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Spark Workshop on Education Technology

Saturday, May 10, 2014
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Uris Hall, Room 301
3022 Broadway, New York NY
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More details coming soon!

Spark provides Social Innovators with an opportunity to explore resources, connections and potential solutions to help their social ventures, by tapping the collective knowledge within Columbia University, and the larger entrepreneurial and social impact community in the New York area and beyond.

This workshop is open to all who are willing to bring their ideas, experience, and connections to help solve social and environmental challenges that these social innovators aim to address.

Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Program, the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center and the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.

Beyond the Pioneer: Getting Inclusive Industries to Scale

with Ashish Karamchandani, Executive Director, Monitor Inclusive Markets, Monitor Deloitte; Harvey Koh, Director, Monitor Inclusive Markets, Monitor Deloitte; Zia Khan, Vice President of Strategy and Evaluation, Rockefeller Foundation; Amit Bouri, Managing Director, GIIN; Antony Bugg-Levine, CEO, Nonprofit Finance Fund; Gita Johar, Senior Vice Dean and Meyer Feldberg Professor of Business, Columbia Business School

Monday, April 28, 2014
6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Register here.

Uris Hall, Room 301
3022 Broadway, New York NY

Growing interest in the role of market-based solutions in addressing the problems of poverty has led to the emergence of many new and promising business models. These inclusive businesses can be powerful agents of change whether by bringing safe drinking water to slums, powering remote villages, or connecting farmers to markets. Yet very few of these models have been able to operate at scale. Why?

This panel of experts will discuss the findings from a new report from Monitor Inclusive Markets, following on from their 2012 report,From Blueprint to Scale. We’ll explore the barriers faced by inclusive businesses as they take on some of the world’s toughest problems, and how we can work to overcome them to accelerate achieving impact at scale.

Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School

Microlumbia Spring Speaker Series: Keynote Lecture

with Vikram Akula, Founder and former Chairman, SKS Microfinance; moderated by Brad Swanson, Partner, Developing World Marketins and Microlumbia board member

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
6:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.
Purchase tickets here 

Uris Hall, Calder Lounge (First Floor)
3022 Broadway

Vikram Akula will speak on the rebirth of microfinance in India. He will discuss lessons from his experience with SKS Microfinance as well as current trends in the sector. Bruce Usher, Columbia Business School Professor and the Elizabeth B. Strickler '86 and Mark Gallogly '86 Faculty Director of the Social Enterprise Program, will provide an introduction while Brad Swanson, Partner at Developing World Markets and Board Member of Microlumbia, moderates.

The event will be followed by a cocktail reception with light refreshments.

Please note that the attire for this event is business casual and that cell phones will need to be checked at the coat check in order to allow Mr. Akula to speak freely.

Hosted by Microlumbia

Raising Capital for Social Ventures

with David del Ser '08, Founder and Chairman of Frogtek

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Warren Hall, Room 310
1125 Amsterdam Avenue (between 115th and 116th Street)

David del Ser is the Founder and Chairman of Frogtek, a social venture that uses the latest technologies to empower Latin America. He also co-founded Microlumbia while a student at CBS.

Hosted by Microlumbia

Green Business Club Summit: Disruptive Technologies for Transitioning to a Sustainable Economy

Friday, April 4, 2014
3:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Uris Hall, Room 142
3022 Broadway, New York NY

The Green Business Club hosted its first summit around the topic of Distruptive Technologies for Transititioning to a Sustianable Economy.

Keynote Speaker: Donald Sadoway
The future of disruptive tech: shaping the energy sector's next decade
Donald Sadoway is a professor at MIT, an inventor and entrepreneur, and was named one of Time Magazine's "Top 100 Most Influential People in the World” for his continuing work on improved batteries. He is a leading energy storage and environmental sustainability expert and his company, Liquid Metal Battery Corp, was recently funded by Bill Gates, Khosla Ventures and Total S.A. Watch his 2012 TED talk here.

Panel Discussions:

Evolution of 3D Printing
Moderated by: Jeffrey Lancaster, Emerging Technologies, Columbia University
Featuring speakers from: Shapeways; Sols; Stratasys/Makerbot and Biomimicry 3.8

Financial Innovations in the Solar Market
Moderated by: Adjunct Professor Travis Bradford, author of Solar Revolution
Featuring speakers from: Google; Citigroup; Oaktree Capital Management; SunEdison and SolarCit

Sponsored by the Green Business Club at Columbia Business School

Site Visit to Interbrand

Friday, April 4, 2014
10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
On location

Members of the Social Enterprise Club traveled to Interbrand's headquarters to learn more about the work and clients of one of the world's premier branding firms. In addition to a site tour, there was also a discussion of country's strongest brands in retail, CPG, finance and telecom.

Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School

Spark Workshop on Drive Change

with Jordyn Lexton, Founder and Executive Director; Roy Waterman, Culinary Arts Mentor; and  TJ, Marketing Director, Drive Change
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
6:30 p.m. -8:00 p.m.

Warren Hall, Room 209
1125 Amsterdam Avenue (between 115th and 116th Street)

In New York State, the age of adult criminal responsibility is 16 years old. Each year, thousands of kids leave the criminal justice system with adult felony convictions that are made public to future employers and academic institutions. As a result, opportunity for change is limited and re-offense is common: the recidivism rate for adolescents treated as adults in the criminal justice system is nearly 70%. The adult system has a devastating impact on young people.

Mission: To build and operate state-of-the-art food trucks to hire, train, and empower formerly incarcerated youth ages 16-25. We generate opportunities for youth coming home from adult jail/prison so that they can live crime-free, bright futures.

Drive Change is a hybrid for-profit/non-profit organization. All of our food trucks are for profit LLCs that are wholly owned by the non-profit 501c3. That being said, all sales from the trucks recycle back into the organization so we can subsidize the cost of running our Drive Change re-entry program.

The re-entry program is eight months long and consists of three distinct phases: a 2-month pre-employment training phase, a 4-month employment phase, and a 2-month transition phase. As participants graduate through each phase, they will see an increase in pay scale, from $8/hr up to $12/hr.

