Past Events

Jul 12, 2018

Algorithm for Change: Final Pitch-Off

The Algorithm for Change Final Pitch-Off was held on July 12, 2018. Four winners walked away with a total of $1.1 million in cash prizes. Read the press release here. Thank you to all who attended and participated!

Feb 20, 2018

Towards A New Reconstruction: Owning Our Past to Build Our Future

Today in America, we are witnessing a deeply threatening resurgence in open white supremacist ideologies. From the Trump Administration’s response to neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, to attempts to re-write history and draw a moral equivalency between Confederate and Union principles, long-standing symbols of our Confederate past stand at the center of a contentious battle on the definitions of heritage and hate. Who controls the histories we tell? How do we reconcile these understandings of the American experience? And what can you do to counter racism, and pivot this moment towards a lasting truth and reconciliation with our past?


Jan 29, 2018

Skirball Talks: Insightful Brevity

In a society where the accuracy of our news is constantly questioned, while media companies navigate changing markets and increasing attacks, how do we stay engaged and informed? The NYU Social Entrepreneurship Program is partnering with new media company Axios to discuss the future of media, changes in news and entertainment, and the role of journalism in our system of checks and balances.

This event will feature one-on-one conversations with cable and network leaders about industry trends, as well as a deep dive with journalists into how news agencies are navigating a new generation of consumers in today’s tense political climate.

Presented as part of the new SKIRBALL TALKS series. Mondays at 6:30 during the academic terms, SKIRBALL TALKS hosts visionaries from the worlds of politics, the arts, sciences, academia, and more. Future guests include Eckhart Tolle and Marion Nestle.

Dec 8, 2017

Lunch with Social Entrepreneur & NYU Professor Susan Davis

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The NYU Social Entrepreneurship Program & NYU Stern are offering a unique opportunity to meet social entrepreneurship pioneer Susan Davis. You will be able to learn more about Susan’s university wide undergraduate Spring 2018 course, Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development, meet others deeply interested in social entrepreneurship and sustainable business, and engage with one of its most respected pioneers.

Find out more about Susan Davis's course:

Dec 4, 2017

Childhood Trauma, Social Entrepreneurship and Leadership at the Intersections

Sexual violence has been in the news a lot this year. From Washington, DC to Hollywood, it seems to be popping up everywhere. In October, #MeToo revealed the tip of the iceberg, focusing on adult women's experiences at the hands of adult men.

When we center child victims, however, the picture gets much bigger - and more complex. The US Centers for Disease Control estimates 20% of all children (1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys) experience rape or sexual abuse by an older child or an adult by the age of 18. Furthermore, studies suggest that gender non-conforming children may be at even greater risk. In fact, a 2011 study of more than 1,000 transgender people found over 50% had experienced sexual violence at some point in their lives, and of those who were adult sexual violence survivors, 72% had also survived child sexual abuse.

For the past twenty years, Amita Swadhin has been working to end institutional and interpersonal violence against young people, focusing on the violence of child sexual abuse as a root cause of many other forms of social injustice.

Since 2016, Amita has been traveling the country collecting the stories of LGBTQ people of color who survived childhood rape and sexual assault. Her project, Mirror Memoirs, uses storytelling and survivor leadership to illuminate the needs and wisdom of survivors at this vulnerable intersection that has not been widely discussed.

On December 4th, Amita shared publicly for the first time some of the preliminary findings of nearly 50 interviews and how social entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and philanthropists can lead at the intersections.

Learn more about Amita's work.

Dec 1, 2017

Lunch with Social Entrepreneur & NYU Professor Jeffrey Hollender

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The NYU Social Entrepreneurship Program & NYU Stern are offering a unique opportunity to meet social entrepreneurship pioneer Jeffrey Hollender. You will be able to learn more about Jeffrey’s university wide undergraduate Spring 2018 course, Sustainable Business & The New Economy, meet others deeply interested in social entrepreneurship and sustainable business, and engage with one of its most respected pioneers.

