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Jill Kickul

  • Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship
  • Research Director, Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab

Jill was formerly at NYU’s Stern School of Business as Director of Social Entrepreneurship and the Chair for the 30-course MBA specialization in social Innovation and Impact. She is the Founding Director of the Annual Conference on Social Entrepreneurship, the largest academic conference in the field. She has published more than 100 articles in leading entrepreneurship and management journals and her bestselling book, Understanding Social Entrepreneurship has been adopted in over 80 universities. Jill is the Editor of the Social Entrepreneurship Journal and her work on entrepreneurship education has been nationally recognized by Fortune as a Top 10 Innovative Program. 

Jill has been awarded the 2022 Dedication to Entrepreneurship Award given by the Academy of ManagementEntrepreneurship Division. This award recognizes long-term contributions to the research, teaching, and practice of entrepreneurship as well as the growth, visibility, and effectiveness of the Entrepreneurship Division. On the teaching side, the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) named her the 2017 Educator of the Year Award. This award is given to an individual who has provided distinguished leadership within the field of entrepreneurship education and has contributed substantive advancements to the way in which scholars think about and approach entrepreneurship teaching and learning. Finally, USASBE named her 2023 Longenecker Fellow for academic and service accomplishments to the field of entrepreneurship and innovation.

Jill Kickul

Areas of Expertise

Business Models
Business of Sustainability
Entrepreneurship Economics
Social Cognition
Social Entrepreneurship
Startup Leadership


Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

Centers + Institutes

Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab


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