Miller Center Thought Leadership

Creating Climate Resilience Through Social Entrepreneurship

As the average global temperature increases, the consequences of climate change are having the largest impact on the world’s poor. One promising response to the effects of climate change is to empower these populations to develop climate resilience through social entrepreneurship.

Universal Energy Access White Paper: An Enterprise System Approach

Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship believes that solving the problem of energy access starts with reframing the problem. When it is reframed, it becomes possible to envision and enact more viable solutions.


The GSBI Methodology for Social Entrepreneurship: Lessons from 12 Years of Capacity Development with 365 Social Enterprises

A pioneer in social enterprise capacity development, GSBI has continuously improved its methodology since its founding in 2003. The lessons the GSBI has learned from working with over 500 social enterprises are broadly applicable to capacity development efforts across sectors and geographies. This paper introduces the GSBI and explains our methodology, with the goal of helping the global social enterprise movement create more exits from poverty.


Social Enterprise Stage Assessment Tool

This tool has 4 intended uses:

  1. Designing methodology and content for social enterprise accelerator programs
  2. Mentoring of social enterprises
  3. Benchmarking social enterprises to track their progress over time
  4. Selecting social enterprises for awards and accelerator programs

Impact Capital

Impact Capital creates innovative financial inclusion vehicles to unlock capital flows and prepare social entrepreneurs for investment readiness. Impact Capital is a department of Miller Center.



The Energy Map

Our goal is to help you better understand energy delivery for customers underserved by traditional markets, and the technologies and business models being used to help empower the bottom billions. This map contains data from social enterprises around the world.


Accelerating Widespread Adoption of Distributed Energy: Solutions Targeting Small &  Medium-sized Enterprises

In this research paper, we discuss how distributed energy is a critical driver for new business creation and the growth of small and medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) as well as social entrepreneurs in the developing world.

This sector is also an engine for driving adoption of distributed energy solutions. SMEs provide the majority of jobs in developing countries. Combining productive use, reducing costs, and improving financing of energy solutions for SMEs and social entrepreneurs can accelerate adoption of distributed energy that is essential for economic growth in the developing world. We propose designing energy solutions that match these enterprises’ productive use, and linking these solutions to appropriate energy financing.

Santa Clara University Resources

Frugal Innovation Lab

The Frugal Innovation Lab (FIL) develops accessible, affordable, adaptable, and appropriate technologies, products and solutions to address human needs in emerging markets. FIL provides student and faculty resources to work with GSBI social entrepreneurs on design and engineering challenges. 


Entrepreneur’s Law Clinic

The Entrepreneurs’ Law Clinic (ELC) at Santa Clara University services the active local startup community by delivering quality legal services to entrepreneurs through the use of second-and third- year law students. The ELC serves the dual purpose of giving law students the exposure to real-life issues that confront Silicon Valley companies, and providing startups with high-quality, affordable legal help. 

Other Resources

Plus Acumen

+Acumen and GSBI have partnered to create a course with the vision of providing thousands of emerging leaders around the world with the skills and moral imagination they need to become more effective at changing the way the world tackles poverty.