USF Net Impact Undergrad Launch Event: What is Social Entrepreneurship? An idea forum for conscious students

November 10, 2009 at 12:29 PM Leave a comment

Come out tomorrow night to learn about the growing field of social entrepreneurship, 6-8pm, Fromm Chapel.

USF Net Impact Launch event

USF Net Impact Launch Event

Join the University of San Francisco’s Net Impact Undergraduate Chapter as they present a panel of young entrepreneurs at the forefront of socially responsible and sustainable business. As our generation moves into the workforce and familiarizes itself with the complexities of the business world a new frontier has emerged that looks to combine the energy and enthusiasm for a fulfilling life with the necessity of making a living. A plethora of new businesses and non-profits led by dynamic, passionate, and inspired young people with a vision for a better world have developed over the last couple of years and we hope to spark discussion around the opportunities that are possible in today’s environment.

Come to learn and explore. Be inspired to grow and succeed.

Panel:

Hans Chung, Co-Founder of Mokugift (http://mokugift.com)

Our mission is to foster environmental solidarity by making it easy and rewarding for anyone to fight climate change and by providing the tools to inspire others to do the same. Mokugift makes it possible for concerned citizens, even those lacking access to planting space, to plant real trees for $1 apiece, either for themselves or as gifts to others. Gifting a mokugift tree is similar to sending an e-card, and recipients can display their trees online at Facebook, MySpace, MyYahoo, iGoogle and other popular Web sites. Award-winning nonprofit organizations specializing in agroforestry project—which restore depleted lands and boost the agricultural productivity and incomes of indigenous peoples in some of the poorest parts of the world—plant the actual trees purchased via mokugift.

Mike Del Ponte, Founder and CEO of Sparkseed (http://sparkseed.org)

At a time when the economy, the environment, and global institutions are undergoing a massive shift, young social innovators are leading the way with creative approaches and dynamic business models. Sparkseed is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing guidance, funding, and tools to this new generation of leaders.

Over the past two years, Sparkseed has launched 31 ventures throughout the country. These ventures are changing lives and protecting the environment. The students who lead these ventures are becoming effective social entrepreneurs.

Talis Apud-Martinez, Co-Founder and Director of Operations for Feel Good World (http://feelgoodworld.org)

FeelGood’s (FG) mission is to “unleash OUR potential for creating lasting social change.” We are an innovative social enterprise that empowers college students to become global citizens, socially responsible leaders and entrepreneurs while taking an active role in the sustainable end of poverty. Specifically, students create and run non-profit delis where they “give away” grilled cheese sandwiches for a voluntary donation. In addition to gaining critical business skills and inspiring their peers, they invest 100% of their profits in organizations sustainably ending poverty. We ensure their success as global citizens, entrepreneurs and changemakers through business consulting, investment capital and a formalized education curriculum

USF NEt Impact Undergraduate Chapter

USF NEt Impact Undergraduate Chapter

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