Social Entrepreneurship

Meet The Community Grocer, a scalable non-profit community market, resource, and education center advancing food justice and health equity through EBT accessible meal solutions.
The culmination of the Climate Change & the Future of Food Salon Sprint, the Pitch Competition is a showcase of the solutions that have been iterated during the week.
The second workshop in the Climate Change & the Future of Food Salon Sprint week, the Theory of Change Workshop encourages students to iterate their business solution's social impact.
The third and final workshop in the Climate Change & the Future of Food Salon Sprint week, this workshop will help participants bring together all of the pieces from the previous sessions and identify a viable business model that will support their solution.
Climate Change and the Future of Food Salon Sprint's first workshop, Design Thinking encourages students to begin ideating impactful business solutions.
Join interdisciplinary panelists in a discussion on climate change and its implications on the food system, from the field to the table.
A first-generation Nigerian-American, Jonathan Muruako CAS'17 SPP'24 grew up in a low-income household in Mississippi, where access to educational resources was limited. After Muruako began attending the University of Pennsylvania, he found himself constantly needing to play catch-up in an educational environment different from his upbringing. He recognized that many other first-generation and/or low-income (FGLI) students faced similar challenges as he did. According to his research, only 10% of first-generation students graduate within six years, while close to 45% end up dropping out.
The Summer of Impact: Venture Award of $10,000 is intended to assist students financially over the summer in lieu of full-time internships so that they can concentrate on developing their entrepreneurial ventures. Applications are open until May 12th 2023 11:59 PM (EDT).
The Summer of Impact Internship is awarded to select students who will spend the summer interning at a social enterprise and who demonstrate both a commitment to entrepreneurship at Penn and to pursuing an impactful career. Applications are currently closed.
The Introduction to Impact Evaluation Workshop covered the fundamentals of impact evaluation with an emphasis on their use in social enterprises, and provided an overview of the industry-leading tools and measurement strategies to evaluate impact. Participants practiced crafting key performance indicators that would ensure meaningful impact for some of Penn's most innovative student social enterprises.
Venture Lab held a workshop on Design Thinking for Social Entrepreneurs. The workshop explored the principles of design thinking (including the five phases: Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, Test), with a focus on social enterprises.
Join the Venture Lab team in a session with Katherine Sizov; Co-Founder of Strella Biotechnology in Tangen Hall 708 on April 6th from 1pm - 2pm ET.

Katherine Sizov (C'19) is the co-founder of Strella, company that developed a bio-sensing platform designed to predict fruit ripeness. The company uses a biosensor technology fueled by algorithm capabilities to offer a data-driven approach to ensure fruit quality throughout every segment of the supply chain, enabling clients and customers to deliver better products and reduce food waste.