The Boost program helps participants learn business fundamentals, improve their strategic
thinking and articulate a business plan that demonstrates impact, growth and long-term
financial sustainability. To date, 23 organizations have completed the Boost program.
Apply to the next Social Innovation or Near West Side Boost.
The Rev-Up MKE small business competition provides an opportunity for start-up entrepreneurs
to expand or start a business and get the support needed to make it successful. As
part of the competition, finalists receive hands-on business training, with technical
assistance and mentorship. The program culminates with a live pitch event before a
panel of judges and the community. The final winner receives significant resources
to support their new venture, which will be located in a Near West Side storefront.
Sign up to be a part of the next Rev-Up MKE competition.
Marquette University is one of 37 universities worldwide identified as an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus and the only school in the Midwest to earn the designation. Ashoka U is an initiative
of Ashoka, the world's largest network of social entrepreneurs.
Midwest Jesuit Collaborative on Social Innovation
The institutions—John Carroll University, Loyola University Chicago, Saint Louis University,
Xavier University, Creighton University, University of Detroit Mercy and Marquette
University—are part of the Midwest Jesuit Collaborative on Social Innovation (J-COSI).
The idea for J-COSI grew out of a partnership between Marquette University and the
University of Detroit Mercy with the Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI) at Santa
Clara University's Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, and a desire to accelerate
the adoption of social innovation and entrepreneurship best practices at Midwestern
Jesuit universities. Marquette hosted the first gathering of the universities during
the summer of 2016.