Areas of Discussion

  1. How should we balance our hybrid model (for profit/nonprofit) in our marketing/branding? What audiences should we target, where, and how?
  2. What are potential sources of revenue for the nonprofit arm and for the for-profit arm?What strategy can we use to tap into those sources?

Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School

Research Meets Practice Book talk on "Scarcity: A Talk for People Too Busy to Attend Talks"

with author Sendhil Mullainathan
Monday, March 31, 2014
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Warren Hall, Feldberg Lobby, 1st Floor
To watch the video, please click here.

Why do successful people get things done at the last minute? Why does poverty persist? Why do organizations get stuck putting out fires? Why do the lonely find it hard to make friends? These seemingly unconnected questions are surprisingly joined by a single psychology of scarcity. The research in our book shows how scarcity--of any kind--creates its own mindset. Understanding this mindset helps illuminate behavior in nearly every walk of life.

Sendhil Mullainathan, Professor of Economics at Harvard University:
Sendhil Mullainathan is a Professor of Economics at Harvard University and Founder of ideas42, a non-profit organization devoted to taking insights about people from behavioral economics and using it to create novel policies, interventions, and products. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Founding Member of the Poverty Action Lab, and a Board Member of the Bureau of Research in the Economic Analysis of Development. He is a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation 'genius grant.' He has recently been appointed Assistant Director of Research at the U.S. Treasury’s newly minted Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Professor Mullainathan conducts research on development economics, behavioral economics, and corporate finance. He has published extensively in top economics journals including the American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and the Journal of Political Economy. In addition to being a MacArthur Fellow, Mullainathan is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including those from the National Science Foundation, the Olin Foundation, the Sloan Foundation, and the Russell Sage Foundation.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Decision Sciences and the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School

What is a B Corporation? Panel

with Devon Douglas, Strategy Director, BBMG; Michael Elsas, President, Cooperative Home Care Associates; Neha Kumar, Product Manager, B Analytics; Lily Scot, Head of Research, Veris Wealth Partners; and Dawn Techow, COO, Peeled Snacks
March 31, 2014
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 140

Are you curious to know how companies across industries are using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems? Are you interested in learning from MBAs who have been in your shoes and are now heading successful B Coporations? The Social Enterprise Club hosted a panel discussion, which was moderated by CBS Adjunct Professor Ron Gonen, about what it means to be a B Corporation.

Co-sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School

Social Enterprise Career Workshop

with Ivy Hatsengate, CMC Career Coach
March 28, 2014
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Warren Hall, Room 208

Led by CMC Career Coach Ivy Hatsengate (MBA '01 Kellogg), this workshop is designed to help students clarify personal focus areas within the larger universe of social impact. Starting from a baseline of skill sets and integrating personal strengths and future aspirations, we map a long-term view of one's career trajectory with the goal of optimizing career satisfaction while ensuring employability. Frameworks for evaluation are presented to guide decision-making in the near term (summer internship and full-time roles), as well as for navigating a lifetime of career transitions.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Defining what social impact means to you;
  • Clarifying the relationship between social impact and career satisfaction;
  • Projecting a long-term view with regard to careers with social impact; and
  • Understanding multiple decision-making frameworks and how to make trade-offs in evaluating interest areas and job opportunities.

Co-sponsored by the Social Enterprise and International Development Clubs at Columbia Business School

I-Prep! Lunch Session

March 25, 2014
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 330

Want to make a difference in someone's life in just 90 minutes?

I-Prep allows you to make a meaningful impact in a single lunch period by conducting mock interviews and resume reviews with welfare-to-work clients who are about to face a real world interview. Just one interview with a CBS student can make a big difference in a client's job interview preparation and confidence level.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Decision Sciences and the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School

Social Enterprise Career Workshop: Get Focused to Get Results

with Shannon Houde, Career Coach, Walk of Life Consulting-
Saturday, February 22, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Led by Career Coach Shannon Houde, who runs a sustainable enterprise-focused talent advisory company, this workshop was designed to help current Columbia MBA/EMBA students and Columbia Business School alumni attendees clarify their career strategy and build confidence in their personal brand to position for roles in the social/sustainability/impact/international development jobs market. Frameworks for mapping your top five values, skills and traits as well as your dream job criteria will help you to "get focused to get results". Shannon also helped to demystify the myths of the current jobs market with real-time trends and perspectives from her partnerships with leading recruitment agencies in the US and UK.
Topics covered included:

  • Gaining unique tips on focusing your career strategy
  • Building confidence in your personal brand
  • Understanding the current jobs market & view of the hiring manager
  • Tools to map your offer to the market and what you want in return

About Shannon Houde: 
Shannon Houde, MBA, is founder of Walk of Life Consulting Limited an international career advisory business focused solely on the sustainability, social impact, international development and Corporate Responsibility (CR) fields. For more than 15 years she has mentored and trained more than 700 professionals and Masters graduates to maximise their personal brands to advance their impact careers. She launched and currently runs the career coaching service for leading sustainability recruitment company, Acre Resources and is partnered with Weinreb Group in the US. Shannon chose sustainability career coaching to combine her diverse experience as a hiring manager, a business coach and a CR consultant for Deloitte, Barclays, Macromedia and WWF, after having started her career 20 years ago in corporate recruiting. Shannon blogs as a sustainability career columnist for Greenbiz, Triple Pundit, 2Degrees Network, and CSRWire and has been quoted in Ethical Corporation, the Independent and The Guardian. She speaks regularly on panels and runs workshops in recruiting, HR, and sustainability including at leading business schools – UC Haas, Cambridge, George Washington, HEC-Paris, LBS and annually at Net Impact Global conference. Previously she spent 10 years managing cross-cultural teams and CR projects in Asia, Europe, North and South America for clients and FTSE 250 companies - Altria, Argos/Homebase, Barclays Global Investors, Cadbury Schweppes, Deloitte, EMI, L’Oreal, Nokia, Reuters, UNICEF, Vodafone Group, WWF, and Yell. Shannon holds an MBA in International Management, with a focus on CR, from Thunderbird in Arizona as well as a BS in Sociology from the University of Colorado. She has served in leadership roles for Net Impact since 2003 and is currently an Advisor to the London Professional chapter. She lives in the Cambridge countryside and is often seen riding her bike on farm roads with her two curious boys.

