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

Grox Industries to Compete in Rice Business Plan Competition

Grox Industries to Compete in Rice Business Plan Competition

Grox Industries will compete with some of the world’s top universities for more than $1 million in prizes at the 17th annual Rice Business Plan Competition at Rice University, April 6-8, 2017.

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Start-Up Team Wins University of Manitoba Investment Competition

Start-Up Team Wins University of Manitoba Investment Competition

Grox Industries, a University of Arkansas entrepreneurship team developing a nanomaterial-based glass coating that improves the energy efficiency of windows, won first place at the University of Manitoba’s Stu Clark Investment Competition on March 11.

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Entrepreneurship Team Wins Georgia Bowl Competition

Entrepreneurship Team Wins Georgia Bowl Competition

“Together, they have brought engineering, business and technology development, marketing, and logistics together to create a realistic and incredibly promising plan.”

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