The Barton Institute’s CiviCO 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 CiviCO, the fellowship program is an interdisciplinary opportunity for DU graduate and professional students to get real-world experience addressing social and economic challenges. 


Social Enterprise Fellows:
Where Are They Now?

We are very proud of our Social Enterprise Fellows Alumni as they continue create social change in Denver and beyond. Take a moment to read updates from the fellows.


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.

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The 2019-20 CiviCO Social Enterprise Fellows represent graduate schools from across the University of Denver.

Partners

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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 2019, and the 2018-19 CiviCO Social Enterprise Fellows selected six projects.

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Blue Star Recyclers

Fellows will help Blue Star expand its work to communities throughout Colorado.


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Cornerstone Capital

Fellows are measuring alignment of investments with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.


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Fort Lyon/State of CO

Fellows are helping determine how social enterprises can be developed on this Bent County program for people recovering from homelessness and addiction.


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Knotty Tie

Fellows are working to measure social impact for this custom scarf and tie company that sources its materials sustainably and employs refugees.


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Mile High Workshop

Fellows are helping this nonprofit job training program to measure its impact on the lives of the people it serves.


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Village Exchange
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Fellows are helping this Aurora-based center for immigrant and refugee communities to build an event rental business as a social enterprise to support their programs.