Sponsored by the Career Management Center and the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School.

Green Energy & Sustainability Careers Panel

with Alex Anich, SIPA ’10, Karbone, Director of Research; Marcel Ham, Co-founder/owner of Rebel; Principal, IMG Rebel; Jon Rappe, ’06, Immodo Energy Services, Vice President and Cai Steger, ’08, NRDC, Associate Program Director

Thursday, February 19, 2014
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 142

Alumni advised social enterprise students on career paths, job searching techniques and advice for careers in green energy and sustainability.

Hosted by the Career Management Center at Columbia Business School.

Alumni Board Panel 

with Karen Adam '06, Board Member, Jericho Project; Katie Aldrich '09, Board Member, Neighborhood Trust Federal Credit Union and Yale Alumni Fund; Christian ​Lee '07, Board Member, Bronxworks; and Jeff Turkanis '10, Board Member, Creative Arts Workshop for Kids.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
5:45 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Warren Hall, Room 208
Please join us for the Alumni Nonprofit Board Panel, hosted by the Social Enterprise Program's Nonprofit Board Leadership Program. Recent alumni will share information on nonprofit board service and potential paths to finding nonprofit board opportunities. Alumni will also discuss the unique dynamics of nonprofit boards, and the advantages of being on a board for both personal fulfillment and career opportunities.

Panelist Bios:
Karen Adam '06
Since 2011, Karen has served on the board of the Jericho Project (, an organization dedicated to ending homelessness and encouraging self-sufficiency for hundreds of individuals and families each year—for significantly less cost than a NYC shelter or jail.

Karen began her relationship with Jericho out of college, serving as a benefit committee member for several years before launching and chairing Jericho’s Associate Board. In 2013, she served as a 30th Anniversary Gala Co-Chair, helping to raise nearly a half-million dollars in support of Jericho’s comprehensive services.

When she is not serving as a board member or mother to 4-month-old Sam, Karen is active in her full-time position as VP, Business Development at brand engagement firm, Sullivan.
Katie Aldrich '09
Katie Aldrich is a Director on the Cross Platform Strategy Team at Bloomberg LP, the leader in delivering data and news analytics through innovative technology.  She is responsible for projects across Bloomberg’s analytical and media teams focused on increasing the value of the Bloomberg brand and its businesses.>Prior to joining Bloomberg LP, Ms. Aldrich was an Associate at McKinsey & Company in the media and technology practice.

Christian Lee ’07
Christian Lee currently serves as SVP and Head of M&A for Time Warner Cable, where he is responsible for all acquisitions, divestitures, investments, and joint ventures across TWC’s businesses and new business initiatives. During his career he has helped execute numerous transactions including the acquisition of DukeNet, the acquisition of Adelphia and associated system swaps and redemption of Comcast’s interest in TWC, the acquisitions of Insight, New Wave, Navisite, and the spin-off of TWC from Time Warner Inc. He has also led TWC’s efforts in venture investing since the separation from Time Warner.

Before working at Time Warner Cable he worked as a Director in the Finance & Acquisitions department at Time Warner Inc. and prior to that he worked as an Associate in the Investment Bank at Citigroup. Christian received an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from Carleton College. He serves on the TWC Pension Investment Committee, the Alumni Board of Carleton College, and the Board of Directors of BronxWorks, a non-profit focused on helping underserved Bronx residents improve their economic and social well-being. He lives with his wife and two children in Manhattan.

Jeff Turkanis '10
Jeff Turkanis is an Director at Oxford Properties and is responsible for U.S. commercial real estate investment opportunities. He was introduced to CAW through Columbia Business School’s Nonprofit Board Leadership Program in 2008. He was asked to join the Board of CAW in 2011. Jeff has been actively involved in the nonprofit community and previously served on the Copley Society of Art’s Circle Board of Advisors in Boston. Mr. Turkanis holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor’s Degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

Hosted by the Social Enterprise Program’s Nonprofit Board Leadership Program at Columbia Business School.

Education Careers Alumni Panel

with Daniel Gennaoui ’11, Uncommon Schools; Tania Shinkawa ’04, NYC Dept. of Education; Alia (Smith) McCants ’13, Relay Graduate School; moderated by Raji Kalra ’04, David Lynch Foundation

Monday, February 17, 2014
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 141

Alumni advised social enterprise students on career paths, job searching techniques and advice for careers in education.

Hosted by the Career Management Center at Columbia Business School.

International Development Career Panel

with Jessica Carta, SIPA, COO at First Access, Jonathan Jacoby '06, Policy and Campaigns Manager in the Private Sector Department at Oxfam, Laura Goldman '12, Project Manager, Delberg

Thursday, February 13, 2014
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 303

Alumni advised social enterprise students on career paths, job searching techniques and advice for careers in international development.

Hosted by the Career Management Center at Columbia Business School.

A Conversation with Gail McGovern, President and CEO , American Red Cross

Thursday, February 13, 2014
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Low Memorial Library

About Gail McGovern: 
Gail J. McGovern joined the American Red Cross as president and CEO on April 8, 2008. McGovern has overseen the American Red Cross response to multiple high-profile disasters, including the Haiti earthquake, Japan earthquake and tsunami, the record-breaking tornadoes, floods and wildfires that affected the U.S. in 2011, and Hurricane Sandy.

Prior to joining the Red Cross, McGovern was a faculty member at the Harvard Business School and served as president of Fidelity Personal Investments. She was also executive vice president for the Consumer Markets Division at AT&T, the $26 billion residential long-distance organization and largest business unit.

Ms. McGovern earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from Columbia University.

Hosted by the David and Lyn Silfen Leadership Speaker Series at Columbia Business School.


