University of Southern California

What We Do

The USC Marshall Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab (BSEL) provides opportunities for USC students, faculty, and other individuals to use business principles to solve world problems. Through education, programs, events, and career development, we inspire the next generation of enlightened business leaders and social entrepreneurs.

Our Approach

Student programs Through fellowships, support for student organizations, and summer internships, The Brittingham Lab develops the next generation of enlightened business leaders.

Coursework. Affiliated faculty of The Brittingham Lab teach undergraduate and graduate courses on social entrepreneurship, ethics, and corporate social responsibility. USC undergraduates can minor in Social Entrepreneurship. To equip students to play effective leadership roles in this expanding arena, we offer the Graduate Certificate in Sustainability and Business. The certificate prepares students to shape solutions to social and environmental sustainability challenges, both from within and from outside the business sector.

Research and Faculty Projects. Through funding grants and support to Marshall Faculty, The Brittingham Lab encourages research and academic projects that expand the role of business models and education issues.

Lab Projects. The Brittingham Lab creates new ventures and business strategies for social and environmental change. Venture Build, an online learning environment for aspiring social entrepreneurs, is the first Lab project under development.

Events. The Brittingham Lab hosts monthly luncheons and speaker events featuring best practices in social responsibility and social entrepreneurship. These events are often held in conjunction with other USC departments and organizations.

Career development. The Brittingham Lab provides mentoring and career counseling for students who are serious about using their business degrees to change the world, including subsidies for students who intern at non-profits.

Video of Founding Director Adlai Wertman