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Venture Well & Village Capital Event Take Aways

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The 24th of Octo­ber Joseph Steig came to North­east­ern Uni­ver­sity to talk about this new pro­gram cre­ated by the National Col­le­giate Inven­tors and Inno­va­tors Alliance with the help of Ven­ture Well and Vil­lage Cap­i­tal. This pro­gram helps iden­tify IT and clean tech inno­va­tions in top uni­ver­si­ties. It is an inten­sive two-weekend pro­gram where stu­dents receive …
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In the Field Update from Kenya

The past two months have flown by here. I orig­i­nally planned to come here to inde­pen­dently research Kenya’s micro­fi­nance landscape—seeking to under­stand how Kenyans, both in rural areas and in the slums of Nairobi, use rotat­ing sav­ings and cred­its asso­ci­a­tions (ROSCAs) and accu­mu­lat­ing sav­ings and credit asso­ci­a­tions (ASCAs) to man­age their finances— rather than the MFIs in the coun­try. But then while co-oping in China and think­ing about my expe­ri­ences at Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, I decided I wanted to learn more about approaches to income devel­op­ment beyond increas­ing access to finan­cial resources.

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TSiBA Education: More than a Co-op

This past spring semes­ter, I had the great for­tune to be on co-op in Cape Town, South Africa work­ing for TSiBA Edu­ca­tion at the Igni­tion Cen­tre. TSiBA Edu­ca­tion is a tuition-free higher edu­ca­tion provider that focuses on build­ing future busi­ness lead­ers from South Africa’s pool of tal­ented but poor and dis­ad­van­taged young people.

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Amanda Prifti: Partners in Health

Every­one is hard-working, unbe­liev­ably friendly, ded­i­cated and united for a greater pur­pose — end­ing global health inequal­ity. When some­thing so mean­ing­ful is a com­mon fac­tor in an envi­ron­ment, it’s elec­tri­fy­ing. Con­ta­gious. Invig­o­rat­ing. Really makes wak­ing up every morn­ing a plea­sure rather than a chore,” said Amanda Prifti, a senior at North­east­ern fin­ish­ing her final co-op at Part­ners in Health.

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Reflections on Global Experience

As a mem­ber of the Inter­na­tional Busi­ness pro­gram at North­east­ern, I spent my entire fourth year over­seas par­tic­i­pat­ing in a study abroad and inter­na­tional co-op. I was so enthralled with global expe­ri­ence that I added two field study pro­grams before and after my IB require­ment. This expe­ri­en­tial year as an expa­tri­ate strives to develop us as global lead­ers, thinkers, and doers. I had the oppor­tu­nity to travel to over a dozen dif­fer­ent coun­tries in only 12 months; more than I have ever in my entire life. But the gnaw­ing ques­tion when I returned to the states really made me think about what it means to go abroad: “What was your favorite part?”

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A Growing NU Curriculum to Meet Global Needs for Social Entrepreneurs

As the impact of social enter­prise grows around the world, we in turn are grow­ing our capac­ity to meet the mar­ket need for a new gen­er­a­tion of highly moti­vated and well trained social entrepreneurs.

Con­sis­tent with the unique mis­sion and approach of North­east­ern, our social enter­prise cur­ricu­lum is student-centered, prac­tice ori­ented, and global. Our focus is on design, devel­op­ment and finance for enter­prises work­ing in poverty reduc­tion and eco­nomic devel­op­ment in low income coun­tries and com­mu­ni­ties. We teach stu­dents how busi­ness and busi­ness prin­ci­ples can be a force for global good, espe­cially when inspired and informed young peo­ple lead the way toward pos­i­tive change, mean­ing­ful impact and broadly shared value.

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