Social Enterprise Institute February Newsletter In This Issue ▪ ▪ From the Founder & Director ▪ ▪ New Faculty Spotlight ▪ ▪ Featured Story ▪ ▪ News

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Social Enterprise Institute February Newsletter

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Advance Topics in Social Enterprise Capstone 2012

In This Issue

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

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From the Founder & Executive Director

What Motivates the Best Social Entrepreneurs?

Let’s consider the question of what is the right or best kind of motivation for the rapidly growing class of social entrepreneurs. It’s a hot area, with a lot of new entrants, and not much in the way of rules and guidelines. Read more here.


SEI Welcomes New Faculty Member: Message from Dr. Sophie Bacq

It is with great enthu­si­asm and excite­ment that I recently joined North­east­ern Uni­ver­sity and the Social Enter­prise Insti­tute as an Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor of Entre­pre­neur­ship and Innovation. After start­ing my aca­d­e­mic jour­ney as a PhD can­di­date at the Lou­vain School of Man­age­ment in Bel­gium, I joined New York Uni­ver­sity Stern School of Busi­ness as a Vis­it­ing Scholar in August 2010. Read more here

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Featured Story

Senior Capstone: Nicaraguan Impact-Investment Fund

Last year, seniors in the 2012 Advanced Studies in Social Entrepreneurship Capstone course traveled to Nicaragua, under the guidance of Professor Dennis Shaughnessy, to learn about agricultural cooperatives and engage in impact investing of high-performing social enterprises. The students invested $10,000 in Manna Project International and SOPPEXCCA. This March 2013, the capstone class will return to Nicaragua to select two or more high-performing organizations and invest $10,000 more from SEI's Nicaraguan Impact-Investment Fund. Click here to learn more.

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News & Student Spotlight

Read about Michaela D’Amico, a 2010 graduate of Northeastern, who recently returned from Uganda where she was working with the Uganda Rural Community Support Foundation (URCSF) with an IDEO fellow.
Learn about Ellie Deshaies, a senior International Affairs major, and her global health co-op experience in Rwanda working on the FACE AIDS program for Partners in Health (PIH).
Read about nine students from the Social Enterprise Institute who worked on a design consulting project for the South African Red Cross Society (SARCS) while on the South African Field Study Program. These students developed and are currently implementing an innovative sewing cooperative to provide blankets to displaced/homeless people.
Learn about Njabini Incorporated's newest project, Wakulima Pamoja (Farmers Together), a self sustaining agricultural program that plans to reach and double the income of five thousand families by 2015.


Upcoming Events

President Aoun’s “Profiles in Innovation” series is Professor Vijay “VG” Govindarajan

Professor Vijay “VG” Govindarajan, co-author of Reverse Innovation and C. Daum 1924 Professor of International Business at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, will speak about his ongoing work in “reverse innovation” in which product and service innovations in the emerging markets are increasingly being exported to and reshaping industries in more advanced economies. This event will be held in Blackman Auditorium at 5:00 pm on Monday, March 11th. Please RSVP to Teresa Fong. To learn more check out Professor VG's website.


SEI February Lecture Series

Join the Social Enterprise Institute on Monday, February 25th as we welcome Ms. Rebecca Leventhal of Social Finance US to discuss the organization's groundbreaking work bringing social impact bonds to scale. This series, "Investing for Impact", is a two part series featuring innovators in the impact investing and social finance sector. The event will take place at the Alumni Center, 6th Floor, 716 Columbus Place. The lecture will be from 6:00-7:00pm. RSVP at February Lecture Series Eventbrite.

SEI Student Association

Interested in getting involved with projects at the Social Enterprise Institute? SEI Student Association meetings are on Thursday, 7:30-8:30pm in 13 Int'l Village. Formerly NetImpact, we have reworked the SEI Student Association to focus on developing student-led, social enterprise-focused projects. Some examples include: Njabini Apparel, financial literacy training in prisons, and Manna Project International. We are welcoming new members for leadership, developing projects, and general members! Contact with questions.


BOSTON+acumen Speaker Panel

The Price of Water: Right vs. Commodity

Join BOSTON+acumen as we take a closer look at issues of water access, water rights and the increasing commoditization of water. The event will take place Thursday, February 21 from 6-8PM in Cambridge Innovation Center. For more information and to RSVP please click here.


Past Events

The Intersection Event

The Intersection Event was a unique day-long event on innovation and its effect on the major social issues of our time. It was held at Google Headquarters on January 19, 2013. During this unparalleled day-long experience, the most respected innovators in the world converged with leading social change agents to tackle some of the greatest issues of our time. Join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook.