Social Entrepreneurship Career Panel

with David del Ser '08, Founder, Frogtek; Donnel Baird '13, Founder, BlocPower; Erica Lock '10, Associate Director, Fellowship Programs, Echoing Green; Michael Dwork '07, Founder, VerTerra

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
6:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Warren Hall, Room 311

Alumni advised social enterprise students on career paths, job searching techniques and advice for careers in social entrepreneurship.

Hosted by the Career Management Center at Columbia Business School.

Annual Social Enterprise Reception 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Metropolitan Pavilion

This event brought together students, alumni and professionals for an evening of networking and socializing as well as highlighted the Social Enterprise Summer Fellowship current students and alumni.

Please consider giving to the Social Enterprise Summer Fellowship Program, which supports students engaged in summer internships that create social and environmental value. Summer fellows have interned with local and international nonprofits, NGOs and social ventures, including the Robin Hood Foundation, the NY Department of Education, Enterprise Solutions to Poverty and Endeavor. Please give online.

These fellowships not only provide organizations with much-needed MBA talent, but they allow students to apply their MBA skills to practical issues faced by these organizations. Read more about the summer fellows’ internship experiences.

Hosted by the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School.

Impact Investing Career Panel

with Yigal Kerszenbaum, Georgetown MBA '09, Associate, Impact Investing, Rockefeller Foundation; Giselle Leung '07, Senior Manager of Strategic Engagement, Global Impact Investing Network; Sophie Romana EMBA '08, Deputy Director, Community Finance, Oxfam America; William Yates '02, Director, Citi Capital

Monday, February 10, 2014
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 141

Alumni advised social enterprise students on career paths, job searching techniques and advice for careers in impact investing.

Hosted by the Career Management Center at Columbia Business School.

Club Kick-off Information Sessions

Thursday, February 6, 2014
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 332

Interested in social enterprise? Prospective club members joined the Social Enterprise Program, Clubs, faculty, and staff to learn the various programs, events, and career recourses in social enterprise offered at Columbia Business School.  

Presented by the Career Management Center, and the Social Enterprise Program, the Green Business Club, the International Development Club, and the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.

Spark Workshop on Funding Sustainable Health Programs in Urban Slums

with Health For All, Dianne Heiler, Ame Igharo, Krystal Lin, Danielle Sack, Christina Wong;
Columbia University 2013 -2014 Hult Prize Team

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Warren Hall, Room 209

Health For All, representing Columbia University for the 2014 Hult Prize, was formed by five Columbia students who came across these astonishing statistics from India’s Bharat Health Organization: "More than 61 Indians go below the poverty-line every MINUTE due to spending on treatment for diseases already occurred.” At the same time, WHO indicates that at least 80% of premature deaths in India are from cardiovascular disease and Type 2 Diabetes.[1] Recognizing the potential to improve the lives of generations to come in slum communities across India and the world, Health For All brings communities together to enjoy the health benefits of dance while learning strategies for healthy living and tracking their impact. The goal is to reach 25 million slum dwellers by 2019. Building on the popularity of television dance competition shows like Dancing with the Stars, Health for All aims to use dance competitions to promote health, scholarship and work opportunities to those living in slums.

This break-out discussion workshop focused on Health For All’s value proposition, growth strategy and funding model, as well as impact measurement.
Areas of discussion:

  • What unique value proposition of Health For All will appeal to potential funders and target customers?
  • What five-year growth strategy will enable Health For All to reach its goal of impacting 25 million slum dwellers by 2019?
  • Will the funding model be donation-based, revenue-generating, or a blend?
  • How will Health For All measure its impact?

For more information about the Health For All Team, please visit the Spark Workshop event page.


Supported by the Social Enterprise Program, the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center and the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.

Company Visit to Boswyck Farms

Friday, December 6, 2013
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The Green Business Club members visited Boswyck Farms to meet, tour, and learn about the Boswyck’s hydroponic research, development, and urban farming techniques.

About Boswyck Farms
BOSWYCK FARMS is a hydroponic farm in Bushwick Brooklyn. It was founded in 2008 by Lee Mandell. Boswyck Farms was started with the idea of growing fresh food for the surrounding community. Located in Lee’s 1,000 square foot loft, it has grown into a research and development space where we build and test hydroponic systems. We are dedicated to bringing sustainable methods of growing into the hands of people.

We use these systems in our botany programs for NYC schools as well as after-school and summer programs. We also run hydroponic workshops for adults and offer consulting and installation services for private residences, community organizations and businesses. Hydroponics has a very long history, dating back to the Hanging Gardens of ancient Babylon. We choose hydroponics because this method of growing plants is sustainable, economical and practical. Small and compact, our systems are the perfect choice for people living in urban areas where space is at a premium. Our hydroponic and aeroponic systems are designed to be space-efficient, easy to assemble and a breeze to maintain. They use a minimal amount of room while producing a sizable amount of food. Fruits and vegetables can be grown year-round indoors and in greenhouses. Our hydroponic systems can be used for seasonal growing on rooftops or other outdoor spaces. As sustainability is Boswyck Farms’ motto, we build our systems using as many recycled and repurposed materials as possible.

Hosted by the Green Business Club at Columbia Business School.

IDC Washington DC Trek

Friday, December 6-8, 2013

IDC’s club members traveled to Washington DC for a two-day trip where they met with leading multilateral, nonprofit and for-profit employers in international development. Attendees networked with and learned from industry leaders in diverse fields. Organizations included the World Bank, IFC, IADB, Ashoka, and Dalberg. The trip concluded with an Alumni Brunch for current students and alumni in the Washington DC area. 

Hosted by the International Development Club at Columbia Business School.

Spark Workshop on Inspiring Capital

with Nell Derick Debevoise EMBA’12, Founder & CEO, Inspiring Capital; Yael Silverstein ’13, Director of Products & Marketing, Inspiring Capital

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Warren Hall, Room 208

“To be or not to be… a 501c3?”  This workshop will focus on finding solutions to whether Inspiring Capital should be structured as a nonprofit or a for-profit venture.  Nell and Yael will outline the Inspiring Capital business model, explain the goals for Inspiring Capital’s future, and discuss their thought process as it relates to picking a business structure for the firm. Each participant will be prepped on the different business structures (i.e. 501c3, LLC, L3C, B Corp, etc.) prior to the workshop as background information for brainstorming.

