SE News & Events

Upcoming Events

Sept 11 - Entrepreneurship Kickoff
5 - 6:30 PM, Garrett Great Hall
Want to learn more about entrepreneurship groups at U.Va.? Curious about the Entrepreneurship Cup? Looking to meet other students who share your interests? Join us for the University-wide Entrepreneurship Kickoff!

Sept 18 - Introduction to a Business Concept Workshop
6 PM, Ruffner 302
Interested in the Social Entrepreneurship Track of the E-Cup, but not really sure what goes into a Business Concept Competition Submission? It’s not hard! Come hear from the Darden School’s Philippe Sommer about what a good concept looks like and the format for the E-Cup submissions.  

Sept 26-28 – Three Day Startup Event in Social Entrepreneurship
5 PM Friday – 8 PM Sunday, Open Grounds
3DS teaches entrepreneurial skills to university students in an extreme hands-on environment. Over three days, 3DS participants brainstorm ideas, conduct market validation, devise business models, build prototypes and pitch to investors and successful entrepreneurs. The result is an experience that challenges participants to actually innovate, build and launch companies. Apply online by Sept. 22 at www.uva.3ds.org.

Oct 2 -  SE@UVA Speakers Series
6 - 8:30 PM, Garrett Great Hall
Barbara Dyer, CEO of the Hitachi Foundation (one of the largest supporters of social entrepreneurship), and Bonny Moellenbroeck, CEO of Investor's Circle (the largest impact investor angel network) talk about access to capital for social innovation.

Oct 20 – Submission Deadline for the Social Entrepreneurship Track of the Entrepreneurship Cup
The U.Va. E-Cup is an incredible opportunity for students to develop and pitch their own business concepts, with a chance to win $20,000 to make your idea a reality. The social entrepreneurship track is for those who are thinking about innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems and are offering new ideas for wide-scale positive change. Submit an idea to the social entrepreneurship track at http://www.virginia.edu/vpr/ecup/submit.html.

Nov 6 –The Social Entrepreneurship Track of the Entrepreneurship Cup
6 - 8:30 PM, Garrett Great Hall
Come see the semi-finalists of the SE Track pitch their concepts to our panel of expert judges.

Nov 11 – SE@UVA Speakers Series – Special Roundtable
9 - 10:30AM, Boar’s Head Inn
Bill Strickland, President and CEO of the Manchester Bidwell Corporation and MacArthur “Genius” award winner, speaks about his 30 years of innovation. RSVP only.

 

The SAS Social EntrepreneurSHIP program is under the leadership of Christine Mahoney - See more at: http://www.semesteratsea.org/discover-sas/signature-programs/social-entr...
The SAS Social EntrepreneurSHIP program is under the leadership of Christine Mahoney - See more at: http://www.semesteratsea.org/discover-sas/signature-programs/social-entr...
The SAS Social EntrepreneurSHIP program is under the leadership of Christine Mahoney - See more at: http://www.semesteratsea.org/discover-sas/signature-programs/social-entr...
The SAS Social EntrepreneurSHIP program is under the leadership of Christine Mahoney - See more at: http://www.semesteratsea.org/discover-sas/signature-programs/social-entr...
The SAS Social EntrepreneurSHIP program is under the leadership of Christine Mahoney - See more at: http://www.semesteratsea.org/discover-sas/signature-programs/social-entr...
The SAS Social EntrepreneurSHIP program is under the leadership of Christine Mahoney - See more at: http://www.semesteratsea.org/discover-sas/signature-programs/social-entr...
The SAS Social EntrepreneurSHIP program is under the leadership of Christine Mahoney - See more at: http://www.semesteratsea.org/discover-sas/signature-programs/social-entr...

News

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)

Five Batten MPP students won the University-wide 2013 Entrepreneurship Cup, receiving $20,000 in seed money for their nonprofit which distributes washable, reusable sanitary pads in Africa. For women at the bottom of the global income pyramid, disposable sanitary products are too costly to use regularly, and the issue forces women to regularly miss school and work.
 

2012 SE Cup runner-up Rosenberg engaged in social venture in Brazil (Forbes)

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 U.Va. Entrepreneurship Cup, 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)

Past Events

Social Entrepreneurship Track of the U.Va. Entrepreneurship Cup
Pitch Night: Wednesday, November 6th, Garrett Commons

SE Speakers Series: George Kemble, d.School, Stanford University
November 5

• Designing a Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Workshop - Commons
• Teaching Design Thinking, Incorporating Design Thinking into Classes Workshop - Commons
• Introduction to Design Thinking and the d.School Open Talk - Great Hall

SE Speakers Series: Kalsoom Lakhani (UVA '04)
November 11, 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 an Ashoka Changemakers/American Express Emerging Innovator.

SE Speakers: Matt Flannery
November 15, Nau 101
Flannery is CEO and co-founder of Kiva, a microfinance venture.

SE Speakers: Manoj Sinha
November 20
Sinha is co-founder of Husk Power Systems, a rural empowerment enterprise.

U.Va. Entrepreneurship Cup Finals
November 22

SE Speakers Series: Cheryl Mills (CLAS '86) and Sonal Shah
November 25, Garrett Great Hall

  • Mills was the Chief of Staff to former Secretary of State HIllary Clinton. She was deputy White House Counsel for President Bill Clinton, and worked for New York University as Senior Vice President. She also served as Senior Adviser and Counsel for Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign
  • Shah is an American economist and public official. From 2009 to 2011, she served as the Director of the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation in the White House.