SE News & Events

Upcoming Events

Feb. 2 - Career Panel: The Business of Social Innovation
12 - 1:30 p.m., South Meeting Room in Newcomb Hall

Please join us for the second year of this event designed for students interested in getting involved in the social entrepreneurship arena. The evening will include a panel discussion moderated by Professor Christine Mahoney and a catered lunch reception. Participation is open to all U.Va. students, free and no RSVP is required. The panel will feature industry experts including: John Kluge – Co-Founder and Chief Disruption Officer, Toilet Hackers; Ruma Bose – Co-CEO and President, Sprayology; and Matthew Bishop – Globalization Editor, The Economist.

Feb. 2 – Speaker Series: Leadership Lessons from the CEO of one of the Largest Social Enterprises in the World & “Philanthrocapitalism: How Giving Can Save the World
3:30 – 6 p.m., Garrett Great Hall
Ruma Bose and Matthew Bishop. Ruma Bose is a serial entrepreneur, investor, philanthropist and author. In 1992-1993, Ruma spent time in Calcutta working with Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity. Her book is entitled "Mother Teresa, CEO." Matthew Bishop is the Globalisation Editor of The Economist. Mr. Bishop was previously the magazine's U.S. Business Editor and New York Bureau Chief. Prior to that he was the London-based Business Editor. He is the author of several books, including “Philanthrocapitalism: How Giving Can Save the World,” on the new movement that brings together the business and social sectors to solve some of the world's most pressing problems.

Feb. 14 – Social Innovation Summit
9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Garrett Great Hall

The Social Innovation Summit is a gathering of the SE and entrepreneurship-related student groups and faculty members from across grounds to work on the theme of the collaborative economy. The summit will involve a keynote, a round of four concurrent faculty-led break-out sessions (facilitated workshop-style discussions on concepts like the Design University and 3D Printing Outside the Box), lunch, a design thinking challenge on the theme of “the collaborative university” – ways that we can share resources and innovate within the U.Va. ecosystem and a period of "reflecting forward." The involved student groups include: SE@UVA, SEED, Enactus, EG, Hack Cville, Net Impact, Givology, StudCo, University Innovation Fellows and Darden Business Innovation and Design Clubs.

Feb. 25 – Speaker Series: How Social Movements Succeed: Lessons from HIV/AIDS – Ethan B. Kapstein
12 - 1 p.m., Garrett Great Hall
Ethan Kapstein is Arizona Centennial Professor of International Affairs and Senior Director for Research at the McCain Institute for International Leadership in Washington DC, a think-tank associated with Arizona State University. Ethan has also served as a Vice President of the Council on Foreign Relations, Principal Administrator at the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, and Executive Director of the Economics and National Security Program at Harvard University. His most recent book "AIDS Drugs for All: Social Movements and Market Transformations," shows how the global AIDS treatment advocacy movement helped millions in the developing world gain access to life-saving medication.

March 8-14 – Impact Business Leaders Program
Impact Business Leaders provides career opportunities for professionals looking to develop business solutions that solve major global challenges. Candidates who are accepted into the program will participate in the two-week training course in March on the Darden School Grounds in Charlottesville, learning from experienced practitioners in social enterprise and impact investing. This program also offers strong connections to the social enterprise space in North America, through the host institutes at U.Va.

March 31 – Speaker Series: Jean Case
2:30 – 5 p.m., Garrett Great Hall

Jean Case is an actively engaged philanthropist, an investor and a pioneer in the world of interactive technologies. Her career in the private sector spanned nearly two decades before she and her husband, Steve Case, created the Case Foundation in 1997. A passionate believer in all things digital and the amazing potential of technology to change the world for the better, Jean and her team focus the efforts of the Foundation on leveraging new technologies and applying innovative approaches to increase giving; catalyze civic and business participation; and promote innovation, collaboration and leadership in the nonprofit sector.

