SEPI Weekly Newsletter

SEPI Innovation Awards Celebration!

We hope to see you TOMORROW!

SEPI is honorably announcing the first SEPI Student Innovation Awards for the Bartelli Bike Rack, DISI, and Hult Global Challenge Pitch!

Do you know any of the folks below? If so, give them a big high five and join us tomorrow!

SEPI Innovation Awards Celebration!

Join SEPI, the Social Entrepreneurship and Policy Initiative’s outgoing student committee, tomorrow for the LDOC (Last day of classes) to celebrate!

Rubenstein Lawn

Wednesday April 17, 5:30-7pm

Lawn games, Food and Refreshments!

We’ll acknowledge these friends and colleagues for their entrepreneurial contributions that have raised the profile of social innovation at Sanford. Learn more about these awesome projects, and SEPI too!

Leadership Award:

Danny Heller, MPP & Jenn Shen, PhD, for

DISI, Duke Interdisciplinary Social Innovators

Risk-Takers Award:

Hult Global Challenge Pitch Competition Team—

Pankhuri Dutt, MIDP

Silvia Fontana, MIDP

Ana Lucia Garcia, MIDP

Aung Thant, MIDP

Hrachya Topalyan, MIDP

Scaling Innovation Award:

Jeff Bartelli, MPP, for the Rubenstein Bike Rack Initiative

Fill out a quick survey and win BIG!!

Dear SEPI followers:

We’re writing to ask for 6 minutes of your time to help with an important short survey about social entrepreneurship here on campus. Participants who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for a $100 Amazon Gift Card.

Survey link:

The objective of this Duke-wide survey is to gauge interests and demand for student resources across Duke, in an effort to provide more opportunities in education, career and extracurricular activities. With your input, we can help ensure that those resources meet the needs of Sanford School, too!

Information collected from the survey will help administration determine what resources are needed to support students interested in learning more about social entrepreneurship and in becoming a part of social impact work in the future. Thank you for your help with this important process!

Questions? Email Bridget Bailey.

Free Webinar: The Future of Social Impact Investment


Friday, April 19, 2013

12 p.m.-1 p.m. Eastern
11 a.m.-12 p.m. Central
9 a.m.-10 a.m. Pacific

Event Details

(Presented by Harvard Business Review in partnership with The Bridgespan Group, with support from Omidyar Network)

Foundations hold $700 billion in assets. Ten million people work for nonprofits in the United States. With resources like these, why do social entrepreneurs suffer from lack of funding? And why are we still facing intractable social problems?

Sir Ronald Cohen, one of the world’s leading private-equity investors, believes it's because we haven't yet developed effective ways to fund the solutions that work. That's where impact investing comes in — making investments in organizations that try to generate social and environmental returns alongside financial ones.

In this free HBR webinar, Cohen will discuss

impact investment and where it stands today. He also will discuss his vision for the future, including how the field will need to evolve and innovate to effectively address social issues.

Join us. Ask questions and learn more about how impact investing could help resolve some of our toughest social challenges.

This webinar is part of the HBR-Bridgespan Insight Center on Scaling Social Impact, a three-month blog series on propelling social innovation. To receive our upcoming compendium of the blogs, From Start-up to Scale: Conversations on Scaling Social Impact from the HBR-Bridgespan Insight Center, please click here.

Our mission is to provide opportunities for and leverage the skills of our members through leadership, education, and experience in social entrepreneurship and policy within the Duke community.