Cross-disciplinary problem solving is foundational to the ideals of social
value creation. Learn about the unique ways in which the center works with
partners at Smith and across campus to help create a better world through
center works with Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech) to infuse
social entrepreneurship into the scope of the next generation of technology
entrepreneurs. By contributing thought leadership and knowledge sharing to MTech
workshops, technology ‘boot camps’, and business plan competition series, we
help aspiring entrepreneurs envision the impact of their ideas from a potential
social and environmental perspective. Take a look at Assistant Director
Guillermo Olivos presenting “Entrepreneurship and the Triple Bottom Line” as
part of the University of Maryland $75K Business Plan Competition seminar
series, and “Social Entrepreneurship in Technology and Innovation” at the 2011
technology boot camp.
Together with the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship our center offers advice,
resources and support to student entrepreneurs interested in social impact and social
enterprise. Social entrepreneurship is a fast-growing field that is transforming traditional
MBA programs around the country. Starting in fall 2012, the Dingman Center and the
Center for Social Value Creation will co-host Social Enterprise Pitch sessions where
students can pitch socially-minded business ideas to entrepreneurs in residence.
The center works with the University of Maryland’s Office of Sustainability to
explore the integration of sustainability into existing courses through the Chesapeake
Project, and on special undertakings such as the creation of the ‘Sustainable Campus
Tour’ and the energy monitoring and reduction program for campus buildings.
We partner with the Center for International Business Education and Research
(CIBER) on international student engagement opportunities and on special events
like their hallmark Emerging Markets Forum. Our latest collaboration includes a six week volunteer consulting project in
Sri Lanka that enables students to apply their technical, managerial, and business
skills to assist local Sri Lankan firms. This program is made possible by a partnership
with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
To create the greatest impact policy and business must work in concert. Our center
partners with the School of Public Policy to offer students hands-on learning opportunities
both inside and outside the classroom. The center also partners on the Philanthropy Fellows program, open to students
in social value creation courses as well as students in the
Philanthropy and Nonprofit
Management Program. In 2012, the Center was a supporting partner on the
Do Good Challenge - a unique effort by the UMD School of Public Policy
and Bacon to stimulate "social entrepreneurship" and student philanthropy on campus.