20 Years of Impact

Accelerating Innovation

“Innovation is the real business of Harvard Business School,” noted an article in the March 2012 HBS Alumni Bulletin. And, as social entrepreneurship has taken on increasing prominence over the past two decades, HBS alumni have been at the forefront of change—from starting new organizations to imbedding an entrepreneurial spirit within established ones; from funding innovators in the field to creating new forms of social investing.

Innovation Spotlight: New Venture Competition

The social enterprise track of the New Venture Competition provides an opportunity for students to explore social entrepreneurship, test ideas, and develop plans for the launch of a social venture in a rigorous and supportive environment.

“The New Venture Competition was the highlight of my 2nd year at HBS. It helped me build lasting friendships with peers and connections with professors, It gives me tremendous satisfaction that our venture continues to make strides towards global impact.”

Gilbert Tang Co-founder, Diagnostics for All, Winner, NVC Social Enterprise Track 2008MBA 2008

New Venture Competition

The social enterprise track of the New Venture Competition —now entering its 14th year—provides an opportunity for students to explore social entrepreneurship and test ideas for social innovation in a rigorous and supportive environment.

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Alumni Entrepreneurs Making an Impact

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Misan Rewane co-founder, West African Vocational Education (WAVE), NigeriaMBA 2013

"WAVE was developed and inspired by interactions with HBS peers, faculty, and alumni, as well as the enabling environment and programs run by SEI and the Harvard i-lab....Working on the business plan for most of the year honed my learning experience at HBS and gave me an exciting new lens for processing academic content and interactions with faculty and fellow students"

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Abby Falik Founder and CEO, Global Citizen YearMBA 2008

“The question for me wasn't, “How can I start another non-profit?” but rather, “How do we work across sectors to change a system, engaging each in the most effective way?”

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Gerald Chertavian Founder & CEO, Year UpMBA 1992

“To put it simply, our focus since we launched in 2000 has been on jobs and education.”

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Scott Given Founder and CEO, Unlocking Potential MBA 2010

“We are driven to ensure that our students remain on a truly transformational trajectory that will allow them to succeed on the path to college and reach their full potential.”

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Joanna Jacobson Cofounder and Managing Partner, Strategic Grant Partners MBA 1987

“In 2002, 'venture philanthropy' as we know it today didn't exist, but we saw the opportunity to use business practices to create real social change.”

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Andrea Silbert President, Eos FoundationMBA 1991, MPA 1992

“In my career, I want to be a part of demonstrating that if we all work together and we work hard and commit resources, we can break the cycle of intergenerational poverty in urban America.”

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