Spring 2014 MBA Course

B8526-001: Launching Social Ventures

R - A Term, 02:15PM to 05:30PM

Location: URI 142

Instructor: Ron Gonen

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This course will focus on identifying opportunities to use entrepreneurship to solve social and environmental problems and how to launch and scale a business with a social mission. The course will provide tools and resources for students interested in launching a business with a social mission, joining a business with a social mission, or becoming an impact investor in social ventures. The course will provide a road map and use case studies, site visits, and speakers to explore: identification and assessment of a viable idea; development of a business plan; marketing, sales and fundraising; mission-aligned board development and management teams; and financial plans. Students should be prepared to give a pitch in the first class either on a business idea which addresses a social or environmental problem, or on their interests and expertise in order to join another venture team participating in the class.


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Ron Gonen

AdjunctRon is the Deputy Commissioner of Sanitation, Recycling and Sustainability for New York City. He joined the Bloomberg administration with the task of developing and implementing a plan to achieve Mayor Bloomberg's goal of diverting over 30% of New York's waste stream from landfills by 2017 and over 70% by 2025. He is responsible for New York's recycling programs which include paper, metal, glass, plastic, organics, textiles and electronics...

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