Social Enterprise Institute April 2013 Newsletter In This Issue ▪ ▪ From the Founder & Director ▪ ▪ Faculty Spotlight ▪ ▪ News & Student Spotlight ▪

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Social Enterprise Institute April 2013 Newsletter

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SEI students meet Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus at CGIU

In This Issue

From the Founder & Director
Faculty Spotlight
News & Student Spotlight
Upcoming Events
Past Events
New Course
Internships & Co-ops
Other Opportunities
Contact Us

Panera Cares

From the Founder & Executive Director

Panera Cares Cafés: Inviting Dr. V for Lunch!

Social enterprise students learn early on in their studies that there are a few giants in the field of social enterprise that deserve special attention. Muhammad Yunus of Grameen Bank (see Banker to the Poor), the founder of microfinance. Paul Farmer of Partners in Health (see Mountains Beyond Mountains), and his groundbreaking public health work in Haiti. And finally, Dr. V (see Infinite Vision), who founded the remarkable Aravind Eye Care hospitals in India. The late Dr. Venkataswamy revolutionized health care in India with his “sliding scale” fee structure for eye surgery. Read more here.


Social Entrepreneurship vs Traditional Entrepreneurship

By Dr. Sophie Bacq

In our latest research that appeared in the Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, Chantal Hartog (Panteia/EIM Business and Policy Research, The Netherlands), Brigitte Hoogendoorn (Erasmus University, The Netherlands) and myself explored the differences between social and commercial entrepreneurship from an organizational perspective. Indeed, the concurrent social and financial value creation is likely to result from innovative business models and sustainability strategies that might differ from commercial ones. Read more here.

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SEI students present at CGIU 2013

News & Student Spotlight

Read about alumnus Myles Lutheran and his work with African start-up company Eco Fuels Kenya through the Frontier Market Scouts Program at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.
On April 5th, 13 students from the Social Enterprise Institute traveled to St. Louis, Missouri to take part in the Clinton Global Initiative University conference (CGIU). Learn about their commitments to action here.
Thokozile Mcopele is a Mandela Rhodes Scholar and graduate from TSiBA, an SEI partner in South Africa. Thokozile follows the "Pay It Forward" approach while pursuing a degree in Strategic Management at her dynamic institution.

Huntington 100

Photo by Brooks Canaday, Northeastern

Congratulations to the Huntington 100

Pres­i­dent Aoun con­grat­u­lated Northeastern’s Top 100 Seniors and Juniors after the Aca­d­e­mic Con­vo­ca­tion on Thurs­day, April 18. SEI sends our con­grat­u­la­tions to these out­stand­ing stu­dents in recog­ni­tion of their ser­vice and con­tri­bu­tion to the NU com­mu­nity and beyond. The Hunt­ing­ton 100 is a pres­ti­gious honor awarded to stu­dents that have been nom­i­nated by fac­ulty, staff, and peers. Read more about these outstanding students here.

Extreme Inclusion

Upcoming Events

The Fletcher School: Extreme Inclusion

In partnership with MasterCard Worldwide and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Fletcher School will host Extreme Inclusion, a financial inclusion conference to be held at the Fletcher School at Tufts University. The agenda consists predominantly of problem-solving exercises, small break-out sessions, debates, brainstorming and working groups. The two day event (May 2-3) will include invited scholars, students, and representatives from government, industry, and NGOs. Learn more about this event here. For more info, please contact


SEED Conference

A collaboration between Brown University and Social Venture Partners Rhode Island, SEEED, Social Enterprise Ecosystem Economic Development, is the first national conference that focuses on what is needed to build an effective social enterprise ecosystem that can drive economic development. David Brancaccio, Host/Senior Editor, PBS’ NOW, and Diana Wells, Ashoka President, are the keynote speakers. To learn more or register, click here.

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Citizen Schools Showcase

Join SEI as we showcase our semester long Urban Engagement for Eighth Grade Academy and Biz Kids.

Wednesday, May 1
Library Quad
Facebook Event


Past Events

March Social Enterprise Lecture Series: Translating Evidence into Action

On Wednesday, March 20th, Angela Ambroz of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL) and Heather Lanthorn of Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) came to Northeastern and spoke of their respective organizations and their commitment to maximizing social impact. Ms. Ambroz and Ms. Lanthorn discussed how JPAL and IPA measure the impact of poverty intervention techniques, as well as the positive outcomes and challenges of randomized control trials (RCTs) to help scale proven solutions to the world’s most pressing social problems. For a full summary of the event and more information on these organizations, please read more here.


