Training: Social Innovation Program at George Masion University - Washington, D.C. - Apply by March 15, 2013

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You can change the world, but it takes more than idealism, it takes innovation”

The Social Innovation Program (SIP) at George Mason University is the premier model for educating our next generation of social entrepreneurs. Now in its eight year, the Social Innovation Program brings together 25 undergraduate and graduate students for an intense summer institute in the DC Metro Region.

Over the five weeks of the program, our cohort of 25 students will:

  • Attend classes taught by 30 Guest Faculty
  • Be mentored by 3 seasoned social entrepreneurs
  • Complete 15 consulting projects for local organizations
  • Launch 5 Lean StartUp Business Plans

Our SIP graduates emerge able to successfully apply entrepreneurial approaches to social causes in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors.

Our program combines academic and experiential components in order to give our participants hands-on experience that they wouldn’t receive in their average university classroom.

Academic Component

The SIP curriculum challenges students to think outside of the box when approaching community challenges. During discussions, lectures, exercises, and readings, students explore the skill-sets and strategies employed by and required of successful social entrepreneurs. Please visit the SIP Curriculum Page for more information regarding our pedagogy (insert link.)

Experiential Component

SIPʼs experiential session gives students the opportunity to put what they learned during the classroom sessions into immediate practice and to test their social entrepreneurship skills in the real world. There are two elements of this: a clinical component and a lean start-up component. To learn more about the Experiential Component of SIP, please click here.


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