Social entrepreneurs are the link between the Hunt Institute and
under-resourced communities. Social entrepreneurs directly address social needs in their communities,
using entrepreneurial and earned revenue strategies. The Institute’s Social Entrepreneurs Program is
focused on supporting innovative and high impact early-stage social entrepreneurs in particular, who face
a complex set of interconnected challenges and a very limited support ecosystem to help overcome those
challenges, both locally and globally.
Research: Survey of social entrepreneurs to better understand the challenges and obstacles they face
and how to best address them. In addition, the Institute carries out ongoing research on social enterprise
models and best practices.
Toolbox: The Toolbox helps early stage social entrepreneurs overcome the identified hurdles through a
scalable and replicable toolbox developed by HI. The Institute is leveraging its research, along with the
expertise of its fellows, IEC and the gifted and passionate students at the University, in the implementation
of the Toolbox in support of early-stage social entrepreneurs.
Funding: The goal of the toolbox is to help social entrepreneurs developing viable and sustainable
businesses and tap into sustainable sources of funding.