Social Entrepreneurship Programs

Social New Venture Challenge

The Edwardson Social Entrepreneurship Program

The Edwardson Social Entrepreneurship Program jump-starts businesses and nonprofits built on social missions. Among them: solar-powered light company LuminAID, African tractor-leasing company Hello Tractor, and online voter guide BallotReady.

The program is part of a powerful entrepreneurial support system at the University of Chicago that provides the resources that startups need to succeed.

Resources available through the program help UChicago students and faculty connect research with practice and go from idea to impact.

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By the Numbers

By harnessing the expertise of our faculty, alumni, and global network, we help student social entrepreneurs increase their odds of solving seemingly intractable problems. And in keeping with Booth’s multidisciplinary approach, we track our outcomes and the successes of our alumni.

Social New Venture Challenge


The John Edwardson,72, Social New Venture Challenge is one of the nation’s first social venture competitions. Our startups are easing the administrative burdens of child-care providers, teaching high-school students financial skills, and more.

Offered in partnership by the Rustandy Center and the University of Chicago Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the SNVC is the social impact track of the Edward L. Kaplan,71, New Venture Challenge, the University of Chicago’s business launch program.

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Open Impact


Throughout Fall and Winter Quarters, the Rustandy Center brings together UChicago students and faculty with social sector experts to workshop an urgent social problem during our OpenImpact series. Participants use design thinking to uncover new insights to existing problems.

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Social Entrepreneur In Residence

Social Entrepreneur in Residence

The social entrepreneur in residence mentors students, participates in or leads programs and workshops with student groups, and meets with alumni and faculty.

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Booth Announces Winners

Provide: 2017 SNVC Winner

The winner of the 2017 SNVC, Provide, offers a software-based, back-office solution for child-care businesses, allowing them to enroll in government subsidy programs, manage licenses and accreditation, and maximize tax deductions.

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