Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship

Fearless Experimentation: translating a liberal arts education to real world impact

During the past five years as director of the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, I have repeatedly observed certain patterns in student learning and behavior. This post addresses two of those patterns — (1) the research-to-practice gap and (2) fear of failure — and offers concrete advice for student entrepreneurs. Research-to-Practice gap While the liberal…

Student Startup Series: Sydney Forrest ’20

In this series, we interview Wesleyan students and recent alumni who have founded businesses, nonprofits, and social enterprises. This post features Sydney Forrest ’20, co-founder of Sunshine Sprinters. She’s a student athlete at Wesleyan, and competes triple jump and pole vault on their track and field team. She was a Patricelli Center Fellow during the…

Student Startup Series: AJ Wilson ’18

In this series, we interview Wesleyan students and recent alumni who have founded businesses, nonprofits, and social enterprises. This post features AJ Wilson, founder of Dream Chasers. He was part of the inaugural class of Patricelli Center Fellows, and received a $5,000 Patricelli Center Seed Grant in February 2017. Read other Student Startup stories here.…

Student Startup Series: Lily Herman ’16

In this series, we interview Wesleyan students and recent alumni who have founded businesses, nonprofits, and social enterprises. Our first post features Lily Herman ’16, a freelance writer, editor, digital strategist and founder of Rogue Sunday. She’s also the founder of Get Her Elected, a network of over 2,300 people offering skills like writing and…

Student Startup Series: Renee Dunn ’14

In this series, we interview Wesleyan students and recent alumni who have founded businesses, nonprofits, and social enterprises. This post features Renee Dunn ’14, founder of Amazi, a mindful food company. Renee has been a guest speaker for the Patricelli Center Fellowship. Read other Student Startup stories here. Renee Dunn ’14 Major(s): CSS and Economics Tell…

Celebrating Six Years of Civic Engagement Fellows

In July 2018, the Jewett Center for Community Partnerships (JCCP) will end the Civic Engagement Fellowship. This was a one-year position for recent graduates to foster civic engagement on Wesleyan’s campus in a variety of ways. In an 2012 Argus article, former director of JCCP Cathy Lechowicz said “our students are so engaged when they’re…

2017/2018 Advisory Board Members, Grant Judges, Pitch Coaches, Mentors, Presenters, and TAs: Thank You!

Thank you to the following alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends* who donated their time and expertise to the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship in 2017/2018. Your involvement has made our programs stronger, and we look forward to continued collaboration! Adam Lachman AJ Wilson Ajay Rajani Alex Cantrell Ali Berman Ali Chaudry Alice Hadler Alicia…

Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship 2017/2018 Year in Review

gathering at New Profit in October 2017

In his inaugural address on September 21, 1831, Wesleyan’s first President Willbur Fisk said “Education should be directed with reference to two objects—the good of the individual, and the good of the world.” Today, the University’s mission is to provide “an education in the liberal arts that is characterized by boldness, rigor, and practical idealism.”…

PCSE Seed Grants in Action: Report #1 from YAF Ghana

Each year, the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship awards three $5,000 seed grants to fund the launch or early-stage growth of a project, program, or venture. YAF Ghana, run by Ferdinand Quayson ’20, was one of this year’s winners. This is Ferdinand’s first report since receiving funding from the PCSE in March 2018.   The…