Skip to main content

Social Innovations

nashville-skyline-bill-cobb

Social Innovations at the Wond’ry trains students to understand complex human-environment challenges and engage in social impact and/or social entrepreneurship.

We challenge students to discover personal commitments to social change; understand how their capabilities contribute to social innovation; and, learn how to engage in social impact initiatives in diverse contexts. At its core, the Social Innovations practice area builds on Vanderbilt’s culture of service and exploration and fosters student-led research that drives positive social, economic, and environmental change.

Current Open Applications

Social Venture Think Tank
Deadline: Due December 6, 2019 at 11:59pm Central Time.
Who Can Apply: Undergraduate and graduate students

Map the System Competition, Spring 2020
Deadline to Register: Due February 5, 2020 at 5:00pm Central Time, no exceptions.
Who Can Apply: Undergraduate and graduate students

Programs

Social Innovations at the Wond’ry offers two core programs during the academic year: the Social Venture Think Tank and the Map the System Competition. We also partner with the Turner Family Center for Social Ventures on the annual HULT@Vanderbilt Competition, and offer a number of other events and workshops.

Social Venture Think Tank

The Social Venture Think Tank (SVTT) is an experiential learning program. Interdisciplinary teams of students are paired with a local organization or business working to address a social, economic, or environmental issue in the Nashville community. Student teams consult with their community partner and design and implement a project that helps the organization advance their work in an impact area. Students gain skills in project design and management, consulting, team-building, and leadership development.

Applications are accepted in the Fall and Spring. Applications for the Spring 2020 cohort can be submitted here until December 6, 2019.

Map the System Competition

Map the System is a global competition that trains students to use a research-first approach to identify solutions to human-environment challenges. The program is affiliated with the University of Oxford's Global Map the System Competition. Students choose a specific social or environmental issue and then conduct research to understand the issue’s underlying social, economic, political, and/or environmental components. Students then give a presentation at a formal competition, through which they articulate their findings in a way that inspires audiences; and, fosters understanding and engagement around the issue. The winning team from Vanderbilt's competition represents the University at the Global Finals, held in June of each year in Oxford, United Kingdom.

Registration for Map the System is open now to all Vanderbilt University undergraduate and graduate students. Follow the "learn more" link below to register.

HULT@Vanderbilt Competition

The Wond'ry supports the Turner Family Center for Social Venture's annual facilitation and coordination of the HULT@Vanderbilt Competition. The HULT Prize is a global case competition hosted by the Hult Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to launching the world’s next wave of social entrepreneurs. The competition challenges students to develop innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing human-environment challenges. The Hult Prize Competition at Vanderbilt is a preliminary competition, with the Vanderbilt winner advancing to the regional competition. The ultimate national prize is $1M in seed funding to implement the proposed solution.

Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to register for participation each Fall for the annual competition. The registration period is now closed for the 2019-2020 academic year. On-campus finals will occur on November 15, 2019.

Partners

We build partnerships with non-profits, social enterprises, businesses, public offices, student organizations, faculty and staff, and other individuals and organizations who are committed to affecting positive change. We want to thank all of our partners; we couldn't do this work without you!

Social Venture Think Tank

Social Venture Think Tank
Fall 2019

Social Venture Think Tank
Spring 2020

Social Venture Think Tank
Fall 2019

Social Venture Think Tank
Spring 2020

Nashville Material Reuse - working logo

Social Venture Think Tank
Fall 2019 / Spring 2020

On-campus Partners