Social Impact Programs
The IEI is committed to helping create a better world through entrepreneurship, business and innovation. All of our co-curricular and academic programs highlight the power of multi-bottom-line approaches to solving social problems as well as the competitive advantage that comes from having a clear mission that can inspire key stakeholders.
Our Social Impact programs are focused on the following major social problem areas:
- Human rights,
- Environmental Degradation,
- Racial discrimination,
- Gender discrimination,
- Religious discrimination and
- Economic inequality.
In order to support students interested in addressing social problems, we run a range of programs focused on Social Entrepreneurship. These programs culminate in our Social Impact Summit in which dozens of teams compete for early stage funding and launch multi-bottom-line ventures that impact critical social problems. In addition, we collaborate with other schools and colleges in order to help them incorporate more creative problem solving, innovation, and entrepreneurial thinking into courses and programs. For example, since 2017 we have worked with the College of Liberal Arts to incorporate “Critical Doing” creative problem solving approaches in the Intellectual Heritage GenEd course and thus helped train thousands of students to identify innovative solutions to complex social problems.
Programs to Offset Inequality
While entrepreneurship offers a path to transform lives and society—from financial success, to increased impact, job creation, greater work satisfaction—evidence and current events show that underrepresented groups face specific challenges in various aspects of the entrepreneurial journey. The IEI has created specific programs to help offset these challenges and continue to expand opportunities. Our goal is that all students and alumni of Temple have the best access to Philadelphia’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and entrepreneurial resources everywhere.