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WORKSHOP: Innovations + Business Models for Social Enterprise

  • The Centre for Social Innovation 601 W 26th St #325 New York, NY 10001 USA (map)

Please join us for a unique academic-business partnership to explore innovative business models of social entrepreneurship within a new co-learning forum.

The event is designed for socially minded actors from diverse sectors to come together and develop new ideas and skills.

Event Schedule

6:00pm- 7:00pm Panel w/ Industry Experts

  • Perspectives from different stakeholders within social enterprise, including social entrepreneurs, impact investing, and corporate social responsibility.

7:00pm- 8:00pm Workshop & Live Brainstorming Session

  • Learn about Loop Juice from Canada, a case study of circular economy

  • Learn new tools, skills, and mindsets taught by Business Models Inc, producers of the book Business Model Generation

  • Apply new tools during a live brainstorming session with a social impact startup

8:00pm- 9:00pm Networking


Akash Ghai, Founder, Development 3

Akash founded Development3 (D3), an international consulting firm focused on providing social responsibility and change management solutions to organizations. D3 sees Social Responsibility (SR) as an integral and purpose-driven cog that changes the organizational fabric of a company for the better

Teresa Chahine, Social Entrepreneurship Program Leader, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

A scientist by training, Teresa approaches social entrepreneurship and innovation as the application of the scientific method to solving social problems. After completing her doctorate at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Teresa returned to her home country of Lebanon, where she helped launch Alfanar, a venture philanthropy that provides critical management support and tailored financing to social enterprises serving marginalized populations in the Middle East. Teresa leads the social entrepreneurship program at Harvard School of Public Health and is the author of a textbook on Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship.

Mark Pedersen, Co-founder and CFO, Frogtek

Mark is co-founder and CFO of Frogtek, a fintech company and for-profit social enterprise that specializes in developing and deploying innovative mobile technology to small “ mom-and-pop” shopkeepers in emerging markets. Mark has worked extensively in Latin America and recently joined Dalberg, a global organization working to build a more inclusive and sustainable world where all people can reach their fullest potential. Mark holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and MA in Economic and Political Development from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs


David Cote, Co-Founder LOOP Juice

Due to stock management issues and superficial reasons (produce shape, color and look), almost half of the fruits and vegetables grown around the world end up being wasted. LOOP Juice, based in Canada, saves produce discarded between the farm and the supermarket and at the distribution stage. Each bottle of juice is packed with over 1.5 kg of perfectly imperfect fruits and vegetables. In addition to making nutrient-rich juices readily available, LOOP Juice also makes use of the residual pulp by providing a partner company with the very nutritious high-fiber pulp byproduct which is then turned into dog treats and beer. LOOP Juice is an innovative and exciting company to watch in the growing circular economy.



Terry Huang, CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy

Terry Huang Terry Huang is a global leader on systems-oriented community health, cross-sectoral partnerships, design thinking, collective impact, social entrepreneurship, and the translation of science to policy. As Professor of Community Health and Director of the Center for Systems and Community Design at the City University of New York Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, he is interesting in developing a new cross-sectoral ecosystem that democratizes social innovation with an emphasis on sustainability rather than unlimited growth.Terry has held senior roles in the U.S. federal government and is a consultant for major organizations on innovative solutions to social and health challenges. He has a doctorate in preventive medicine and is completing his MBA at the IE Business School in Madrid, Spain.


Carley Jacobson, Business Models Inc

Carley Jacobson is a Strategy Designer at Business Models Inc. Through Business Models Inc she supports organizations with strategy, business model generation and validation, and value proposition design. For 6 years prior, Carley helped grow Autodesk's maker community With over 115 do-it-yourself tutorials, Carley has gained over 13 million page-views and recognition from major publications such as The Huffington Post, GQ Magazine, Popular Mechanics, and more. She uses her experience in online community building, hackathons, content creation, and customer development to build new innovative strategies. Carley holds a degree in Computer Science and Visual Art from Union College and an MBA in Design Strategy from California College of the Arts.

Meg Luce, Business Models Inc



About Business Models Inc

Business Models Inc. is an international strategy and business model consulting agency that helps corporate organizations and management teams to find new ways of doing busin­ess and generate revenue by means of asses­sing, innovating and implementing (new) busin­ess models. Business Models Inc. helps (inte­r)national organizations to improve their (or formulate new) business models and accompanying strategies in order to ensure a solid performance and success in their markets.

About IE Business School

Based in Madrid, Spain and recognized as one of the top business schools in the world, IE Business School shapes leaders with global vision, an entrepreneurial mindset and a humanistic approach to drive innovation and change in organizations and society. Known for the diversity of its students, IE has strong alumni connections all around the world, including a very active network in New York City.

About CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy

The CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (CUNY SPH) is committed to teaching, research and service that creates a healthier New York City and helps promote equitable, efficient and evidence-based solutions to pressing health problems facing cities around the world. The Center for Systems and Community Design at CUNY SPH is an innovation hub that promotes the integration of science, business and design to improve population wellbeing.