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GWupstart is GW's central hub for social innovation training, mentoring and funding. It builds on GW’s strength as an institution that fosters the next generation of citizen leaders. Approximately $45,000 in funding is available every year. In addition, we provide mentorship and support to students to turn their ideas into practical action that makes a measurable, sustained difference.

The Nashman Center defines social innovation as creative approaches to addressing social problems. All projects supported by GWupstart strive to be ethical, creative, systematic, sustainable and created in partnership with community organizations and the residents who will be affected by the project.

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