Social Enterprise Institute February 2012 Newsletter In This Issue ▪ A Note from the Founder▪ News/Student Spotlight▪ Past Events/Dates▪ Upcoming

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Social Enterprise Institute February 2012 Newsletter

In This Issue

A Note from the Founder
News/Student Spotlight
Past Events/Dates
Upcoming Events/Dates
Internship Opportunities
Contact Us


A Note from the Director

The following note was taken from Professor Dennis Shaughnessy's “Global Social Entrepreneurship” class to explain how social enterprises, and especially for profit social businesses, are often structured and financed.

Tra­di­tional busi­nesses find a path to finan­cial sus­tain­abil­ity by grow­ing their rev­enue, improv­ing their gross and oper­at­ing mar­gins, increas­ing their free cash flow, effi­ciently man­ag­ing both cap­i­tal expen­di­tures and work­ing cap­i­tal, and build­ing their asset base. Achiev­ing these finan­cial per­for­mance indi­ca­tors typ­i­cally result in easy access to financ­ing and higher stock prices. Read more here


News/Student Spotlight

Rosie Sharp's co-op with One Acre Fund gave her a first hand look at impact investing and rural agriculture in Kenya.
Net Impact members simulated the Grameen Bank experience through the $27 Challenge, a valuable experience that exposes students to the challenges of starting a business with little capital.
Check out our summary of a fellowship opportunity with the Piramal Foundation Fellowship

Last fall, fifteen SEI volunteers taught the BizKids program about social entrepreneurship and the basics of starting a business at Orchard Gardens K-8 in Roxbury through Boston organization Citizen Schools.
New York Uni­ver­sity offers a graduate fellowship program through the Cather­ine B. Reynolds Foun­da­tion Pro­gram in Social Entre­pre­neur­ship.
Several Northeastern students found rewarding co-ops at Root Cause, a research and consulting firm for nonprofits in Cambridge.


Past Events/Dates

February Lecture Series

Check out our recap of SEI's February Lecture Series Event featuring distinguished guest Professor Iqbal Quadir, the Founder and Director of MIT's Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship. Professor Quadir is also the founder of Grameenphone, which has paved the way for universal access to telephone service in Bangladesh.

Net Impact Networking Event with the Massachusetts Social Enterprise Alliance

Net Impact welcomed Anne Wunderli, Director of Social Enterprise of Pine Street Inn and Board Chair of the Social Enterprise Alliance, who gave members and in depth look at her work and provided insight on careers in the growing social enterprise sector.

Upcoming Events/Dates

NetImpact Meeting

Weekly from 7-8PM in 458 Richards Hall

Join Net Impact on Wednesday, February 29th as we welcome representatives from Partners in Health to talk about FACE AIDS, a movement of young leaders dedicated to social justice and global heath equity.

March Lecture Series

Coming soon- more information on our next Lecture Series event this March.

SEEED Conference at Brown University

March 16 & 17, 2012 -- Brown University will host The Social Enterprise Ecosystems as Economic Development (SEEED) conference. The focus will be the development of a social enterprise ecosystem (political, social, and legal environment) nationwide. Students can register online by clicking on the "Register Now" tab in the upper right hand corner of their website. Students will be given overnight housing Thursday and Friday if they do opt to stay for both days. Check out their event flier.


Internship Opportunities


SolSolution is a nonprofit social enterprise whose mission is to simultaneously generate clean, renewable electricity and increase the quality of education in underprivileged schools.
SolSolution is currently looking for a Fundraising Coordinator, Marketing, Communications & Events Associate, and a Solar Schools Coordinator. These position could be internships or a coop, part time or full time. Start dates are flexible. Inquiries can be directed to the Operations and Administration Manager, Shane Solar-Doherty at

Connect-123 International Scholarship Competition

Connect- 123 offers scholarships for a career-related international internship, covering airfare and housing to work in Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Dublin or Shanghai. The application deadline is March 31 and winners will be announced on April 15. For more details, click here

FACE AIDS Summer Internships

Applications due by February 29th. To apply, submit your resume and cover letter. The three internships are Campaigns Intern, Chapter Resource and Leadership Summit Intern, and Advocacy Intern

Interns work full-time in our national office in San Francisco, CA for eight or ten weeks. FACE AIDS is flexible with start and end dates, and offers a stipend of $2000 for eight weeks or $2500 for ten weeks.

Project Repat Ambassador Program

This social enterprise collaborates with local artisans in East Africa to create new products made entirely out of donated t-shirts which make their way to local markets. Check out their website for more information about the Project Repat College Ambassador Program. For questions, please email

Physicians for Haiti

Physicians for Haiti is offering two Volunteer Summer Intern Positions, a Medical Education Logistics Intern and an Outreach & Development Intern, to motivated individuals who are interested in global health and non-profit organization development. The positions are in Boston, from June to August for ten to fifteen hours per week. Applications are due March 11th.


Contact Us

For all inquires, please con­tact the Social Enter­prise Insti­tute at

For more information, check out our
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360 Huntington Ave.
Boston, Massachusetts 02115

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