Miller Center is the largest and most successful university-based social enterprise accelerator in the world. Founded in 1997, Miller Center is one of three Centers of Distinction at Santa Clara University, located in the heart of Silicon Valley. Here we leverage this entrepreneurial spirit with the University’s Jesuit heritage of service to the poor and protection of the planet.

More than half of the world's people live in poverty. Social entrepreneurship addresses the root problems of poverty through the power of business and innovation to provide sustainable economic and social impact.


Our work is measured by the following Key Performance Indicators:


The mission of Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship is to accelerate entrepreneurship to end global poverty and protect the planet. We envision a world where all people are architects of their own futures. 


Heroic Ambition Accompaniment Excellence Authenticity
In the spirit of the magis, we ask what more we can do to make our mission and vision realities. In the ignation tradition, we walk with social entrepreneurs and students as they discern their path forward.
We hold ourselves accountable for high quality and continuous improvement in all we do.
We are honest, genuine, and true to our mission, partners, customers, and each other. We are inclusive and respectful. We act with dignity.

Learn more about our history.

About Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University is a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley and is California’s oldest operating higher-education institution. For more information, see www.scu.edu.

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