Impact Entrepreneurs at Portland State University

Impact Entrepreneurs unleashes the promise of business for social, environmental, and economic impact. We do this by educating, training, and supporting social entrepreneurs of all ages, across sectors, and from around the world, with a vision of creating a more just world where all life flourishes.

A program of Portland State University's (PSU) School of Business, Impact Entrepreneurs was formed in 2009 by Carolyn McKnight and Cindy Cooper. Since then, it has been recognized in Fast Company and Forbes, and was central to the selection of PSU as an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus. 


Sandra Morris

Director, Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, The School of Business, PSU 

Abby Chroman

Program Manager, Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, The School of Business, PSU

In addition to our core team, Impact Entrepreneurs is supported by an extended team of Portland State University faculty, staff, and students who are driven to advance positive change using multidisciplinary tools and expertise. 


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Impact Entrepreneurs has been featured by Forbes, Fast Company, Sustainable Business Oregon, Oregon Business Journal, and many more. Find us in the news here

Changemaker Campus

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Portland State University is honored to be part of the Ashoka U Changemaker Campus consortium, a select group ofinstitutions of higher education that demonstrate commitment and cutting edge approaches to galvanizing solutions to major human and environmental challenges. Ashoka U is an initiative of Ashoka, a renowned global association of leading social entrepreneurs founded in 1980. In partnership with universities, Ashoka U seeks to develop educational experiences that can be world changing. Ashoka believes in an “Everyone a Changemaker” world. At PSU we are fortunate to have tens of thousands of budding Changemakers descending upon our campus each year.

This world-class partnership and lifelong distinction from Ashoka U celebrates the significant contributions PSU is already making through initiatives such as the Institute for Sustainable SolutionsNet ImpactSWEETLab, Impact Entrepreneurs and many others. 

How to Help

Our sponsors' and donors' contributions are critical to our ability to conduct and grow our programs. We thank them for their generous support and vision. To support the promise of business for social impact, please contact us or donate online (scroll to see Impact Entrepreneurs).

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