Breakout topic areas for discussion:
Attendees will breakout into groups based on different business structures (i.e. 501c3, corporation, LLC, L3C, benefit corporation, B Corp, etc.) to help Inspiring Capital (IC) determine which business structure will be most beneficial to them in terms of taxation, client relations, funding opportunities, etc.
Given the background and goals of IC, what are the pros/cons of each of the different business structures as they relate to IC? Topics to consider for each breakout business structure:

About Inspiring Capital:
Inspiring Capital is a network of entrepreneurs and investors who use their financial, intellectual, human, and social capital to change the world. Having earned income rather than relying on donations and grants allows high-potential not-for-profits to improve and grow their work efficiently. Eventually, many not-for-profits may be able to develop a business model that generates all the revenue they need to support their operations and grow. This creates an optimal social enterprise business model that is inextricably linked to its social mission.

Nell Derick Debevoise EMBA’12
Nell Derick Debevoise is the founder and CEO of Inspiring Capital, which uses all forms of capital – human, social, intellectual, and financial – to help socially minded ventures become self-funding. She is passionate about using insights from business and entrepreneurship to make high-potential social ventures sustainable. Before establishing Inspiring Capital, Nell was the founding director of Tomorrow's Youth Organization, a nonprofit that supports children’s and women’s development in the Middle East. She has studied psychology, education, and entrepreneurship at Harvard, Columbia and London Business Schools, and Cambridge, as well as informal classrooms in 44 countries. Nell talks a lot in many languages, and has spoken alongside President Bill Clinton, former First Lady Cherie Blair, and Sir Ronald Cohen.

Yael Silverstein ’13
Yael Silverstein is the Director of Products and Marketing at Inspiring Capital, and deeply involved in all of the firm’s activity as the second employee. Yael brings several years of for-profit and non-profit experience to her role, including operations experience at microfinance institutions in India and Israel/Palestine; teaching early childhood education in Israel; corporate philanthropy strategy at the Tory Burch Foundation; and research at a long-short equity hedge fund.
Yael earned her M.B.A from Columbia Business School focusing on management, entrepreneurship, and social enterprise. She holds two B.A. degrees: one from Columbia University where she graduated magna cum laude and earned departmental distinction on her thesis and a second from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America where she graduated magna cum laude, was a List College Fellow, and received the Esther Sommerstein Zweig Educational Award. She has lived and worked on four continents and has traveled to more than 50 countries.

Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Program, the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center and the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School, and the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Law School.

MAKING GREEN FROM GREEN: The Effects of Climate Change on the New York Area – Are We Prepared? Can We Protect our Future?

with Dr. Megan Linkin, Ph.D., Natural Hazards Expert, Swiss Re America; Andrew Darrell, Chief of Strategy, Energy & New York Regional Director, Environmental Defense Fund; Dr. Jannette Barth, Former Chief Economist, NY Metropolitan Transportation Authority; moderated by Claudia Dreifus, Columbia Professor, New York Times Reporter

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

It has been a year since Super Storm Sandy devastated the New York area with $65 billion  in damages. Meanwhile, CO2 levels continue to increase globally, causing polar ice sheets to melt and sea levels to rise, along with the frequency of “100 Year Storms.” The scientific community once again affirmed, in its strongest language yet, the near certainty that global warming is caused by human activity.  What should individuals, business- es and governments do to address the challenges climate change presents to our communities?
Join us as our expert panel examines the impact of climate change, its diverse effects and possible solutions to how we manage our infrastructure, our economy, our health and the way we live. This event is part of the MAKING GREEN FROM GREEN series.
Hosted by the Sustainable Business Committee of the Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York.

Conversation with Vinayak Lohani, Founder of Parivaar

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
6:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

Parivaar is an Indian nonprofit that shelters, educates and supports some of the poorest, most at-risk youth in India. They currently educate over 900 children and have ambitious plans for growth, aiming to be the largest residential facility of their kind in India by 2020.

Vinayak Lohan Founded Parivaar after graduating from the prestigious IIT and IIM. Lohan will discuss his motivation for starting Parivaar, rather than pursue a corporate career, after years spent training for a technical degree and an MBA. He will also share his view on how skills from his MBA prepared him for founding a successful nonprofit, and how the MBA community can have a positive impact on the broader world.

Hosted by the International Development Club at Columbia Business School.

Spark Workshop on Kangu 2013

with Casey Santiago ’07, Founder, Kangu Co-Facilitator: Anu Khosla, Marketing and Community Director, Kangu
Winner of Social Venture Pitch Competition at Columbia Social Enterprise Conference
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Warren Hall, Room 208

This workshop will focus on finding solutions to the challenge of financing and customer growth. Areas of discussion:
1. Financing to support growth and scale: angel investors, impact investors, foundations, and business development
2. Customer growth: driving footfall and conversion
About Kangu
Leveraging the power of technology, Kangu is a crowdfunding start-up that aims to reduce the 250,000 women that die each year from pregnancy and childbirth globally. Nearly all of these deaths are preventable when women have access to basic healthcare services. At our website,, anyone with $10 to give can connect with a specific high-risk pregnant woman in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa and sponsor her access to care. Kangu is making the world a smaller, healthier, safer place for women and their babies.  In less than 3 months, Kangu brought together 1000 people who funded healthcare services for over 150 women. 

