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Like many of their fellow students, second-years Lily Bowles and Kevin Pujanauski desired a new career path, one defined by purpose and social impact. As leaders of the Student Entrepreneurs for Economic Development (SEED) group, they were young leaders in the nascent field of social entrepreneurship. Yet they found the University’s offerings in this area wanting. Convinced that there existed a latent demand across Grounds to become involved in social enterprise, they partnered with Batten School Professor Christine Mahoney to form a working group to assess how the University could meet this new demand.
Kevin and Lily examined existing programs specializing in Social Entrepreneurship at universities across the country and brainstormed with students, administrators and professors on ways to bring the best practices to the University of Virginia. These conversations and research culminated in a 30-page proposal detailing the various ways the University could harness its resources to offer a world-class program. With the support and commitment of key faculty and administrators, this proposal has become the blueprint for what is now the University’s Social Entrepreneurship Initiative.
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