The Social Innovation Initiative has announced that Marquette has joined the Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI®) Network. The GSBI Network is a growing group of universities and other mission-aligned institutions with the common goal of providing a path out of poverty through innovation and entrepreneurship.
Marquette will become the 10th Jesuit institution globally to join and only the second Jesuit university in the United States. As a network partner, Marquette will take the lead on domestic GSBI initiatives, which include research in action programs for students, development of case studies, and helping train other like-minded universities in the GSBI methodology. In addition, Marquette will support local social enterprises and socially innovative nonprofit organizations throughout Southeastern Wisconsin in a series of Boost training programs. The Boost program is designed to give high potential social enterprises a breakthrough in impact, growth, and long-term financial sustainability.
According to Jeanne Hossenlopp, vice president of research and innovation and co-director of the social innovation initiative, “The GSBI Network has developed an impressive capacity-development methodology aimed directly at entrepreneurs and innovators who want to ‘Be the Difference.’” She adds, “We are excited to join and bring more than a decade of the network’s learnings to campus to help support organizations and individuals in Milwaukee and the Near West Side achieve significant impact.”
The Marquette University Social Innovation Initiative will initially focus on offering the GSBI Boost program locally. GSBI Boost includes two to three days of training, mentoring, and networking designed to support social enterprises making an impact. This workshop helps them sharpen their strategy and prepares them to more effectively apply for grants, investments, awards, and capacity development programs. Marquette is slated to host the second Boost ever in the United States. Other Boost programs have been held in Silicon Valley, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, China, Bangladesh and Nicaragua.
Marquette will host its first Boost in mid-August. It will be targeted at early-stage social entrepreneurs and socially innovative nonprofits in the Milwaukee area. More information on the application process will be made available in May. For questions, contact Kelsey Otero, social innovation coordinator, at (414) 288-4990.