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Dennis Shaughnessy

Executive Professor, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group, Founder and Executive Director, NU Social Enterprise Institute



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The business of doing good

In May, some 30 North­eastern stu­dents began the Social Enter­prise Institute’s month­long field study pro­gram to Cuba and the Dominican Republic. In June, they returned with a deeper under­standing of life in Latin America.


Remembering Nelson Mandela

North­eastern fac­ulty experts weigh in on Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy.

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Students help South African businesses grow

On a Dia­logue of Civ­i­liza­tions pro­gram in South Africa this summer, stu­dents worked closely with local entre­pre­neurs to deliver sus­tain­able and socially respon­sible solu­tions for a variety of chal­lenges facing their businesses.


Helping impoverished small business owners, one microloan at a time

Northeastern’s Social Enter­prise Insti­tute has been changing the lives of impov­er­ished people in South Africa and the Dominican Republic for the last sev­eral years.


3Qs: Business for global good

Dennis Shaugh­nessy, founder and director of Northeastern’s Social Enter­prise Insti­tute, says stu­dents encounter a trans­for­ma­tive expe­ri­ence by par­tic­i­pating in a range of pro­grams aimed at addressing global poverty.

Micro-​​financing a better life

Stu­dents will spend spring break in the Dominican Republic, designing a micro­fi­nance busi­ness plan to alle­viate poverty in the devel­oping country

Q&A with Dennis Shaughnessy: Fighting poverty, one loan at a time

Dennis Shaugh­nessy has worked as a senior exec­u­tive, a chief legal officer and as an attorney for entre­pre­neurs. But the expe­ri­ences that really stayed with him were the sto­ries of people he met on busi­ness trips, for whom a couple hun­dred bucks can make all the dif­fer­ence in their lives. Using his busi­ness and entre­pre­neurial back­ground, Shaugh­nessy, who is now an aca­d­emic spe­cialist in entre­pre­neur­ship and inno­va­tion, has forged a second career to help them.

Young entrepreneurs help South African community

Stu­dents helped South African “micro-​​entrepreneurs” write busi­ness plans and build finan­cial models in an effort to boost job creation.

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