Programs & Centers

The Institute for Business & Social Impact unites a broad array of programs to empower members of the Haas community in developing creative and effective solutions to urgent social and environmental challenges. Core to the institute are four well-established centers and programs.

The Center for Social Sector Leadership educates leaders to create tangible social impact. The center has created a real-world learning environment where students advise social ventures on strategic initiatives, work with faculty on applied research, and team up to develop social enterprises of their own. Students thereby learn that social impact is an integral part of professional and personal success.

The Center for Responsible Business brings together students, company leaders, and faculty to redefine business and create a sustainable future. CRB focuses on the practice of integrating sustainable and socially responsible practices into company business strategies and models. Students work with CRB corporate partners on strategies that increase business value and tackle pressing social needs or environmental concerns. Students also manage the center's $2 million Haas Socially Responsible Investment Fund, which has doubled in size since its launch in 2008.

The Graduate Program in Health Management. Few social challenges are more pressing than the need for health care providers and suppliers to deliver better outcomes at lower cost. The Health Management program offers a wide range of courses to analyze the future of heath care: health finance, health systems and new innovations in health-care delivery, information systems, and medical devices. The program serves both MBA students and students working toward a dual MBA with a Master's in Public Health.

The Global Social Venture Competition.The GSVC is the world's longest running business-plan competition for developing innovative business solutions to address social and environmental challenges. Annually, the GSVC provides aspiring entrepreneurs with mentoring, exposure, and $50,000 in prizes to transform their ideas into scalable businesses that will have positive real world impact.  The GSVC at Berkeley-Haas is led by the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and a team of 25-plus MBA students in collaboration with a global network of 13 partner schools in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Pre-College Programs. The institute supports two programs to advance the business skills and career ambitions of middle school and high school students. Young Entrepreneurs at Haas (YEAH) is a four year high school program that addresses the opportunity gap for first generation high school students. The Berkeley Business Academy for Youth (B-BAY) is a two week summer business academy for middle and high school students from around the world.

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