OUR MISSION STATEMENT
Serving Social Entrepreneurs to Help Make the World a Better Place
Polk Institute (Pi) is a non-profit, 501 (C)(3) PENDING TRAINING PROGRAM. THAT IS a lean innovation-Driven enterprise, offering a three-phase approach
Our FOUNDATION will offer Master PRACTITIONER TRAINING in Social Entrepreneurship.
Businesses guided by the Triple Bottom Line seek to give back by contributing to the strength and growth of their human capital, both their employees as well the wider community they serve.’ to ‘Businesses guided by the Triple Bottom Line seek to give back by contributing to the strength and growth of their human capital through the strength of their business structure including employees as well the wider community they serve
The planet, or environmental bottom line, refers to sustainable environmental practices. Social entrepreneurs endeavor to benefit the natural resources as much as possible or at the least do no harm and minimize environmental impact.’ to ‘The environmental bottom line refers to sustainable environmental practices. Social entrepreneurs endeavor to conserve and protect natural resources as much as possible in their business practices to minimize detrimental impact to our environment.
People want to support and work for companies that serve a larger purpose and help their communities. Sustainable companies operate on the notion that they can make a profit and expand into new markets while providing services that help address social concerns .
Professor: Gary Polk
Entrepreneurship For Everyone (E4E) begins the journey to becoming a fundable CEO. Starting with developing your “WHY! Simon Sinek says before one can discuss, “what we do”, or “how we do it” we must start with_why we are in business. Your Mission, Vision, and Values will the be developed. Then our teachings will shift to the importance of equity and that entrepreneurship is a team sport. Team building is vital to long-term success.
Professor: Erin Thompson
Erin is currently an adjunct Professor of Social Entrepreneurship for Loyola Marymount University’s College of Business Administration – MBA Program. Her passion is to educate leaders by keeping them engaged and inspired through a productive learning environment. She is also a Chicago Bears Football fan.
Professor: Armin Hoes, MD
Armin Hoes is the Founder and Medical Director of Latitude
Mental Health. He is also an MŪŪD Healthtech startup
Former US Air Force Intelligence Officer &
decorated Iraq War combat veteran. He Specializes in sports psychiatry and
mental fitness and produces & co-hosts SportsPsychMDs, an
independent, global streaming podcast.
All of our instructors are experts in their fields of expertise and great in transferring their knowledge – teaching skills are supported by our teach coach program.
We are open and accepting applications for new instructors.
Our goal is to expose social entrepreneurship as a viable Business option and method to find true financial freedom to 70% of our targeted trainees – underrepresented Black & Brown minorities. Our students are serious about wanting to own a business.
Admission requirements include preparing and presenting a one-page business plan, with a 5 minute pitch and interview. Graduation requirements include a capstone thesis and a 10-minute investor quality pitch presented at our Founders Meet Funders Demo Day showcase and gala event.
If you consider yourself a Social Entrepreneur, then we want to become a resource to help you make a sustainable impact on the world.
From the challenges created by the novel coronavirus in March 2020, the Polk Institute Foundation was founded with a goal to help Social Entrepreneurs find financial freedom and create a positive legacy for future generations. Our Pi Vision is to help launch 1000 Social Entrepreneur businesses over the next 10 years (by July 2032).
CHARACTER: Doing the right thing when no one is watching. COLLABORATION: Entrepreneurship is a team sport.
CULTIVATION: If coachable, we can teach entrepreneurship to anyone.
FAILURE: Risk failure as a normal part of the journey to grow and find success.
Serving Social Entrepreneurs to Help Make the World a Better Place
The Polk Institute of Social Entrepreneurship, a 501(c) 3 pending, is an innovative online enterprise offering Master Level education. Pi Academy is a 10- month program, the Pi Accelerator is a six-month program. Once completing the 16-month program, the Alumni will be given direct access to capital funding. The program is open to all entrepreneurs and focuses on graduating Black and Brown fundable CEOs.
Its overarching goal is to ‘teach them how to fish, not give them fish.’ In doing so, Pi will teach them what they do not know about social entrepreneurship and business success, helping to create welfare withdrawal and create Black and Brown business legacies.
Social entrepreneurship companies are endeavors that are purpose-driven and represent the passion of the founder. These endeavors focus on People, Planet and Profit (Triple Bottom Line) and the belief that behaving ethically and generating profits are not conflicting concepts.
Polk Institute (PI) specializes in:
Comprehensive program of practitioner-driven education, training and funding
Black and Brown founders interested in Triple Bottom Line
Tuition-free education through scholarships
Capital from individual donors, government, corporate, and foundation grants
40-week curriculum of 10-course program of required/elective courses
Online learning and technology and innovation driven modalities, plus live synchronous and asynchronous classes.
The Pi Academy is a 40-week program of 10 required/elective courses; PLUS The Pi Accelerator is a 24-week program of working with a mentor to launch the businesses.
All entrepreneurs with a special emphasis on Black and Brown founders interested in Triple Bottom Line, the enterprises that focus on People, Planet and Profit.
NOTE: While the target market is Black and Brown Founders, non-Black or Brown Founders are also welcome to join Pi.
Polk Institute is an innovative-driven enterprise (IDE) offering MasterLevel education via the Pi Academy, Mentorship/Training via the Pi Accelerator and direct access to capital funding to launch the business during or at the end of the Accelerator program with a primary focus of graduating fundable CEOs.
It is tuition free to U.S. residents. Non–U.S. Residents will be charged $20,000.
To launch 1,000 Social Entrepreneurships by 2032.
Go to https://polk-ise.com. Click on Get Involved.
Our intention is to launch our first Cohort class in February 2021 and to have our trainees launch 1,000 Ships (business ventures) by 2032. To accomplish this vision, our first goal it to raise $1 million to fund ramp up of the program and our first year of operations and raise a $100 million Endowment Fund to ensure our sustainability. If you believe in our mission and would like to learn more, support or collaborate with us, please send us an email below.
Polk Institute Foundation
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