The Office of Student Life at The Ohio State University in collaboration with Keith B. Key, owner and CEO of Keith B. Key Enterprises, have created the Keith B. Key Buckeye Social Entrepreneurship Program (BSEP). The program officially launched January 26, 2017 with world known Jeni Bauer of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, featured as the guest workshop lecturer.
In today’s global society, college graduates must have an understanding of the importance of serving others in order to measure their return on their investment as change agents. BSEP creates a social entrepreneurship environment that encourages collaboration among academic disciplines to maximize learning, creative outcomes and profitability.
With the support and structure offered by BSEP, students are connected to professional development opportunities, resources and the expertise of social entrepreneurs, faculty and community members in order to foster and advance their social entrepreneurial endeavors.
Students learn to identify, create, implement and collaborate to increase economic and social value for communities. In addition, students develop viable business models to support various business contexts, such as, social responsible companies, franchises and corporate ventures.
The Buckeye Social Entrepreneurship Program is open to all (graduate/professional and undergraduate) Ohio State students of any major who have a special interest in social entrepreneurship.
Students in the program work collaboratively with social entrepreneurs, faculty and community members to identify and solve real life issues while growing their own business acumen and developing their own work portfolios. Participants have the opportunity to obtain the necessary tools to create and conduct feasibility studies, develop reasoning skills and devise multiple strategies for addressing a single issue in a professional setting.
BSEP has the potential to attract capital investment opportunities as an incubator for student innovators who develop plans for projects that address real community issues. Earnings from these investments go toward expanding opportunities for future social entrepreneurs.
Please visit The BSEP website to learn more about this very important initiative.