About Casey Santiago
In 2012, after becoming a mother, Casey Santiago founded Kangu to leverage crowdfunding technology to reduce preventable maternal and neonatal deaths and disability. Before founding Kangu, Ms. Santiago worked for fifteen years in global health, innovative finance and technology. As an early staff member at, Ms. Santiago managed a multi-million dollar investment portfolio in West Africa, and led engineers to develop software for 100+ local institutions. She has advised for-profit, nonprofit and social enterprises on strategic planning, new product development and financial sustainability, including Doctors without Borders, Institute for OneWorld Health, Bristol Myers-Squibb, GAVI and USAID, both independently and as a Senior Consultant at Deloitte. She also blogs for, Women 2.0, and the Huffington Post and was recently selected by 85 Broads as a “CEO to watch.” She has worked in Bangladesh, the Dominican Republic, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Morocco, Palestine, South Africa, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo and Zambia. Ms. Santiago holds a BA from Wellesley College, an MBA from Columbia Business School and an MA in International Affairs from Columbia University.

About Anu Khosla
Anu Khosla graduated Stanford University in 2012 with a BA in Human Biology. She has interned with International Medical Corps, a global health and humanitarian organization. She is keenly interested in leveraging technology for social change and has worked with Donors Choose and with Kiva. She is currently the Marketing and Community Director at, an innovative financing website that raises funds to reduce maternal mortality, initially in India, Uganda and Nepal.

Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Program, the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center and the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.

MBAs in the Social Sector

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. 
Warren Hall, Room 416

R4D’s Market Dynamics Practice harnesses the power of the private sector to broaden access to vital goods that positively impact the lives of hundreds of millions globally. R4D has developed strategies to achieve over a billion dollars in efficiency savings and ensure sustainable availability of high-quality products for nutrition, AIDS, malaria, and neglected diseases treatment and prevention. Today as much as $1 out of every $2 health dollars is spent on products such as HIV/AIDS drugs and bed nets, highlighting the vital importance of access to these goods. R4D’s Market Dynamics practice has developed strategies to achieve over a billion dollars in savings and sustainable availability of high-quality products for a broad range of health and nutritional products. R4D’s team achieves this by leading high-impact engagements with all levels of the marketplace - manufacturers, major donors, and buyers – to harness commercial interests effectively in service of the poor. Initiatives, for example, may include developing new in-country private sector delivery models to drive uptake of nutritional products for children; or creating strategies and policies which support countries and donors in purchasing the most cost-effective bed nets for malaria prevention. R4D’s Market Dynamics team is comprised of business and development experts with experience from leading organizations and academic institutions such as McKinsey, Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), Bechtel Enterprises, and Stanford and Harvard Business Schools. We combine these skills with R4D’s outstanding networks to achieve transformational impact.

Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.

Site Visit to Center for Social Innovation

Friday, November 8, 2013
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Center for Social Innovation

The SEC visited to the Center for Social Innovation, an incubator for social entrepreneurs in New York City. CSI provides its members with the spaces, relationships and knowledge they need to translate ideas to impact. The site visit includeed a tour, as well as an opportunity to brainstorm with some of CSI’s social entrepreneurs.

Hosted by the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.

Research Meets Practice: Social Impact Bonds with Jeff Liebman

with Jeff Liebman, Malcolm Wiener Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and the Director at the SIB Lab

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Warren Hall, Feldberg Space

Each year, governments spend hundreds of billions of dollars aimed at addressing social problems.
In most cases, we have no idea how effective these dollars have been in achieving their goals: perform
ance is rarely assessed, and measurement tends to focus on tracking the number of people served or the quantity of services provided rather than the outcomes that are achieved.

Social impact bonds are a promising new approach to financing government social programs.  By combining performance-based payments and market discipline, pay-for-success contracts using social impact bonds have the potential to improve results, overcome barriers to social innovation, and encourage investments in cost-saving preventive services.

Attendees joined us for a discussion with Jeffrey Liebman on how social impact bonds and other new strategies are helping governments and the private sector work together to bring about social change.

Jeffrey Liebman:
Jeffrey Liebman is the Malcolm Wiener Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School where he teaches courses in social policy, public sector economics, and American economic policy. In his research, he studies tax and budget policy, social insurance, poverty, and income inequality. During the first two years of the Obama Administration, Liebman served at OMB, first as Executive Associate Director and Chief Economist and then as Acting Deputy Director. From 1998 to 1999, Liebman served as Special Assistant to the President for economic policy and coordinated the Clinton Administration’s Social Security reform technical working group. For the past two years, he has been providing pro bono assistance to state and local governments interested in implementing pay for success contracts using social impact bonds.

Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School.

Research Meets Practice: Turnaround Third World Lessons For First World Growth

with Peter Blair Henry, Dean of New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Warren Hall, Feldberg Space

In Turnaround, economist Peter Blair Henry argues that the secret to emerging countries' success (and ours) is discipline–sustained commitment to a pragmatic growth strategy. With the global economy teetering on the brink, the stakes are higher than ever. And because stakes are so high for all nations, we need less polarization and more focus on facts to answer the fundamental question: which policy reforms, implemented under what circumstances, actually increase economic efficiency?

Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School.

The 2013 Social Enterprise Conference: Engaging Customers and Clients in Social Change

Friday, October 4, 20137:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Lerner Hall, Columbia University

The 2013 Social Enterprise Conference: Engaging Customers and Clients in Social Change, highlighted leading ideas and brought together professionals interested in or working in the field of social enterprise, with deeper dive discussions and cross cutting themes.

Keynote Speakers included:
Charles Best of
Deborah Dugan of (RED)
Jeremy Heimans of Purpose
Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa ’03 of Teshkeel Media Group
Issac Solotaroff of WHAM! BAM! ISLAM!

To view the program, please visit our website at

Hosted by the Social Enterprise Program, the Green Business Club, the International Development Club, and  the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.

Inside Scoop Series: Social Enterprise

Monday, September 30, 2013
5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Warren Hall, Room 311

Attendees joined the inside scoop panelists to learn from second-years about career paths, job functions, lifestyle and more. The panel was followed by a networking reception among the four areas of Social Enterprise.

Sponsored by the Career Management Center at Columbia Business School.

Meet Tom Serres, founder of

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Tom shared his entrepreneurial journey towards creating a crowd-funding mechanism with real social impact. You can learn more about here.

Hosted by the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.

