SE News & Events

Upcoming Events

September 10 - Entrepreneurship @ UVA Kick-Off
 5 - 6:30 pm, Rice Hall, Room 130
Want to learn more about entrepreneurship groups at U.Va.? Curious about the Entrepreneurship Cup? Looking to meet other studentswho share your interests? Join us for the University-wide Entrepreneurship Kickoff and enjoy refreshments!

September 15 - Who Cares?
6 - 8:30 pm, Clark Hall, Room 108
“Who Cares?" is a documentary about social entrepreneurs -- people who look at the world's problems and see not an insurmountable and inevitable issue, but an opportunity for change. The film showcases 18 of these Change makers, including Bill Drayton, the founder and CEO of Ashoka, and Muhammad Yunus, the founder of the Grameen Bank and a pioneer in the field of microfinance. Join Social Entrepreneurship@UVA and FeelGood at UVA for a screening of the film, a discussion about social entrepreneurship, and light refreshments.

September 25 - The Opportunity of Pay for Success in Virginia
8 - 4 pm, Newcomb Hall Theater
Social Entrepreneurship at UVA and the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy will host a conference to explore "The Opportunity of Pay for Success in Virginia."  Pay for Success (PFS) is a novel concept whereby private investors supply upfront operating capital to service providers that undertake proven interventions. Representatives from Brookings Institution, ReadyNation, Nonprofit Finance Fund, Hunton & Williams, and Living Cities. Click here to register. The event is free and open to the public. You may direct questions to Joshua Ogburn at

September 25 -  Tom Tom Fall Block Party
 5 - 11 pm, IX Art Park

The Fall Block Party is back, and you know what that means: great bands, public art, food trucks, crafts, acrobatics, and a beer garden. Best of all—it’s all free. Tom Tom is a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to celebrate and empower the founders of creative, civic and entrepreneurial projects.

October 9-10 - ReinventED 24 Hour Challenge
Friday 5:30 - 9:30 pm & Saturday 9:00am-6:00pm , Open Grounds
Wondering what you are going to do after graduation? Interested in participating in the Social Entrepreneurship Cup but need a team of innovative and passionate individuals? Come out to this 24 hour design challenge to connect with fellow students, local employers, and community supporters to develop an idea that you can take into the concept competition. Register here and check out ReinventED

October 14 - E-Cup Workshop: Comprehensive Solutions & Pitching: Telling & Selling Your Story
     6:00 - 7:30 pm , Garrett Hall, Great Hall
     6:00 - 6:10 pm:  Check in with Teams
     6:10 - 6:30 pm:  Speaker: Bala Mulloth: How to frame your concept so the value is easily communicated.
     6:30 - 7:00 pm:  Guest Speaker: Doug Muir: How to give a good entrepreneurial pitch to communicate your ideas effectively.
     7:00 - 7:30 pm:   Work time with mentors around the room.

October 15 - Net Impact Sustainable Business Panel
7:00 - 8:30 pm , Clark Hall, Room 108
The goal for the event is learn more about how sustainable businesses operate, the pros, the cons, costs, benefits, the techniques, any obstacles, and how to overcome those obstacles. This is also a great way to see where these businesses are headed in the future and how they are constantly changing due to new technology. The panel gives students the opportunity to understand more about the management in a sustainable business and get direct feedback. The VP of Sustainability from Hilton Worldwide, Maxime Verstraete, is the keynote speaker and our panelists include local sustainable businesses such as, Rivanna Natural Designs, Relay Foods, MBDC, Birch Studio, and Acorn Sign Graphics.    

October 29 - Strategies for Scaling Social Impact
3:30 - 6:00 pm, TBD
Come and listen to Ian Fisk, Executive Director at Mentor Capital, speak about techniques by which social enterprises develop and grow to increase their local and global impact.

