Events / Building businesses that will change the world

Building businesses that will change the world

February 1, 2017
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Building businesses that will change the world
INSEAD talks Social Enterprise
Wednesday 1 February

This event is sponsored by Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Have you ever bought the Big Issue? Shopped at the Co-op? Enjoyed a bar of Green and Blacks chocolate with a cup of Cafe Direct coffee? Eaten at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen? Tucked into a tub of Ben and Jerry’s?

Social enterprise is one of the major growth areas of the last decade. No longer do talented entrepreneurs need to choose between doing good and building a profitable, scalable business. Social entrepreneurs do both and when they do well, society profits.
But how does social enterprise work? What are the challenges and opportunities of having a ‘double bottom-line’? If you are tempted to get involved, how would you get started?

Please join us for this informative evening to learn more about social enterprise and impact investing. Our speakers:

Jean de Fougerolles (MBA 96D) is CEO of Ascension Ventures, a tech and digital media venture fund, supporting UK entrepreneurs from seed to Series A. Ascension Ventures has invested in over 40 early stage businesses across four distinct funds. A number of these are social enterprises, including: EduKit, Night Zookeeper (literacy tool for schools), WeRaise (changing the way charities raise money), Takestock (minimising food waste) and GiveVision (helping blind people to see).

Mark Norbury (EMBA 06D) joined UnLtd, the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs, as CEO in 2016. UnLtd has supported 14,000 individuals to set up social ventures and has backed 120 early growth social ventures over the last five years, helping them raise £8.1m in angel investment. Prior to UnLtd, Mark was CEO of a health charity, partner at a social venture, Leader’s Quest, and trustee of impact investor Bridges Ventures’ foundation. Mark co-founded INSEAD’s Social Innovation Centre.

Nathalie Richards (MBA 08D) is CEO and co-founder of EduKit, an online platform that connects schools with youth development organisations and evaluates their impact on students. So far they have helped over 10,000 students, raising over £700k through grants and equity investment and winning numerous business and social enterprise awards along the way.

Moderator: Anthony Littner, Partner, Harbottle & Lewis

VENUE Harbottle & Lewis LLP
14 Hanover Square, London W1S 1HP
Nearest tube: Oxford Circus
TIME 18:30 for 19:00
COST Members £25 Members’ guests (non INSEAD) £35
REFRESHMENTS Wine and canapés