Starting a business that both makes money and has a positive impact on the community sounds like a great idea. The social entrepreneurship ethic has always been part of some students' Hampshire educations, stretching into everything from biofuels to computer software. But while the theory is easy to grasp, making it a reality can be more challenging.
Enter the Social Entrepreneurship Aid and Research Center at Hampshire, SEARCH for short. It's the brainchild of students Asa Hyde 07F, Sam Judelson 07F, Ananda Valenzuela 07F, Henry Hyde 06F, and Brendan Sweeney 07F, the focus of an independent study that, starting in spring semester 2009, is evolving into a campus student group.