Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative-Related Upcoming Events

October 20, 2020

Inside Out: Redesigning Organizations for Social Justice

How might we leverage the tools of advocacy, participatory management, environmental justice, and inclusive storytelling to build more equitable organizations?

On Wednesday, Oct 14, at 11AM, join us for this research roundtable featuring speakers Olivet Hinds Jordan, PhD (MS ’12 in Organizational Change Management), Aleksandr Berezkin (MS ’21 in Nonprofit Management), Shruti Dhaundiyal, and Dhriti Dhaundiyal present their papers.

Moderated by Jill Mosebach (MS ’20 in Organizational Change Management).

We hope you can join us!



Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative

Upcoming Events
Watch From last week: Urban X cohort
Streamed Demo Day – All climate tech startups.


Read from Institute for the Future From System Shock to System Change Time to Transform: The Future of Sustainability 


Read: New Funding 
Strategy Session: Flybridge -Backed Fund Goes After ‘The Community’


Connect with Potential Team Members and Collaborators at the NYU Entrepreneurs Festival

The 9th Annual NYU Entrepreneurs Festival will be held virtually via Zoom on

Friday, Oct 23.

Register Non NYU students for $20


Where over 1,000 members of the NYU startup community come together to connect, collaborate, and celebrate entrepreneurs across the University. Meet and network on the accompanying Slack channel


From Impact Hub:

Tuesday, October 20th, 5:30pm 

A discussion with the David Prize Winner



The David Prize is a celebration of individuals and ideas to create a better, brighter New York City. Open to any individual working in the five boroughs, the Prize welcomes those with the grit and vision to change our communities, culture and our future for good.


According to the Wall Street Journal, The David Prize is “a new cash award that may be the most freewheeling grant competition in the city.” The Prize aims to fund those that others do not, and isn’t bound by sectors, disciplines or impact metrics. Each year, the Prize will award five individuals $200K each, no strings attached.


Join The David Prize for a conversation with winners from the inaugural year of the competition. You will learn about new ideas that are shaping New York’s future today in health and education led by individuals that fell into ‘social entrepreneurship’ without realizing it. You’ll also have time to hear directly from The David Prize on the process for this year’s Prize and FAQs.



Wednesday, October 21, 12pm

Meet the Innovator: Shrevas Navare 



Shreyas Navare is CEO & Co-Founder of Ladderworks. Ladderworks is a NYC-based publishing startup of diverse picture books with the mission to empower at least a million kids to become social entrepreneurs. Shreyas is also a Harvard WCFIA Fellow on international affairs and holds an MBA from IIT Bombay. He is also a cartoonist  and currently also serves on the board of Arts Connect International. HarperCollins has published two collections of his work as the editorial cartoonist of the Hindustan Times. He has held several international cartoon exhibitions and his original artworks are in the collection of the Library of Congress.



Impact Funding for Social Entrepreneurs During COVID19

Tuesday, October 27, 5:00-6:30pm



The Impact Funding landscape is changing, adapting to the new rules dictated by Covid-19 and by a renewed push for social justice and equality, both at societal and infrastructure levels. While the entrepreneurial ecosystem is trying to evolve to offset all the new obstacles and create new paradigms, the investor community is put to the test to see how it’s reacting to it, and how it’s supporting the new challenges of the community. How can Social Entrepreneurs connect and reconnect with Impact capital? How the Impact Investing community can deploy capital in a more meaningful and cross-systemic way? We will entertain an honest conversation with three powerhouses from the Impact Investing community that will share their insights, talk about opportunities, and propose solutions.



Rashmi Pendse is VP of Citi Impact Investing, working for Cit’si Impact Fund, a $150 million venture capital fund that invests in double bottom line U.S.-based startups from the seed stage and up in four sectors: sustainability, workforce development, financial capability, and physical and social infrastructure.


Melissa L. Bradley is a Co-founder of venture backed Ureeka, a community where small businesses gain unprecedented access to the expertise needed to grow their business.


Erika Boll is Executive Director of The David Prize, which celebrates funds extraordinary individuals with ideas, projects, products, and passions that are making (or will make) New York City a better place for more of us.


Simone Tarantino (moderator) has over 25 years of entrepreneurial and business experience, currently serving as a lead mentor for the ERA Global accelerator in NY, a consultant for the Italian Trade Agency, and Senior Advisor to several international initiatives.


