Impact Investing

The Social Enter­prise Insti­tute chal­lenges its stu­dents to not only study impact invest­ing, an emer­gent field within social entre­pre­neur­ship, but to apply the strat­egy to global poverty in  ENTR2210: Social Impact Invest­ing — Con­nect­ing Com­pas­sion and Cap­i­tal and  ENTR4506: Advanced Top­ics in Social Entre­pre­neur­ship in Devel­op­ing Countries. 

In these classes, our stu­dents ana­lyze social enter­prises dri­ving inno­v­a­tive solu­tions to poverty and are able to invest in high-performing orga­ni­za­tions through the gen­eros­ity of our supporters. 

For the Ubuntu Fund, see below.

2013 — 2014 Dean Tom Moore Hon­ors Invest­ment Pitch 

$15,000 awarded to Aakar Inno­va­tions 

$5,000 awarded to Empower Gen­er­a­tion 

$5,000 awarded to Live­ly­hoods 

$5,000 awarded to Vision­Spring 

Spring 2013 — Nicaragua Cap­stone Impact Investing 

$10,000 awarded to Chi­nant­lan Juice & Fruit Coop­er­a­tive — Nicaragua 

2012 — 2013 Dean Tom Moore Hon­ors Invest­ment Pitch 

$ 5,000 awarded to Manna Project International

$5,000 awarded to Micro Credit Lim­ited  - Jamaica 

Spring 2012 — Nicaragua Cap­stone Impact Investing 

$5,000 awarded to SOPEXXCA Cof­fee Coop­er­a­tive — Nicaragua 

$5,000 awarded to Manna Project Inter­na­tional in La Chureca — Nicaragua 

2011 — 2012 Dean Tom Moore Hon­ors Invest­ment Pitch 

$ 10,000 awarded to One Acre Fund 

$5,000 awarded to Njabini Apparel 

$2,500 Research Grant awarded to the 2011 Hon­ors Schol­ars to mea­sure the impact of the funds dis­bursed to  One Acre Fund and Njabini Apparel  


Ubuntu Fund

Social Enter­prise Insti­tute founder, Den­nis Shaugh­nessy, estab­lished the Ubuntu Fund, which pro­vides seed cap­i­tal to entre­pre­neurs and emer­gency food funds to South African busi­ness stu­dents. The word “ubuntu” orig­i­nated from a Bantu term mean­ing human­ity towards oth­ers and is loosely trans­lated to “I am because we are”. It is one of the prin­ci­ple philoso­phies in post-apartheid South Africa where Nobel lau­re­ate Arch­bishop Desmond Tutu explained that ubuntu is what held the nation together in find­ing our com­mon humanity. 

The Ubuntu Fund was inspired in part by a stu­dent whom Shaugh­nessy worked with in the South Africa Field Study Pro­gram. The stu­dent walked 2,000 miles from Rwanda to Cape Town, South Africa to attend col­lege. The stu­dent has fre­quently been home­less and earns food money by offer­ing his ser­vices as a night­time secu­rity guard to wealthy South Africans to watch over their cars. For his grad­u­a­tion from SEI’s part­ner school in Cape Town, the Ter­tiary School in Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion (TSiBA), he rented a suit so not to show the North­east­ern stu­dents his cir­cum­stances. He said to Shaugh­nessy, “Those are just cir­cum­stances; they are not who I am.”

The Ubuntu Fund is sus­tained by donors to the Social Enter­prise Institute.