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IEI Spring Newsletter

The IEI is a university-wide initiative that supports students at The New School in developing the mindsets, skills, and sense of purpose needed to thrive in our rapidly changing world by developing entrepreneurial approaches to complex social and environmental issues.

Learn more about the IEI at an Info Session and Mixer

The Impact Entrepreneurship team is hosting Info Sessions and Mixers on Tuesday, April 9 and Thursday, April 18. These events will provide an overview of the various courses and programs offered through the IEI, such as the Venture Lab course, Graduate Minor in Impact Entrepreneurship, and other curricular offerings, such as the Social Impact, Entrepreneurship and Design course. At the end of these sessions, there will be an opportunity to meet like-minded students and chat with potential collaborators or co-founders.

The Venture Lab is a semester-long course offered during the Spring semester for graduate students and upper-level undergraduate teams that are developing financially sustainable ventures with the potential for scalable impact. Teams must be addressing a pressing social or environmental issue and be interested in testing their business model through customer validation. Application to the Venture Lab is by application only and takes place during the Fall semester.

The Graduate Minor in Impact Entrepreneurship offers master’s and doctoral students across The New School an opportunity to further develop their entrepreneurial knowledge, skills, and mindsets, with an emphasis on social impact and systems change. As outlined on the IEI website, the minor requires successful completion of nine credits, including courses that cover topics including cross-sector leadership, management, venture development, design research, prototyping, fundraising, finance, marketing, and social responsibility. Upon successful completion of these courses, students receive recognition on their transcript for having earned a graduate minor in Impact Entrepreneurship.

Info Session & Mixer I

Tuesday April 9

3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

66 West 12th Street, Room 510

New York, NY 10011

RSVP here

Info Session & Mixer II

Thursday April 18

3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

6 East 16th Street, Room 1103

New York, NY 10011

RSVP here

Other Events at The New School

Long-term, Large-scale change: Insights from the Field
Thursday, April 25
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
University Center, The New School
63 Fifth Avenue
Starr Foundation Hall, UL 102
New York, NY 10003

Recognizing the systemic nature of the change they’re seeking, organizations are shifting how they approach change-making. They’re preparing for journeys that are more long-term, more large-scale, and more complex. How should we think about strategy in such conditions? What does success look like, and what challenges do we face? This panel will explore the new approaches and perspectives that social impact practitioners are bringing to their work.


Events & Opportunities in NYC

Women of Color Entrepreneurship Expo
Tuesday, April 2
6:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Brooklyn College Student Center
2705 Campus Road
Brooklyn, NY 11210

Women of Color at Brooklyn College invites you to support the first-ever Women of Color Entrepreneurship Expo on Tuesday, April 2 from 6 to 10 p.m. The goal of the event is to provide a networking platform for entrepreneurs and showcase their businesses and/or brands to new audiences, so they can attract new customers and a larger following.


Social Entrepreneurship 101
Thursday, April 11
6:30 to 8:00 pm.
Glasgow Caledonian New York College
64 Wooster Street
New York, NY 10012

This workshop will cover the building blocks of developing business plans for social ventures, including pitching, fundraising, and networking strategies to attract the advisors and team you need to succeed – taking lessons learned from successful early-stage investors and climate entrepreneurs.


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