At Dickinson, students are not afraid of big ideas or bringing them to life. We’re prepared to make a positive impact on the world, and there’s no better testing ground than right here on campus.

Dickinson provides students with a liberal-arts education that encourages interdisciplinary collaboration, critical thinking and problem-solving—key qualities of entrepreneurs and social innovators. Students are empowered to propose projects and receive support through the Idea Fund. They craft, code, experiment, film, produce and invent in the Media Center and campuswide Makerspaces. They collaborate and compete through the Innovation Competition @ Dickinson. And they immerse, study and plan for the future through the new social innovation & entrepreneurship (SINE) certificate program. 


A New Path

Dickinson’s Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SINE) certificate program prepares students to create new products or services that address social or environmental needs. Fittingly, SINE is the college’s first curriculum that actively involved students in its development. In spring 2014, faculty members in international business & management and history led a new mosaic program focused on business sustainability and entrepreneurship (The Eco-E Path Mosaic). Working with these professors, the seven students in the program crafted a proposal for new sustainability-driven curriculum, which became SINE.

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Calling all Ideas

The Idea Fund is a student-run incubator for innovation and collaboration. It’s your chance to create the change you want to see in the community. 

Have you ever had a great idea but no way to turn your dream into reality? This self-sustaining organization will provide the support to turn your concept into a practical, actionable solution. In turn, your project will create profits or savings to power the next round of funding. Some of Dickinson’s most popular initiatives and activities have used the Idea Fund as a launching pad.



“I came to Dickinson because I really wanted to go to school where I could make a difference.  I really think that social entrepreneurship is important, because not only is it finding an issue and creating a solution, but it's collaborating with people with similar interests and seeing an issue and asking, ‘How can we get around this?’ ”

Hunter Tuccio '18