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Social Entrepreneurship and Social Ventures Network

Michael Dwork ’07
Noha Waibsnaider ’02
Peeled Snacks

We invite you to connect with fellow alumni working in the field of social entrepreneurship and social ventures (for profit, nonprofit or hybrid, as well as funders and investors) to share advice, referrals and information, and occasionally to get together for social events. Some of the topics for discussion may include:

  • Sources of funding: slow money versus traditional financing sources and how to pitch to them
  • Building successful partnerships with nonprofits and established businesses to grow your social venture
  • Media: creating newsworthy stories that get attention
  • The startup process: legal structures (incorporation, nonprofit status, emerging legal forms such as B Corps and L3Cs), accounting systems, etc.

This group will initially target Columbia Business School alumni but will always welcome professionals outside of the CBS community with an interest in participating. If you would like to join this network, please contact us and one of the alumni ambassadors will get in touch with you. Thanks for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you.


2014 Social Enterprise Conference

Millennials Rising: What's Next for Sustainability?

When: October 31, 2014,
8:30 am-6:00pm

The Marriott Marquis
1535 Broadway, New York, NY 10036
Between 45th and 46th Streets
New York, NY 10036

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The annual Social Enterprise Conference at Columbia Business School brings together thought leaders from across private, nonprofit, public, and academic sectors to share best practices, debate critical issues, and collaborate on innovative concepts to inspire change. Through interactive sessions, keynote speakers, workshops, a pitch competition, and networking opportunities, the conference presents guests with the opportunity to partake in the most important business and societal conversation of this new era. For updates on speakers and sessions, please visit the conference website.

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Summer Fellowship Program

Microfinance models help women of Burkina Faso

Read about the experiences of our summer fellows as they help create social and environmental value.


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