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Partnerships with corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations fuel GSEI's connection to the practice of social enterprise. Our partners and collaborators bring opportunities for students, faculty, and stakeholders to think critically about how business and cross-sector collaboration can facilitate solutions and lasting change. 

  • External Partners

  • Bank of America

    Sponsoring banner events with world leaders like  Bono , Warren Buffett and Ken Burns, GSEI’s founding partner Bank of America develops high-impact leaders on campus and promotes economic mobility globally. Bank executives build student and faculty knowledge in impact investing, corporate responsibility and ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance). The Bank also supports student internships and applied research, including GSEI Executive Director Leslie Crutchfield’s new book on building successful social movements.

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  • Philips

    Breaking barriers to technology adoption so that people can age well in their homes and communities is the focus of the Philips-GSEI partnership. Research and custom executive roundtables examined:

    What are the barriers for Baby Boomers and Generation X to adopt technology?

    Connecting home and community 

    Caregiving and technology 

    GSEI's Aging Well Hub (AWH), is a co-creation network with Philips that engages diverse collaborators, including Merck, Sam’s Club, AARP, MedStar Health and others to deliver fresh solutions for aging well.

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  • Nestlé

    To tackle the growing obesity challenge, Nestlé and GSEI are committed to building a movement around portion guidance to help change behaviors toward over-eating through a coordinated cross-sector approach addressing both the demand and supply sides of the issue.

  • The Viscardi Center

    The Viscardi Center, a network of nonprofit organizations that provides a lifespan of services for children and adults with disabilities, and GSEI are collaborating with the US Department of Labor to improve the hiring, retention, and promotion of American with disabilities - including veterans - in corporations and government agencies. 

  • VF Corporation

    Responsible sourcing is a priority for VF and its multiple brands, including Timberland, The North Face, Lee, Wrangler, Vans and others. We engage millennials on VF’s approach to provide safe and healthy conditions for workers, reduce environmental impact, and source raw materials responsibly and ethically.

  • University Partners

  • Georgetown Energy & CleanTech Club

    GSEI has collaborated with the Georgetown Energy & Clean Tech Club on their annual industry and career conference. 

  • Georgetown School of Foreign Service: Global Human Development Program

    GSEI and the School of Foreign Service Human Development Program created the Global Social Enterprise and Development Fellows (GSED) program. The GSED Fellows program was designed to develop fellows' entrepreneurial skills using both coursework and experiential learning, with a focus on ways social enterprises or multinational corporations and institutions can move beyond aid and offer market-based solutions to address base of the pyramid need in developing countries. 

  • Net Impact

    Net Impact and GSEI work in tandem to support one another's missions to promote positive change and social impact through business. McDonough Net Impact, 2015 Chapter of the Year, supports students seeking careers across all functions, including finance, consulting, operations and marketing, to make a social impact through their work. 

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  • Science in the Public Interest

    The Georgetown University Energy Prize, a competition to reduce America's energy consumption, aims to rethink America's energy use by harnessing the ingenuity and community spirit of towns and cities all across America. The Georgetown University Program on Science in the Public Interest is leading the Georgetown University Energy Prize in partnership with the Georgetown University Environment Initiative and the McDonough School of Business' Global Social Enterprise Initiative.

  • Startup Hoyas

    The Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative (GEI), under the banner of StartUp Hoyas, provides a growing suite of academic, extracurricular, and off-campus programs, and connects students to accomplished alumni, industry experts, entrepreneurs and business executives. Together, GSEI and StartUp Hoyas cultivate and promote social entrepreneurship. GSEI and GEI also partnered with the American Farm Bureau on the Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge to develop economic opportunities in American rural communities. 

  • Past Partners & Collaborators

  • AARP

    Since 2011, AARP has partnered with GSEI on a variety of programs related to economic security and quality healthcare for older Americans. From research to custom expert roundtables to innovation events, together we have tackled:

    Aging in Mexico and opportunities for business and policy makers to respond.

    The rising cost of higher education and how America can pay for it.

    Tapping the potential of nurses in health care delivery.

    Innovative financial products to help low-income older Americans save and improve their financial stability.

  • Niger Delta Partnership Initiative

    The Niger Delta Partnership Initiative (NDPI) Foundation and GSEI partner to support the reduction of conflict and promote equitable economic growth in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. We work collaboratively to increase awareness of how conflict mitigation can lead to economic opportunity in the Niger Delta region; build the capacity of NDPI's board, staff, and key stakeholders in best practices for organizational effectiveness and stakeholder engagement; and examine, showcase, and share best practices in corporate responsibility. 

  • Accion

    In collaboration with Accion International's Center of Financial Inclusion, GSEI hosted a panel and contributed to a report examining the future of microfinance and the opportunities and obstacles in pursing full financial inclusion globally. 

  • American Farm Bureau Federation

    The Rural Entrepreneurship Initiative was a signature program established with the American Farm Bureau Federation to strengthen rural America. The program included:

    A Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge, the first of its kind in the US. 

    The National Summit on Rural Entrepreneurship

    An educational series with webinars on business topics led by national experts to help rural entrepreneurs build their concepts

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  • The Aspen Institute

    In partnership with the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, the Aspen Institute conducted a survey of investors to assess activity and interest in investing in the U.S. with an emphasis on investments in education, economic assets, and health and well-being. 

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  • The Aspen Institute: Accelerating Market-Driven Partnerships

    GSEI partnered with AMP to produce a primer on issues surrounding the development of cross sector partnerships to drive solutions. When successful, public-private resources can be directed to solutions to provide affordable, sustainable housing, to turn waste into watts, or to create jobs in communities, innovators, investors, and individuals alike are enriched and lives improved. 

  • Booz Allen Hamilton

    GSEI collaborated with Booz Allen Hamilton to explore the growing challenge of diabetes across the Gulf Cooperation Council and within the United Arab Emirates. 

  • The Case Foundation

    The Case Foundation supported efforts to explore what policy changes are needed to grow impact investing - committing capital with the expectation of positive financial and social returns - in the United States. These efforts included a stakeholder meeting convened with the U.S. National Advisory Board to the Social Impact Investing Task Force (SIITF) established by the G8, to develop recommendations on policies that might spur the growth of impact investing. 

  • McGowan

    Each year, the McGowan fund co-hosts the McGowan Symposium on Business, Leadership and Ethics, a gathering of their fellows from the top 20 U.S. business schools, prominent business leaders, government officials, members of the media, and deans and students from those schools. In 2012, GSEI hosted the event at Georgetown's McDonough School of Business. 

  • US Department of State

    Investors, policymakers and other stakeholders come together at global conferences convened by the US State Department's Office of Global Partnerships and GSEI. The conferences in have aimed to drive impact investments and public-private partnerships for sustainable housing and clean energy solutions to mitigate climate change

    Global Impact Economy Forum

    Climate and Clean Energy Investment Forum

  • Milken Institute

    The Milken Institute and GSEI conducted research on the rising cost of higher education and its implications for financial security and economic growth. The findings were presented at:

    The Milken Global Conference in 2013

    A roundtable of student loan lenders, government officials, private sector leaders, university and community college representatives, including online education platforms, associations, foundations, parents and students. 

  • National Restaurant Association

    An estimated 65 percent of restaurant and food service workers are under 35 years old, a key demographic for the success of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As the industry's leading trade association and representing the nation's second largest private sector workforce, the National Restaurant Association (NRA) engaged GSEI to help them with recommendations for the implementation of the ACA. 

    Transforming Access to Health Care: How America's Restaurant and Foodservice Industry Can Lead the Way.