What is the future of Social Impact Capitalism?

with Sir Ronald Cohen, Chair of The Portland Trust, Big Society Capital and founder and former chair of Bridges Ventures; Tracy Palandjian, CEO and Co-Founder, Social Finance U.S.; Audrey Choi, Managing Director and Head of Global Sustainable Finance, Morgan Stanley; and Alicia Glen, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs, Adjunct Professor, Columbia Business School; moderated by Georgia Levenson Keohane, Fellow, Roosevelt Institute, Adjunct Associate Professor, Columbia Business School.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Metropolitan Pavilion

In recent years there has been much noise about the emerging fields of social finance and innovation, impact investing and new ways that private capital is being harnessed to address social and environmental problems. Please join us to hear from three of the field’s leading pioneers and practitioners who will explain what they mean by social impact capitalism – what works, what does not, and what we can expect to see in the years ahead at the intersection of profits and purpose.

About the Panelists:
Sir Ronald Cohen, widely considered to be a founding father of both modern venture capital and the impact investing field, is the former Chair of Apax Partners Worldwide LLP. He launched and chairs the U.K.’s Social Investment Taskforce in 2000, The Portland Trust, Bridges Ventures, Social Finance U.K., and Britain’s Big Society Capital bank, all dedicated to advancing social impact finance. As one of the architects of the world’s first social impact bond, Sir Ronald Cohen has become the leading champion of investment that considers the “invisible heart” as well as the “invisible hand.” 

Tracy Palandjian is the CEO and Co-founder of Social Finance U.S., the sister organization of Social Finance UK and Social Finance Israel, and one of the country’s leading nonprofits dedicated to mobilizing investment capital to drive social progress. The Social Impact Bond, which is core to Social Finance's current work, has been recognized for its potential in providing innovative financing solutions to some of the most persistent societal problems in the U.S. and abroad. Previously she was a managing director at The Parthenon Group, worked at Wellington Management Co. and McKinsey & Co.

Audrey Choi is Managing Director and Head of Morgan Stanley Global Sustainable Finance. The Global Sustainable Finance group harnesses the power and discipline of the capital markets to advance impact investing, expand economic opportunity, promote community development, and enhance environmental sustainability. Previously, she served in the Clinton-Gore Administration in senior policy positions at the White House, in the Commerce Department and at the Federal Communications Commission. Prior to this, Ms. Choi was a bureau chief and foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal.  Ms. Choi was appointed by President Obama to serve as a member of the U.S. Community Development Advisory Board.   

Alicia Glen is a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs and is the Head of the Urban Investment Group (UIG), the firm’s business platform focused on providing capital to under-served domestic urban markets and coordinating CRA investing and lending activity. In addition to serving on the UIG Investment Committee, she is a member of the GSBank Management Committee, and Co-Heads the 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative. Under her leadership, UIG has become the industry leader in structuring complex public-private partnerships, catalyzing more than $6 billion of development across dozens of residential, mixed-use and commercial projects, as well as financing job creation and neighborhood revitalization strategies like the $40mm New York Healthy Food and Healthy Communities Fund.  Most recently, UIG structured, and was the sole investor in the first domestic Social Impact Bond, a $10mm initiative with the City of New York to reduce recidivism among young male adults in the Rikers jail. Alicia is also an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School.

Moderator adjunct professor Georgia Levenson Keohane at Columbia Business School, is also a Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, where she works on a range of issues in economic policy including poverty and inequality, employment and job growth, and social entrepreneurship and the role of firms in society.  A former McKinsey consultant and foundation executive, Keohane advises a number of organizations including philanthropies, educational entities, community development agencies, and think tanks. Keohane is the author of Social Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century: Innovation Across the Nonprofit, Private and Public Sectors (McGraw Hill 2013).

Hosted by the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School.

Social Enterprise Career Workshop

with Dr. Mrim Boutla, More Than Money Careers
Sunday, September 22, 2013

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 301

This interactive workshop, led by Dr. Mrim Boutla of More Than Money Careers (MTM Careers), provided a framework to help MBA students identify social impact career paths that best align with their unique values, skills and life priorities. Attendees left with a customized plan for effectively using your skill set and time at Columbia Business School to advance their ideal career path.

This event is sponsored by the Career Management Center and the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School.

International Development Club Career Event

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Warren Hall, Room 331
5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

Curious about career opportunities in international development? Panelists currently working in international development finance, consulting, entrepreneurship, and corporate operations shared advice and information on  how they have built successful careers in international development.

Sponsored by the International Development Club at Columbia Business School.

Social Enterprise Meetup

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Amsterdam Restaurant and Tapas 

The Social Enterprise Club invited club members out for a night of networking between 1st and 2nd year students interested in social enterprise.

Hosted by the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.

Clubs Kickoff Event

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 142

Interested in social enterprise? Prospective club members joined the Social Enterprise Program, Clubs, faculty, and staff to learn the various programs, events, and career recourses in social enterprise offered at Columbia Business School. 

Presented by the Career Management Center, and the Social Enterprise Program, the Green Business Club, the International Development Club, and  the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.

The Nonprofit Board Leadership Program Orientation

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Warren Hall, Room 416

Information Session for student participants interested in participating in the Nonprofit Board Leadership Program. For more information on the Nonprofit Board Leadership Program please click here.

Sponsored by the Social Enterprise Program’s Nonprofit Board Leadership Program at Columbia Business School.

Annual Catskills Retreat

Saturday, September 7, 2013
8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

SEP staff, faculty and first and second year students visited the Catskills home of Professor Ray Horton, founder of the Social Enterprise Program, for a day of eating, drinking and general merriment.

Hosted by the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School.

Spark Workshop on Ed Tech

with Damon Kornhauser, INCITE Creatives; Andrea Coleman, Office of Innovation at the New York City Department of Education; Esteban Rodriguez, Education, Entrepreneurship; Zak Malamed, Student Voice Live; Holly Pavlika, MOMentum Nation; Stanley Buchesky '02, The EdTech Fund
Tuesday, August 9th  

The Ed Tech workshop discussed the various issues that affect six key stakeholder groups in the education-technology space: education policy makers, education entrepreneurs, students, parents, business partners, and educators. Each stakeholder group discussed the barriers that they encounter from their perspective and brainstormed about how to overcome these hurdles to effectively integrate technology into the classroom.

