Social Entrepreneurship

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Social Impact 360 Mentor

Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit

The Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit is the leading event for experts who are working to advance the social and economic well-being of young people. Making Cents International seeks students and young professionals interested in youth development to join the Summit as volunteers. Volunteering at the Summit is an excellent opportunity to support the largest convening for youth economic opportunities stakeholders while gaining exposure to critical topics and leading experts in the field.

The position is unpaid. Apply by September 9.

GWupstart Social Innovation Lab + Prize

GWupstart helps impossible dreamers create effective solutions to the most pressing global and local social and environmental problems. The Social Innovation Lab + prize is a three-year, $350,000 program that will offer resources, workshops and prize money to support students with socially conscious ideas and ventures.

GWupstart is outlined in the university’s “Commitment to Action” to the Clinton Global Initiative and establishes GW’s membership in the CGI University Network, a consortium of colleges and universities that provides opportunities for student innovators.

To explore one of the many other GWupstart programs and competitive opportunities, check out their website! Questions? Contact the Social Entrpreneurship Coordinator Melanie Fedri at


The Knapp Fellowship for Entrepreneurial Service-Learning

The Steven and Diane Robinson Knapp Fellowship for Entrepreneurial Service-Learninghas been established at the George Washington University by Steven Knapp and Diane Robinson Knapp to recognize, reward, and facilitate creative public service and academic engagement. The award is a catalyst for new ideas and a way for students to turn their education into action. GW undergraduate or graduate students are selected to design and implement entrepreneurial service-learning projects. Fellows work with the Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service, a faculty member and may work with other students or community partners to execute a project that makes a significant difference to the lives of others in the DC community.

The Knapp Fellowship makes it possible to recognize one or more innovative proposals each year and help provide support for their implementation. Up to $10,000 is awarded each academic year.

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“Our hope is that this award will help students make a difference.   Since arriving at George Washington three years ago, we have been struck by our students’ passion for changing the world and by the imaginative and intellectually serious way in which they harness that passion by developing concrete, innovative projects.” -President Steven Knapp

The award is a catalyst for new ideas and a way for students to turn their education into action. GW students have a strong track record for turning their ideas into action.

Examples include:

  • A sports empowerment program for young women in Uganda
  • Fundraising and programming to send low-income DC students to the World Cup in South Africa around HIV/AIDS education
  • A summer program that brings disadvantaged students to Washington, DC for civic leadership education and the opportunity to meet with government leaders.


Public Service Grants

The Public Service Grant Commission encourages innovative, student-led service opportunities by providing the financial means and institutional support to individuals and organizations in GW’s spirit of service.Thanks to the continued financial support from Student and Academic Support Services and a generous gift by a donor, the Commission is able to provide funding each year. 

We encourage students to engage in entrepreneurial community service in the greater Washington DC community. We are looking for talented, civic-minded students who wish to serve the DC area withinnovative service projects and initiatives.

Have a creative idea? Need funding to turn that creative idea into action?  The GW PSGC is here to support your ambition!

Questions? Please contact or check out their blog.

Interested in volunteering time in a different issue area?  Check out upcoming opportunities in other service categories.

Eco-Equity Challenge

Sustainability. Think Justice.  Make Eco-Equity.

The Office of Sustainability and the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service provide a biennial opportunity to support GW students in their social entrepreneurial efforts to address environmental and social justice issues in Washington, D.C. The application deadline has been extended to February 10, 2017.

With support from Challenge staff and in collaboration with a local partner organization, GW students are invited to propose a project that enhances the local community. The project must have both environmental AND social impact in an underserved or low-income neighborhood. 

Winning students or teams will be awarded between $500 and 5,000 for their projects. Students are required to work with a GW faculty or staff mentor as a resource, and are not prohibited from receiving other funding for their projects. 

All winners must attend a one-day environmental justice seminar on Saturday, April 1st. Project deliverables will include three blog posts and an end-of-project event/presentation.

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