AACSB International (AACSB), the world’s largest business education network, featured the College of Charleston School of Business among 24 business schools in its 2021 Innovations That Inspire member recognition initiative. This annual program recognizes institutions from around the world that serve as champions of change in the business education landscape and showcases business schools that create a positive societal impact.
Impact X is an entrepreneurship course that uses the framework of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for sustainable and profitable businesses. At the end of the course, teams compete in a pitch competition for the chance to win seed money to scale their businesses. The program is housed within the school’s Center for Entrepreneurship.
Since 2015, Impact X has formed more than 65 student startup teams that have created cutting-edge, for-profit solutions to improve people’s lives and the planet.
“Our School of Business prides itself on recognizing the importance of being a socially responsible partner with the community in which we live,” says Alan T. Shao, dean of the business school. “Impact X is a transformational program that puts the curriculum spotlight on making a difference while making a profit. Through this shift in mindset, I am confident that many of our graduates will be at the forefront of positive social changes in the communities in which they live.”