Join a dynamic community of young social entrepreneurs working to create business solutions to the most important global issues.

July 01 - July 21, 2018
Program Fee:
Campus Dormitory
Completing grades 9 -12
Program Fee includes:
Tuition, room, 3 meals per day, use of select campus facilities, included excursions and daily activities, bed linens, pillow and towels, 24-hour residential care and support, staff accompanied airport transfer during specified windows.
Not Included:
Airfare/transportation to and from home city, courses and activities shown to have an extra fee, laundry, spending money, souvenirs, meals eaten away from program, airport transfers outside of specified windows, trip cancellation insurance, medical insurance, medical and dental expenses.
More than ever, the world needs clear-sighted business leaders who have the passion and ability to take action towards solving the world’s most intractable global challenges. Summerfuel’s Social Enterprise program aims to expose high school students to the cross-disciplinary skills necessary to build effective and efficient business-based solutions to social problems

SE at Georgetown introduces students to the vibrant social change culture present in the DC area that has been further catalyzed by its success because of focused and strategic solutions. The capital is home to countless business-based social ventures working to provide nuanced solutions to problems both domestically and abroad. DC is the place to find big solutions to big problems with the full weight of America’s resources to leverage.

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  • 09.00am • BREAKFAST
  • 09.30am • MORNING SESSION
  • 12.00am • LUNCH
  • 01.00pm • FREE TIME
  • 03.30pm • GTOWN ACTIVITIES
  • 06.00pm • DINNER
  • 08:00pm • EVENING EVENTS
  • 11.00pm • CHECK-IN

Social Entrepreneurship

\ˈsōSHəl\ \ˌäⁿn-trə-p(r)ə-ˈnər-ˈship\
A process by which citizens build or transform business institutions to advance solutions to social problems, such as poverty, illness, environmental destruction, human rights abuses and corruption, in order to make life better for many.



Entrepreneurial Skills

Interactive class discussions and guest speakers will challenge you to think critically about social issues and motivate you to be a change-maker for your community. You will design your own social venture to gain the experience to build an effective organization from the ground up. SE programs empower young social entrepreneurs to leverage their resources and find creative solutions to key social issues in their communities and around the globe.

Hands-on Experience

Hands-on workshops will develop your communication skills, build your confidence and challenge you to think on your feet. These active and engaging sessions will teach you the real-world tools you will need for success. By the end of the program, you will have a better understanding of your personal leadership style and have stronger public speaking, writing and critical thinking skills.

Life at Georgetown

The university itself is a fantastic center for international development and startup culture. Georgetown is home to two of the largest student-run organizations in the world – GUASFCU, the largest student-run credit union, and The Corp, the largest student-run non-profit corporation – and top-ranked programs in foreign policy and business. The resources of the university are complemented by the hospitality of downtown Georgetown, with its diverse dining and shopping options. Georgetown truly is the best place to focus on social entrepreneurship, especially in a global context.

Capital City Adventures

What better place to spend your weekends than the nation’s capital? Every weekend you will travel to nearby destinations to make sure your time at Summerfuel is filled with exciting options to enjoy with new friends.




At SE Georgetown you will have the unique opportunity to create a full-fledged social enterprise, focusing on an issue about which you are passionate. Summerfuel's experienced and dedicated faculty will take you step by step through the process.

You will analyze some of the most pressing global concerns and discover how entrepreneurs from around the world have taken the initiative to address them. You will then create your own social venture and master the central concepts of social entrepreneurship.

The curriculum focuses on the following
business & leadership skills:

Research & Discovery

Learn how to use best research practices to discover and examine today’s pressing social issues and the companies and organizations taking steps to address them. What is already being done and is it effective? How can you and your venture make a greater impact?

Operations & Logistics

What will you need to implement a focused project? Develop critical thinking and problem solving skills as you face operational challenges with your project teammates. Games and exercises will strengthen your creative thinking before you plan and execute your venture on campus.


