Social Innovator in Residence Program to Host Entrepreneur Joey Hundert, Feb. 25-27

Since 2014, Wharton Social Impact has invited social impact leaders to Penn’s campus for a multi-day visit filled with events and dialogue with students. We are pleased to announce Joey Hundert, Founder & CEO of Sustainitech, as the 2019 Nazarian Social Innovator in Residence.

Nazarian Social Innovators share their career experience and dedication to social impact with students at Penn through a multi-day campus visit. While they are on campus, Nazarian Social Innovators meet with and coach students individually, host small-group events, lead discussions or workshops, and more. Students—continue reading to learn about opportunities to meet this year’s guest, Joey Hundert.

About Joey Hundert

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Joey Hundert is a Canadian entrepreneur who focuses on sustainable technology and social causes. He is the Founder & CEO of Sustainitech, an agricultural technology company focusing on vertical and indoor farming of vegetables and fruits. Sustainitech is venture-backed and exports both produce and technology internationally.

Joey is also the Founder & Chairman of Sustainival, a renewable energy-powered carnival midway which tours North America and has inspired millions of attendees.

At points over the past decade, Joey has run a VC, been an executive in a publicly-trading company, advised governments on technology and economics, founded three consultancies, worked with Canadian First Nations on creating jobs, and more.

Campus Engagements

Mark your calendars—Joey Hundert will join us on campus from Monday, February 25th through Wednesday, February 27th.

“He has a great diversity of experiences, and is very down to earth and constructive. He was incredibly helpful in giving me real advice about how to approach the world. I am thankful that I had the opportunity to meet him,” says one student who met Joey at a previous campus visit.

Students: whether you’re looking for feedback on your social venture or you’re seeking general career advice, Joey can consult with you on whatever topic you’d like during a 1:1 session. Additionally, Wharton Social Impact will host a lunch as another opportunity to engage with Joey. These events are open to all Penn and Wharton students.

If you’re currently involved with WSII (i.e. WISE Fellows, Turner Social Impact Society members, etc.), we’re offering you additional invitation-only events to engage with our visitor. Be on the lookout for more information to hit your inbox soon.

In addition to meeting with students, Joey will be teaching Professor Tyler Wry’s Entrepreneurship (MGMT 230) and Venture Implementation (MGMT 231/806) classes, joining our SiriusXM show Dollars and Change, interviewing on Knowledge@Wharton, and more.

“Joey Hundert is a vivid example of what happens when you marry a lust for learning with deep persistence and a desire to change the world,” says Professor Tyler Wry. “Joey believes that—like a chainsaw—business is a tool that has the power to create immense benefits or great harms, and has set himself on demonstrating the former. He is one of my favorite entrepreneurs, and a shining example of how society can benefit when we take the time to get venturing ‘right’.”

We look forward to hosting Joey Hundert and learning more from his expertise this February.

Students, stay tuned: Information and invitations to RSVP for 1:1 sessions and lunch will be sent early February 2019. Not on our student list? Subscribe here.
Learn more about the Nazarian Social Innovator in Residence program.