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UCLA Anderson School of Management, Executive Dining Room on the first floor (B209).

221 Westwood Plaza

Los Angeles, 90095

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Calling all LA social entrepreneurs and individuals driven to create social impact! Win up to $10,000 for your social enterprise solution or up to $1,000 for mapping out a solvable problem.

If you have ever been called to create positive impact, whether locally for Los Angeles or globally for the world, this event was designed for you!

In partnership with UCLA Anderson School of Management and The SAM Initiative, Impactathon® is back, as part of Impact Week. At Impactathon, you will learn from esteemed UCLA Anderson faculty about methodologies and frameworks for understanding how social impact works as a system. You will hear from local social entrepreneurs and subject matter experts about their candid experience in deeply understanding a societal issue and building a social impact initiative. You will participate in a design-thinking approach to understanding a problem.

Whether you are an experienced social entrepreneur or new to the space, you will have the opportunity to work in teams and further your enterprise or understanding of a solvable problem. Teams will have the chance to pitch to judges and potentially win funding to further their work.

Be part of this unique opportunity to create change in Los Angeles and beyond!

Impactathon UCLA Anderson 2019

Our Themes

This year’s Impactathon at UCLA Anderson will spotlight the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:

UN Sustainable Development Goal Themes for UCLA Anderson Impact Week

Social entrepreneurs working to create or advance good health and well-being; sustainable cities and communities; and/or responsible consumption and production, are especially encouraged to apply. The UN Sustainable Goals (SDG’s) were launched in 2015 to address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity and peace and justice.

Who Should Attend

- Social entrepreneurs with proven ideas and traction who are looking to scale their work.

- UCLA Anderson students and other business leaders seeking to share their skills with existing teams

- UCLA undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, community members excited to cross-pollinate ideas and lend their perspective to deeply understanding local and global issues and brainstorming innovation

- Local undergraduate and graduate school students studying or interested in engaging in the social impact sector

- Any individual that wants to learn about social impact and social entrepreneurship, map a problem, and ideate solutions to a local or global issue

*note: Tickets also give you access to robust programming as part of Impact Week at UCLA Anderson. Financial assistance is available for tickets.

Impact Talks

Bhavna Sivanand, Executive Director of Impact@Anderson.

Nurit Katz, Chief Sustainability Officer at University of California, Los Angeles

Charles Corbett, Professor of Operations Management and Sustainability at UCLA Anderson

Eli Calderón Morin, Founder of All_ebt


Gayle Northrop, Lecturer at UCLA Anderson and Senior Advisor of Impact@Anderson, President and Principal at Northrop Consulting.

About Impact Week at Anderson

In its 5th year and with the theme Purpose + Profits, Impact Week at UCLA Anderson is focused on building a robust bridge to local issues in Southern California as well as global issues. Recognizing that some of the best ideas to solve social challenges come from the communities in which those challenges persist, Impact@Anderson believes social innovation and entrepreneurship must bridge the gap between community and classroom.

About The SAM Initiative

Founded in 2013 by Mindy Freedman, the SAM Initiative is a group of individuals who have pooled their financial resources and experience to fund and support exceptional and innovative programs in Los Angeles that promote social change and benefit women, children and families. The SAM Initiative was founded on the belief that we have more impact together than we have alone. Together, we strive to educate and engage donors by investing in community-based organizations that reflect our passions and address the most pressing needs in our community.

About Impactathon®

Innov8social partners with mission-driven companies, institutions, and foundations to bring together individuals together for Impactathons, interactive social impact events that catalyze collaboration, innovation, working in teams, and pitching social impact solutions for feedback and potential recognition.

Impactathon has partnered to deliver 10 Impactathons in cities including San Francisco, New York City, Aliso Viejo, Palo Alto, Los Angeles, Baton Rouge.

Schedule for Impactathon

Thursday, April 25th 2019

9:00 Breakfast + registration

9:30 Welcome

9:45 Impact Talks by Bhavna Sivanand, Nurit Katz, Charles Corbett

10:30 Breakout sessions facilitated by speakers

11:00 Group formation

11:30 Impact Talk by Eli Calderón Morin

11:45 Lunch

12:30 Workshop by Gayle Northrop

1:30 Pitch deck overview

2:00 Hackathon

Friday, April 26th 2019

9:30 Join Impact Week Opening Keynote

10:30 Hackathon + Pitch Practice

11:30 Lightning Round Pitches

12:45 Lunch

1:15 Hackathon

2:00 Final Pitches

3:30 Join Impact Week Closing Keynote

4:30 Results announced + Judges' Remarks

4:40 Reception


  • Lightning Round

    • Gayle Northrop, Lecturer at UCLA Anderson and Senior Advisor of Impact@Anderson

    • Rachael Parker-Chavez. Founder of Defining: good

    • Elaine Hagan, Associate Dean, Entrepreneurial Initiatives, UCLA Anderson School of Management

  • Final Pitches

    • Amy Cheng-Tran, Head of Brand Partnerships at Enso

    • Betsy Densmore, Founder of Academies of Social Enterprise

    • Mindy Freedman, Founder of The SAM Initiative

    • Allison Gingold, Member of The SAM Initiative

    • Jill Rosenberg, Member of The SAM Initiative

    • Jennifer Walske, Faculty Director of Impact@Anderson

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Financial Aid

Please email info@innov8social.com in case in need of financial support. Early bird rates are also available until 4/19.

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