Katie Messick in La Chureca

Katie Messick

Located outside of Nicaragua’s capital city of Managua, La Chureca is a community of 1,200 individuals living in the city’s municipal dump. The community is severely underserved in access to public services and unable to sustain themselves. Manna Project International (MPI), an organization working to empower communities in need through volunteer support and educational programs, is […]

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Business Model Design for Social Impact— How NEU Students are Bridging the ‘Valley of Death’

Dr. Gordon Adomdza

The Valley of Death is the chasm between a new social innovation and the market that could greatly benefit from that innovation.”   - Professor Gordon Adomdza  “The Valley of Death is where all good products go when you don’t have the right business model to carry them across the valley to successful launch.”  - John DiRienzo, […]

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Alumni Sean Smith at Invested Development

            Impact investing has recently become one of the most utilized methods to effect social change in the developing world. Many organizations worldwide invest in socially minded businesses, with the intention of generating social and financial returns. One such organization is Invested Development, an impact investment management firm that focuses on […]

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Sarah Hodsdon, Kenya


Looking back, it was pretty crazy,” Sarah Hodsdon said of her idea to travel to Kenya. The fifth-year senior, majoring in international affairs with a minor in social entrepreneurship, just returned from a leave of absence during which she journeyed around the African country. When asked how she came up with the idea to go, […]

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Andrew Cabasso: A New York lawyer with a love for development


A short while ago, I had the chance to interview Andrew Cabasso, a Northeastern alumni class of 2009, and recent graduate of Fordham’s School of Law. Prior to speaking with him, I looked a little bit into his experiences whilst at Northeastern University, specifically with the Social Enterprise Institute where I discovered that, as an […]

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SEI Welcomes New Faculty Member, Dr. Sophie Bacq

Professor Bacq in India

It is with great enthusiasm and excitement that I recently joined Northeastern University and the Social Enterprise Institute as an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

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