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.

To receive updates on upcoming events and new programs offered through the Edwardson Social Entrepreneurship Program, sign up here.

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 cornerstone of the Rustandy Center’s Edwardson Social Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Chicago.

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Booth Announces Winners

Pie for Providers: SNVC Winner

The winner of the 2017 SNVC, Pie for Providers, offered 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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Social Entrepreneur In Residence

Tarrson Social Venture Fellowship

The Tarrson Social Venture Fellowship at the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation is the capstone social entrepreneurship resource, providing funding and advising to graduating students or recent alumni of the University of Chicago while they raise philanthropic or venture capital for their social enterprise.

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