New Approaches to Social Change
At the intersection of new ideas and intractable social challenges lies The NYU Reynolds Program in Social Entrepreneurship, a cross-university initiative that finds changemakers from across the globe and transforms them into gamechangers. Encompassing all of NYU’s undergraduate and graduate schools, this first-of-its-kind program founded in 2006 engages global challenges through a new vision of practice-based education, one that equips cutting-edge leaders to think boldly, act swiftly, scale broadly, and build smartly. An impressive 92% of our alumni continue to innovate in the social impact space: 40% of whom are founders or co-founders, and 50% of whom hold senior leadership positions in leading business, social sector, and public organizations.
The program also offers comprehensive opportunities and resources to the entire NYU and greater NYC social entrepreneurial communities including:
- the Social Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century Speaker Series, featuring visionary changemakers from Elie Wiesel to Chuck D to Wendy Kopp;
- the Realistic, Entrepreneurial, Actionable Learning (R.E.A.L.) Workshop Series, providing practical, hands-on training in skills needed to be successful in the changemaking arena;
- the Changemaker Challenge social venture business plan competition, providing real capital and curriculum to undergraduate students from across NYU who want to change the world;
- new undergraduate and graduate courses in social entrepreneurship taught by industry leaders and experts including John Wood, Jeffrey Hollender and Greg Van Kirk.
More than a reimagining of social entrepreneurship education, the NYU Reynolds Program realizes that the ground has shifted. We are in a new era of academic responsibility, and to answer that call we need visionaries that continue to define social entrepreneurship in the 21st century. The NYU Reynolds Program aims to challenge, illuminate, and inspire possibilities that turn changemakers into gamechangers. It is a cornerstone of innovation and transformation, and of unimaginable heights and incalculable difference.