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Coolhunting: Social Enterprises that Attract Venture Capital

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What: WKSH 8592 – Social Innovation Investing
Who: Beryl Levinger, Fernando DePaolis, Evan Bloom
When: April 16th – 18th
Where: B 105 (Morse Building)

GSIPM is pleased to announce a new workshop on Social Innovation Investing.  The theme for this 1.0 credit workshop is “Coolhunting:  Discovering pattern-breaking social enterprises that attract venture capital.”

Funding agencies, social investors and development institutions around the world are seeking to make investments that generate social and environmental impact as well as financial return. This emerging sector, called “impact investing,” has the potential to become a powerful force for global change.

One of the critical challenges facing this new movement is identifying and cultivating high quality opportunities for impact investors. In this workshop, students will learn how to discover and evaluate pattern breaking social enterprises. The workshop, co-led by Evan Bloom, Co-founder of Root Change, Beryl Levinger, and Fernando de Paolis, will introduce the fundamentals of impact investing, including deal sourcing and brokering. The interactive workshop will include new data on deal sourcing and investment trends as well as an introduction to the key institutions that are building this dynamic, new sector.  Student will learn and apply a new framework for identifying social innovation and will participate in a simulated “opportunity screening workshop.”

Please note that while GSIPM Program Chairs Fernando de Paolis and Beryl Levinger are listed in Banner as the instructors, Evan Bloom (of DPMI fame) will be the lead instructional team member.  Registration is limited to 30 participants. This workshop may be applied to the MPA workshop requirement.

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