Archive for the ‘social entrepreneurship’ Category

Huffington Post: What Does It Take to Change the World?

February 19, 2014
Neil Blumenthal WG’10, co-founder of Warby Parker, shared his story at Peace Week, along with other entrepreneurs who are determined to make the world a better place.

Did I mention that Warby Parker has given away half a million pair of glasses in 36 countries? MORE


The Hindu: Numbers and nutrition

February 19, 2014
The malnutrition rate is 42 percent among children in India. As many as 1500 children die everyday due to lack of a balanced diet. That’s why Ridhima Parvathaneni W’13/ENG’13 started Indian Impact–the “first and only online platform” with the goal of reducing malnutrition among Indian children.

Read about her in this terrific profile in The Hindu: MORE

Social Story: The story of a Citibanker who is ‘harnessing value’ of rural India

October 8, 2013
After a two-week trip to the Himalayas, then-Citibanker Ajay Chaturvedi GEX’02 changed his life. Now, he’s a Social Entrepreneur working to “harness value” in rural India through skill development and community based farming and micro-insurance in villages. 

Read more of his inspiring story: MORE

KCUR radio: Social Entrepreneurship: Making Changes By Making Money

September 13, 2013

Ian C. (Mac) Mac Millan, Wharton prof and Director of Wharton’s Snider Entrepreneurial Research Center, and Tom McDonnell WG’68 and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation are tw of the guests on this fascinating conversation about social entrepreneurship: MORE

Philadelphia Business Journal: City startup offers online training for autistic learners

August 19, 2013

Autism Expressed (CMO Jessica Stoller, C’08/WG’13) wants to get autistic students the digital-skills training they need to find jobs. MORE

Huffington Post: Inclusion Versus Innovation

August 16, 2013

Yana Watson Kakar WG’05 wants you to know that she’s inclusive — not necessarily innovative — in her West African business, bring private sector development to women-owned enterprises.

I love the thoughtful way she parses these ideas. MORE

Fast Company: You (Yes, You) Can Help Shape The Future Of Social Entrepreneurship

July 11, 2013

Wharton Entrepreneurship Academic Director Professor Ian MacMillan and Wharton Societal Wealth Program Director Jim Thompson are asking for your feedback to expand their free e-book, The Social Entrepreneur’s Playbook. MORE

Harpers Bazaar: We’re Obsessed: Under the Wire with Warby Parker

July 10, 2013

“Created from Japanese ion-plated titanium in either polished gold or jet silver shades, [the Meridian Collection features] classic aviator shapes reimagined.” MORE

Time: All Eyes on Philanthropy: Warby Parker Hits a Donation Milestone

July 9, 2013

Time Magazine looks at some of Wharton MBA-founded Warby Parker’s milestones, including the donation of their 500,000th pair of glasses. MORE

Mashable: Omaze Democratizes Charity Auctions for VIP Experiences

July 1, 2013

Q&A With Omaze Co-Founders Ryan Cummins and Matt Pohlson (WG’11) – MORE

Fox Small Business Center: Bringing Social Responsibility to Children’s Shoes

July 1, 2013

Women in Business profile on Ama Yawson (WG’09/L’09), founder of Joojos shoes in Brooklyn, NY. MORE

United Hemispheres: The Vision Thing

July 1, 2013

“If selling glasses online seems LIKE a fool’s errand, then the founders of Warby Parker may just be the most farsighted fools ever.” MORE

Forbes: Leadership Lessons From A Master Of Internet Retail

July 1, 2013

Excerpts from Forbes interview with Warby Parker co-founder Neil Blumenthal (WG’10) MORE

The Hamburg Sun: Young success: Grasso to hold leadership workshop for young girls

June 28, 2013

Wharton Entrepreneurial Intern Fellow Katlyn Grasso (W’15) asks “Why aren’t more girls pursuing more unique, versatile positions?” READ ARTICLE

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GOOD: The Grave Mistake Many Social Entrepreneurs Make, and How to Avoid It

June 28, 2013

If you want to found or fund a social enterprise, Wharton’s Professor Ian MacMillan and Jim Thompson suggest 4 critical questions you must ask. MORE

Personal Democracy Forum 2013: For Love…or Money? Why ‘For-Profit Civic Start-up’ Isn’t A Contradiction

June 19, 2013

Wharton and Venture Initiation Program alumna and founder of ElectNext dispels the myths that being a for-profit civic business distracts from doing good and being mission-driven is a barrier to “real” success. WATCH HERE

Philadelphia Daily News: Springboard takes a big leap

June 19, 2013

“Springboard Collaborative is gearing up to bring its summer-reading model to four district schools in North Philadelphia that will serve 480 mostly K-3 pupils, at least half of whom will be arriving from three recently closed district schools.” MORE

Flying Kite Media: Springboard Collaborative expands its innovative summer reading program

June 12, 2013

“Now entering its third year, Springboard Collaborative (an alum of our Venture Initiation Program) has secured a vendor agreement with the Philadelphia School District, expanding their reach from a couple hundred kids to over 900 students at eight schools.” MORE

PhillyInc: Accelerating 11 ‘social-impact’ enterprises

June 6, 2013

Venture Initiation Program company ProfessorWord, founded by Betty Hsu (WG’14) and Ivan Chang, joins GoodCompany Group’s business accelerator program. MORE

Fast Company: 30 Second MBA

June 4, 2013

Charlie Javice (W’14), founder of PoverUP, answers the question What Is A Risk Not Worth Taking? MORE

INC: Warby Parker CEO: Why Empathy Matters

May 31, 2013

“Neil Blumenthal [WG’10], co-founder of Warby Parker, says it’s important to teach your staff to be aware of others. Here’s why.” Fresh Thinking for City Schools

May 29, 2013

An “encouraging step was taken when the SRC [School Reform Commission] green-lighted a four-school, 480-student pilot program. The Springboard Collaborative is an innovative summer-reading curriculum, the brainchild of 24-year-old Alejandro Gac-Artigas [Venture Initiation Program alum and Master of Education degree holder from the University of Pennsylvania].” MORE

Penn Gazette: On a Roll

May 10, 2013

How the Penn alumnus (Samuel Reeves W’05) behind Humanistic Robotics, Inc. is saving the world one landmine at a time—and making money doing it. MORE

CNBC & Vogue Magazine cover opening of Warby Parker flagship retail store

April 12, 2013

CNBC: Wharton alum founded Warby Parker opens first flagship store in New York City. MORE

Vogue Magazine covers the flagship store’s opening celebration – PHOTOS HERE

WSJ The Accelerators: Neil Blumenthal: Three Rules for Pricing

April 10, 2013

“Pricing is the hidden challenge of entrepreneurship. It’s a topic that no one talks about, even though (or perhaps because) it involves difficult decisions that hugely impact the success of your business.” MORE