Listen to guest speakers discuss how they built brand awareness for their ventures and causes. Learn how to communicate your message effectively using social media and other emerging marketing and advertising tools.



Design realistic financial models and gain effective strategies for fundraising. Along with your teammates, create and present budgets for you venture project and role-play interviews and pitches to potential investors and/or donors.

Sustainability & Scalability

Discuss ways to build sustainable and scalable business models. Study and compare successful and growing ventures and apply these lessons to your own venture plan.

Please be contact us for more information regarding the curriculum and workshops.




While on program, students will be divided up into social venture teams (three or four students per team) to brainstorm and create a new, viable social venture. Each team is challenged to select a community concern, whether local or global, and develop a solution that is environmentally sustainable, socially positive and financially viable.

The culmination of the three-week curriculum is the venture pitch competition, which is attended by the program community, as well as guest judges from the local entrepreneurial community. To be successful, teams must present a well-considered business plan as well as leverage their storytelling and public speaking skills developed on program.




A mobile app and service designed to help caregivers and patients of Alzheimer’s disease better track their symptoms and care and creating a social network of support.

The QWERTY movement:

Focusing on high school dropout rates in the Bronx, NY, this venture improves access to technology by renting computers to students at very affordable rates from mobile “computer trucks.”


An online platform to connect jobseekers with the technology to be more effective during the job hunt.


A venture committed to manufacturing ethical soccer balls while providing manufacturing jobs to impoverished women in Honduras and reinvesting in education.

Teaching Faculty

Learn from those on the Front Line

SE’s cross-disciplinary courses are lead by an accomplished faculty that includes successful entrepreneurs, community organizers and academic leaders. Experts in their field, with extensive teaching experience, Summerfuel faculty engage with students and venture teams in and out of the classroom. Small classes foster intellectual inquiry, dynamic discussion and debate, and encourage the role of professor as mentor and mentor.

Each summer, we also invite local social entrepreneurs to serve as consultants and mentors to the student teams as they develop their social ventures. These individuals also attend the final venture pitch competition to provide final feedback on presentations and plans.

Curriculum developed in partnership with Strategic Good, a consulting firm based in Washington, DC that guides the implementation of social enterprise, acting as a bridge between the nonprofit and business worlds.

Faculty Highlights

Alessandra Clará

Consultant on mission-driven organizations in the DC metropolitan area using Lean Startup methodologies. She is originally from El Salvador and has experience designing, leading and managing high-impact projects in Latin America, particularly in the fields of education and economic empowerment. She holds a MA in Social Enterprise from American University and a BS in Business from Johns Hopkins University.

Nick Boedicker

Founder and Managing Director of Strategic Good in Washington, DC. He has experience in project and program design, management, and evaluation in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the US. His past positions have included work in post-conflict recovery, community health, public education and awareness, disability, migrant and refugee populations, sustainable livelihoods, and design thinking. He holds a MA in Social Enterprise from American University and a BS in Business from Georgetown University.



Your summer home at Georgetown will be Village C East, a popular building for undergraduate first-years. The building is centrally located (right next to Leo’s dining hall) and features air-conditioning and en-suite bathrooms.


At Village C East, students are housed in double rooms on single-gender halls. Each bedroom has its own private bath and full air conditioning. Roommate will be carefully selected using our housing questionnaire and taking into consideration age and geographic diversity.
A Resident Advisor will live on each hall to create a community, provide support, plan activities and help students get the most of their stay in Georgetown. Summerfuel Senior Staff also live in residence and are available to help address student concerns and emergencies, day or night.

Facilities & Athletics

The residence hall is located near the popular Healey Center, home to the Bulldog Tavern on-campus restaurant and great communal work spaces. Walk just a couple minutes in the other direction and you’ll reach the student center, home to University Bookstore and the Corp – the largest student-run organization in the world – which operates the campus convenience store, multiple cafes and a coffee shop.