Find out more about Jeffrey Hollender's course:

Nov 28, 2017

Global Webinar 5 with Leping Social Entrepreneur Foundation

What would you say to an impact investor about your idea? Or a donor you want to support you? Or a prospective partner? Join Rick Wang of Social Venture Partners and the Leping Social Entrepreneur Foundation to learn a new template for a more compelling 3-minute pitch that gives you a better chance for success.

Nov 28, 2017

Lunch with Social Entrepreneur & NYU Professor Susan Davis

Register for this event.

The NYU Social Entrepreneurship Program & NYU Stern are offering a unique opportunity to meet social entrepreneurship pioneer Susan Davis. You will be able to learn more about Susan’s university wide undergraduate Spring 2018 course, Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development, meet others deeply interested in social entrepreneurship and sustainable business, and engage with one of its most respected pioneers.

Find out more about Susan Davis's course:

Nov 20, 2017

Global Webinar 4: Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystems in the Developing Country Context with BRAC University

What is an ecosystem and how can you better understand yours? Using examples from Bangladesh, this webinar will look at how social entrepreneurs can get out on the ground and better understand the communities they seek to serve. Presented by BRAC University.

Nov 15, 2017

Global Webinar 3: Business Models for Social Enterprises with Nanyang Technopreneurship Center

One of the toughest things about setting up a social enterprise is figuring out a business model that advances the cause you are advocating for and is at the same time financially sustainable. In this webinar, award-winning Singaporean social entrepreneur, Veerappan Swaminathan, will be sharing with you some of his favourite business models from social enterprises around the world. This webinar will offer you some ideas that you can adopt for your own social venture.

Nov 9, 2017

Global Webinar 2: Using the Idea Napkin by IBA Karachi

In this webinar, IBA Karachi law and finance professor Azam Ali will share a simple tool he wishes he knew about when he set up his first startup in 2000. The Idea Napkin consists of five basic questions you should answer on a napkin, sheet of paper or post-it notes when you start working on an entrepreneurial idea. This webinar will help you clarify which distribution challenge you should be working on for the competition.

Nov 2, 2017

Systems Thinking as a Response to the Global Refugee Crisis

The Tri-State Area Africa Funders, in partnership with The B Team, Fidelity Charitable, Focusing Philanthropy, the New England International Donors, and the NYU Social Entrepreneurship Program, present Systems Thinking as a Response to the Global Refugee Crisis.

The world is witnessing the highest levels of human displacement ever recorded. Today 65 million people have been forced from their homes due to violence and persecution. Of these, more than 22 million have crossed an international border and are considered refugees. Most live without social safety nets and are deprived of basic rights. On average, a refugee remains in exile for more than 17 years. Many countries in Africa are hosting their third generation of refugees born in exile. The current “care and maintenance” approach to humanitarian assistance, which focuses on providing emergency aid year after year, is no longer fit for purpose. Can models of systems change address the burgeoning needs of this community? A group of stakeholders from the foundation, government, nonprofit and business sector believe that it can and are mobilizing to collectively promote opportunities for refugees to become self-reliant and contributing members of their host communities.

We will gather together in New York City for a discussion on the potential application of systems thinking as a response to the global refugee crisis. This interactive panel will be moderated by Jeff Walker, author of the SSIR article Solving the World’s Biggest Problems: Better Philanthropy Through Systems Change, and featuring RefugePoint’s Sasha Chanoff, IKEA Foundation’s Patricia Atkinson and Women's Refugee Commission’s Dale Buscher.

Nov 1, 2017

Global Webinar 1: Intro to the NYU Social Entrepreneurship/D-Prize Competition Consortium and Social Entrepreneurship

Join us for the first webinar of the 2017 - 2018 competition, which will be hosted by NYU Social Entrepreneurship Program Program Manager Rachel Botos and D-Prize Co-Founder Nicholas Fusso. You will learn how to successfully design your social venture, get a brief overview of the field of social entrepreneurship, have the opportunity to workshop your idea with an international community of change agents, and ask any questions you may have.

