Summer Institute

The Sullivan Social Entrepreneurship Institute offers an intensive study of social entrepreneurship, where  students work with other students from a variety of disciplines and develop skills to become agents of social change.

Through the programs, students will learn how to pursue social entrepreneurial opportunities, including how to recognize a social business opportunity and write a plan for a social venture, leveraging resources (including human capital, social capital, financial capital and environmental capital).

We are excited to announce new Summer Institute courses, offered in partnership with Leadership exCHANGE!

2014 Sullivan Foundation Summer Programs

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation in partnership with Leadership exCHANGE are happy to announce the summer 2014 programs in Panama, Prague, Rome, and Raleigh, NC. Develop your leadership and social entrepreneurship skills and earn university credit! Join undergraduate and graduate students from around the world for the awarding-winning programs. Select from 2-6 weeks summer programs:

Panama City, Panama (July 1-30)
Courses: Organizational Leadership, Social Entrepreneurship, & Politics of Developing Areas.
Earn 6 semester credits

Prague, Czech Republic (July 1-30)
Courses: Philosophies of Leadership, Social Entrepreneurship, Global Business, and Human Rights
Earn 6 semester credits

Prague, Czech Republic (August 1-15)
Social Entrepreneurship Intensive Course
Includes membership at HUB Prague during the program!

Program Highlights:
· Earn 6-9 semester credits
· Meet students from around the world
· Create a network of leaders
· Develop your social entrepreneurship and leadership skills
· Learn theories and models for effective and innovative change
· Participate in community service projects
· Broaden knowledge about diverse cultures
· Develop public speaking, analytical thinking, & problem solving skills

All courses are taught in English.
“[This] is a life changing program. It will inspire you to make a difference in the world and teach you how!”–Logan Boon

Preference given to applications received by April 15th. Apply online at Contact the Director, Heather McDougall at for additional inquiries.

Raleigh, NC Summer Enterprise Experience; July 1- 30:

(Option to extend internship to August 15)

The Entrepreneurial Leadership Program is a 4-6 week summer accelerator that cultivates the entrepreneurship, leadership, and cross-cultural skills of young entrepreneurs. The program is open to students from around the world.  Held at HQ Raleigh, this program allows students a unique insider’s view into the dynamic Lean Start-Up realm.   The learning environment is complemented by workshops, leadership retreat, mentoring sessions, whiteboard sessions with ThinkHouse, consultations with HQ Raleigh members, and site visits to companies in Raleigh. In addition students participate in an internship with an HQ Raleigh start-up.
New Venture Planning  (3 credits). In this course students develop the skills necessary for evaluating and creating a new venture, with the ability to communicate the endeavor effectively through written and verbal presentation.  Students explore key components of new venture development: in-depth industry and market analysis, market validation, product or service design,value proposition, development of a sales and marketing (channel) model, the team (human capital), profit models, financing, legal and fundraising. At the end of this course, students will be able to evaluate business opportunities as both an entrepreneur and an investor, within start-ups and established companies.
Internship (3 credits). Students gain real-world experience through an internship with a company or social venture at HQ Raleigh. The internship enriches the learning experience by allowing students to 1) articulate and apply principles learned in and outside of the classroom; 2) complete assignments that encourage in-depth reflection of the internship experience; 3) gain self-understanding, self-confidence, and interpersonal skills; 4) develop work competencies; and 5) explore career options. Students have the option of extending the internship an additional 1-2 weeks. 
Participants in the program can qualify to be fast-tracked to the Semi-Finalist stage of the Dell Social Innovation Challenge
Tuition: $4850 includes courses, housing, workshops, and trainings.  Limited number of partial tuition scholarships are available. Additional housing fee for students extending the internship.
Applications are rolling admission. Partial tuition scholarships are available:

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