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The Social Innovation Project

Go out into the real world

Social Innovation is a hot topic. 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 studies.

Social and innovative entrepreneurship

The Social Innovation Project is all about social and innovative entrepreneurship. It introduces you to the foundations of social innovation and combines your enthusiasm and innovative ideas with cutting edge theory on social business. You will identify a social challenge, while working in a small group with students from different majors. Secondly, you will design a social innovation project (based in the city of Tilburg) and then put your ideas into practice.

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. 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.

Previous runs 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. Other projects were initiated with the aim to strengthen relationships between demented elderly and their family members, to help children growing up in poverty to develop their full potential, and to improve daycare for grown-ups with a mental disability.

The Social Innovation Project runs in the second semester of the third year and is limited to 20 students.