Apr
29
5:00 PM17:00

Dinner Series with Bala Mulloth in collaboration with Net Impact

SE@UVA in collaboration with Net Impact is hosting a dinner series with SE professor and Co-founder of the social venture Hava, Bala Mulloth. Come to learn more about how to integrate sustainability into entrepreneurship, Professor Mulloth’s fascinating social venture, and more about Social Entrepreneurship.

Bala is a globally oriented educator and entrepreneur who has lived and worked in Asia, Europe and North America. His focus areas are innovation and social entrepreneurship and he is currently an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the University of Virginia’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. He is also Co-Founder and CEO of Hava, a life sciences venture that builds customer-centered air filtration products to make life in polluted cities healthier. In addition to these roles, he is a Research Fellow at the U. S Army Research Laboratory. He was formerly a Visiting Faculty Fellow at National Defense University at Fort McNair, in Washington DC. Prior to moving to Charlottesville, he was an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management at Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary and the Program Director of CEU’s experiential New York City MBA program. Prior to that, he was the Senior Manager of New York University Tandon School of Engineering’s Office of Innovation Development, Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship. He holds a PhD in Technology Management from New York University Tandon School of Engineering.

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Apr
16
11:00 AM11:00

Earth Week Expo: Building Bridges

Join SE@UVA at Sustainability at UVA’s Earth Week Expo.

This year's Earth Week Expo will follow the theme of "Building Bridges" in alignment with UVA President Jim Ryan's vision for engagement between the University & the surrounding Charlottesville community. UVA organizations and the community groups with whom they work will be paired up to share inspiring and creative examples of collaboration - all in service of our shared planet. Interactive displays, hands-on activities, free giveaways, snacks, and more!

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Apr
11
8:00 PM20:00

SE@UVA Panel at Tom Tom Founders Festival

Learn about Social Entrepreneurship and Impact Investing from:

Jill Royster

Jill Royster has 20+ years experience leading integrated marketing efforts for well-established brands such as Sports Illustrated and Swedish Match as well as start-ups including Sentient Jet. She has traveled the globe, building partnerships around some of the world’s premiere sports and entertainment events, including the Olympic Games, the America’s Cup and the Super Bowl. In 2008, Jill launched JCR Consulting to better integrate her professional experience with her personal desire to give back. Today, she advises for-profit and non-profit businesses on their marketing strategies, creating opportunities to drive both revenues and social impact. She is also an early stage investor in companies that deliver local and social impact. Jill graduated from the University of Virginia and now splits her time between Los Angeles and New York City.

Cheis Garrus

For more than 20 years Mr. Garrus has provided advice and analysis for investments, mergers and acquisitions, corporate strategy, business development and management. He currently advises developers and institutional investors in emerging markets. In his career, Mr. Garrus served as Director, International Housing Solutions and Equities Analyst, Strategic African Securities (Ghana), and held positions in private equity and business development. Mr. Garrus received his MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania in 1997 and a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences from the University of Virginia in 1990.

Monica Logothetis

Monica serves as the Co-Founder and Chair of DreamWakers, a national education technology nonprofit that virtually connects under-resourced classrooms to exceptional career professionals. Under her leadership, DreamWakers has expanded to 40 states in four years, harnessing the power of video chats to provide unique career exploration opportunities to over 12,000 students. Monica has been named a Toyota ‘Mother of Invention’ and a L’Oréal Paris ‘Woman of Worth,’ and her work has been recognized in The New York Times, Bloomberg, and Forbes. She holds a Master of Public Policy and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia.

Meredith Shields

Meredith is the Managing Director for the Sorenson Impact Foundation (SIF), which invests in innovative companies that are creating and scaling ideas to enhance social good around the world. Meredith manages the foundation’s impact investing portfolios and field building initiatives. She engages with social entrepreneurs and fund managers around the world who are working across the agriculture, technology, education, healthcare and retail sectors to develop solutions to the world's most pressing social issues in a sustainable way. Prior to joining the Sorenson Impact Foundation, the majority of Meredith's career was in investment banking and strategy consulting. She has also previously consulted to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation in both Rwanda and the U.S. as well as the Beyond Capital Fund, an early-stage impact investment fund, in Zurich, Switzerland. Meredith holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce.

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Apr
9
3:30 PM15:30

Using Social Entrepreneurship to Foster Constructive Civic Conversations

SE@UVA Speaker Series presents Mannie Ajayi, UVA graduate and founder of www.pnyka.com, a communication and analytics platform for communities to talk constructively about important issues. Ajayi will spend time discussing the importance of being open to differences and learning from others in order to cultivate and nurture respectful conversations, thriving communities and healthy societies.

