These courses focus on emerging models of enterprise at the interface of the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. They examine theories of change and the dynamics of social innovation and develops both conceptual and practical tools for creating high-performance organizations that are capable of addressing problems in a sustainable manner. Analysis of exemplary social business ventures, including alumni cases from the Miller Center Accelerator will illustrate how the discipline of business planning can contribute the development of social ventures that are economically viable at scale.

Quarter: Spring 2022
Class Code: ENGR 169C
Class Title/Name: The Role of Innovation in Social Entrepreneurship
Professor(s) Name(s): Keith Warner, Reena Kapoor, & Arvind Deogirikar
Class Days: Tuesdays, plus one 4-hour in-person workshop Saturday April 30, 2022
Class Times: 5:00 to 6:00 pm; Saturday ~10:00am to 2:00pm (subject to change)
Number of Class Credits: 1
Course Description:
Social enterprises find innovative ways to unlock economic value to drive sustainable social impact. Learn how social entrepreneurs leverage innovation to create value for social impact!

Social entrepreneurs create and lead enterprises to tackle the world’s most significant problems. They seek to integrate economic opportunities with a positive social impact on communities they serve. They often do this by leveraging innovative solutions of various kinds. This one unit course examines the role, significance and the types of innovation in these endeavors including – but not limited to – technological innovation, business model innovation, and social and/or systemic innovation. Learn from Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship’s global network of practitioners and mentors how innovation can be leveraged for value creation in economic and social realms.

This 1-unit class is offered by the School of Engineering in collaboration with Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, drawing on the global network of practicing social enterprises for case studies and examples. Students may take all three 1-unit social entrepreneurship classes for credit (169A, 169B, 169C), in any sequence. Students from any school or college are welcome!

In Spring 2022, this course will be composed of six 1-hour classes Tuesdays 5-6pm, plus one 4-hour in-person workshop Saturday April 30, 2022.

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Point of Contact for more information: Keith Warner, kwarner@scu.ecu

Quarter: Spring 2022
Class Code: SOCI 130
Class Title/Name: Design Thinking for Society
Professor(s) Name(s): Laura Robinson
Class Days: Friday
Class Time(s): 11:45-3:00 (optional zoom) ONLINE ASYNCH
Number of Class Credits: 5
Course Description: This interdisciplinary course examines social entrepreneurship and innovation in the context of global and local social issues. Essential skills, such as creativity, critical and ethical thinking, reflection, transformative communication, leadership, empathy, and teamwork, are enhanced. Students participate in a human-centered design thinking skills training, innovate a solution to a social or environmental problem, and create a business model canvas and case study of the innovation for the final project.
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Point of Contact for more information: lrobinson@scu.edu

Quarter: Spring 2022
Class Code: FNCE 143
Class Title/Name: Entrepreneurial Finance
Professor(s) Name(s): Hoje Jo
Class Day(s): M, W, and F
Class Time(s): 2:15 pm – 3:20 pm
Number of Class Credits: 5 units
Course Description: The course will focus on valuing and financing young high-growth potential private companies (start-ups). We will address this topic from two distinct perspectives: the perspective of users (entrepreneurs) and suppliers (venture capitalists and other private equity investors) of capital. The primary objective of the course is for the students to learn how to make investment and financing decisions (and how to distinguish good from bad investments) in an environment characterized by very high degrees of uncertainty and information asymmetry. We also adopt a mission of the social enterprise and impact investing perspective to create and sustain social value – not just private value by designing and developing financially sustainable and scalable social ventures and dealing with social and environmental issues.
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Point of Contact for more information: Hoje Jo, hjo@scu.edu

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Student Fellowship

Miller Center accelerates leadership by providing students with opportunities to learn and work with social entrepreneurs on the front lines of poverty eradication and sustainable development in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The fellowship is a fully-funded summer field experience along with two-quarters of classwork and academic research for Santa Clara University junior-level students.

Student Internships

Are you interested in a student internship working to support Miller Center and social enterprises around the world?


The internship program was created to provide exposure and access to the field of social entrepreneurship and/or impact investing for ALL Santa Clara students, regardless of year of study or program.

Summer is the primary period of enterprise and student internship; however, the internship may available during the academic year.  All work is done remotely and interns are paid by Miller Center.

The internship program is part of a larger SCU and student engagement strategy to engage 2500 students by 2025.

The Miller Center Internship Program is designed to provide meaningful work opportunities and create a deeper engagement, while creating a value exchange, between Miller Center acceleration program active alumni, or partners, and Santa Clara University students.

All enrolled Santa Clara University, including Jesuit School of Theology, students, undergraduate and graduate, regardless of major, including graduating seniors are eligible to apply.

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