Students can incorporate the resources available through the Hampshire College Center for Design into their academic work and explore methods of organizing, creating, and managing innovative enterprises that effect social change.
In addition to creating an intellectual toolbox of successful entrepreneurial practices, students can research existing social ventures and the impact that social entrepreneurship has on society.
Students are given hands-on opportunities to start enterprises and collaborate with alums and community members under the guidance of design staff and faculty. Recent alums can also tap into entrepreneurship resources for continued support of their enterprises.
The Business of Change: Social Action Through Entrepreneurship
This course will explore how social entrepreneurship affects change in society. Using primarily case studies, participants in this course will identify key entrepreneurial methods and practices that are, or could be, used to foster positive change. The course will start off with a look at the general effects entrepreneurship has on society and then move on to investigating key entrepreneurial processes and techniques that are used for creating change. The latter part of the course will be devoted to creating an intellectual toolbox for entrepreneurial procedures for effecting social change. For participants in this course to be successful, they must desire to make a difference in the world, be comfortable doing research, enjoy sharing their ideas and thoughts in discussions, and be self directed.
The Center for Design
The Center for Design offers a laboratory for the exploration of design and fabrication. It is open to all Hampshire students, and includes a shop equipped for working with metals and plastics as well as a design lab for manual and computer-aided design. Students may use the facility for academic and personal projects. There are no prerequisites to use the facility, and all skill levels are welcome.
Social Venture Fund and Advisory Network
The Hampshire College Social Venture Fund and Advisory Network are resources offered to Hampshire College students who are interested in pursuing enterprises or projects with an intended positive social impact. The fund provides monetary grants for student work, and the advisory network connects students with a group of professionals, entrepreneurs, and other experienced individuals who can offer guidance and mentorship to a student starting a social enterprise or social action project.
Women Discovering Business
The Smith College extracurricular club, Women Discovering Business, offers students from the consortium an opportunity to come together to discuss women in the workforce and career opportunities, as well as listen to guest speakers.
Isenberg School of Management
Through the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Five College students can enroll in courses on management, accounting and information systems, finance and operations management, hospitality and tourism management, marketing, and business communications. The Isenberg School frequently holds guest lectures, business conferences, and leadership seminars.