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Social Enterprise Institute December Newsletter

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In This Issue

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

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From the Founder & Executive Director

Teaching Impact Investing in High Performance Social Enterprises

The idea of “impact investing” is gaining a great deal of attention these days, including in undergraduate education. While many institutions have offered classes in strategic philanthropy in recent years, and of course in traditional business investing for many, we have focused our efforts at SEI on developing educational programs for a new third way of investing. This new investment discipline involves socially minded investors providing capital to both for profit and non-profit enterprises that are committed to efficiently addressing social problems in both a sustainable and innovative way.

Read more here


News & Student Spotlight

Juan Pena Salas guest blogs from the Dominican Republic about his work with Esperanza, a microfinance organization that equips the poor with long-lasting self-help solutions.
Read about Nele Groosman's exciting work abroad in Kenya at the Paradigm Project, a social venture that sells fuel-efficient wood cooking stoves.
Olivia Allen guest blogs about Samasource, a highly innovative social business that is advancing the microwork revolution.

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Upcoming Events

Registration Open for Harvard's 2013 Social Enterprise Conference

The Social Enterprise Conference will take place over February 9th and 10th, 2013 in Cambridge and Boston, MA. This conference promises to be the most innovative, diverse, and interactive of its kind, with 40+ panels and workshops, 4 keynote addresses, countless networking opportunities, plus a Career Fair. CEO of the Acumen Fund, Jacqueline Novogratz, has already been confirmed as a keynote speaker. Buy your ticket today!

Break the Bubble, Young Entrepreneurs Panel

Mayor Thomas M. Menino has created a new initiative that engages college students in entrepreneurial ideas and with the city of Boston. This initiative has been possible with the assistance of ONEin3, an initiative that offers resources to young adults in order to create and innovate, and with the help of MassChallenge, a program that catalyze startups in the Massachusetts area. The first panel was the past November 13 in the Boston Innovation District. Young students were able to ask their questions to five serial Boston entrepreneurs. Don´t miss the next panel of this incredible initiative. For more information contact Charissa Luthman at


The Intersection Event

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


Past Events

Social Enterprise Institute November Lecture Series

Featuring Akshaya Patra, in memoriam of Naman Shah

On November 26, 2012, the Social Enterprise Institute hosted Madu Sridhat, president and CEO of Akshaya Patra for its November Lecture Series event.

Akshaya Patra, works in 9,000 schools across eight states of India to provide nutritious meals to 1.3 million underprivileged school children. Read the recap of the event to learn more about the organization and how to donate to the Naman Shah Memorial Fund.

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Internships & Co-ops

Social Entrepreneur Corps Accepting Interns for Summer 2013

Founded by Ashoka Fellow Greg Van Kirk, Social Entrepreneur Corps is a social enterprise that leads innovative and dynamic international internship programs in Guatemala, Ecuador, Nicaragua, South Africa, Peru, and the Dominican Republic/Haiti. Social Entrepreneur Corps participants work with Community Enterprise Solutions in the field supporting the creation, development, growth and impact of social innovations focused on intelligently and sustainably alleviating poverty. Social Entrepreneur Corps participants create sustainable impact in the field while gaining the perspectives, skills and knowledge to become the social entrepreneurs of the future. Apply today for summer internships.

Fellowship Opportunity in Africa

LDI Africa is seeking young business leaders, preferably graduate students and mid-level business professionals, for its Emerging Institutions Fellowship Program (EIFP) in Nigeria and South Africa.

The EIFP provides hands-on service opportunities in Africa's leading financial institutions, private equity and venture capital firms. Through this program, Fellows will participate in a 3-12 month fellowship where they will work with African venture capital companies to position their portfolio businesses for long-term sustainability. Learn more and apply here.


Panua Partners in Hope Hiring Business Program Manager

Panua-Partners in Hope seeks to bring orphans and vulnerable children out of extreme poverty to a place of hope for their future and an ability to sustain themselves and their siblings.

The program is looking for a motivated person who can drive this ministry to complete the final stage of a three year program and to further develop the plans and objectives for the next three years phase of the program. The program development will include working closely with the team in Kenya and Winter Park to identify best practices and lessons learned. Based on that learning, this person would aid in the development of suggested amendments/revisions to the current methodologies as appropriate.  You may view the full job posting here. All inquiries may be directed to Jensie Gobel,

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Explore Opportunities with MOVAAR

Making Our Visions and Aspirations Reality (MOVAAR) is actively recruiting volunteers and advisors. MOVAAR is a grassroots startup organization seeking to promote innovative methods of cooperation that enhance students' learning experiences through mentoring, project development, and networking opportunities. Join the movement or contact:


Step beyond borders and stand out with blueEnergy's Service Learning Internship Program

blueEnergy provides students with a first hand look at the internal operations and in the field projects of an international NGO and allows students to explore what it means to become a social entrepreneur. blueEnergy seeks to build a pipeline of leaders capable of tackling complex global issues to create a more equitable, sustainable world. Apply now! For any questions please contact Kate Graham,


MassChallenge currently hiring full-time and internship positions

MassChallenge is currently hiring dynamic individuals to join their small team committed to "Helping Entrepreneurs Win!". Please visit their website to find both full time and internship positions. If you think you have what it takes to work at the world's largest startup competition and accelerator, they want to meet you!


Other Opportunities

New Honors Program Seminar

Social Impact Investing: Connecting Compassion and Capital

Course Description: Impact investing is a rapidly emerging sector within the global capital markets and investment community in which investors increasingly fund social enterprises dedicated to solving the world’s most difficult problems, like extreme poverty. Today, many are seeking and receiving much needed capital to fund critical operations in the form of equity investments, loans and other forms or so-called “patient capital”. In this class, students will learn about this emerging sector, as well as study the people and enterprises that receive impact or patient capital and how they use it to build sustainable high impact social enterprises around the world, and especially in low income or developing countries. The course is open to Honors Program students from all majors. To register, visit the Registrar's website.


Presenting the NBC Rev Up Change Challenge

The Feast is partnering with NBC Universal to offer social entrepreneurs a platform to scale their work. Offering a $25,000 cash prize and a speaking opportunity at The Feast Conference 2013, the winner will gain visibility for their project, network with potential investors, and connect with a vibrant social innovation community. Learn more and apply here !

Social Impact Exchange 2013 Business Plan Competition

The Social Impact Exchange is a national membership association dedicated to scaling effective social solutions that can improve the lives of millions of individuals. For more information, please visit the Social Impact Exchange website here.

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