Miller Center Thought Leadership

Action Research for Social Entrepreneurship Education

Action research can foster greater collaboration between higher education and the social entrepreneurship movement to advance a more just and sustainable world.

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. 

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. 

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.



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 Hub

The Frugal Innovation Hub develops accessible, affordable, adaptable, and appropriate technologies, products and solutions to address human needs in emerging markets. Frugal Innovation Hub 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.