This case study shows how an academic context encourages and supports two students in starting up a social enterprise. The two protagonists are Indian and American co-founders of a biomass-based renewable energy social enterprise. The academic context is the European-based alma mater of both co-founders. The case describes how the startup's inception and journey unfolded in the early phases, where the academic context had been an enabler. It shows that the social entrepreneurs, mobilised by their academic context, take the opportunity to develop an attachment and a commitment to planning and creating a social enterprise for addressing community issues through localised solutions and engagement. This spin-off emerges as much from the academic setting of the students-turned-entrepreneurs as from their micro-level emancipatory work through localised engagement at community level. With this interpretation, this study creates a typology of a 'social academic enterprise' and a new direction for future research.
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