Root Capital

April Social Enterprise Lecture Series: Growing Rural Prosperity featuring Root Capital

SEI welcomed Brian Milder, Julie Shea, and Lizzy Teague from Root Capital, for the April Social Enterprise Lecture Series, Growing Rural Prosperity. At this lecture, Mr. Milder gave an overview of Root Capital's mission, and discussed their innovative strategy to provide missing middle finance for rural SMEs. Root Capital has provided over $400m in loans to reach almost 800,000 producers worldwide. For more information about Root Capital, please visit their website here.

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Volunteering with the Boston Food Project

SEI students helped to transplant beets at the Boston Food Project Farm in Dorchester, MA. The Food Project is an innovative social enterprise which runs agricultural education programs for communities in Dorchester, Lincoln, Beverly, and Lynn. For more information, please contact:

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Photo by Brooks Canaday, Northeastern

New Course on Impact Investing

Social impact investing is a rapidly emerging sector within the global investment community in which investors fund innovative enterprises dedicated to creatively solving the world’s most difficult social problems, such as extreme poverty, access to clean water, sanitation, agricultural productivity and literacy.

Read more here.

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Internships & Co-ops

Partners In Health Volunteer Opportunity

PIH is looking for someone interested in global health, social enterprise, or someone from the supply chain management.

International Operations Assistant Volunteer – This volunteer will be a key contributor to our team’s work - ensuring that our sites have everything that they need to provide high quality care to our patients.

International Operations Database Volunteer – The implementation of our recently developed vendor and product database is an exciting project for our team, as it will help us better record & centralize procurement and operations information, therefore allowing us to easily access and share lessons learned across sites.


Manna Project International Opportunity

Manna Project International’s Program Directors (PDs) live and work on site in Guatemala, Nicaragua and Ecuador for seven to thirteen months with a team of other Program Directors. These teams of mostly recent college graduates work alongside community leaders to address each community’s specific needs. Our program is designed to create impactful, on-the-ground results while equipping our volunteers with the leadership development skills. For more information visit here.

Omprakash Volunteer

The Omprakash Volunteer Abroad Grant Program offers entrepreneurial students the opportunity to intern with one of 148 vetted Partner organizations in 41 countries at little or no cost. Students can search Omprakash's free database for more information. Omprakash also introduces: EdGE a network of grassroots social projects. Learn more here.

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Other Opportunities

The Potato Project is live on Indiegogo...

Njabini, Inc. is a social enterprise founded in 2010 by northeastern students which creates and scales income generating projects in rural Kenya. Njabini, inc. launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise $35,000 for The Potato Project, an innovative cooperative model, which will enable 5,000 smallholder families in rural Kenya to more than double their income every harvest season! Watch, and pick from our amazing REWARDS! Contact Mike Behan. for more info.


TiE Challenge: Where entrepreneurs accelerate entrepreneurs

TiE Challenge offers entrepreneurs help from top Boston entrepreneurs and access to capital.
* Twenty winning ideas will be chosen for year-long accelerator program
* Winning companies will have an opportunity to present to Angels for investment of up to $1M.
* Selected companies also receive cash award and shared office space in Kendall Square.
For more information visit here.


Village Capital and Venture Well are seeking program participants for their Louisville Ventures, deadline is May 20.

Village Capital is a non-profit that believes in harnessing the power of peer support to build companies that can change the world. The group has launched 18 programs in six countries, invested in 27 impact enterprises, and created a global network of over 300 alumni entrepreneurs.

VentureWell is a venture development and investor readiness program of the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA). VentureWell and the NCIIA engage more than 5,000 student and faculty innovators and entrepreneurs each year to help them bring their concepts to commercialization. For more information, please visit the website here.

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SEI Launches the Social Enterprise Review

Please take a look at SEI's student led Social Enterprise Review, a collection of op-ed pieces written by students to inform the general public on issues happening in the social enterprise sector. If you'd like to contribute to the SE Review, please check out our submission guidelines at

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SEI students present at the Clinton Global Initiative

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Disclaimer: The content of this newsletter is developed by SEI undergraduate students. Submissions are solicited and in some cases edited by students, with the guidance of SEI’s staff. Nothing herein has been specifically endorsed by the DMSB

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