WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Halcyon Incubator and the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business announce a new partnership to bring real-world research and entrepreneurial experience into the classroom and to further understand the social entrepreneur community in the United States.
"Partnering with the Dingman Center represents another step forward to helping social entrepreneurs in this area and beyond successfully navigate their entrepreneurial journey," says Ryan Ross, program director for Halcyon Incubator, a program of the Georgetown-based S&R Foundation with a commitment to solving 21st century challenges throughout the nation and the world.
The hallmark of the partnership is collaboration on Halcyon Incubator's Social Enterprise Ecosystems Report, a study of the state of social entrepreneurship across the country. Released for the first time in 2016 by Halcyon Incubator and Capital One, the 2017 report will be based on research led by Smith School Associate Professor David Kirsch and a team of Smith students from the Social Innovation Fellows program, which is supported by the Center for Social Value Creation. The student team is comprised of juniors Fasika Delessa and Sarina Haryanto and seniors Aishwariya Chandrasekar and Evan Haas.
"The Social Enterprise Ecosystems Report seeks to provide a comprehensive overview of what founders really need to create impact," said Ross. "Working with the incredible team at the Smith School will help us to deepen the research and analysis to better help these social entrepreneurs."
The partnership will also strengthen growing social venture ecosystems through workshops, led by Dingman Center staff and advisors, for Halcyon fellows, while fellows and staff will speak in University of Maryland classes and events. Select Halcyon Fellows will also be invited to pitch their companies to the Dingman Center Angels when seeking seed-stage investments.
According to the Dingman Center's Associate Director for Social Entrepreneurship, Sara Herald, this partnership is "a unique opportunity to connect our students with some of the nation's most promising social entrepreneurs." Social entrepreneurship is a growing field on college campuses and in the broader entrepreneurial ecosystem. UMD courses on the topic frequently have waitlists each semester, while Halcyon Incubator sees hundreds of applications for the spots in its cohort of fellows.
The Dingman Center is one of the nation's oldest academic entrepreneurship centers, with a mission to make entrepreneurs of all kinds more successful.
About Halcyon Incubator: Halcyon Incubator, a program of S&R Foundation, is committed to solving 21st century challenges throughout the nation and world by helping social entrepreneurs transform audacious ideas into scalable and sustainable ventures. Learn more at www.halcyonincubator.org.
About S&R Foundation: S&R Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created in 2000 to support talented individuals with great potential and high aspirations in the arts, sciences and social entrepreneurship, especially those who are furthering international cultural collaboration. Learn more at www.sandr.org
About the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate, full-time and part-time MBA, executive MBA, online MBA, specialty masters, PhD and executive education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning locations in North America and Asia.
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