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Social Innovation Project

Go out into the real world

Social Innovation is on the rise. The world is in need of new interdisciplinary solutions to the challenges facing our society. University College Tilburg offers you a chance to contribute to Social Innovation not only in your career after graduation, but also during your second year of studies.

The Social Innovation Project introduces you to the foundations of social innovation. It combines your enthusiasm and innovative ideas with cutting edge theory on social business. In this project, you will get the latest insights from guest lecturers from within and outside Tilburg University. Moreover, you will be supervised by coaches from companies within the Tilburg region, a collaboration that will be beneficial to your future career.

Social and innovative entrepreneurship

The Social Innovation Project is all about social and innovative entrepreneurship. You will first identify major contemporary social challenges, while working in small groups with students from different majors. Secondly, you will design a social innovation project and then put your ideas into practice. In the process, you will learn the core skills needed to launch and develop your own project or business idea, and you will see the fruits of your work in the real world.

The first run of the Social Innovation Project resulted in a broad range of ideas, such as a drugs simulation to show high school students the do’s and don’ts of drugs, a pop-up restaurant designed to draw attention to food waste, a platform for people to share their skills, and a social gathering to increase people’s understanding of different cultures.

The Social Innovation Project runs twice a year and is limited to 20 students per semester.

Student Joshua Paas

Student Joshua Paas

"I have never had a course that I found so difficult as the Social Innovation Project. This is because there is no established guidelines in Social Innovation, anything is possible. I have learned that the course required me to have a different mindset. Instead of listening and having a passive learning attitude, SIP required me to go out, do stuff and learn by the process of doing and failing. This allowed me to have a tremendous amount of personal development, for which I am very grateful."

Lecture Ellen Dreezens

Dr. Ellen Dreezens, lecturer at Tilburg University and coordinator of the Social Innovation Project

"Students that participated in the Social Innovation Project are very enthusiastic about the course. They were taken out of their comfort-zone. They learned to be proactive, to test their ideas, to think outside the box, and to motivate themselves when things got difficult. This is a course where you have to put in a lot of effort, but it’s worth every minute! I am very happy to work with many different experts in the field to create this innovative learning environment."

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