Social Entrepreneurship at Cornell

CTA offers curricular and extra-curricular educational opportunities for Cornell University students.

Social Entrepreneurs, Innovators, and Problem Solvers

This award-winning, undergraduate course, taught by CTA’s Executive Director Anke Wessels and offered in Cornell’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, is an academic experience unlike most, in which students discover how they can make a real difference as agents for change. Inspired by stories of successful social entrepreneurs not much older than they are, students begin to explore how they most want to contribute to the well being of others. They practice skills essential to innovative problem solving, project development, and community organizing. Students are asked to reflect on their career paths and what legacy they want to leave with their lives. We encourage them to think globally and locally—to purposefully, creatively, and collaboratively pursue new ideas of what is possible, and to persevere in the face of obstacles. You can download the syllabus from Anke's 2013 class in the right sidebar. 

Fiscal Sponsorship

CTA is the only nonprofit incubator and fiscal sponsor associated with a major university. We offer a unique opportunity for Cornell students to test  their innovative social change projects without having to obtain non profit and tax exempt status first. If accepted, these projects benefit from all the mentorship and business services CTA provides its project partners.

CTA's unique model was awarded the 2016 Ashoka U-Cordes Innovation Award in social entrepreneurship education. Here you can learn more about this award and watch our acceptance speech, where we feature one of our student-led projects, Anabel's Grocery.