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This Spring we'll have another active speakers series, a J-term Class in Conscious Social Change, 2 Experiential Social Entrepreneurship classes, and a Designing Social Change series of workshops. Check this page frequently for updates!
Social Entrepreneurship at Semester at Sea: The SAS Social EntrepreneurSHIP program is under the leadership of Christine Mahoney. The Spring 2014 SAS voyage enables students to learn the principles of innovation, creative problem-solving, and entrepreneurship, while working to assess and tackle real-world issues with global leaders who are currently engaged in creating solutions to actual problems faced in countries on the voyage.
Christine Mahoney named one of Charlottesville's "15 under 40" (CVille Weekly)
Described as people who "if you don’t know them yet, you will soon," the power issue highlights those who are making a local, early, and growing impact on the community. CVille Weekly highlights Mahoney's work on the Social Entrepreneurship Initiative at UVA.
Batten Students Win UVA E-Cup (UVAToday)
Called Favela Experience, the company offers what Rosenberg, who just graduated from the University of Virgina in May and grew up in Los Angeles, calls “an online marketplace of immersive homestays and apartment rentals for travelers in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas.” (November 2013)
UVa Class Shares Three-Pronged Strategy To End Local Poverty: The dozen students in the course, “Field Work in Social Enterprise: Reducing Poverty in Charlottesville,” shared their findings with Charlottesville City Council identifying three strategies with proven results in other cities: bundling social services to more comprehensively support those struggling to break out of poverty; boosting employment through community-based social enterprises; and promoting community asset growth. (May 2013)
Pan-University Social Entrepreneurship Initiative wins Jefferson Trust Award: One of 16 recipients of Alumni Association grants, the Pan-University Social Entrepreneurship Working Group is chaired by Batten Professor Christine Mahoney. Social entrepreneurship is an approach to creating system-level change through the application of entrepreneurial thinking to social ventures, non-profit organizations, government institutions, and NGOs to create economic, environmental, and social value for multiple stakeholders, not just shareholders. (April 2013)
Social Entrepreneurship Cup results: The winner of the SE Cup track was TestConnect, and the runner up was Authenticiti - congratulations to all participants who presented! TestConnect, a platform for instructors to provide personalized exam feedback, went on to earn honorable mention at the University-wide Entrepreneuership Cup.Christine Mahoney discusses social entrepreneurship and the "common good" on WTJU (November 2012)
Christine Mahoney discusses globalization and the common good - and what UVA and the Batten School are doing about it, including the budding social entrepreneurship working group and curriculum. (August 2012)
Push for Social Entrepreneurship at UVA: The concept of social entrepreneurship is still being defined in the world of academia. In the social entrepreneurship initiative document, social entrepreneurship is defined as "an approach to creating system-level change through the application of entrepreneurial thinking to social ventures, non-profit organizations, government institutions, and NGOs to create economic, environmental, and social value for multiple stakeholders, not just shareholders." Full story at NBC29 (May 2012)
Entrepreneurial Dreams Can Beat Local Poverty, U.Va. Class Proposes: Fostering entrepreneurial dreamers might be the most promising answer to the challenge of creating job opportunities for the city's low-income families, according to a University of Virginia course that spent the semester engaging with local poverty issues and visiting innovative social enterprises across the mid-Atlantic – like a gourmet bakery that employs ex-convicts and a soup kitchen that runs a profitable catering business, creating jobs for the formerly homeless. The course, "Field Work in Social Enterprise: Reducing Poverty in Charlottesville," aimed to get students "out of the U.Va. bubble," immerse them in local issues of poverty, study successful social enterprises in other cities and apply the lessons learned by proposing specific ideas to catalyze social enterprise in Charlottesville, explained course instructor Lauren Purnell, a doctoral candidate in business ethics at the Darden School of Business. Full story at UVAToday (May 2012)
U.Va. E-Cup Adds Social Entrepreneurship Fast Lane to Student Business Plan Contest for $40,000: At the third annual University of Virginia Entrepreneurship Cup on Nov. 18, students will be making their best business pitches as they vie for the $20,000 first prize. New this year, the preliminary competitions included a track dedicated to social entrepreneurship – businesses focused on furthering social or environmental goals – hosted by U.Va.'s Student Entrepreneurs for Economic Development, or SEED. Full story at UVAToday (November 2011)
Social Entrepreneurship Track of the UVA Entrepreneurship Cup
Submission Deadline: **DEADLINE EXTENDED TO Monday, October 28
Pitch Night: Wednesday, November 6th, 7PM, Garrett Commons
SE Speakers Series: George Kemble, d.School, Stanford University
• 9am-12pm: Designing a Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Workshop - Commons
• 2pm-3:30pm: Teaching Design Thinking, Incorporating Design Thinking into Classes Workshop - Commons
• 5pm: Introduction to Design Thinking and the d.School Open Talk - Great Hall
SE Speakers Series: Kalsoom Lakhani (UVA '04)
November 11, 6-8:30pm, Garrett Great Hall
Kalsoom is a Washington, D.C. co-ambassador for Sandbox, a global network of innovators under 30, and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers. She was featured in Diplomatic Courier‘s Top 99 Foreign Policy Leaders under 33 in 2012, and is anAshoka Changemakers/American Express Emerging Innovator for 2013.
SE Speakers: Matt Flannery
November 15, 3pm, Nau 101
Flannery is CEO and co-founder of Kiva.org, a microfinance venture.
SE Speakers: Manoj Sinha
November 20, 2:30-5pm
Sinha is co-founder of Husk Power Systems, a rural empowerment enterprise. If you're interested in having a coffee talk with him about his work in social enterprise, please email Professor Christine Mahoney.
UVA Entrepreneurship Cup Finals
Friday, November 22
SE Speakers Series: Cheryl Mills (CLAS '86) and Sonal Shah
November 25, 6-8:30pm, Garrett Great Hall
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