Social Entrepreneurship & Sustainability Initiative

Social Entrepreneurship & Sustainability Initiative at CEI empowers students to use the skills and strategies of business leaders to create innovative and sustainable solutions to social, environmental, and economic problems, locally and around the world.

Courses for Undergraduate & Graduate Students

*Independent Studies, Applied Field Studies, and Internships available upon request

Opportunities for Involvement

Summer Program for High School Students

Student Organizations

Business Plan Competitions

  • Students are encouraged to enter CEI’s The Big Idea Competition for the opportunity to win Best Social Venture
  • NetImpact-Walmart Sustainability Better Living Business Plan Competition (since 2010)

    Each year 4-8 teams have entered, the top 3 were selected to compete in the UF Finals round with a panel of distinguished judges, and the winning team was sent to represent UF at the Regionals competition at Emory University in Atlanta. The 2015 schedule will be announced in Fall 2014. In 2014, the deadlines were:

    • Wed. 1/22, 4pm - Deadline to submit complete Business Plan, teams must complete this online form and email their business plan.
    • Wed 1/22, 11:59pm - Deadline to email (UFsocialentrepreneurship at one page summary as a Word document. Word documents should be saved as Region_UniversityofFlorida.doc.
    • Mon. 1/27 - 3 Finalists will be Announced.
    • Thurs. 1/30 4pm - 3 Finalists must submit the final draft of their Business Plan & PowerPoint.
    • Fri. 1/31 9am-1pm - 3 Finalists Compete, by 4pm Winning Team will be Announced by email (UFsocialentrepreneurship at
  • Greening Gator Footprints Eco-Innovation Competition, April 2012 - 16 teams entered, check out the videos
  • UF Youth Venture Changemaker Summit & Challenge, Spring 2011 - 60 students attended the Summit & 5 Teams entered the Challenge, 3 were awarded $1000 Seed Grants
  • Social/Environmental Venture category of the Howard Leonhardt Business Plan competition: 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008.

Events & Activities

National & International Partnerships

As of Fall 2010 we are an Ashoka Youth Venture Campus and are applying to be a part of the Ashoka U. Changemaker Campus Consortium in 2015.

We partner with the Sullivan Foundation to create opportunities for students interested in Social Entrepreneurship & Service Learning.

We collaborate with Echoing Green to host webinars on Work on Purpose.

Alumni Social Entrepreneurs

After learning about Social Entrepreneurship, some of our Alumni have launched their own ventures, including:


College Info

Warrington College of Business Administration
100 BRY
PO Box 117150
Gainesville, FL 32611-7150
Phone: 352.392.2397
Fax: 352.392.2086

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