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Sustainable Business Models for Mission-Driven Enterprises

  • NYU Center for Global Affairs 15 Barclay Street New York, NY, 10007 4th Floor Auditorium (map)

Franklin Street Policy Group and the the NYU/SPS Center for Global Affairs present an interactive session with social entrepreneurs, impact investors, and development practitioners.

 Woolworth Building, 15 Barclay St., NYC
Doors open at 6:00 PM with refreshments. Panel will begin promptly at 6:30 PM. 


You might have the fix to end world hunger, but if you haven't figured out how to pay your bills, no one will ever hear about it. 

  • How do you build a business model that is able to achieve the trifecta of global social impact, financial viability, and growth?  
  • What are the key strategies to advance societal benefit and generate income from business activities? 
  • How do socially-driven enterprises access capital, manage investor expectations, and make tough budget choices while keeping firmly “on mission”?

We're asking a panel of global social entrepreneurs, impact investors, and development practitioners to share their difficult lessons-learned on their journey to financial sustainability while driving social impact. Featuring:

Donnel Baird, Founder, BlocPower
Grant Fox, COO, Adaptive Management and founder, Tesseractive
Patrick Ho, Co-founder, Vaxess Technologies
Manal Kahi, Co-founder and CEO, Eat Offbeat
Alice Vilma, Executive Director, Multicultural Client Strategy Group and Multicultural Innovation Lab at Morgan Stanley

Following a moderated panel and Q&A, join panelists in breakout groups to exchange one-on-one questions and perspectives. Network with other entrepreneurs, impact practitioners, and members of the NYU-CGA community.

Featuring opening remarks by Peter Marber, Clinical Associate Professor, NYU/SPS Center for Global Affairs. Peter has been a thought leader and pioneering investor in the global markets since the late 1980s. An award-winning money manager for some of the world’s largest institutions, Peter also teaches at Johns Hopkins and has been on the faculty of Harvard and Columbia. His newest book is The Evolution of Liberal Arts in the Global Age.

Moderated by Miki Noguchi. Miki advises entrepreneurs and organizations to think creatively about socially responsible policies that promote economic growth, stability, and impact. Miki cofounded and leads strategy and partnerships at Franklin Street Policy Groupa social venture that convenes, connects, and advises impact leaders across sectors to develop solutions without borders.