The McKenna Center is committed to entrepreneurship as a solution to social problems. This commitment includes three interconnected elements:
- Social entrepreneurship, or the development and implementation of innovative solutions to a wide range of societal challenges, such as poverty, environmental protection, literacy, sex trafficking, youth suicide, gun violence, and gender equity.
- The role of entrepreneurship as a pathway out of poverty and disadvantaged circumstances. Here, we support the creation of sustainable ventures owned and operated by those struggling in the face of adversity.
- The role of the private sector in addressing social problems and needs. We seek to explore how and why the resources of the business community can be leveraged in creative ways to produce social value.
Our teaching, research, and community engagement activities seek to produce and disseminate new insights on how these three elements can be used to make the world a better place.