3 International Entrepreneurship Initiatives

1. Tata International Entrepreneurship Scheme

Dunedin ICT Internship Speed Dating 2010 [Photo by Samuel Mann] (CC BY-SA 3.0)

The University of Cambridge, UC Berkely and the London School of Economics have partnered with Tata to promote international entrepreneurship and business management.

Through the Tata International Social Entrepreneurship Scheme (Tata ISES), Tata offers students at these institutions the opportunity to work on social entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility projects within the Tata Group of Companies in India. Projects for 2011 include an impact assessment of corporate sustainability programs at Lote, where a factory is situated, and a project on health and hygiene to promote safe drinking water at Tata Chemicals WAPU.

Another upcoming project is an impact assessment of Tata Steel interventions in the economic and social aspects of the community in 23 villages in the Saraikela Kharswan area. There is also a project on increasing employee and family volunteerism in Tata Teleservices’ corporate sustainability projects in Delhi.

2. SDSU International Entrepreneurship Initiative

At San Diego State University (SDSU), a group of professors at the College of Business Administration are active participants in an international entrepreneurship initiative.

The International Social Entrepreneurship Initiative is composed of three parts: research, curriculum and community outreach. The initiative leverages the College of Business Administration’s interests and expertise in entrepreneurship and international business with a mission to understand and communicate how business models and principles can be applied to create social value.

The initiative’s global community outreach involves developing and sustaining partnerships with the local and global community interested and engaged in social entrepreneurship, and leveraging these partnerships to conduct field research and build knowledge and theory in social entrepreneurship.

Some research goals are to leverage the capabilities of SDSU scholars on topics such as the challenges and risks associated with business oriented solutions to social problems.

3. International Entrepreneurship Institute

2009 Summer Interns [Photo by Argonne National Laboratory] (CC BY-SA 3.0)

The International Institute for Social Entrepreneurs (IISE) is a project of Braille Without Borders. Located in Trivandrum, Kerala (South India), the IISE creates credible and effective leaders in international entrepreneurship who go on to impact social change across the world.

The eleven month experiential program at the IISE helps participants to set up social projects that improve the quality of life for blind and visually impaired people in an environment that promotes collaboration and leadership skills. The IISE focuses on leadership training in order to create social change through innovation.

The institution is open to people from all backgrounds who wish to bring about a positive change in society, learn more about business management, and welcomes participants from around the world who are passionate about this goal. IISE inspires social change through innovative campaigns, initiatives, strategy and social marketing.