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SEI has been through an inspirational journey from the founding of the term “social enterprise,” to current day innovations in our MBA and Executive Education curriculum and increased social impact efforts by our alumni.


Celebrated SEI's 25th anniversary with the Frontiers of Change convening of over 300 alumni, faculty, leaders in the field, students and staff.

Published Understanding Our Impact: 25 Years of Social Enterprise at HBS.


New MBA Elective Investing for Impact is introduced.


New Executive Education program Strategic Nonprofit Management - India is introduced.

Loan assistance program expanded to include alumni working at for-profit social enterprises.

Developed multimedia module of cases focused on challenges and opportunities that leaders and organizations face in moving from organization-level to system-level (transformative) impact.

Co-hosted two convenings on impact investing and transformative impact.


Launched new "Alumni for Impact" strategy to engage, connect, and mobilize alumni interested in social enterprise.


New MBA Elective Public Entrepreneurship is introduced.


HBS-led forum on Business for Social Impact convenes over 100 practitioners and academics to discuss the global role of business in creating social change


US Competitiveness convening focused on Business and Education Leaders Together: Accelerating Opportunities for America's Students.


Two new MBA FIELD courses introduced: Social Impact Investing and Social Innovation Lab.


HBS-led Forum on Social Impact Investing builds upon its prior research on venture philanthropy and social capital markets and pursues an action research agenda with practitioners, which results in multiple papers and course notes, a project-based field course, and a case-based course module on the mobilization of financial resources for social change.


New MBA Elective Managing Global Health is introduced.


Co-hosted High-Impact Philanthropy Conference to engage individual philanthropists to examine models of high-impact philanthropy.


The New MBA Elective Leading and Governing High-Performing Nonprofit Organizations is introduced.

HBS convenes leaders to discuss “The Future of Social Enterprise.”


New MBA Elective Commerce and Society is introduced.


New MBA Elective Business at the Base of the Pyramid is introduced.


HBS-led forum, Global Poverty: Business Solutions and Approaches, brings together 120 academics and business, nonprofit, and government leaders from around the world, resulting in a book, an MBA elective course, and an executive education program for leaders in the microfinance industry.

New Executive Education program Corporate Social Responsibility introduced.


New MBA Elective Entrepreneurship in Education Reform.

New Executive Education program Public Education Leadership Program (PELP).


Leadership Fellows program launches, enabling a select number of graduating HBS students to experience high-impact management positions in nonprofit and public-sector organizations for one year at a competitive salary.


The Social Enterprise Knowledge Network (SEKN) forms as a partnership among HBS, several leading Latin American business schools, and the AVINA Foundation to carry out joint research, develop teaching materials, and strengthen social enterprise educational programs in Latin America.

New Executive Education program Performance Measurement for Effective Management of Nonprofit Organizations (PMNO) is introduced.

Social Enterprise Track of HBS New Venture Competition is introduced, for ventures that drive social change using nonprofit, for-profit, or hybrid models.


Social Enterprise Conference (SECON) launches: Since its inception, SECON has been entirely student run, and has become one of the more popular conferences on campus, attracting hundreds of students, alumni, and practitioners annually to explore the intersection of business and social impact.


New MBA Elective Business Leadership and Strategic Corporate Citizenship.

HBS convenes Consumer-Driven Health Care conference.


HBS convenes Business Leadership in the Social Sector.


New Executive Education program Governing for Nonprofit Excellence (GNE).

HBS convenes Nonprofit Strategy conference.



New MBA Elective Entrepreneurship in the Social Sector is introduced.


HBS pioneers the concept of social enterprise with the founding of its Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI), led by Professors James E. Austin and V. Kasturi Rangan, with founding support from the John C. Whitehead Fund for Not-for-Profit Management.