On March 31, PIIC will hold our first Spring Conference aimed at spreading awareness for social impact work on Philadelphia's college campuses. The conference will feature speakers who will discuss their experiences in NGO's and social impact entrepreneurship. We look forward to seeing you there.
VC's and Startups: A Discussion with Philadelphia's Leaders in Social Entrepreneurship
PIIC explored the intersection of social impact and venture capital/startup culture with some of Philadelphia's pioneers of entrepreneurship: Garrett Melby, the Co-Founder and Director of GoodCompany Ventures and an active angel investor in the Investors’ Circle; Fernando Rojo, a current Penn undergraduate and CEO of PATOS Shoes; and Nate Bronstein, a Director of the Social Innovations Lab.
Career Trek to New York
PIIC members visited Beespace, an incubator for nonprofit startups; Human Rights Watch, an NGO centered on human rights research and advocacy; and the United Nations headquarters.
Shaping Global Perspectives
It was our pleasure to welcome Mr. Jude Tuma, CEO of Geminus Capital and Penn Warranty, back to campus to speak on how his international experience has shaped his business perspective. With expertise in private equity and insurance, Mr. Tuma provided students with a better understanding of opportunities in these career fields and offered advice on how to achieve career goals in an evolving global environment. As an alumnus of Penn, Mr. Tuma's background and knowledge made him an excellent candidate to speak on campus and engage the student body on the business world.
Breaking Into Social Impact
The panel brought representatives of local NGOs/organizations that operate with a social impact focus to undergraduate students at Penn. We educated students about how one would break into social sector, either through starting their own organization or working in one.