Social Justice Entrepreneurship

Running a successful business doesn’t have to mean destroying the environment and exploiting employees. The Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is offering a free five-week online workshop on Social Justice Entrepreneurship (SJE) that will teach participants how to earn profits while making positive contributions to the community. At SJE, we believe in 360 degree entrepreneurship which supports the wellbeing of the entrepreneur, their clients, customers, employees, and the environment from which they hail. 

Sessions are two hours each March 2nd-23rd and April 6th. Participants who attend at least three of the first four sessions are eligible to apply to compete for cash prizes in a final pitchfest. Last year’s pilot program was a resounding success, and we look forward to supporting more social justice entrepreneurs in our community!

Anyone in our campus, local, or global community is welcome to attend. 

Congratulations to our SJE PitchFest winners:

CSULB Student: Kayla Bernard- Worktopia

Community Member: Lorise Diamond- Linguistic Communication Development Center

Audience Choice Award: Kiyona Miah- Dear Mama Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga


Session Breakdown

Thinking like a Social Justice Entrepreneur | March 2, 2022 5:30-7:30pm PST

This session defines social justice entrepreneurship and assists participants in refining their entrepreneurial ideas through an introduction to futures, systems, and design thinking.

Understanding Social Justice Business Models | March 9, 2022 5:30-7:30pm PST

This session introduces social justice business structures that emphasize worker ownership. It also engages participants in constructing value propositions.

Ensuring Equitable Access | March 16, 2022 5:30-7:30pm PDT

This session explores equitable technologies, ethical production, and access to funding. It also includes a segment on neuroplasticity for entrepreneurs that emphasizes how creating equity for others begins with the self.

Engaging Social Justice Entrepreneurs | March 23, 2022 5:30-7:30pm PDT

This interactive session includes networking with social justice entrepreneurs well as a segment on how to prepare a compelling pitch.

Pitching Social Justice Entrepreneurship | April 6, 2022 5:30-7:30pm PDT

Participants who attend at least three of the first four sessions are eligible to apply to compete in a final pitchfest for cash prizes. Depending on the number of applicants, everyone who applies may not be able to pitch. Selection procedures will be made clear during the earlier sessions.

SJE 2022 Pitch Guidelines | SJE Cooperative Competition Guidelines

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