Author Archives: SEI at Northeastern

The business of doing good


Posted on July 9, 2014 by Jason Korn­witz, North­east­ern News. “In the morn­ings, the stu­dents were curi­ous learn­ers, study­ing the ins and outs of micro­fi­nance and eco­nomic devel­op­ment in Latin Amer­ica at the Santo Domingo Insti­tute of Technology. In the after­noons, they were unpaid con­sul­tants, sur­vey­ing clients of Esper­anza Inter­na­tional, a lead­ing micro­cre­dit orga­ni­za­tions, and writ­ing qual­i­ta­tive reports …
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Enterprise Spotlight: Bureo Skateboards


Chile is one of Latin America’s fastest grow­ing economies. Accord­ing to the World Bank, approx­i­mately seven mil­lion Chileans lifted them­selves out of poverty between 2004 and 2012 due largely to increases in gain­ful employ­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties. Despite such socioe­co­nomic improve­ment, Chile con­tin­ues to under­per­form, rel­a­tive to neigh­bor­ing coun­tries like Argentina, with regards to envi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion. Plas­tic pol­lu­tion …
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A Message from a Graduate of the Social Enterprise Institute


by Emily Turner Many of you are just days from grad­u­a­tion in what could be the most ter­ri­fy­ing and excit­ing week of your life. I remem­ber it well, just over four years ago now, feel­ing like I was on the edge of pos­si­bil­ity. The news relayed mes­sages of how lit­tle hope I had in the …
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A Northeastern Perspective on the Passing of Madiba


It is the great Madiba’s his­toric legacy that South Africa is finally a free, demo­c­ra­tic and non-discriminatory soci­ety. It is up to the next leader of this remark­able coun­try to carry that legacy for­ward from social jus­tice to eco­nomic jus­tice. With social equal­ity comes the expec­ta­tion for full and com­plete equal­ity, and the expec­ta­tion among the mil­lions of poor South Africans is for more and bet­ter jobs, and the improved con­di­tions of daily life that fol­low pro­duc­tive and mean­ing­ful work for all.

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Defining Social Impact Investing


The impact invest­ing area with the social enter­prise space is receiv­ing a lot of atten­tion lately, and for good rea­son. There is great poten­tial for accel­er­at­ing global devel­op­ment by deploy­ing pri­vate cap­i­tal to achieve social good, so long as it is done in an informed and respon­si­ble way.

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How to Build Financially Sustainable Social Enterprises

Tra­di­tional busi­nesses find a path to finan­cial sus­tain­abil­ity by grow­ing their rev­enue, improv­ing their gross and oper­at­ing mar­gins, increas­ing their free cash flow, effi­ciently man­ag­ing both cap­i­tal expen­di­tures and work­ing cap­i­tal, and build­ing their asset base. Achiev­ing these finan­cial per­for­mance indi­ca­tors typ­i­cally result in easy access to financ­ing and higher stock prices.

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