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New Generation of Social Entrepreneurs coming from MUN

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Student teams at Memorial University (MUN) from business and other faculties have been extremely successful in the annual Enactus competitions for the last nine to ten years, taking second place in 2017 and first place in 2016 internationally. Enactus is an international non-profit organization, promoting student entrepreneurship for the social good.

The work in social entrepreneurship has been steadily growing at MUN, in 2013 the university established a partnership with Fogo Island-based Shorefast Foundation, enabling MUN faculty to engage in research and various university-community collaborations. In 2016 the Centre for Social Enterprise was established by three faculties, including business. The purpose of the centre is to promote social innovation across Newfoundland and serves as an on-campus complement to the Centre for Entrepreneurship, assisting students, staff or faculty interested in taking a startup idea to the next level.

To further MUN's influence in this field, the faculty of business administration has announced its plans to offer a master-level program in social enterprise and entrepreneurship in the fall of 2018, thereby joining a growing list of business schools that have created new options to study social entrepreneurship.

"The idea is that you are creating your own job, a startup or getting involved in social enterprise," says Isabelle Dostaler, dean of the faculty of business administration. "It is interesting there are so many initiatives in social enterprise everywhere across the province."

To read the full article in The Globe and Mail, click here.

To read the article in The Gazette, click here.

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