5th National Conference on Social Entrepreneurship in India

The 5th National Conference on Social Entrepreneurship was held at XLRI Jamshedpur in India from January 25th -27th. The conference included panel sessions, where social entrepreneurs, development sector professionals and policy makers shared their experiences, issues and challenges surrounding the theme of 'Innovations in Livelihood Promotion and Skill Development.' You can check out some of the PowerPoint presentations here.

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Careers in International Development Webinar

One Acre Fund and Global Health Corps (GHC) joined together to present a webinar about how to secure a fellowship in the field of international development. This webinar was hosted on January 22, 2013, and included detailed information on how to become a GHC fellow, insights on how your GHC experience can position you for a career in international development, and general career advice. Don't worry if you missed it though - you can still check out the webinar recording here!


Internships & Co-ops

Global Health Volunteer Abroad Experience

We very much hope to have an opportunity to work with you in our Global Impact Corps Volunteer Abroad Program in Ghana, Honduras, or India! The Global Impact Corps program offers an opportunity to participate in and learn from Unite For Sight's global health delivery programs which have provided eye care to more than 1.5 million patients, including more than 61,000 sight-restoring surgeries. See more volunteer accounts here.

ThinkImpact's Summer Opportunity

ThinkImpact is now accepting applications for its amazing summer Institute 2013! "In Africa, nobody is poor." This summer, we're looking for a few exceptional college students to come see what we mean. Apply today to develop your entrepreneurial skills in rural Africa.

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Invested Development Marketing Intern

Invested Development is looking for a marketing intern! Required skills in marketing/brand/social media management and interest in impact investing or similar. For more information about this incredible opportunity contact Christina Tamer.

Manna Project International Unique Opportunity!

Become a Program Director in Nicaragua, Ecuador or Guatemala! Manna Project International is offering a 13 month position that will provide leadership training in community development, Nonprofit management, Cultural studies and more. Apply here!


StartSomeGood Part Time Job

StartSomeGood, one of the world's leading crowd funding designed to empower social change organizations, has part time positions this year! The positions are: Partnerships Catalyst, Community Builder, PR Intern and Design volunteers. All applications should be directed to with the materials requested in each Position Description.

Coop Opportunity in Samara Woven Products

Available immediately, Internship or coop opportunity for a business or arts student to assist woman in business in Tanzania Africa - Pilly Kafuye as part of the Samara Woven products company. Pilly is looking to get more exposure of the carpets/products and to increase sales. Student would work to make website and product available online for the United States and expand from current business in Tanzania to the US and Europe. Also would assist in the marketing and production of the weaving products. Pilly would train student on weaving process if interested also. Students willingness and expertise in these areas would be in exchange for room and board in her home in Africa.

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Other Opportunities

Start a Nourish International chapter on your campus today!

Join our student movement to address global poverty through social entrepreneurship. We are currently located on 28 U.S. college campuses and are now accepting applications to expand! Nourish International is a unique organization in the field, successfully blending social entrepreneurship and responsible international development. For more information click here.

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GBSN's 2013 MBA+ Challenge Video Contest Will Open to ALL Business Students March 1 - 31

The MBA+ Challenge Video Contest challenges students to produce a short (3 minutes or less) video showing how they are using their business education to make a difference in the developing world through:

New business ventures
Student projects
Volunteer work

So spread the word to your graduate, undergraduate, and certificate program students and alumni that they could get visibility for their work and even win a trip to Tunisia! Click here to watch the winning video from 2012. Learn more here. If you have any questions contact Page Buchanan.


The Social Innovation Challenge

The Dell Social Innovation Challenge identifies and supports promising young social innovators who dedicate themselves to solving the world's most pressing problems with their transformative ideas. Since our launch, more than 15,000 students from 105 countries have proposed more than 4,500 ideas! Stay tuned to hear about the finalist and the great projects.

Lend for America Fellowship Opportunity

Spend the summer building a better country through microfinance. Lend for America Fellowship summer internship is now open. The summer internship offers a $2,500 stipend and covers all travel expenses.Fellows receive a crash course in microfinance, a full-time summer internship with an existing microfinance group, and year-round support from Lend for America as they start their organizations. Apply here before March 22, 2013.

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Incredible opportunity in Haiti with Partners in Health!

Become a Volunteer Visitor Coordinator in Partners in Health. The Volunteer Visitor Coordinator is an important member of the HUM team, providing organization and logistics coordination for all visitors and serving as a representative. For more information about this position and application click here.

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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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