About SEI

The Social Enter­prise Insti­tute is grounded in the belief that busi­ness can be a pow­er­ful tool in help­ing to alle­vi­ate poverty in the devel­op­ing world by uti­liz­ing enter­prise based solu­tions. We believe we are build­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of global busi­ness leaders.

Behind great causes are great people

To build some­thing truly dif­fer­ent, you need to work in a truly dif­fer­ent way. The SEI fac­ulty and vol­un­teers work together through every stage of our projects. It’s a part­ner­ship that makes social inno­va­tion pos­si­ble. And it’s exactly how the field study pro­gram was cre­ated. With its hands on expe­ri­ence, group work atmos­phere, and ambi­tious mis­sion, it’s a rev­o­lu­tion in the way social busi­ness and micro-finance is learned.

Meet all of the amaz­ing peo­ple that make SEI work →

Our Part­ners

At the Social Enter­prise Insti­tute, we are for­tu­nate to be able to part­ner with social inno­va­tors and change-makers that are work­ing to solve some of the world’s biggest prob­lems. For more infor­ma­tion on part­ner­ing with North­east­ern, please check out oppor­tu­ni­ties on our Inter­na­tional and Domes­tic Pro­grams page, or con­tact us at sei@neu.edu.

Enabling the cre­ation of micro-businesses

Founded by Pro­fes­sor Den­nis Shaugh­nessy, the Social Enter­prise Fund enables the cre­ation of micro-businesses through invest­ments for micro-finance insti­tu­tions, micro-equity and con­vert­ible debt. In South Africa, North­east­ern University’s Social Enter­prise Fund helped to cre­ate the NU-TSiBA MicroVen­ture Fund, which was funded jointly with Deutsche Bank and other pri­vate part­ners. Today, the MicroVen­ture Fund has over half a mil­lion rands in seed fund­ing and micro-investments in town­ship communities.