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Mannie Ajayi is currently the CEO & Co-Founder of Pnyka. In the past, Ajayi has worked with universities, cities, and corporations to bring those lessons into the online communication sector. As an investment professional at TPG, Ajayi directed strategic projects across multiple investments in the consumer and healthcare space. Before that, he launched his career with Morgan Stanley in investment banking where he assisted private equity clients with their financial needs. Vice chair of YAX, Ajayi supports the non-profit in their endeavors, including providing arts programming for underprivileged high school students in the city. Ajayi holds an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Commerce in finance from UVA’s McIntire School of Commerce.

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Apr
5
12:30 PM12:30

Flash Seminar: "New Hill" - African American-led Community Development in Charlottesville

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Yolunda Harrell, CEO of New Hill Development Corporation, Charlottesville's first African-American led Community Development Corporation & Christine Mahoney, Professor of Public Policy and Politics and Director of Social Entrepreneurship at UVA will discuss a community development initiative in the heart of Charlottesville aimed at growing the African American middle class through expanded Black business and home ownership in the historic neighborhood of Vinegar Hill.

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Apr
4
6:00 PM18:00

SE@UVA Spring Social

SE@UVA is hosting a Spring Social to bring together the entrepreneurship community here at UVA and Charlottesville to celebrate student-led entrepreneurship & social impact!

The event will take place on Thursday, April 4th from 6 pm to 8 pm at Crozet Pizza at Buddhist Biker Bar. 

Please join us!

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Mar
28
5:00 PM17:00

Pay for Success Panel with Debbie Mandelker and Josh Ogburn

Join Social Entrepreneurship @ UVa for a fireside chat about Pay for Success (PFS) with two leaders in the field, Debbie Mandelker and Joshua Ogburn. You will learn about the basics of PFS, details of specific projects across the country, and how you can get involved. PFS is a growing tool to scale proven approaches that measurably improve lives in areas such as education, healthcare, criminal justice, and other important public policy areas. We hope you can join us.

This speaker series event was made possible in part by SE@UVA board member Cheis Garrus.


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Debbie Mandelker has served as a Social Impact Bond/PFS Financing Advisor at Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County and worked in other capacities in the financial sector. Debbie holds a MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business, a Master’s Degree in Early Learning and Cognitive Development from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and an undergraduate degree in education and cognitive development from University of Mary Washington.

 

Joshua Ogburn is Director of the University of Virginia Pay for Success Lab and serves as Project Director for the RVA Childhood Asthma Collaborative. Josh holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Virginia’s Batten School and a Bachelor of Arts in Public and Urban Affairs from Virginia Tech.

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Mar
26
3:30 PM15:30

Failure 101: Learn How to Fail Forward

Join us as Marti Beller reflects on a pivotal moment in her career: launching her own social enterprise. In 2010, Beller launched PlanG, a startup that addressed loyalty for retailers in the digital economy by allowing consumers to donate a part of their purchase to any of the 1M+ registered nonprofits in the US. Beller will share some of her greatest learning experiences and explain how resilience and tenacity helped shape her professional career.

**NOTE: Limited availability. Please email seatuva@gmail.com to reserve a seat**

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Marti Beller is the President of Kobie Marketing. Kobie is a loyalty marketing agency that delivers products and services to national retail and financial services brands which drive customer engagement and grow customer affection. Prior to Kobie, Marti was the Global SVP of Products and Platforms for Loyalty Solutions at Mastercard and President of Affinion Loyalty Group. Marti holds a Management Science degree from Virginia Tech and is a current member of SE@UVA’s Advisory Board.

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Mar
19
4:00 PM16:00

Impact Investing and Economic Mobility

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Join SE@UVA as we welcome Lisa Hall for our March Speaker Series event. Lisa Hall has dedicated her 25-year career to economic justice, social impact and community development. Using the tools of impact investing and philanthropy, she has served in executive roles across multiple sectors in the United States and abroad. Her area of focus at the Beeck Center is the inclusive economy and how social innovation and access to opportunity can drive prosperity for all communities. Lisa is also the founder of Bayview Impact Advisors, which was created in 2018 to provide education, research, and strategy services to family foundations and endowments on impact investing.

This speaker series event was made possible in part by SE@UVA board member Cheis Garrus.

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Mar
19
1:00 PM13:00

March Majors Madness

Looking for a major and experiences that will prepare you for the world of business? Learn about different opportunities via your major and beyond that will help you prepare for a career in business.

