Certificate in Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship

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Portland State University’s social innovation and social entrepreneurship curriculum equips you to with entrepreneurial tools to create practical, effective solutions that address social and environmental challenges.

Whether you’re a social entrepreneur starting something new, or an intrapreneur driving forward new ideas in an existing company or organization, our programs give you in-demand leadership and lean-startup skills that prepare you to innovate. Across all of our programs, the skills and mindsets you develop will help you address complex social and environmental challenges. 

Program highlights: 

  • Work on your own concept -- whether a business, nonprofit, project or campaign -- that addresses a critical social or environmental issue
  • OR select an existing organization or initiative to evaluate through the programs
  • The programs are flexible and accessible, with the majority of courses offered online
  • Get feedback on your work from experienced practitioners and peer mentors 
  • Engage with a social innovation and entrepreneurship network
  • Develop entrepreneurial and purpose-based personal leadership skills 

PSU is one of only 50 institutions around the world recognized by Ashoka U as a Changemaker Campus for excellence in teaching social innovation.


Questions? Email impactentrepreneurs@pdx.edu.



Ashoka U Changemaker Campus Since 2012