Social Enterprise Summer Fellowship Week
Nikhil Kumar '15
Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 9:45am

We raised over $100k in one night!

To assist MBA students entering fields in Social Enterprise, Columbia Business School (CBS) offers a Social Enterprise Summer Fellowship (SESF). This is a fellowship, funded by CBS students, clubs, and alumni, that provides stipends for students who want to do summer internships in social enterprise fields like non-profit and government.  As one of the Assistant Vice Presidents of the Social Enterprise Club involved in the student fundraising effort, I help make SESF possible.

Over the last few weeks we hosted several major events to build support around the fellowship!

In February, the rugby team hosted a valentines date night, with proceeds going to SESF.  

More recently we had a week of events dedicated to SESF starting with an open mic night hosted by Juranimal, our CBS house band. In addition to the band’s performance, we had several acts by musically talented CBS students. It was an incredible three hours and the proceeds were donated to SESF.

Here’s a shot of two students doing an English/Hindi mash-up:

Amritha Subramaniam ’15 and Bharath Rajagopalan ’15 perform an English/Hindi mash-up at Juranimal’s open mic night

We also had a school-wide CBS Matters where some the SESF fellows from last year presented on their projects from the summer. Many of the fellows had traveled abroad for the summer to help non-profits in emerging markets:

Jonathan Saunders ’14 describes his experience at Tugende, an organization in Uganda that provides loans in the form of new motorcycles to help taxi drivers achieve financial independence

We also had our first CBS Fashion show, put on by the Retail and Luxury Goods Club, the European Society, and GBA Events, with the proceeds going to SESF. Here’s a shot of the runway with all the student models at the end of the night:

CBS students hit the runway as part of the Retail and Luxury Goods Club’s first annual Fashion Show

Our final event proved to be the most intense fundraising day! Students donated goods/services that other students purchased, with the proceeds going to SESF. For example, Ben Gordon ’15 and Matt Bachmann ‘15, who are working on launching a coffee start-up, donated a week of cold-brew coffee deliveries to a fellow student.

Michael Haddix ’15 leads Cluster F’15 in Thursday’s SESF event

The events were a huge success. During the final day alone, we raised over $100k from CBS students (which is a new record!). The energy and support I saw really speak to the community’s commitment to social enterprise, even among students who aren't entering the field full-time right after school. The amount of support the whole community shows toward social enterprise has only reinforced how fortunate I feel to be a part of CBS.



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