We will be at the March Major Madness event hosted by the Career Center to help you explore the different majors and find one that matches your interests. Drop by 1515 from 1 - 3pm to talk with us about the different opportunities in the Social Entrepreneurship field and find more about the Social Entrepreneurship minor!

Food and drinks will be provided.

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Nov
15
5:00 PM17:00

Social Entrepreneurship Pitch Night

Entrepreneurship Cup: Social Entrepreneurship Track

 

Join us as ten UVA student social entrepreneurs pitch their concepts to make the world a better place! Please RSVP by Monday, November 12.

 

5.00-6.45 pm Student Pitches and Q&A

6.45-7.30 pm Dinner; Judges Deliberate

7.30-8.00 pm Winners Announced

 

Meet our Judges:
Meredith Shields, Managing Director, Sorenson Impact Foundation

As Managing Director, Meredith is responsible for directing Program Related Investments and Mission Related Investments at the Soresonson Impact Foundation. Prior to joining the Sorenson Impact Foundation, Meredith has worked in investment banking, consulted to non-profits and NGOs in the US and East Africa, and worked with the Beyond Capital Fund, an early-stage impact investment fund in Zurich, Switzerland. Meredith graduated from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and holds a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce.

Alex Goodman, Founding Partner, Clockwork & Co-founder, 118 Capital

Alex Goodman is a Founding Partner of Clockwork, a Virginia based firm focused on private market investment research, management and due diligence. In addition to Clockwork, Alex co-founded 118 Capital, served as a founding advisor to the Columbia Angel Group and worked internationally with entrepreneurs as a mentor in the Endeavor network. Alex’s corporate background also includes 5+ years as a Management Consultant within Grant Thornton’s Advisory practice in Washington D.C. and in Latin America, where he built his expertise in organizational improvement and financial management, as well as corporate and project finance. Alex holds an MPA from Columbia’s School of International Policy and Affairs and a BA in Economics from Bucknell University.

Vida Williams, Innovator in Residence, VCU; Co-founder, Axis Partners

Vida has spent more than twenty years helping companies map data elements into actionable information for executive decision making. She is the co-founder of Axis, a social enterprise consulting firm serving mission-driven organizations in data architecture, process engineering, and data sciences. Vida is deeply committed to the impact of inclusive points of view in innovation and the impact on social justice, speaking broadly at conferences such as OSCON and the White House. A long-time Richmond resident, Vida engages with the local community by sitting on several boards, including Podium and Code VA. Vida graduated from Duke University with degrees in History and English. and certificates in Women’s Studies and African American studies.

The purpose of the Concept stage of the competition is to surface and seed ideas from all parts of the university at every stage of development. Students are encouraged to come up with out-of-the-box ideas that could be translated into compelling projects. Submissions are not expected to be a full business plan, and will not be penalized for not having a working prototype, fully developed team, forecast, revenues, etc. $25,000 in total prize money will be awarded as part of the Concept Stage.

This event is open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

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Oct
30
5:00 PM17:00

SE@UVA Speaker Series featuring Lisa Hamilton, Annie E. Casey Foundation

As executive vice president and chief program officer, Lisa Hamilton oversees the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s investments to promote community change, economic opportunity for families and public system reform. She also guides efforts to strengthen the social sector and encourage the take-up of effective strategies.

Join us to learn more about equity-centered leadership and the innovative ways that entrepreneurship can be harnessed to empower individuals and communities, and ensure positive outcomes for the next generation.

As a graduate of the University of Virginia, Ms. Hamilton will also share inspiration on how you can craft a meaningful career with purpose.

Food will be served. RSVP here: http://bit.ly/lisahamilton

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Oct
5
3:30 PM15:30

Scaling Affordable Housing

Soaring housing prices make it difficult for low-income families to make ends meet and cover other expenses like childcare, healthcare, and education costs. This event will highlight some of the most innovative public-private partnership initiatives in Affordable Housing across the Commonwealth. This panel is part of the Virginia Impact Summit – aimed at accelerating Virginia’s Impact Economy through catalytic philanthropy, impact investing and cross-sector collaboration. More here: www.VAimpact.org

Speakers:
Erik Johnston, 
Director of Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development
Jane Henderson, CEO, Virginia Community Capital
Allison Bogdanovic, CEO, Virginia Supportive Housing
Greta Harris, CEO, Better Housing Coalition
Marland Buckner, MB2 Solutions

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Sep
26
5:00 PM17:00

What is Social Entrepreneurship? E-Cup Workshop

Considering the Social Entrepreneurship track of the E-Cup? Unsure what Social Entrepreneurship means? Let’s talk about how your big idea can change the world. Imagine positioning your new idea for investment not only on the basis of its potential financial returns, but based on its potential social impact. We’ll show you how, and offer one on one coaching to help you develop your idea and prepare your pitch. Food will be served!

