positive change.

Hands-on

The Hub provides students the opportunity to create social change through meaningful community immersion and hands-on learning.

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What is The Hub?

Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship Hub is a way of thinking. It's about approaching societal inequities and environmental challenges with innovation to develop creative and sustainable solutions. Whether we are passionate about bringing societal change to the environment, poverty, education, immigration, healthcare, human rights, or any large-scale challenge, Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship Hub believes true solutions must begin with a deep understanding of the issue.

Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship Hub provides a space for students and faculty to gather and innovate for social change. To learn more about the services and opportunities we provide visit Get Engaged: Students or Get Engaged: Faculty.

Mission & Core Values

Mission

The Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hub helps foster global citizens and responsible leaders by educating, equipping, and empowering competent changemakers who are committed to building a better world. The Hub's focus is to catalyze the growth and integration of social entrepreneurship, innovation, and sustainability throughout Rollins College to best prepare graduates to pursue meaningful lives and productive careers. 

Core Values

Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship Hub is committed to equipping passionate and capable members of the Rollins community to be effective agents of change in the world. Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship Hub is a collaborative movement rooted in holistic liberal education and focused on applied real-world problem solving. The following five key values are foundational drivers to our work:

  1. Awareness of complex social changes
  2. Cultivation of empathy
  3. Understanding of system-level innovation
  4. Development of solution-oriented problem solving skill sets
  5. Exposure to cultural diversity

What is Social Entrepreneurship?

Social entrepreneurship is achieving a positive societal or environmental change through the use of empathy and entrepreneurial principles (e.g., creative problem solving, determination, flexibility, leadership) to organize and manage a venture that has a measurable social impact that is sustainable as well as scalable and/or replicable. Social entrepreneurship applies entrepreneurial principles to solve difficult social and environmental challenges. It focuses on both creative solutions and long-term, sustainable change.

It is a social entrepreneur's belief that many of the world's problems can be changed through sustainable practices resulting in positive returns for society. Social entrepreneurship is most often associated with the nonprofit sector, but social entrepreneurs come from all walks of life as business professionals, educators, government officials, artists, poets, and students.

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What is Social Innovation?

Social innovation (SI) involves “the creation of new ideas that address social problems by reconceiving the status quo to create more sustainable and just systems that benefit marginalized groups and society as a whole” (Brown University). Social innovation is a unique solution to a social (including environmental) problem that is more sustainable, efficient, and effective than the status quo.

For more information, check out the Social Innovation Program offered at Rollins.

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