Thanks to the generosity of Todd Zoellick, class of 2000, the Action Research Center is proud to offer the Zoellick Fellowship in Social Entrepreneurship. The goal of this fellowship is to develop an IWU student’s idea that works in an innovative and creative way to generate positive and sustainable societal change.This program is about identifying, analyzing, and solving social problems. Specifically, the gap left between government and private sector initiatives creates a space for the study and implementation of social entrepreneurship ventures. By investigating and identifying the areas in which private and public solutions are particularly falling short, students will be asked to generate an analytically sophisticated business idea (for-profit or non-profit) to address a community need. Participants can work alone or form teams of up to four students to draft a plan for creating a sustainable business solution to address a social problem. The winning idea will receive on-going assistance throughout the academic year from the Action Research Center and IWU Business Administration Department to launch the idea.
- Winner receives $1,500 to help implement their business idea.
- Throughout the academic year, the Action Research Center and the IWU Business Administration Department will assist the winner on further idea and business plan development, action plans, acquiring additional funding, marketing, grant writing, and legal/organizational processes to help launch the winning idea.
- Winner will have the opportunity to meet key community leaders and business experts.
- Competition provides unique hands-on entrepreneurship experience that improves the community.
Social Entrepreneurship Resources
For more information on social entrepreneurship and possible business ideas, visit these websites:
www.ashokau.org - Ashoka Changemaker Campus
http://www.schwabfound.org/ - Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship