SEI students meet Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus at CGIU
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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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
Citizen Schools Showcase
Join SEI as we showcase our semester long Urban Engagement for Eighth Grade Academy and Biz Kids.
Wednesday, May 1
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 www.nusereview.com
SEI students present at the Clinton Global Initiative
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