About Us

As a center of distinction at Santa Clara University,the Center for Science, Technology, and Society serves as an intersection between the university and society.


Our Mission

The mission of the Center for Science, Technology, and Society is to accelerate global, innovation-based entrepreneurship in service to humanity. We aim to positively impact the lives of 1 billion by 2020. We are well underway. Social entrepreneurs are the change agents who use economic and technological innovation to achieve social goals. They create organizations that, instead of purely seeking profit, pursue a more just and humane society. With over eleven years of service to the poor, we have researched, experimented, and modified our programs to better serve social entrepreneurs.


Our Programs

We have a unique integrated approach. Our Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI®) pairs social entrepreneurs with Silicon Valley mentors, to help them reach their profound potential and scale. Our Impact Capital initiative develops new investment vehicles and provides thought leadership to the impact investment community. Our Global Social Benefit Fellows program provides life-changing educational opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in action research with social enterprises. We spread our model around the world through the GSBI Network, an affiliation of mission-aligned universities and organizations building social enterprise incubators and accelerators.


Our History

GSBI® programs evolved from the Center's interest in the use of science and technology for social benefit[i]; its role in co-founding The Tech Awards; collaborations with the UN Millennium Project and their influence in defining The Tech Award categories to reflect urgent challenges and the Millennium Development Goals; and concerns about the barriers that innovators faced in scaling their social impact—especially in resource constrained environments[ii]. The GSBI in 2003 was developed during 2002 in collaboration with the Glocal Forum, a peace institute[iii] in Rome led by Uri Savir, the Chief Negotiator of the Oslo Accords with the Palestinians in 1993.[iv] As part of the University's strategic plan under the direction of Don Dodson, Jim Koch, the founding Executive Director of CSTS, along with a Distinguished Board of Advisors and Father Locatelli crafted a Center and program rich with innovative thinking, thought leadership, and extraordinary global alliances. Read more

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