April 20 - Speaker Series: "Impact Investing" by David Kyle, Impact Business Leaders
3:30 - 6 p.m., Garrett Commons

In 2013 David founded Impact Business Leaders, which is focused on placing experienced professionals looking for career change in full time roles with social enterprises around the world with training centers in Salt Lake City, Accra, Ghana and Oxford, England. Prior to starting IBL David was at the Calvert Foundation in Bethesda, Maryland as COO since 2011. Prior to joining Calvert Foundation David lived in Hyderabad, India for three years where he was the Founder and CEO of the Indian School Finance Company, a for-profit finance company that provides medium term debt capital to private schools serving very low-income families. The still thriving ISFC was the most recent in a string of start-ups David has led over the past 20 years starting with building a Citibank subsidiary into a full service commercial bank in Lisbon, Portugal from 1990-96; building Citibank’s first global intranet system in the late-1990s which he did from London; and, establishing a new country organization for Save the Children in Brazil upon leaving Citibank in 2001. As COO and Chief Investment Officer of Acumen Fund, he built local operations in East Africa, India, Pakistan and New York from 2003-07.

Speaker Series: Bill Drayton
As the founder and CEO of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, Bill Drayton has pioneered the field of social entrepreneurship, growing a global association of nearly 3,000 leading social entrepreneurs who work together to create an ‘Everyone a Changemaker’ world. Mr. Drayton is the Chair of Youth Venture, Community Greens, and Get America Working!, and previously served as Assistant Administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, founded Save EPA, and has worked at McKinsey. He is a graduate of Harvard, Balliol College at Oxford University and Yale Law School.


The SAS Social EntrepreneurSHIP program is under the leadership of Christine Mahoney - See more at:
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The SAS Social EntrepreneurSHIP program is under the leadership of Christine Mahoney - See more at:
The SAS Social EntrepreneurSHIP program is under the leadership of Christine Mahoney - See more at:
The SAS Social EntrepreneurSHIP program is under the leadership of Christine Mahoney - See more at:
The SAS Social EntrepreneurSHIP program is under the leadership of Christine Mahoney - See more at:
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Cultivating the Next Generation of Leaders Through Social Entrepreneurship (TriplePundit)
SE@UVA and Professor Mahoney featured in this online magazine.

Christine Mahoney named one of Charlottesville's "15 under 40" (C-Ville 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. C-Ville Weekly highlights Mahoney's work on the Social Entrepreneurship Initiative at U.Va.

Batten Students Win U.Va. E-Cup (UVA Today)
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 “an online marketplace of immersive homestays and apartment  rentals for travelers in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas.” (November 2013)

U.Va. 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. 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 (WTJU)
Professor Mahoney discusses efforts by U.Va. and the Batten School, including the budding social entrepreneurship working group and curriculum. (August 2012)

Push for Social Entrepreneurship at U.Va. (NBC 29)
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." (May 2012)

Entrepreneurial Dreams Can Beat Local Poverty, U.Va. Class Proposes (UVA Today)
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.  (May 2012)

U.Va. E-Cup Adds Social Entrepreneurship Fast Lane to Student Business Plan Contest for $40,000 (UVA Today)
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. (November 2011)

Past Events

Nov. 6 – SE @ U.Va. Presents John Kluge, Jr.
Kluge co-founded impact investment firm Eirene to tackle problems that will impact at least one billion people. He and his non-profit group, Toilet Hackers, are focusing on worldwide sanitation.

Nov. 6 –The Social Entrepreneurship Track of the Entrepreneurship Cup

Nov. 10 – SE @ U.Va. Speakers Series – Special Roundtable
Bill Strickland, President and CEO of the Manchester Bidwell Corporation and MacArthur “Genius” award winner, speaks about his 30 years of innovation.

Nov. 13-14 – Start Up Weekend Trip to New York
Hosted by the Entrepreneurship Group at U.Va. and supported by SE @ U.Va., students will: tour the company offices of NYC's hottest startups, including B Lab, Google and Vox Media; attend UNCUBED, a massive startup job fair and network with dozens of U.Va. alumni entrepreneurs.

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

SE Speakers Series: George Kemble, d.School, Stanford University
Nov. 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)
Nov. 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
Nov. 15, Nau Hall 101
Flannery is CEO and co-founder of Kiva, a microfinance venture.

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

U.Va. Entrepreneurship Cup Finals
Nov. 22

SE Speakers Series: Cheryl Mills (CLAS '86) and Sonal Shah
Nov. 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.