Each group shared the internal and external factors that impact their sector’s success, and many commonalities were discovered, including bureaucratic challenges, lack of familiarity with technology and its benefits, concern about costs—both financial and time resources—for implementation, a generational gap between the technologies that students are comfortable with using for learning and what the teachers are comfortable with using for teaching, and a need for open discussion among all types of decision makers.Ultimately the group concluded that there is a great need for ongoing conversation that includes all stakeholders, but especially policy makers, school officials, teachers and students, in order to reach an agreement about the best ways to better the integration of technology into the classroom environment. To continue the discussion with “Spark-leaders” on education technology please join Rethink Learning NYC for their first Meetup on August 28!

Supported by the Social Enterprise Program, the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center and the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.

Defy Ventures Workshop

with Catherine Hoke (Rohr), Founder, Defy Ventures

Tuesday, July 23, 3013
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Warren Hall, Room 208

“What would it be like if you were known for the worst thing you’ve ever done?” asked Defy Ventures founder Catherine Hoke as she started the workshop. In this session, Catherine explained how Defy Ventures provides carefully selected, ambitious men and women who have criminal histories with life-changing entrepreneurship, leadership, and career opportunities. Its mission is to transform the lives of business leaders and people with criminal histories through their collaboration along the entrepreneurial journey. Attendees were asked to explore questions around scaling nationally by examining models currently used by other organizations and adapting them for Defy. The group felt that Catherine’s involvement in Defy was crucial and needed to remain a priority. It was also suggested that Defy Ventures create local “chapters” in expansion cities with headquarters in New York. Certain attendees thought that a franchise model may not be suitable for Defy, given the strong ties needed for the mission and the difficulty of standardizing processes and activities. One breakout group tackled the issue of whether they should create a for-profit/hybrid structure to improve their current business model. Ideas varied from partnering with Macy’s to create fashion lines with graffiti lining for a percentage of proceeds, to ideas around creating a structure that drew from organizations such as Accion, Endeavor and Acumen. Attendees also suggested developing an online course for prisons as an opportunity to increase revenues as well as help identify key individuals for the full-scale program. For information on how to get involved, please click here to see the upcoming events and to sign up for: Taste of Defy, Mocktail Day, and Sales Expo events.

Supported by the Social Enterprise Program, the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center and the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.

International Social Entrepreneurship Workshop

with Selen Ucak '03, The American Turkish Society; Nell Derick Debevoise '12, Inspiring Capital; Tami Kesselman, Vision2Action / IvyGirl Advisors; Shireen Khan '02, Virtue Consulting, Shubio; Decker Ngongang, Echoing Green

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Warren Hall, Room 208

After attending the Spark Workshop on Building the Ecosystem for Social Ventures; Selen Ucak proposed a workshop focused on International Social Entrepreneurship. This workshop also served as a place for international social entrepreneurs to meet peers within the network and build relationships that will hopefully help advance their venture. This community shares some challenges with social entrepreneurs in the US; however, international social entrepreneurs face additional challenges including cultural differences when scaling, differing government regulations and compliance restrictions, marketing and branding challenges given cultural differences, among others factors. Attendees broke out into groups to generate solutions to these challenges and identify the types of platforms needed to help implement these solutions. Among the many suggestions were the strengthening of existing mentorship programs, online platforms for questions to help entrepreneurs, best practices for tapping into diaspora funding, developing benchmark metrics, and more. Facilitator Nell Derick Debevoise mentioned the importance of pitching a social venture to investors and emphasized the aspects that investors will be looking for. To read more details about Nell’s suggestion, please click here.

Supported by the Social Enterprise Program, the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center and the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.

Patronicity Workshop

with Chris Blauvelt, Patronicity; moderated by Rachel Jacobs ’02, Detroit Nation

Tuesday, June 25, 2013  
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Warren Hall, Room 208

Patronicity is a localized crowdfunding platform that enables anybody to make a difference in their community by supporting local businesses, organizations and events while simultaneously offering incentives to do so. They accomplish this by helping these local entities—for example a small business—raise small amounts of capital through online donations for specific growth-related projects. In return for their support, the business offers value-adding rewards to the donors. Workshop attendees discussed the potential to scale Patronicity in major cities or whether geographic focus was the best strategy, as well a s how to best develop a brand identity that differentiates them from competitors. Attendees focused on creating a strong marketing and social media campaign which in turn could bring brand awareness to the communities Patronicity has projects in. Suggestions were provided on how to use news articles, blogs and media mentions of successful Patronicity projects to create a demand for their more projects, as the organization continues to expand.   

Supported by the Social Enterprise Program, the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center and the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.

Social Sushi Workshop

with Jay Rayford, Social Sushi; moderated by Rachel Jacobs ’02, Detroit Nation

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Warren Hall, Room 208

Social Sushi was founded as a social event to bring together professionals who enjoy sushi, want to meet other professionals in Detroit, and have a common interest in local community projects. It soon became clear that Social Sushi founder Jay’s special sushi sauce was a crowd pleaser at each networking event. During his workshop, Jay worked with attendees to determine what his next step should be, and how to scale the organization. The workshop determined that Jay’s key assets are his connections and the ability to bring together large networks of Detroit citizens interested in working on social change. Attendees proposed that Social Sushi become more like an event planning company, with a social mission dedicated to connecting those interested in change in Detroit. As his network increases, he can also start selling the addicting Social Sushi Sauce for additional revenue, brand recognition and additional donations back into the local community. “If it weren’t for the excellent feedback that I got from my Detroit Nation session with Columbia Business School, it may have took me a long time to drill down on my focus and see clearly how we could be effective in a way that benefits everyone,” said Jay Rayford in an article on Detroit Nation

Supported by the Social Enterprise Program, the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center and the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.


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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