Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation

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Teach For America’s Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation (SEI) team connects, supports, inspires, and invests in alumni and corps members who are strengthening the movement for educational equity through innovation.

The SEI team aims to build a culture of innovation among all corps members, alumni, and staff so that everyone within the Teach For America network sees themselves as a problem solver. Entrepreneurs are inspired and equipped to identify the most critical challenges in their community, can invest others in designing solutions, and marshal the resources to create change.

Programming & Resources

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  • Social Innovation Award
  • Entrepreneurs United
  • Exploring Social Entrepreneurship
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Eliminating educational inequity through social innovation.

Teach For America’s Social Innovation Award is an annual competition that brings together budding alumni entrepreneurs to compete for up to $100,000 in seed funding and engage in professional coaching built for early stage entrepreneurs. The award is intended to spark bold, new innovations that expand opportunities for students in low-income communities and address the root causes of educational inequity.

The award is a critical component of TFA’s broader alumni innovation strategy. It recognizes alumni whose work exemplify innovation and TFA’s core values.

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Join like-minded entrepreneurs, build your skills and eliminate educational inequity. 

Entrepreneurs United is an annual gathering of Teach For America alumni entrepreneurs, corps members and staff. Participants are grounded in social innovation as a means to eliminate educational inequity and have the opportunity to engage in the following areas:

  • Skills-based training
  • Access to opportunities for sustaining, growing, and scaling innovations
  • Networking opportunities with peers and industry experts

Join the 2018 Entrepreneurs United Conference

Explore careers in Social Entrepreneurship and find resources for getting your next venture off the ground.

Upcoming Events

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Social entrepreneurship is the process of pursuing innovative solutions to social problems. Learn more: The Meaning of “Social Entrepreneurship,” J. Gregory Dees  Social Entrepreneurship: The Case for Definition, Roger L. Martin & Sally Osberg
Social entrepreneurship is the process of pursuing innovative solutions to social problems. Learn more: The Meaning of “Social Entrepreneurship,” J. Gregory Dees ...
Social entrepreneurs address the root causes of educational inequity by developing innovative, scalable, and sustainable solutions to the most persistent problems facing students, families, and communities. Meet a few Teach For America alumni who have brought their big ideas to life. Miriam Altman (New York ’08), co-founder of Kinvolved discusses her bold solution to address truancy and drop-out rates. T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison, co-founders of GirlTrek, bring together over 500 membe
Social entrepreneurs address the root causes of educational inequity by developing innovative, scalable, and sustainable solutions to the most persistent problems facing students, families, and communities. Meet a few Teach For America alumni who have brought their big ideas to life. Miriam Altman (New York ’08), co-founder of Kinvolved...
As a social entrepreneur, you are a creator and a builder. You operate in the focal point between your personal passions, your individual leadership style, your creativity, and your business savvy. Social entrepreneurship is a dual-facing field—you can either be a social entrepreneur or you can leverage your leadership skills to support social entrepreneurs. Organizations that support social entrepreneurs typically provide financial support through grants and offer strategic consulting and coa
As a social entrepreneur, you are a creator and a builder. You operate in the focal point between your personal passions, your individual leadership style, your creativity, and your business savvy. Social entrepreneurship is a dual-facing field—you can either be a social entrepreneur or you can leverage your leadership skills to support social entrepreneurs. Organizations that support social...
Many early-stage social entrepreneurs frequently leverage the expertise of more established social entrepreneurs to “vet” their ideas and provide them with strategic support as they think about further opportunities to pursue. It is important for early-stage entrepreneurs to find an early network of champions, as well as build skills. Early-stage social entrepreneurs also leverage resources from existing networks to research a social problem and ideate on a new solution. Some may apply for e
Many early-stage social entrepreneurs frequently leverage the expertise of more established social entrepreneurs to “vet” their ideas and provide them with strategic support as they think about further opportunities to pursue. It is important for early-stage entrepreneurs to find an early network of champions, as well as build skills. Early-stage social entrepreneurs also leverage resources from...