Join a community of leaders who are not just talking about the change they want to see — they are building it.

Applications are now open for the 2017 Penn-Columbia Social Impact House.

Applications are now open for the 2017 Penn-Columbia Social Impact House. Current students and alumni of the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University who are currently launching or running a social enterprise are welcome to apply.

PSIH trains and connects social entrepreneurs by helping them optimize their purpose, community and impact for social good. Fellows learn to cultivate and clarify personal purpose; build a community of co-creators and life-long collaborators; and grow the impact of their ventures.

The 2017 program will bring together together 22 world-class leaders from both institutions from July 28 – August 4, 2017 in Central Vermont. Learn more and apply today!

Out of the Ordinary

Live in a beautiful, remote property surrounded by nature away from the hustle and bustle of the city

Curated Community

Join a diverse group of faculty, coaches and inspirational fellows who will provide constructive feedback and new ideas to your venture

Personal Coaching

Get the space and support you need reflect, set intentions and actively work towards achieving your personal and professional goals.

Digital Detox

Turn off your cellphones and set up your out-of-office message. This time is designed for entrepreneurs to pause and take care of themselves

New Tools

Learn new frameworks for design, communication, business and leadership that you can apply directly to their ventures

Partnerships and Collaboration

Walk away with opportunities for group collaboration. United by a common interest and shared experience, Social Impact House participants become a community of supporters and potential partners.

Escape the city. Get into Nature.

Our surrounding environment can lift us from the ordinary and serve as a conduit for creativity and connection. That’s why we picked Galusha Hill Farm & Lodge in Central Vermont to host this years impact house.

Situated on a majestic 600-acre parcel complete with an organic farm, a lake for water sports, miles of trails for hiking, and surrounded by an additional 1000 acres of conserved land, Galusha is an inspirational setting to unplug from the everyday bustle, get focused and move forward with intention. Learn more here.


Learn by doing, together.

Over eight days, fellows participated in an active morning reflection each day, followed by dynamic learning sessions led by coaches, visiting advisors and the fellows themselves. The curriculum was structured as a “laboratory” in a nontraditional academic setting. Small, curated workshops included transformational leadership, design thinking, how to pitch, crafting your mission and vision and self-care as a social entrepreneur.

+ Day 1 - Orientation
+ Day 2 - Building Community
+ Day 3 - Storytelling
+ Day 4 & 5 - Design Thinking
+ Day 6 - Strategy
+ Day 7 - Peer to Peer Workshops
+ Day 8 - Closing Ceremony

“As the Executive Director of a small global health organization trying to do big things I often find myself grappling with difficult questions alone.  The fellowship connected me to an amazing community of people who are going through many of the same challenges I am facing.”

Karina, CEO of Mission: Restore
2015 Fellow 

Gain clarity. Leave with a gameplan.

The Social Impact House is designed for alumni or current students at Penn and Columbia who are early-stage entrepreneurs or intrapreneurs who are currently working on social ventures. Over eight days, Fellows gain access to the tools, training, and connections they need to effectively grow their ventures.

Ideal candidates want to:

  • Improve and grow their social enterprises – whether they are in the early design stages, piloting or scaling of their organizations
  • Expand their professional network of partners, accountability partners, advisors and mentors. 
  • Contribute their skills, talent and time to a community of people who share the same values  
  • Get a new perspective to enhance their business model and strategy

Fellows leave transformed.

I could test new ideas and generate even more solutions through our design thinking exercises with the other fellows, which will be instrumental to move forward. I could see more clearly, assess my own biases and ways to analyze problems and find solutions.

Maelis, Co-Founder of RemitMas, PSIH'15

I learned broad skills and processes necessary to be a successful social entrepreneur. PSIH was also a haven of creative and free thinking that allowed me to realize my strengths as a designer and how I can best use those skills to help others.

Gray Garmon, Associate Professor of Design at Southern Methodist University, PSIH'13


PSIH 2015

Application Timeline

The Admissions Committee gives every application the fullest possible review and will notify applicants of their decision within 8 weeks of receiving their application.
Applications will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis. Demand for PSIH is very high, so we encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible. Applications are due Friday, April 28th by 11:59pm. Applicants will find out the results of their application by mid-May.


Program Costs

The program costs is $1,950. We encourage all students to apply regardless of financial need. Need based financial aid is available. We work with admitted Fellows to ensure that financial restrictions are not a barrier to the program.