When we think about the organizations making a positive change in the world, nonprofits usually come to mind. But in the latest installment of Expert Chats, Batten's Christine Mahoney argued that if we consider the private sector as well, we can address today’s global problems much more creatively.


Batten's Kurien Thomas (BA '21) and fellow UVA student Sasha Duckworth started a company called “Pick-Me-Up” that uses text messaging and virtual support groups to help users with their mental health.


A team of faculty that includes Batten professor Bala Mulloth have been awarded $110,000 for their proposal titled “Technology Driven Entrepreneurial Solutions to Address Healthcare Worker Protection Needs.”

Batten Professor Bala Mulloth and UVA Engineering Professor Gaurav Giri

In the latest installment of Batten’s expert chat series, Batten professor Bala Mulloth and Gaurav Giri, a professor in the department of chemical engineering, discussed how they’re pivoting their business venture to address the crisis.

Students in Mahoney’s J-Term class

Bestowed by AshokaU, a worldwide leader in social innovation education, the award recognizes the extraordinary impact of SE@UVA’s Changemaker Labs.

Batten Professor Bala Mulloth and UVA Engineering Professor Gaurav Giri

Batten Professor Bala Mulloth and UVA Engineering Professor Gaurav Giri have been awarded $100,000 for their work to mobilize students to learn about and help address the global air pollution crisis.


After researching how impact investment can combat poverty around the world, Batten School professor Christine Mahoney is looking to tackle issues closer to home.


In the last eight years, Social Entrepreneurship at UVA (SE@UVA), a Batten School initiative, has established itself as a leading research hub for students interested in leveraging their education to make a positive impact on society.

Join SE@UVA for the Concept stage of the E-Cup competition. Students are encouraged to come up with out-of-the-box ideas that could be translated into compelling projects.

“It has been great to work with a student to help create a real, patentable product, and enter this competition, and to actually have the potential of creating a venture which will have tremendous impact across the world,” said Mulloth. “That, for me, has been really exciting, especially since social entrepreneurship is a cornerstone of Batten.”