Although many people do not realize, Santa Clara University has a world renowned program for social enterprises to come collaborate, learn, and expand their knowledge. The Global Social Benefit Incubator is run by the Center for Science, Technology, and Society. The mission of the Center is to “accelerate global, innovation-based entrepreneurship in service to humanity.”
Many of the organizations work on environmental issues such as environmental degradation, sustainable development, and solar power. Of these organizations, a large number have women leaders and CEOs. The Global Social Benefit Fellowship program sends Santa Clara undergraduates to work with these organizations and to help them develop their business plans, engineering design, and more.
This year GSBF is helping to empower women in developing countries through a number of programs. Notably, Solar Sister helps a “woman-centered direct sales network to bring light, hope and opportunity to remote communities in rural Africa, beyond the reach of the electrical grid”. GSBF is also working with Equal Access, a nonprofit that works with women's educational equality and sustainability around the world.