Social Entrepreneurship

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What exactly is it?

Social Entrepreneurship is a movement that leads innovative people to address social problems through imagination and creative action. They do this by starting new initiatives, revitalizing old ones, or transforming current institutions to be better at addressing the problems of society.

Anyone can be a social entrepreneur, if they utilize their knowledge and understanding to move in a new problem-solving direction. These innovations “unleash human potential” to come up with real solutions to clearly identified problems.

Speakers and Events to Spark Creativity


Speakers on campus spark creativity

Through the generous work of Dr. Lowry Caudill, the IMPACT Center offers a series of events and speakers to foster creative thinking and ideas among students and community. The intent of these events is to encourage students to choose lifelong commitments that empower them to serve “for God and Humanity.”



Our Guest Innovators


Shane Claiborne

We invite creative problem-solvers and leaders from a variety of disciplines, including:

  • Bill Stanfield, pastor/director of Metanoia Community (Charleston, SC)
  • Joseph McMillin, founder and CEO of Atlas Organics, which he started as a college student (Spartanburg, SC)
  • Deb Richardson-Moore, founder and pastor of Triune Mercy Center (Greenville, SC)
  • Kara Weber, founding partner of Brilliant Ventures (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Shane Claiborne, community activist, preacher and author with The Simple Way/Red-Letter Christians (Philadelphia, PA)



Rescue Race

Rescue Race

What’s Your BIG Idea?

Do you have ideas that can make a difference in local and global communities—such as last year’s Rescue Race sponsored by GWU’s Release the Captives? Would you like some support to get those ideas up and running? We want to hear from you!

The IMPACT Center, in partnership with the Godbold School of Business, is seeking student entrepreneurs who have a heart for making the world a better place. If you need a boost to get started with your BIG idea, then contact the Center, or Godbold’s Dean, Professor Mischia Taylor.