Sep 28, 2017

CareerX: NYU Info Session

Join us September 28: Ashoka Fellow Greg Van Kirk and Your Project X have launched a “first-of-a-kind” global internship and personalized leadership program for you - CAREER X. It is everything you need to thrive in the unpredictable future of work. It's a multi-country program where you will gain experience in adaptive leadership, design thinking, social entrepreneurship, cross-cultural team building, and consulting - all skills that employers are deeply focused on.

Snacks will be served! RSVP here

If you apply and are accepted, you will gather 1 Sunday a month, beginning this October and travel to Guatemala for 10 days during January break. In Guatemala you'll take what you've learned and consult for organizations and entrepreneurs that are focused on challenges that you're passionate about. You will walk away with actual internship experience, a huge mentor network (including the leadership from Warby Parker, Deloitte, Ashoka, Junior Achievement Worldwide, and others) and even build your own social ventures here in NYC. You will also receive recognition of completion from Columbia Business School "Venture for All" for a course in Social Innovation for Sustainable Development. All you need to succeed. All in one. Learn more and apply now:

Sep 27, 2017

Milamber Global Investor and Ambassador Cocktail Reception

On September 27th, the NYU Social Entrepreneurship Program will host the Milamber Global Investor and Ambassador Cocktail Reception. Milamber Ventures PLC is a leading growth accelerator focused on media, technology, and education. This fun and casual event will be a great opportunity to connect with their extraordinary community of impact investors, family offices, and entrepreneurs; all deeply committed to large-scale social change focused on education and clean tech. We are especially excited that social entrepreneur extraordinaire Peter Samuelson and clean tech guru Nick Parker will be on hand and sharing some words of wisdom on their visions for continued massive and catalytic impact.

Sep 20, 2017

Hacking Racial Bias with BE MORE

On September 20, 2017, the NYU Social Entrepreneurship Program and Focus for Health Foundation presented Hacking Racial Bias with BE MORE. The workshop was led by NYU Social Entrepreneurship alum, Anurag Gupta, Founder & CEO of BE MORE.

BE MORE aims to create a measurably better world by unleashing human capital, human talent, and human potential. They are imagining a world where conscious awareness of unconscious bias positively affects decision-making, allowing all of humanity to grow and reach its fullest potential. This half-day Hacking Racial Bias workshop delved into the anatomy of racial bias, its evidence-based causes, and its manifestations in decision-making. Participants were also introduced to proven strategies that break individual and institutional unconscious biases, with respect to race, through self-reflection and group exercises.

Learn more about how BE MORE is hacking bias and Anurag's work at

Sep 12, 2017

The Role of Brands in Empowering Citizens of a New Era with enso

Visit Medium for a recap on The Role of Brands in Empowering Citizens of a New Era. For the third year in a row, the enso team is gathering a group of business leaders committed to social good during the UN General Assembly - this time, to discuss a year that has been quite different than the others. With a new administration in the White House and growing concerns about the government’s ability to solve pressing problems, it’s becoming more apparent that brands need to lead with their values, and play an active role in helping make progress towards creating scaled impact. And with the increased sense of civic engagement that brought 5M people to the Women’s March in January, there’s an opportunity for brands and organizations to help keep the nation moving by providing inspiration, resources and meaningful pathways to action. What is the role brands can play in standing for values in an authentic way, and cut through the noise of traditional cause marketing? How do brands and organizations go beyond marketing to walking the talk? What’s working - and not working - within organizations as we collectively work towards establishing long term impact? Join enso and the NYU Social Entrepreneurship Program for a happy hour and conversation with Katie Hunt-Morr, Director of Community at Virgin-Unite Mark Anthony Thomas, Senior Vice President, Partnerships at New York City Economic Development Corporation Danielle Silber, Director of Partnerships at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Dana Rosenberg, Director, KIND Movement at KIND Healthy Snacks Carla Fernandez, General Manager at enso

May 11, 2017

Nanyang Technopreneurship Center Capstone Visit

On May 11 and 12, 2017, the NYU Social Entrepreneurship Program welcomed over 100 graduate students from the Nanyang Technopreneurship Center at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. We were thrilled to host this exceptional group of entrepreneurs for a two days of sessions focused on social impact across industries and technology companies in New York and the value of place in social entrepreneurship work. The students had the opportunity to hear from a panel of social entrepreneurial practitioners and leaders who have built companies of all kinds and are true experts in their fields. On each day, the students then divided into breakout groups that allowed them to explore learnings from the panel.

