• Since introducing the first course on social entrepreneurship to the University of St Gallen, Switzerland, in 2004 (one year after he launched Europe’s first-ever course on the topic at the University of Geneva), Impact Economy’s Dr. Maximilian Martin has returned every year to teach a course that is now titled “Social Investment and Entrepreneurship” and. Catering to a select group of dedicated Masters students from a variety of academic backgrounds, this year’s course focused on innovative financing methods, and explored how the social entrepreneurship field is developing new frameworks as it grows. Students engaged in dynamic group assignments and worked towards developing their own business ideas.

  • What is the potential of social entrepreneurship in the changing world of higher education and how can faculty design and teach the most effective courses, curricula and programs? As the Founding Ashoka U Faculty in Residence, Impact Economy’s Dr. Maximilian Martin co-led an Ashoka U Faculty Institute on best practices in social entrepreneurship education at Rollins College, Florida together with Marina Kim, Director of Ashoka U. The Faculty Institute, which was hosted by the Rollins Social Entrepreneurship & Sustainability Initiative (SESi) and is a cross-campus initiative helping students channel their passion for social change in solution-orientated action, gathered 45 faculty to explore how to best integrate social entrepreneurship into the curricula of different disciplines and how to shape the overall social entrepreneurship offering at Rollins College.

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