At Georgetown, students have full access to the Yates Field House, Georgetown’s primary recreation facility, featuring an indoor pool, sports courts, a running track, fitness area and golf center.


All meals are provided as part of the program fee and full buffet-style dining is available during breakfast, lunch and dinner at Leo’s, the university dining hall. The traditional, wood-paneled hall provides a great collegiate ambience and is a great place to catch up with friends. Students can also head to nearby downtown eateries like sweetgreen, Booey’s, Pizza Paradiso for a quick lunch with friends.


Village C has 24-hour security, with electronic key card access required for entry to both the front door of the residence hall, use of the elevator and floor access and a physical key required for access to individual bedrooms. Georgetown security is on 24-hour patrol and available to any student that may need assistance.

Students are overseen by our dedicated residential staff during the entirety of their stay, whether on campus or in the town of Georgetown, and are required to use the buddy system during free time.


Don't miss some of the neighborhoods best spots.

Healy Hall

The historic flagship building on Georgetown’s main campus and the perfect Instagram-able moment.

GUASFCU and The Corp

Georgetown is the place for student entrepreneurs. The student center is home to both the largest student-run credit union and non-profit organization in the world.

M Street

The center of downtown and the place to go for all the shopping you could want, featuring both boutiques and national brands.

Waterfront Park

Wander down to the edge of the Potomac for great public park space and outdoor dining.

The Cupcakes

Cupcakes are in no short supply in Georgetown. Try Baked & Wired, Sprinkles and (appropriately named) Georgetown Cupcake.

The Tombs

It doesn’t get more Georgetown than this student and faculty haunt. Step right up for some great pub grub.



Summer weekends are meant for fun and we make sure that they help students make the most of their time in the nation’s capital. All weekend trips are included in the program fee and are meant to build community and allow students time to enjoy the summer with friends.

Washington, DC

The nation’s capital truly is a special place. Home to the nation’s most important landmarks, monuments and museums, it’s easy to get lost in the splendor. DC is also a fantastically diverse city with fantastic cultural sites and distinctive food.

Six Flags

Spend the day at this fantastic Amusement and Water Park on the Mind Eraser, Double Trouble and Time Warp!

Baltimore Harbor

Just a short drive away, Baltimore’s historic inner seaport is the perfect place to spend an afternoon on the water.



When classes finish, it is time to play. Summerfuel staff organizes exciting and active extracurricular options every day of the week, so there’s always something to do between project planning sessions.

Past favorites include:

Talent show, speed friending, basketball, scavenger hunt, movie nights, soccer, Summerfuel Olympics, karaoke, ultimate Frisbee, trivia night, game shows, water wars, yoga, running club, hiking, swimming, tie-dye, henna tattoos.


Our summer staff members are at the heart of all that we do. Supported by our New York headquarters, our program directors and resident advisors create an exciting and balanced residential, academic and extracurricular experience each summer.


The Senior Staff is comprised of a Program Director, a Residential Life Director and an Activities Director.

All members of the senior staff live in residence with students and are available to assist with any issue that arises. Senior staff members are experienced educators with collegiate or boarding school residence life experience and great familiarity with our programs.


RAs on the Social Entrepreneurship program are campus leaders dedicated to sharing their knowledge and collegiate experience with a motivated group of high school students. RAs are all rising college seniors or recent college graduates and are hired with the greatest care. RAs fill the role of mentors, supporting students academically and socially in order to make the program the best it can be. Each RA will work closely with a group of ten to eleven high school students.


The safety, security and overall well-being of our students are our utmost priorities. We implement the following measures to ensure our students are well cared for and safe at all times. You can read more about student safety here.

•  1 to 8 residential staff to student ratio
•  24-hour dorm security
•  Electronic key pass required for entry into residence hall buildings, elevators and bedrooms.
•  11pm daily curfew and face-to-face check-in
•  Zero tolerance for drug / alcohol use or bullying
•  Read our full code of conduct here


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