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Signature Programs

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Social Innovation Initiative's Signature Programs

These are the signature programs the Social Innovation Initiative has to offer.

Texas Social Innovation Challenge (TSIC)

The Social Innovation Initiative, in partnership with Bumble, is launching the largest cross-campus social entrepreneurship pitch competition in the Spring of 2020. 

Fund your social or environmental impact venture through the Texas Social Innovation Challenge!  $10,000+ will be available at the UT-Austin competition, and another $50,000 will be available to the TSIC winners through the Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge in San Diego.

Longhorn Impact Fellowship at Texas McCombs (LIFT)

The Longhorn Impact Fellowship at Texas McCombs, or LIFT, pairs student consultants (Fellows) with sustainable corporations, social enterprises, and nonprofits to solve an impact focused problem.

MBA Impact Investing Network and Training (MIINT)

The is an experiential learning opportunity that gives business students a hands-on education in impact investing. Students apply late in the fall semester.

For more information, check out an Introduction to MIINT here!

Contact: Madison Gove

Social Innovation Councils

The SII supports a Graduate Social Innovation Council and Undergraduate Social Innovation Council. These councils are made up of representatives from impact-focused student organizations, who meet regularly to share events and best practices. The Councils foster community and collaboration within the student community.

Contact Co-Chairs (Undergraduate): Michelle Zhang, Prachi Shah.

Contact Co-Chairs (Graduate): Jenny Zhan, Allie Napier.

Sustainability Investment Group

The Sustainability Investment Group (SIG) educates undergraduate students on sustainable investing practices and provides hands on experience through fund management and company evaluation based on environmental, social, and governance – or ESG – investing factors in a variety of industries.

For more information please visit

Applications to join the Fall 2020 SIG class are due Friday, September 18th at 10pm CST.