Sign-up link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfr-q0vrXG0YdtCrH9XZ8jrZ0Aq9Fi-d6R_PEwsHhgQ2x_8zA/viewform

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Apr
6
10:00 AM10:00

Social Innovation Summit

Join us for a one-day conference hosted by SE@UVA in partnership with student organizations including NetImpact, Profit with Purpose, HackCville, Enactus, and more. The summit will focus on the future of entrepreneurship and exploring recent technological advances that have reimagined the entrepreneurship space and the impact on social change. The summit will feature a panel of student entrepreneurs, followed by a keynote speaker and lunch.

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Apr
5
11:00 AM11:00

Launch Your Career in Social Entrepreneurship Panel

Come learn from experienced Social Entrepreneurs and organizations about how you can build a career solving important global challenges. As a collaborative effort from the UVA Career Center and the Social Entrepreneurship at UVA office, this program will feature representatives from Village Capital, Reinvented Labs, and Ashoka who will share insights on how to break into the SE field. They will discuss how you can combining a sense of innovation and positively impacting the world. FREE FOOD will be served.

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Mar
22
5:00 PM17:00

SE Speaker Series featuring Scott Beale

Join us to hear from one of the Top 50 Nonprofit CEOs in the U.S. to learn how he created and launched the “reverse Peace Corps.” At a time when the country is debating the value of diversity and global engagement, Scott Beale has grown Atlas Corps to reach 600+ social change leaders from 88 countries. You will hear firsthand the story of a social entrepreneur bringing their vision to reality, what it takes to lead a movement, and how international service can springboard your own career.

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Mar
17
8:00 AM08:00

“The University of Virginia Gentrification and Housing Justice: A Diagnosis and Proposal”

Organized by Laura Goldblatt, Global Development Studies at UVA  

A one-day conference to understand the University of Virginia’s role in a local housing market that remains unaffordable to low-income residents and people of color in Charlottesville and to consider solutions to create more equitable housing policies. The conference will be followed by a series of trainings and a community meeting.

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Nov
9
5:00 PM17:00

Finalist Pitches for the Social Entrepreneurship Track of the E-Cup

The purpose of the Concept stage of the competition is to surface and seed ideas from all parts of the university at every stage of development. Students are encouraged to come up with out-of-the-box ideas that could be translated into compelling projects. Submissions are not expected to be a full business plan, and will not be penalized for not having a working prototype, fully developed team, forecast, revenues, etc. $25,000 in total prize money will be awarded as part of the Concept Stage.

This event is open to the public, and refreshments will be served.. We are pleased to have the following guest judges joining us to evaluate the best student social enterprise pitches of the competition:

Cheis Garrus, Managing Director, MRC Capital Advisors

For more than 20 years Mr. Garrus has provided advice and analysis for investments, mergers and acquisitions, corporate strategy, business development and management. In his career, Mr. Garrus has served as Director, International Housing Solutions and Equities Analyst, Strategic African Securities (Ghana), and held positions in private equity and business development.

Diane Miller, Blue Moon Fund and Blue Morning

Diane Miller previously was President and CEO of the W. Alton Jones Foundation, and has served on a variety of non-profit boards, including Planned Parenthood of Virginia, the Childrens’ Discovery Museum, the Architectural Review Board of Albemarle County, Building Goodness Foundation, Urban Vision, Tandem Friends School, and the Global Environmental Institute.

York Eggleston, Founder & Managing Partner, YE Ventures

After gaining invaluable experience and honing his skills at leading advisory and principal investment firms such as Booz Allen & Hamilton, Salomon Brothers and Schroeder Ventures, Mr. Eggleston spent the last 20 years creating, developing and commercializing intellectual property.

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Nov
7
5:00 PM17:00

SE Speaker Series “So You Want to Start a Social Venture,” featuring Dahna Goldstein

Dahna Goldstein, a Bretton Woods II fellow at New America, is a social entrepreneur and advisor to social impact organizations. Goldstein was the founder and CEO of PhilanTech, a B Corp created to help nonprofits achieve greater social impact, which was acquired by Altum in 2014. Goldstein currently teaches technology entrepreneurship at Georgetown University. Join us to learn how to ask the right questions and do the right market research before deciding to start a new company or organization, and hear from someone who’s been there. You may be surprised to hear some reasons why your great idea should not become a new organization, but should lead you to partner and innovate with an existing one instead. 

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