Specific Ways To Engage With the TFC

Social Enterprise Consulting

We believe that poverty is a personal problem for everyone, and the purpose of the Social Enterprise Consulting (SEc) group is to provide concrete opportunities for students to leverage their individual strengths and skill sets in order to positively contribute to a proactive solution. The SEc matches students with social enterprises with real strategic, development, human capital, or operational needs, trains them on how to be responsible partners, and supports them throughout their consulting engagement.

Project Pyramid

Project Pyramid, a Vanderbilt University organization, creates a community that addresses issues of poverty in an interdisciplinary classroom and through sustained partnerships with local and international organizations. Its members learn to recognize multiple poverties from one another in the classroom and from individuals and organizations that encounter poverties first hand. Students respond to knowledge gained in the classroom and through collaborative partnerships by engaging in action to alleviate poverty.


Case Competitions

Hult Prize

The Hult Prize Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to launching the world’s next wave of social entrepreneurs. It encourages the world’s brightest business minds to compete in teams to solve the planet’s biggest challenges with innovative ideas for sustainable start-up enterprises. the Hult Prize Competition at Vanderbilt is a preliminary for regionals. The ultimate national prize is $1M in seed funding.

Mark your calendars for the Hult@ Vanderbilt Competition on Friday, November 10, 2018. More details coming soon for interested participants!



TFC Treks are student-led experiential learning trips with interdisciplinary groups of Vanderbilt graduate students. The goal of these experiences is to connect students with a variety of cross-sector approaches to social entrepreneurship in different cities. Join a trek to engage with peers, alumni, professionals, and organizations creating market-based solutions for social impact!

Read about last year’s TFC Treks here.

More information for Treks 2017-2018 coming soon!

Summer Fellowships

Through TFC Summer Fellowships, Vanderbilt University graduate students bring their expertise and education into meaningful action with partner organizations focused on social enterprise, which may not otherwise devote resources to interns. In partnership with TFC leadership, students seek and match with partner organizations based on fit to gain valuable work experience integrating business and social impact, while receiving a stipend and support from the TFC.


Conference Sponsorships

The Turner Family Center for Social Ventures is excited to be able to facilitate student learning beyond campus by providing partial reimbursement for student attendance at social ventures focused conferences across the country.

The TFC provides funding for projects aligned with its mission of alleviating poverty through market-based solutions. If you have an idea that you think fits perfectly with our organization, let’s start the conversation.


Office Hours with Mario

On Thursdays, TFC Director Mario Avila holds advising hours to speak with students about their future careers and how to leverage time in graduate school to gain exposure to opportunities in social impact work. Schedule time to meet with Mario on Thursday afternoons in his office at Owen.

Mario has been an invaluable resource for developing the confidence to go after less available opportunities.”
– Student Feedback from Office Hours


Networking & Social Events

Monthly Lunch & Learn events and Sips & Social Ventures social hours provide graduate students with the opportunity to connect with the TFC and with one another. Check out the calendar to join us for the next one!


Whether you’re more interested in our Featured Speaker Series or monthly happy hours, we’d love to meet you in person and show you what we’re all about.


I see the TFC as a great opportunity to grow student awareness of, and participation in, market-driven solutions to the world’s biggest issues.”

Matt Inbusch, MBA, '16