QF Social Enterprise Fellowship Program 


The QF Social Enterprise Fellowship Program provides DU graduate students with the knowledge and experience they need to work with successful social enterprises.

Currently supported through a five-year arrangement with the QF Group, the fellowship program is an interdisciplinary opportunity for DU graduate and professional students to get real-world experience addressing social and economic challenges. 

The program seeks to meet the following goals:

  • Connect graduate and professional students across disciplines with the power of social enterprise and its potential for career opportunities and social impact

  • Develop a network of host organizations: community-based entities that work with students on meaningful projects to improve the lives of vulnerable people

  • Strengthen coordination and collaboration within DU by highlighting and sharing faculty and staff research and initiatives connected with social enterprise

What the Fellows bring to their experience…

Read a moving essay from 2018-19 Fellow Summer Downs on what inspires her commitment to the community.


The 2018-19 QF Social Enterprise Fellows represent graduate schools from across the University of Denver.



Exploring Social Enterprise

During our May 2018 convening, Exploring Social Enterprise, a panel of experts on impact investing and social enterprise gathered to share their perspectives.

Twenty-three organizations applied to host teams of Social Enterprise Fellows from January through May of 2018, and the QF Social Enterprise Fellows selected six projects at five community organizations.


Access Gallery

Fellows will help Access Gallery develop a market for corporate artwork created by artists with disabilities.


Emily Griffith


Fellows will create a business and community engagement strategy to support the Emily Griffith Technical College in opening its barbershop and salon to the public in April, 2018.


Groundwork Denver

Fellows will work to help this environmental education organization to focus its greenhouse-based social enterprise on appropriate markets.


The Denver Foundation

Social Enterprise Analysis: Fellows will work directly with social enterprises receiving support from The Denver Foundation to help them hone their business strategies and define their social impact.

Impact Investing: Fellows will research best practices in impact investing with the goal of providing tools to Denver Foundation grantees seeking to create investment-ready social enterprises, and to investors seeking ways to deploy their capital.


Women's Bean Project

Fellows will investigate the changing client base for the Women's Bean Project, one of Denver's most established social enterprises, which helps women attain self-sufficiency through jobs in the manufacturing of gourmet food products.