Penn / Schoolyard Ventures Social Innovators Program

University of Pennsylvania Social Innovators Program

Why choose University of Pennsylvania Social Innovators Program?

We help students develop their entrepreneurial mindset and skills through university-level programs that are hands-on, engaging and result in real student-run businesses and non-profits. Opportunity to earn a Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship from University of Pennsylvania. Our programs are coaching driven - students will have access to a team of entrepreneurship coaches who will guide them through their unique entrepreneurial journey. Student / instructor ratio is 3:1. Programs are virtual and take place over 13 weeks.


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Great support for aspiring entrepreneurs

Schoolyard Ventures and the Social Innovators Program helped me to find my path during my gap year. I had always known that I was interested in entrepreneurship and I had worked on a few projects during high school, but I didn't know where to start. Schoolyard Ventures gave me a framework to identify and solve problems and the individualized attention from their staff of experienced entrepreneurs helped me to launch my own nonprofit, Y Innovations. Over the course of the program, I was able to raise over $50,000 dollars, hire subcontractors, and build Delaware's first ever net zero energy, straw bale home.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
The most surprising moment for me was when we completed the construction of our first home. More information here:


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