November 13 - Social Entrepreneurship Concept Competition Pitch Night
 5:00 - 7:30 pm, Garrett Hall, Great Hall

 Come see the semi-finalists of the SE Track pitch their concepts to our panel of expert judges! For more information:

November 13-15 - Startup Weekend EDU: Problem-Solvathon Edition
Friday 5:30-9:00pm, Saturday 9:00am-9:00pm, Sunday 9:00am-6:30pm, Western Albemarle High School

ReinventED Lab is hosting this year's Startup Weekend, a weekend-long creative problem-solving program. Open to all, this event will convene k-college education stakeholders in Charlottesville to form collaborative problem-solving teams to work on projects around challenges in education that they have personally experienced. Participants will be tasked with creating proof-of-concept solutions, which can take many forms: a startup business model, a policy draft, a physical prototype, a course syllabus, a website, etc. Register here

January 3 - 9, 2016 - Impact Business Leaders (IBL) Program
Round 1 Application Deadline: September 27, 2015
Impact Business Leaders (IBL), a company dedicated to building the social enterprise sector, announced the launch of their IBL@U.Va. program in Charlottesville in January 3 - 9, 2016, hosted by the University of Virginia Darden School’s Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Institute for Business in Society, and in partnership with the SE@U.Va. initiative at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. The program aims to provide training, career counseling and job opportunities to professionals looking to kick-start their career in social enterprise or impact investing.


The SAS Social EntrepreneurSHIP program is under the leadership of Christine Mahoney - See more at:
The SAS Social EntrepreneurSHIP program is under the leadership of Christine Mahoney - See more at:
The SAS Social EntrepreneurSHIP program is under the leadership of Christine Mahoney - See more at:
The SAS Social EntrepreneurSHIP program is under the leadership of Christine Mahoney - See more at:
The SAS Social EntrepreneurSHIP program is under the leadership of Christine Mahoney - See more at:
The SAS Social EntrepreneurSHIP program is under the leadership of Christine Mahoney - See more at:
The SAS Social EntrepreneurSHIP program is under the leadership of Christine Mahoney - See more at:


A Double Bottom Line: Social Entrepreneurship Gaining Steam in Virginia (Virginia Business Magazine)

Dr. Christine Mahoney - Human Rights Activist into Social Entrepreneur Advocate (WTJU)
Online podcast interview with Professor Mahoney about SE@UVA

Cultivating the Next Generation of Leaders Through Social Entrepreneurship (TriplePundit)
SE@UVA and Professor Mahoney featured in this online magazine.

Christine Mahoney named one of Charlottesville's "15 under 40" (C-Ville Weekly)
Described as people who "if you don’t know them yet, you will soon," the power issue highlights those who are making a local, early, and growing impact on the community. C-Ville Weekly highlights Mahoney's work on the Social Entrepreneurship Initiative at U.Va.

Batten Students Win U.Va. E-Cup (UVA Today)
Five Batten MPP students won the University-wide 2013 Entrepreneurship Cup, receiving $20,000 in seed money for their nonprofit which distributes washable, reusable sanitary pads in Africa. For women at the bottom of the global income pyramid, disposable sanitary products are too costly to use regularly, and the issue forces women to regularly miss school and work.

2012 SE Cup runner-up Rosenberg engaged in social venture in Brazil (Forbes)
Called Favela Experience, the company offers “an online marketplace of immersive homestays and apartment  rentals for travelers in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas.” (November 2013)

U.Va. Class Shares Three-Pronged Strategy to End Local Poverty
The dozen students in the course, “Field Work in Social Enterprise: Reducing Poverty in Charlottesville,” shared their findings with Charlottesville City Council identifying three strategies with proven results in other cities: bundling social services to more comprehensively support those struggling to break out of poverty; boosting employment through community-based social enterprises; and promoting community asset growth. (May 2013)

Pan-University Social Entrepreneurship Initiative wins Jefferson Trust Award
One of 16 recipients of Alumni Association grants, the Pan-University Social Entrepreneurship Working Group is chaired by Batten Professor Christine Mahoney. Social entrepreneurship is an approach to creating system-level change through the application of entrepreneurial thinking to social ventures, non-profit organizations, government institutions and NGOs to create economic, environmental and social value for multiple stakeholders, not just shareholders. (April 2013)

Social Entrepreneurship Cup results
The winner of the SE Cup track was TestConnect, and the runner up was Authenticiti. TestConnect, a platform for instructors to provide personalized exam feedback, went on to earn honorable mention at the University-wide Entrepreneuership Cup. Christine Mahoney discusses social entrepreneurship and the "common good" on WTJU (November 2012)

Christine Mahoney discusses globalization and the common good (WTJU)
Professor Mahoney discusses efforts by U.Va. and the Batten School, including the budding social entrepreneurship working group and curriculum. (August 2012)

