The Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative’s mission is to promote a shift from extractive to generative ecosystems of value. As a university-wide initiative, we believe in advancing democratic principles and mutual and equitable relations to develop entrepreneurial skills, growth mindsets, and inclusive design approaches to actualize innovation in the world. In order to challenge the status quo, our focal point is to strengthen praxis for design with respect, care, and concern.
It is undeniable that society as we know it has been disrupted and social cohesion frayed due to the pandemic and climate catastrophes as well as persistent structural systems that promote inequality and anti-Black racism. The opportunity is to reimagine how we work, how we engage in commerce, and how we design new systems.
Students enrolled in any graduate degree program at The New School have the opportunity to participate in our three signature Impact Entrepreneurship (IEI) courses—Venture Lab, Social Impact Entrepreneurship and Design, and Intro to Social Entrepreneurship—or complete a graduate
minor in Impact Entrepreneurship.
The Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative Fellowship seeks students who have demonstrated a capacity and willingness to design with and not for community. We seek students who are engaged with communities that have historically been excluded from traditional start-up ecosystems. To this end, IEI seeks applicants who exhibit a desire to learn deeply about the systemic issues faced by the communities they intend to support, and create relationships and structures to address root causes.
Noted as one of the most international universities in the United States, The New School has students from all corners of the world. Our New York City location offers an opportunity to build connections and relationships with community partners and strengthen their local and global networks. Our aim is to nurture a cohort of IEI fellows invested in facilitating the co-creation of new inclusive economic models to advance social and racial justice, with a shared commitment to respect the dignity and agency of all people we encounter in our learning journey. IEI welcomes candidates who embrace a generous and generative vision for shared prosperity and a fervent desire to counter the systemic oppressive structures that persist.
The New School’s New York City location offers a rare opportunity to experience and build connections and relationships with partner organizations, frontline community partners, and ecosystem funders that share a sense of urgency and a desire to look broadly and deeply to cultivate the development of entrepreneurial skills, growth mindsets, and inclusive design approaches to actualize innovation in the world.
Students & Alumni
Meet some of the current students and recent alumni involved in the Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative and gain insight into their inspiring entrepreneurial-focused work.
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