From Gary’s Guide: Oct 22 

WRLDCTY w/ Bjarke Ingels (Founder, BIG), Dan Doctoroff (CEO, Sidewalk Labs), Shin-Pei Tsay (Dir. Policy, Uber), Laura Cha (Chairman, Hong Kong Exchanges), Fred Olayele (Chief Economist, NYC), Chip Conley (ex-Head of Global Strategy, Airbnb).



From Columbia University Tamer Center
Friday, October 30, 9:45-1:00pm

The 19th Annual Social Enterprise Conference, Capital for Good this year is a Digital Event Series, hosted throughout the academic year. It brings together industry leaders, investors, philanthropists, professionals, faculty, students, and alumni to share best practices and engender new ideas surrounding the intersection of capital and society.



Welcome Remarks

9:45-10:00 AM

with Bruce M. Usher, co-director of the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise and Elizabeth B. Strickler ’86 and Mark T. Gallogly ’86 Faculty at Columbia Business School


Capital for Justice: Using Impact Investing for Racial Equity


with Kesha Cash ’10BUS, founder and general partner of Impact America Fund, with more speakers to come!

How can the flow of social impact capital from asset holders to Black and underrepresented founders and entrepreneurs be accelerated to generate systemic solutions to create diverse, equitable, and inclusive economies? Can impact investing be more effectively used as a tool to generate economic opportunity and mobility for Black and marginalized communities?


The .06%: Founding and Fundraising as Women of Color

USES OF CAPITAL | 11:00-11:50 AM

with Kiara Butler, CEO and founder of Diversity Talks; Amanda DoAmaral, founder and CEO of Fiveable; Shani Dowell, founder and CEO of Possip; and Beverly Leon ’20BUS ’14CC, founder and CEO of Local Civics; moderated by Aaron T. Walker, founder and CEO of Camelback Ventures

According to ProjectDiane 2018, less than .06 percent of the $424.7 billion in venture funding since 2009 went to Black women. In light of the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on Black and brown communities and the renewed focus on the Movement for Black Lives, how has the founding and fundraising environment for Black, Indigenous, Women of Color (BIWOC) CEOs changed? What challenges do BIWOC founders face and how has this changed due to the pandemic and recent social unrest?


Book Talk, Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope

KEYNOTE | 12:00-12:50 PM

with Sheryl WuDunn, author and journalist, in conversation with Bruce M. Usher, co-director of the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise and Elizabeth B. Strickler ’86 and Mark T. Gallogly ’86 Faculty at Columbia Business School

Join this session for a live virtual conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sheryl WuDunn, who will discuss a new book and film, Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope, which explores solutions for the systemic inequality facing America’s hometowns. With stark poignancy and political dispassion, Tightrope addresses the crisis in working-class America while focusing on solutions to mend a half-century of governmental failure.

Closing Remarks

12:50-12:55 PM

with Sandra Navalli ’03BUS, OAM, managing director of the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise and assistant adjunct professor at Columbia Business School

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Upcoming Accelerator Deadlines:


Techstars NYC Accelerator (One of the top accelerator programs in the world; $120,000 funding for 6% equity; 3 months hybrid program; Mar 22 – Jun 17; Mentorship, demo day; 60+ alumni including ClassPass, Plated, Timehop, Jukely); apply by Dec 20.


ERA Accelerator (Winter 2021 Program; $100K funding for 8% equity + potential follow-on; Jan 11 – Apr 30; Network of 500+ mentors & 200+ alums including Scentbird, YoungAlfred, Glia, Sayspring, Cardflight); apply by Nov 02.


LAUNCH Virtual Accelerator (For startups with product in market, traction, revenue & technical execution; Vertical agnostic; 7 startups in each session; 12 week program; Begins Jun 25; Pitch to 200+ investors in Silicon Valley); apply.


Alpaca VC (Formerly Corigin Ventures; Investing $2.5M into funds operated by Black investors over the next year including writing 3-5 commitments betn $500K & $1M each to US-based funds that are majority-black owned & focus on seed & pre-seed investments).


Black Founder Startup Grant (Cash grants for black women & non-binary founders & entrepreneurs; 9 grants of $10K & $5K; Awardees receive tactical help navigating fundraising environment; With SoGal Foundation, Winky Lux, bluemercury, twelveNYC, Lively).