Student Perspective: Leaping into Impact Investing in Silicon Valley

Wharton and Harvard Kennedy School dual-degree candidate Chian Gong reflects on how her hands-on student experience helped launch her into impact investing. Impact Investing is en vogue, particularly in this generation that seeks a greater purpose in their day-to-day work.  I am part of the new vanguard of professionals that wants toRead More

Passion, Action, and Inspiration: a Personal Look at Social Entrepreneurship

Senior Jongmin Jeon reflects on his experience at Asia Impact Investment Exchange (IIX), an impact investment firm based in Singapore. Thailand rice farmers, Singaporean ex-convicts, Malaysian juveniles, Philippines native inhabitants, Indonesian uniform knitters -these are beneficiaries of social enterprises that I came across last year. As the list goes on and on,Read More

Student Perspective: Capacity Building in the Social Sector

Lena Backe, C’15, was a summer social impact fellow with WSII; she received funding and support to work in San Francisco. In today’s blog post, she shares her experience consulting for a branch of the enduring national nonprofit, Meal on Wheels.  Capacity building. This buzzword is frequently thrown around the socialRead More

Alumni Perspective: Teaming up with law school students to pitch a social enterprise

Vasco Bilbao-Bastida, a recent graduate of the Wharton MBA/MA joint degree Lauder Program, shares his experience working with law school students to pitch a social enterprise addressing access to justice as part of LawWithoutWalls. Beyond its clear impact in congressional bills and Supreme Court cases, the rule of law alsoRead More

Student Perspective: Addressing Local Hunger with a Business Mindset

Wharton junior Micah Sandusky spent his summer working to tackle local hunger alongside Philabundance, and assisting with business operations at the nation’s first nonprofit supermarket. Wharton Social Impact Initiative provided him with funding and support as part of the summer Social Impact Fellows program.   What can a food bank do when demand forRead More

Student Perspective: Diving into Impact Investing in Australia

Christopher Collins, a second year MBA candidate, spent four months as a summer analyst with one of Australia’s premier impact investment firms. Collins received funding and support from Wharton Social Impact Initiative as part of the Social Impact Fellowship program. When I was considering my ideal impact investing internship, I envisioned myselfRead More

Student Perspective: Thinking about long-term outcomes with Accion Venture Lab

Second-year Wharton MBA student Nathan Krishnamurthy spent his summer internship at Accion Venture Lab, one of the world’s leading VC groups dedicated to social impact — and in the meantime gained perspective on what it will take to grow the student-run Wharton Social Venture Fund. Social impact investing is an industry thatRead More

Student Perspective: Turning summer break into research for global poverty solutions

Monica Barrett, a student of the Wharton-Harvard Kennedy dual-degree program, reflects on her summer experience conducting research in the agricultural sector in Kenya. Barrett received funding from Wharton Social Impact Initiative to participate in an internship with Innovations for Poverty Action. Increasingly, new enterprises are infusing social missions into the fabric of theirRead More

Student Perspective: Helping nonprofits to run like a business

Wharton undergrad Anderson Tien shares his experience working with nonprofit Sisters by Heart, in collaboration with Wharton Social Impact Consulting (SIC) during the spring semester. The student-run consulting group provides pro-bono strategic consulting services to nonprofits and social enterprises in the Philadelphia region. You’ve been waiting at the hospital forRead More

Student Perspective: “Dollars and Change” Recap

Two undergraduate Social Impact Fellows recap a recent episode of Dollars and Change. The July 31 show was hosted by Sherryl Kuhlman and Sandi Hunt. Guests included Matt Bauer, CEO and Co-Founder of BetterWorld Wireless; Saul Garlick, CEO and Founder of ThinkImpact; and Jason Tarre, Startup Partnerships Manager for Venture for America.Read More