University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

Social Innovation Hub

The Social Innovation Hub, an initiative of the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Walton College, is a multidisciplinary, virtual community where University of Arkansas students, faculty and staff have the opportunity to learn about pressing social and environmental problems. Students are invited to actively engage in developing solutions based on their own interests and skills.



Design Solution Challenge

The Design Challenge is a competition for students offered each semester. Students work in interdisciplinary teams to find solutions to pressing social issues.

Design Solution Challenge
Design Challenge Website

Making a Difference

The purpose of the hub is to promote interdisciplinary collaboration and to expand and coordinate experiential learning options, with the intention of developing, testing and implementing new initiatives.

There are a vast number of existing initiatives at the university and the design of the hub is to connect faculty and students interested in conducting similar or complementary work.

The Hub community also includes a diverse and growing network of resources within and beyond the university system, including community organizations, social enterprises, impact investors and peers and experts in the field.



student with professor

Objectives

The objectives of the Social Innovation Hub are as follows:

  • PROMOTE entrepreneurial and innovative thinking to address societal issues
  • FACILITATE a process for developing interdisciplinary solutions to social and environmental problems
  • CONNECT people through a local, national and global network of innovators
  • CONTRIBUTE to the professional development and active learning experiences of our students
  • DEVELOP a culture of respect and community that encourages collaboration and resource sharing


New & Noteworthy

Wasson Wins Social Innovation Hub’s Inaugural Competition

Wasson Wins Social Innovation Hub’s Inaugural Competition

A panel of faculty and expert judges selected sophomore Laura Wasson, a dietetics and human nutrition major, as the winner in the first-ever Design Solution Challenge, a semester-long social entrepreneurship competition sponsored by the Social Innovation Hub and the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

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Startup Teams Take Top Honors at Governor’s Cup

Startup Teams Take Top Honors at Governor’s Cup

University of Arkansas teams took first place in the undergraduate division and swept all three places in the graduate division at the 2017 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan Competition on April 11 .

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State Rep. Warwick Sabin to Speak on Social Entrepreneurship

State Rep. Warwick Sabin to Speak on Social Entrepreneurship

Arkansas State Representative Warwick Sabin will deliver a talk on the social entrepreneurship movement in Arkansas at Willard J. Walker Hall, room 403, on the University of Arkansas campus, at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 22. The talk is free and open to the public, and no registration is required.

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