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

The Penn-Columbia Social Impact House will bring together 22 social entrepreneurs, creative intrapreneurs, community alchemists and innovators who are actively working on a social impact initiative in their organizations, industries and communities.

The Penn-Columbia Social Impact House is a week-long immersive program at a 600 acre estate in Central Vermont where 22 social entrepreneurs, creative intrapreneurs, community alchemists and innovators gain  the resources, training and community support they need to advance their social impact leadership.

All Penn or Columbia students and alumni from any school are welcome to apply. PCSIH is a highly selective, fast-growing network of remarkable alumni members of Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania working in social impact across diverse sectors.

This year’s PCSIH will be July 28 – August 4, 2017 in  Central Vermont at a family-operated farm and lodge property overlooking the rolling hills of Pine Mountain. It’s immersive, it’s experiential, and it’s a game changer for the Fellows who join us. 

Apply by June 1,  2017 at 11:59pm EST.


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.


Download a Viewbook to see a detailed syllabus and read student testimonials.

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.

Apply today if:

— You are a founder and/or leading an existing, early-stage social enterprise

 — You are an intrapreneur working on a social impact initiative within a large company, non-profit or organizations 

 — You have a clear idea of the needs of your customers / beneficiaries, have a working pilot and want to scale your ideas 

— You are looking to make a collective impact by joining a community of practice

You want to improve and grow your social enterprises or initiatives. Whatever stage you’re in — early design, piloting or scaling — we’ll help you create a more viable, feasible and desirable organization that drives higher levels of impact.

You want to connect with a global community and grow your professional network. We are creating a culture where deep, authentic connection is at the heart of the experience: you’ll leave Vermont with a dynamic network of leaders driving change around the world.

You want to contribute your skills, talent and time. Our experience is immersive, designed in a way that encourages peer learning, perspective shifts and intentional activities that help social entrepreneurs develop stronger business models and strategies.


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 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 June 1, 2017, by 11:59pm.

Informational Webinar

Interested in learning more about the vision, curriculum an design of the program? Register for an informational webinar on 5/22 at 5:00PM ET.

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.