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Experiential Learning

Knowledge through Real-World Experience

Students play a central role in the ongoing development of experiential learning programs supported and organized with the Social Enterprise Program. They work closely with faculty and staff members on initiatives and activities that help strengthen the program—and in the process they increase their knowledge, build leadership and management skills, and expand their career networks.

Community Profile

David Del Ser

“Launching an investment fund like Microlumbia allowed us to apply the teachings from class to a real case. We will have a great positive impact on impoverished communities across the planet.”
— David Del Ser '08, Co-founder and Chairman, Microlumbia; Founder and CEO, Frogtek

Through initiating events, action in the community, internships, and extracurricular projects, students not only integrate social enterprise into their own MBA experience, they also further build the foundations of Social Enterprise across Columbia Business School. Initiatives such as the International Development Consulting Project Travel Fund and the Nonprofit Board Leadership Program, allow students to gain experience, work on projects using their MBA skills, while directly connecting with practitioners, organizations, and alumni in social enterprise. The student-driven quality of these programs are key strengths and provides opportunities to manage as well as participate in these programs.

Since its founding in 1981, the program has been continually advanced by students’ entrepreneurial drive and vision; the result has always been greater effectiveness in responding to emerging societal needs and in providing meaningful ways for MBAs to make a difference.


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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Pangea Advisors

Man rowing boat in South East Asia

Watch student videos and learn more about the 30 international pro bono consulting projects organized by Pangea Advisors this year.


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