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SEEED Summit Recap


On March 16th and 17th, Social Venture Partners Rhode Island (SVPRI) and Brown University’s Social Innovation Initiative and Entrepreneurship Program launched their first Social Enterprise Ecosystem and Economic Development (SEEED) Summit at Brown University. Approximately 450 social entrepreneurs, business leaders, local and national government officials, academics, and students attended the 2-day conference, coming together to […]

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Capstone Class Explored Cooperatives in Central America


During spring break 22 Northeastern students flew to Managua, Nicaragua. This was no ordinary spring break.  For three months prior this group had been researching agricultural development, specifically cooperative structures in the Social Enterprise Institute capstone course, Advanced Studies in Social Entrepreneurship.  Cooperatives, both highly developed and informal, play a pivotal role in rural agricultural […]

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The Hult Global Case Challenge


The Hult International Business School (HIB) is a non-research based school with campuses in Boston, Shanghai, London, San Francisco and Dubai and faculty with professional experience from various backgrounds. The school is in the top 1% of international business schools with a #1 ranking in International Experience and #5 in International Business. HIB also prides […]

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Social Enterprise Lecture Series February 2012

Technology and Innovation for the Base of the Pyramid” featuring Professor Iqbal Quadir On the evening of Wednesday February 22, the Social Enterprise Institute welcomed Professor Iqbal Quadir, the Founder and Director of MIT’s Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship. Professor Quadir is perhaps most well known as the founder of Grameenphone, a company that paved […]

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Root Cause: A Glimpse of a Social Impact Market at Work

For students seeking co-operative education opportunities in the social enterprise space, just across the river an organization called Root Cause, a leading research and consulting firm for nonprofits in Cambridge, has embraced Northeastern students like Justin Bergeron through it’s co-op program with the Sociology Department. Bergeron, a Political Science major currently working in Root Cause’s […]

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Net Impact Members Simulate the Grameen Bank Experience

This spring, Net Impact is challenging its members to simulate the experience of a Grameen Bank borrower. The inspiration for this project is derived from the first micro-loan Muhammad Yunus issued in 1976 to a group of poor women in Jobra, Bangladesh. The small loan of just $27 ended the groups’ reliance on ruthless moneylenders, […]

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