Students Don’t Have To Drop Out To Thrive As Social Entrepreneurs
Thursday, August 14, 2014
For young social entrepreneurs, fellowships such as Thiel, Ashoka, and Echoing Green provide guidance and resources that can be essential for launching their projects without having a college affiliation. But what about those students who wish to pursue degrees and entrepreneurial ventures simultaneously?
Some schools have their own incubators and programs, such as Harvard’s Innovation Lab and MIT’s $100K Entrepreneurship Competition, while others have aligned themselves with a larger network. Enter Enactus, formerly known as Students In Free Enterprise or SIFE. Founded in 1975, the international nonprofit supports social entrepreneurs at over 1,600 colleges across 36 countries. Out of the 50 universitiesFORBES recently named the most entrepreneurial, 13 of them have Enactus chapters.