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Social Entrepreneurship

 Monica Logothetis

Batten alum Monica Logothetis (MPP '09), co-founder of DreamWakers, developed an innovative program called Jail to Jobs to address the problem of high recidivism in the United States.

Virginia State Capitol

What if you could grow your money by investing in companies whose missions align with your own? In an op-ed for Charlottesville Tomorrow, Batten's Christine Mahoney outlines how socially conscious investors could make a big impact in Virginia.


Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Virginia (SE@UVA), a Batten School initiative, is marking its 10-year anniversary with a renewed commitment to educate the next generation of social innovation leaders.

Social entrepreneurship holds promise as a way for organizations to create value for both individuals and communities. The objective of this paper is to observe and analyze the ways Green Map System, a not-for-profit social venture, supports sustainable community development and local leadership by sharing tools, icons, and technology for mapping eco-sites around the world. The role of technology and digital networks, as well as the impact of global linkages, is also observed and emphasized. 

Hybrid's creative director Stephen Todd, with the HAVA pendant light and purifier.

Batten’s Bala Mulloth and chemical engineering professor Gaurav Giri, co-founders of Hava Inc., are one of nine design teams commissioned to provide the public with a glimpse into the future of home furnishings and objects for a show titled Hybrid at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, Australia.

Antwon Brinson believes in the power of culinary arts to bring about systemic social change. This case study addresses how Antwon’s social venture, Culinary Concepts AB (CCAB), approached the employment crisis felt throughout the food and beverage industry, by teaching life skills through culinary arts. 

RVA Works (a shortening of Richmond, Virginia Works) is a public charity, which has demonstrated superior efficacy in educational programming for entrepreneurship. Since 2014, their work has primarily focused on providing pathways to business ownership for ethnic minorities, women, and lower-income people. 

Locavesting  |  October 26, 2020 How place-based strategies in Virginia and other states are leveraging private capital for public good

A new report from the Virginia Impact Investing Forum, housed within Batten’s SE@UVA, found $19 billion in Virginia impact capital but tens of billions more on the sidelines that could be unlocked with more convening, training, and sharing of success stories. Christine Mahoney, director of SE@UVA explains how universities can connect the dots between impact investors and social entrepreneurs and do it in a cost-efficient way.


When we think about the organizations making a positive change in the world, nonprofits usually come to mind. But in the latest installment of Expert Chats, Batten's Christine Mahoney argued that if we consider the private sector as well, we can address today’s global problems much more creatively.


Batten's Kurien Thomas (BA '21) and fellow UVA student Sasha Duckworth started a company called “Pick-Me-Up” that uses text messaging and virtual support groups to help users with their mental health.