The Social Innovation Initiative of the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Sam M. Walton College of Business is a multidisciplinary initiative through which University of Arkansas students, faculty and staff have the opportunity to learn about pressing social and environmental problems affecting our community, and work directly with some of the organizations determined to solve these problems.
Social Innovation Challenge
The initiative's primary program is the annual Social Innovation Challenge.
To participate, partner organizations (many of them local) identify challenges in their daily operations or strategic planning that students could help address through the design of viable and sustainable solutions.
Through a network of classes, students are invited to form interdisciplinary teams and tackle problems using entrepreneurial principles, while fostering their own creativity and skills. We're a resource for faculty seeking service-learning partners, for students looking for thesis research material, and for anyone on campus with an interest in social innovation.
How do I get involved?
1. Enroll in a course affiliated with the program. For the Fall 2017 semester specific courses are participating in the Social Innovation Challenge.
- MKTG 4513 - Nonprofit Marketing
- MGMT 4243-001 / MGMT 4243-004 - Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
- MGMT 3933 – Intro to Entrepreneurship and New Business Development
- ARTS 5913-002 - Social Justice and the Arts
- SCWK 4733-002 – Social Work Practice III
- SCWK 4733-001 – Social Work Practice III
- LARC 3356 – Landscape Architecture Design V
- SPAN 4333 – Spanish for Business
- MGMT 4103 004 / INTS 4003 001 Special Topics Social Entrepreneurship
- Students who participate in the Fall 2017 Social Innovation Challenge may elect to further develop their projects in the context of a spring semester MGMG course on project implementation.
2. Join the Social Innovation Initiative Facebook group to network with other students, faculty, mentors, and partners interested in social entrepreneurship.
3. Attend one or more of Social Innovation workshops:
Sep 6, 2017 - Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship with Prof. Rogelio Garcia Contreras, Director of Social Innovation at the Brewer Family Entrepreneurship Hub from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Oct 3, 2017 - Developing Viable and Sustainable Solutions with Prof. Rita Littrell, Director, Bessie B Moore Center for Economic Education and Prof. Sergio Santamaria, Finance Department, at the Brewer Family Entrepreneurship Hub from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Nov 14, 2017 - The Art of Pitching with Sarah Goforth, Director of Outreach, OEI, at the Brewer Family Entrepreneurship Hub from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
1. Contact OEI Director of Social Innovation Rogelio Garcia-Contreras (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss connecting an existing course to the Social Innovation Initiative.
2. Refer students interested in social entrepreneurship to OEI Director of Student Programs Deb Williams (email@example.com).
3. Join the Social Innovation Initiative Facebook group to network with students, other faculty, mentors, and partners interested in social entrepreneurship.
1. Submit a challenge for consideration. Submissions are now closed for the Fall 2017 semester and will open again in March, 2018.
2. Join the Social Innovation Initiative Facebook group to network with students, faculty, and others interested in social entrepreneurship.