Push for Social Entrepreneurship at U.Va. (NBC 29)
The concept of social entrepreneurship is still being defined in the world of academia. In the social entrepreneurship initiative document, social entrepreneurship is defined as "an approach to creating system-level change through the application of entrepreneurial thinking to social ventures, non-profit organizations, government institutions and NGOs to create economic, environmental, and social value for multiple stakeholders, not just shareholders." (May 2012)

Entrepreneurial Dreams Can Beat Local Poverty, U.Va. Class Proposes (UVA Today)
Fostering entrepreneurial dreamers might be the most promising answer to the challenge of creating job opportunities for the city's low-income families, according to a University of Virginia course that spent the semester engaging with local poverty issues and visiting innovative social enterprises across the mid-Atlantic – like a gourmet bakery that employs ex-convicts and a soup kitchen that runs a profitable catering business, creating jobs for the formerly homeless.  (May 2012)

U.Va. E-Cup Adds Social Entrepreneurship Fast Lane to Student Business Plan Contest for $40,000 (UVA Today)
At the third annual U.Va. Entrepreneurship Cup, students will be making their best business pitches as they vie for the $20,000 first prize. New this year, the preliminary competitions included a track dedicated to social entrepreneurship – businesses focused on furthering social or environmental goals – hosted by U.Va.'s Student Entrepreneurs for Economic Development, or SEED. (November 2011)

Past Events

Feb. 2 - Career Panel: The Business of Social Innovation

Feb. 2 – Speaker Series: Leadership Lessons from the CEO of one of the Largest Social Enterprises in the World & “Philanthrocapitalism: How Giving Can Save the World

Feb. 14 – Social Innovation Summit

Feb. 25 – Speaker Series: How Social Movements Succeed: Lessons from HIV/AIDS – Ethan B. Kapstein

March 8-14 – Impact Business Leaders Program

March 31 – Speaker Series: Jean Case

April 20 - Speaker Series: "Impact Investing" by David Kyle, Impact Business Leaders
Speaker Series: Bill Drayton

Nov. 6 – SE @ U.Va. Presents John Kluge, Jr.
Kluge co-founded impact investment firm Eirene to tackle problems that will impact at least one billion people. He and his non-profit group, Toilet Hackers, are focusing on worldwide sanitation.

Nov. 6 –The Social Entrepreneurship Track of the Entrepreneurship Cup

Nov. 10 – SE @ U.Va. Speakers Series – Special Roundtable
Bill Strickland, President and CEO of the Manchester Bidwell Corporation and MacArthur “Genius” award winner, speaks about his 30 years of innovation.

Nov. 13-14 – Start Up Weekend Trip to New York
Hosted by the Entrepreneurship Group at U.Va. and supported by SE @ U.Va., students will: tour the company offices of NYC's hottest startups, including B Lab, Google and Vox Media; attend UNCUBED, a massive startup job fair and network with dozens of U.Va. alumni entrepreneurs.

Social Entrepreneurship Track of the U.Va. Entrepreneurship Cup
Pitch Night: Wednesday, Nov. 6, Garrett Commons

SE Speakers Series: George Kemble, d.School, Stanford University
Nov. 5

• Designing a Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Workshop - Commons
• Teaching Design Thinking, Incorporating Design Thinking into Classes Workshop - Commons
• Introduction to Design Thinking and the d.School Open Talk - Great Hall

SE Speakers Series: Kalsoom Lakhani (UVA '04)
Nov. 11, Garrett Great Hall
Kalsoom is a Washington, D.C. co-ambassador for Sandbox, a global network of innovators under 30, and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers. She was featured in Diplomatic Courier‘s Top 99 Foreign Policy Leaders under 33 in 2012, and is an Ashoka Changemakers/American Express Emerging Innovator.

SE Speakers: Matt Flannery
Nov. 15, Nau Hall 101
Flannery is CEO and co-founder of Kiva, a microfinance venture.

SE Speakers: Manoj Sinha
Nov. 20
Sinha is co-founder of Husk Power Systems, a rural empowerment enterprise.

U.Va. Entrepreneurship Cup Finals
Nov. 22

SE Speakers Series: Cheryl Mills (CLAS '86) and Sonal Shah
Nov. 25, Garrett Great Hall

  • Mills was the Chief of Staff to former Secretary of State HIllary Clinton. She was deputy White House Counsel for President Bill Clinton, and worked for New York University as Senior Vice President. She also served as Senior Adviser and Counsel for Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign
  • Shah is an American economist and public official. From 2009 to 2011, she served as the Director of the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation in the White House.