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.

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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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Aldi Haryopratomo Founder & CEO, RUMA MBA 2011

“I saw an opportunity to be the leading network of technology-empowered micro-entrepreneurs in Indonesia.”

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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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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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Stig Leschly CEO, Match EducationMBA 1997, JD 1998

“Over the next 15 years, the goal in our schools is to really break through to a situation where we can truly prepare kids for high-level college education and, eventually, livelihoods ... because then you can break the cycle of poverty.”

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Daniella Barone Soares CEO, Impetus Private Equity FoundationMBA 1997

“We invest in high-potential charities to support them in developing a long-term strategy that incorporates sustainable income generation, including social investment.”

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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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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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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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