IE places a special focus on encouraging students to explore social innovation and entrepreneurial challenges through the development of creative and innovative solutions for the BoP (Base of the Pyramid) and other social enterprises through design thinking.
The School places a marked emphasis on unconventional approaches to enduring social problems, many undertaken jointly with key players in the field of process design, creativity, social entrepreneurship and innovation. Current collaborations at IE include partners such as The Hub, Net Impact and Emzingo to name a few.
The Hub is a global network of connected communities that enable collaborative ventures for a better world.
Emzingo Group transforms the way leaders see the world by finding means for business and society to work together.
Mentoring Program for Women Led Business
Assist in the transformation and expansion of the participant’s businesses into consolidated medium-sized enterprises, generating employment and economic benefits in the entrepreneur’s communities.
IE’s faculty body is distinctively diverse and includes backgrounds with extensive experience in key fields like social entrepreneurship, renewable energies and micro-finance.
“IE opened my eyes to the world of Social Enterprise. I discovered that I could align my personal values with for-profit work and use my skills to create real impact. Through Net Impact, a variety of relevant classes and most importantly, my experience in South Africa as an Emzingo Fellow, I found my passion and am now part of a mind-blowing awesome team working to incubate amazing entrepreneurs tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges”.
“Co-creating an ecosystem of change agents who are working everyday on ways to impact the world through social innovation and entrepreneurship”.
“In a school like IE, that breathes diversity and entrepreneurship, innovation happens naturally, it’s almost inevitable. IE takes advantage of this breeding ground of innovation in order to offer students courses and experiences centered not only on the technological side of innovation but also on its organizational, methodological and social side”.
“In a certain way, adding “social” to “innovation” is redundant at IE. A society which is alive evolves and adapts to its surroundings by finding new solutions to confront daily challenges. At IE, we try to reflect this idea of restlessness, but from a management point of view, that we pass on to our students. We don’t consider it a defensive answer to the corporate world, but instead a pro-active characteristic that any professional today must develop”.