General Assembly NYC
GA New York City (East)
902 Broadway, 4th Floor
New York NY 10010
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This is a public event and a partnership with Serval Ventures.
Social Enterprise Spotlight
We’ve all heard of the Warby Parker and Tom’s Shoes success stories of the “Doing Well by Doing Good” world, but what does the social enterprise model look like when it’s in its boot-strapping first years? How do social enterprises stay on mission when budget choices need to be made between measuring impact and keeping operations going? Could a social mission be the special sauce in a small enterprise’s success?
We'll examine these questions and dig into some real challenges with a featured panel of social entrepreneurs, who will share their lessons learned and startup stories. Participants will also have the opportunity to convene in small groups with the entrepreneurs to exchange one-on-one perspectives and gain from a whole-group knowledge exchange.
Featured social entrepreneurs
Jenn Shaw is the COO and Cofounder of ConBody, a fitness studio that offers prison-style bootcamps and encourages community members to push themselves in ways they cannot imagine – both physically and emotionally. ConBody is a re-entry program in gym clothing that employs formerly incarcerated individuals who are reintegrating into the community. Jenn is also Founder of BellaMinds, which creates educational programs that empower women to learn, create, and lead with technology.
Manal Kahi is the CEO and Cofounder of Eat Offbeat, which delivers authentic and home-style ethnic meals that are conceived, prepared, and delivered by refugees resettled in NYC. Eat Offbeat introduces adventurous eaters to new “off-the-beaten path” cuisines through ready-to-heat artisan meals, delivered to their door. By ordering from Eat Offbeat, customers help to create opportunities for talented refugees resettled in the NY area and contribute to making them feel valued and welcome. Manal holds an MPA from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.
Cuthbert Ayo Onikute is the CEO and Founder of Dechets a l'Or, or Garbage to Gold, which addresses social and economic issues in secondary cities of West Africa. Dechets a l'Or takes an innovative approach to waste management that generates revenue for communities, improves cities’ environmental footprint, and promotes public health by reducing pathogens that cause disease. Ayo completed a MSc in Urban Planning with a focus on International Development and Planning at Columbia University. He has worked on urban development challenges in Guinea, India, and NYC.
Georges Clement is the Cofounder of JustFix, an application that allows residents in exploitative and neglectful housing situations to better track, organize, and take action in order to ensure that their fundamental rights as tenants are being met. Georges is also the Cofounder of UniFi Scholars, a non-profit provider of financial education for low-income high school students focused on helping them articulate their projected return on investment of college.
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