Investing in the next generation.


Sorenson Impact is housed within the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business. As such, we work to insert social impact into the academic curriculum at the University of Utah. Our focuses are on academic research, publications, and teaching in the areas of social impact and entrepreneurship within various departments and colleges across campus. 

The following Center faculty and staff teach a variety of courses:

  • Paul Brown, James Lee Sorenson Presidential Endowed Chair for Social Entrepreneurship and Impact Investing
  • Jack Robinson, PhD, Director and adjunct professor, City and Metropolitan Planning
  • Fraser Nelson, Managing Director of Strategic Partnerships

Current course offerings:



Business 1051—Honors Foundations of Business Thought


city & metropolitan planning

CMP 3400—City & Metropolitan Economics

CMP 6322 / REDEV 6322—City & Metropolitan Economics



Entrepreneurship 2020—Entrepreneurial Finance

Entrepreneurship 2030—Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Entrepreneurship 4999—Honors Thesis

Entrepreneurship 5000 (both live and online versions)

Entrepreneurship 5850—Social Entrepreneurship & Impact Investing Seminar

Entrepreneurship 5910—Independent Study




Finance 5881 Managing the Venture Process

Finance 6881 Venture Planning



Management 6780—Social Venturing: Consulting to Not-for-Profit Organizations



Strategy 6910—Special Study for Master’s Students