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Social Enterprise Boot Camp

Columbia SIPA, NYU Wagner, MFA Design for Social Innovation at SVA

Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 6:00 PM (EST)

Social Enterprise Boot Camp

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The Partnership for Social Enterprise Boot Camp is a unique, hands-on event facilitated by leading practitioners and faculty from three of New York’s top schools: Columbia, NYU, and SVA.

The SE Boot Camp is a series of participatory, practical workshops where current and aspiring social entrepreneurs will learn from pioneers in social enterprise how to sharpen the tools and build the relationships they need to get social ventures off the ground.

The SE Boot Camp caters to entrepreneurs with a clear idea of what they want to build, as well as those who are still in the process of figuring out their venture ideas. Workshops are organized along four thematic tracks--Conceive, Implement, Communicate, Evaluate--that offer relevant content regardless of the stage of the venture.

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Crowdfunding Competition: 


If you have a venture or project you are already working on, consider registering for the Crowdfunding Competition! Entrants will create an online funding page that pitches their business and facilitates the raising of granted funds. This is your chance to raise some serious seed money for your project by getting the support of your family, friends, community and networks. 

The 12 projects with most number of unique contributions will be selected on Saturday night at 9pm to present their live pitch on Sunday afternoon to a panel of judges for a chance to win cash and other prizes. 


Business Email Marketing Service Provided by Icontact

Email Marketing Optimization Strategy provided by Incontact

Free coworking space provided by New Work City, NYC 

Social Media consulting time provided by Iconnect

Legal Consultation by Kyle Westaway, Social Entrepreneur and founder, Westaway Law

Personalized Business Plan Consultation by a top social enterprise consulting firm 

$500 cash for 1st place, $300 for 2nd place, $200 for 3rd place


Discounted for students from NYU, Columbia, and the School of Visual Arts

Open to all students interested in social enterpreneurship

Open to any entrepreneurs and innovators from the wider NYC area: anyone working on, or thinking about starting a venture will benefit from the SE Boot Camp curriculum and networking opportunities.

Participants must register for the Boot Camp in order to be eligible to participant in the competition.

Attendance Fee for the Speed Networking/Reception Event is included in the registration price.

Tickets for the Speed Networking/Reception Event can be purchased seperately for non-attendees. Must be 21 years old to attend the Speed Networking/Reception Event.

*Tickets are non refundable. Transfers are acceptable with prior notice to*

When & Where

NYU, Vanderbilt Hall (Day 1)
Columbia University, Uris Hall (Day 2)
New York, NY

Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 6:00 PM (EST)

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Columbia SIPA, NYU Wagner, MFA Design for Social Innovation at SVA

The Fourth Annual Social Enterprise Bootcamp is a joint initiative of Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), NYU's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and the MFA Design for Social Innovation at the School of Visual Arts. 

Bridge is a student and professional group at NYU's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service that seeks to connect students and professionals working and interested in social entrepreneurship and innovation. We believe that innovative solutions to entrenched social problems lie at the intersection of the public, private and non-profit sectors. We provide members opportunities to connect with students, academics and professionals in this space, learn about innovative approaches in the field through discussions and hands on experience, and develop professional skills that will help prepare them for a successful career in social innovation.

SIPA Net Impact focuses on building and supporting an active network of people at SIPA and the larger Columbia community who are interested and involved in Corporate Social Responsibility, Social Entrepreneurship, and Sustainability. We organize events including lectures, panels, discussion forums, workshops and brownbag lunches and drive curriculum development that furthers Net Impact-related fields as an area of academic focus at SIPA. We also provide networking and social events for members and support professional development activities including career fairs, and events with other Net Impact chapters.


The MFA in Design for Social Innovation at SVA NYC is the first MFA program for leaders who will use the power of design to solve human and business problems. Through experience-based learning, students from diverse backgrounds are immersed in the context, tools and skills of design for social innovation, fostering transformation at a systems level to create a resilient future for organizations and communities. 

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