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.