Koç University Social Impact Forum (KUSIF) was founded in 2012 within Koç University as a research and practice centre on social impact to foster social innovation through research, education and collaboration. KUSIF is one of the leading organizations on social impact field in Turkey and has become a reference point in social impact studies. KUSIF has been leading the Turkish Social Impact Group and working to set standards for social impact measurement and management in Turkey. KUSIF publicized many resources and implemented research on social impact for civil society organizations, funders, private sector and social entrepreneurs; and leaded several capacity-building projects including training, consultancy and dissemination of knowledge through national and international conferences in Turkey.
KUSIF has a special focus on social entrepreneurship as we consider social entrepreneurs are one of the important and new social impact actors in Turkey. In this regard, KUSIF has been leading and partnering in various social entrepreneurship projects on ecosystem development, capacity building, access to social finance, and investment readiness.
KUSIF launched Social Impact Lab at Koç University in 2018 to create a common space where students interested in social entrepreneurship can come together, providing an incubation service to young social entrepreneurs such as mentorship, network and intense training. Additionally, KUSIF team has been co-teaching social entrepreneurship and social impact courses at Koç University since 2015.
KUSIF is an active member of Social Value International, The European Network for Social Enterprises and Impact-Driven Leaders (EUCLID) and International Sustainable Campus Network.