university of illinois

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2016 Cordes Innovation Awards: Social Innovation Pipeline, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

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In partnership with Cordes Foundation, Ashoka U seeks to recognize top globally relevant teaching, learning, and partnership practices that may be adapted and replicated across the field. To highlight some of the most high-impact and replicable innovations, Ashoka U and the Cordes Foundation will recognize promising educational approaches in social entrepreneurship with the Ashoka U -- Cordes Innovation Awards. The Social Innovation Pipeline for aspiring changemakers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign combines a two-semester social entrepreneurship course sequence with the opportunity to participate in the iVenture Accelerator, an educational venture accelerator for startups creating social, environmental, cultural, and/or commercial value. The model is broadening the campus-level understanding of entrepreneurship to include social and cultural impact as core elements of innovation. The pipeline is directed and managed by Noah Isserman and Ryan Singh.