Student Social Entrepreneurship Thrives Across Rhode Island

October 6, 2015

This fall has already been a whirlwind of activity for our University Initiative. Since school started in September, we’ve been buzzing around the 11 campuses across the state, responding the needs of students and recent graduates looking to start a career in social enterprise.

We hosted a panel for student leaders at RISD Leads, spoke to a class at Bryant, and hosted a class of URI students at the Hub. We also recruited at four career fairs – Bryant, Brown, RISD, and CCRI – and have placed 32 interns and staff at social ventures through our Talent Concierge program, including Ava Anderson Nontoxic, the Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition, and Somu Energy.

We are a proud new sponsor of Bryant University’s Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organization (CEO).

We can’t wait to see what the future holds as we continue to make a big impact on students lives and respond to the demand for opportunities in social enterprise in Rhode Island.

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Above: In order: Brown Career Fair, Bryant Career Fair, CCRI Career Fair, RISD Internship Connect, Startup@Brown.

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Above: From Startup@Brown.


Cayla Mackey
University Initiative Director

As the Social Enterprise Greenhouse University Initiative Director, Cayla helps college and university students get involved in social enterprise. The University Initiative is a program funded by the Blackstone Charitable Foundation Innovation Grant to retain students and recent graduates in Rhode Island through enabling them to work on and in social enterprises. Learn more about Cayla here or email cmackey@segreenhouse.org.

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