Thank you to everyone who joined us, including the panelists and breakout facilitators from organizations across New York and the entire staff at the Nanyang Technopreneurship Center, including Dr. Hooi den Huan, Rick Tay, Dr. Xia Zhiqiang, Chen Yihan, Gene Seow, Chen Fang, and Claire Tan.

Day 1: May 11, 2017

The May 11th panel for a select group of students was hosted in partnership with NYU Steinhardt's StartEd Accelerator and included a panel of entrepreneurs in MedTech, EdTech and FinTech. Panelists included Carol Barash of Story2, David Ehrich of Petal, David Ronick of Stash, Mark Switaj and Ankit Mathur of Roundtrip, and was moderated by StartEd’s Ash Kaluarachchi. After the panel, students learned about experimentation in entrepreneurship from Ajay Rajani and Tom Sampah of Nextt and had the chance to try an experiment with problems presented by the panelists. Each breakout group then had the opportunity to share their learnings with the full group of students and panelists.

Day 2: May 12, 2017

The May 12th NTC New York Entrepreneurship Forum 2017 at Yotel New York was focused on Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship. Panelists spoke to innovation in their industry and breakout discussions dove deep on student questions and topics suggested by panelists and breakout leaders. Panelists included BRAC USA Founding President & CEO Susan Davis discussing innovations in microfinance, Zady CEO & Co–Founder Maxine Bédat exploring innovations in sustainable fashion, and Solutions Journalism Network David Bornstein speaking about innovations in journalism and media. NYU Social Entrepreneurship Program Executive Director Gabriel Brodbar introduced and moderated the panel. Breakout leaders represented a range of industries including finance, international development, technology, and more.

Apr 17, 2017

The Ayurveda Way Book Launch

On April 17, 2017, alumni, staff, and friends of the NYU Social Entrepreneurship Program gathered to celebrate the release of The Ayurveda Way: 108 Practices from the World's Oldest Healing System for Better Sleep, Less Stress, Optimal Digestion, and More. The Ayurveda Way was written by 2006 Scholar Ananta Ripa Ajmera and offers an inspiring introductory guide to Ayurveda—the holistic health companion to yoga—and the oldest healing system in the world. We were joined by 125 of Ananta's friends and supporters to celebrate this tremendous accomplishment.

The Ayurveda Way makes this ancient approach understandable and applicable to a diverse, modern audience. Drawing on her experience as an Ayurveda teacher, Ajmera offers accessible advice on handling some of today's most pressing health priorities. Recipes incorporate spices such as turmeric, cumin, and ginger into daily meals for optimal digestion; easy breathing techniques and simple meditations help calm the mind; and advice like creating a personal sanctuary place in the home help nourish the spirit. Showcasing 108 different ways of accessing Ayurveda, The Ayurveda Way makes time–tested wisdom available to contemporary holistic health enthusiasts—even beginners—and anyone seeking inspiration and coaching on small changes they can make in their daily routine to uncover their natural, radiant health.

Learn more at Whole Yoga & Ayurveda and purchase the book on Amazon.

Feb 15, 2017

From Fear to Focus: Race in America and the Urgency of Now

The construct of race continues to have a defining impact on the idea of America. From her heritage of slavery and the genocide of her native peoples, through the slow and hopefully continuing arc that bends towards greater justice, America has yet to honestly come to terms with herself. The recent attention on longstanding biases in policing and the new administration's oppressive worldview beg Dr. King's warning, "We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now." Join us for a candid conversation from some of the most cutting edge thinkers working tirelessly to help build a stronger and more truly United States of America.

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