Summer 2018 Update
Classes may be out, but SE@G continues to push forward in the summer months by placing several social enterprise fellows at internships in the field, hosting a series of research colloquiums, onboarding new staff, building and expanding partnerships, and, of course, still drinking lots of Grounds for Empowerment coffee (mostly iced in July and August).
 
Find out more about what we have been up to this summer along with ways that you can get engaged, including Dean Erika James’ dollar-for-dollar matching gift challenge in support of Start:ME, below.
 
Thank you for your continued support and engagement.
 
See you on campus and around town this fall.
 
Peter, Wes, Brian and the SE@G Team
Building Networks That Make Markets Work
SE@G’s Colloquium Series Convenes Leaders for Critical Conversations

Each spring and summer, SE@G hosts a series of forums that convene a diverse set of stakeholders for critical conversations related to the Center's three core research areas:
 
  • Global entrepreneurship acceleration
  • Urban U.S. microbusiness development
  • Specialty coffee market transparency
 
What goes on at a typical SE@G Colloquium? See summaries of this summer’s gatherings below.
Entrepreneurship Research Colloquium and Practitioner Forum

 Working with long-time friends and colleagues, Saurabh Lall of University of Oregon and Li-Wei Chen of Old Dominion University, SE@G's Peter Roberts traveled to Oregon in June to convene academic researchers interested in early-stage entrepreneurship (in Eugene), and then a group of practitioners who run organizations that support early-stage entrepreneurs (in Portland).
 
Now in its fifth year, the Colloquium and Practitioner Forum bring together faculty from institutions with a focus on early-stage research projects that either work with or study entrepreneur accelerator programs.

Day two is a Practitioner Forum that connects researchers with leaders from entrepreneurship support organizations to talk about how to stimulate more and better research projects.
 
Thanks to the many folks at the University of Oregon for hosting these two days, and to the Kauffman Foundation for their ongoing support of our efforts to stimulate research that will help us support the impact-oriented entrepreneurs who want to make a difference in the world today!  
 
To learn more about our own acceleration data and research, please visit entrepreneurdata.com .   
Microbusiness Support Colloquium

 The second annual Microbusiness Support Colloquium brought 20 microbusiness support organizations from 12 states to the Goizueta Business School in July. This diverse group discussed data, leading practices and new collective efforts that will help more microbusiness start, grow and succeed in underserved communities.
 
The Colloquium reflected on our own research, which has identified a significant microbusiness gap in terms of the number of microbusinesses working in low-income neighborhoods across the country. We closed the two-day Colloquium with a discussion about the policy changes that will be required to close this gap.
 
SE@G celebrated microbusinesses and their supporters with a reception and dinner made possible by Atlanta-area food entrepreneurs Atlanta Beer Boutique , Cherokee Moon Mixology , Purple Corkscrew Wine Shop & Tasting Room , Stop Think Chew , Chicomecoatl and Marddy’s .
 
Thank you to our friends at Northern Trust for their ongoing support of our microbusiness programming. Look for future updates as participants continue the work to produce case studies, pilot collective data projects and broker research connections.
 
For a full recap, please click here for a recent article from EmoryBusiness.com .
Transparent Trade Coffee Colloquium

T he second annual Transparent Trade Coffee Colloquium took place in June. SE@G’s Peter Roberts and Ben Shaum traveled to Hamburg, Germany, where they were joined by 30 committed specialty coffee professionals from 10 different countries to discuss and promote pricing transparency in specialty coffee markets. Thanks to the Quijote Kaffee team for being fabulous hosts!
 
Stay tuned for new efforts, articles and announcements in the coming months, all in the name of a more transparent (and farmer-friendly) specialty coffee sector.

For a full recap of this Colloquium, click here for an article in Daily Coffee News by Roast Magazine .
Developing Nextgen #Socent Leaders
MBA Students Put Business Skills to Work at Social Enterprises

Each Summer SE@G co-invests with social enterprise partners to provide stipend funding that creates opportunities for MBA students to work with social enterprises as interns. We talked with Alanna Shuh, Hannah Wilson , and Rhushi Bhadkamkar about their summer work in Atlanta, Los Angeles and Nairobi. See their responses below.
Alanna Shuh, MBA 2019
Atlanta, Georgia
Creating delicious, nutritious meals for all

What specifically are you working on?
"I’m helping GMM transition from a subscription and catering model to selling their ready-to-eat meals in micromarkets and a new cafe and farmers market in Grady Hospital. More specifically, I’m helping obtain the right licenses, ensuring labeling is FDA compliant and attention-grabbing, and building out the business plan."

How does your work make an impact?
"GMM funds about 1/3 of all Open Hand meals- a sister nonprofit program. Through social enterprise, Open Hand can provide more medically-tailored meals to seniors and those that suffer from chronic disease and rely less on grants and philanthropy. The main work that I'm doing squares away the necessary regulatory components so that GMM can focus on creating delicious, nutritious meals for new customers via new sales channels."
 
What have you learned that will make you a better social impact leader?
"I think that the main lesson I've learned is the importance of staying ahead of industry trends whether you operate in the nonprofit or for-profit space. GMM had the upper hand in providing ready-to-eat healthy meals for a while, but now they need to be sharper than ever to compete with the influx of healthy meal kits."
Hannah Wilson, MBA / MPH 2018
Nairobi, Kenya
Improving sustainable sanitation

What specifically are you working on?
"In addition to Sanergy’s “flagship” product (a standalone container-based toilet, the Future Initiatives team is piloting an in-home toilet offering and pit latrine emptying services, to be able to reach more of the market with affordable sanitation. I am helping this team manage and analyze data on these new products."
 
How does your work make an impact?
"The Future Initiatives team realized that we will never reach the whole community with just one type of toilet, because everyone has different circumstances and preferences. So, my work helps us understand community preferences through data we have collected, and helps us prioritize our work efforts for new products in pursuit of safe sanitation for 100% of the community we serve."
 
What have you learned that will make you a better social impact leader?
"Training and capacity-building are key. You can’t do everything by yourself, so you need to make sure your team has the skills they need to succeed past your project. In this role with Sanergy I’ve learned to focus on transferring my knowledge and skills to my coworkers, which will allow my contributions in this 3-month internship to be much more permanent for the organization."
Rhushi Bhadkamkar, MBA 2019
REDF Farber Fellow at Chrysalis | Los Angeles, California
Changing lives through jobs

What specifically are you working on?
"Chrysalis is planning on expanding in Southern California outside of LA County later this year and is looking to understand the technology and business needs for that expansion along with the financial and implementation parameters needed for this growth."

How does your work make an impact?
"Throughout the summer I have been developing a technology roadmap and a financial case to help Chrysalis understand the investment needed in order to grow and expand their successful homeless and low-income workforce development model in Anaheim, Orange County. Chrysalis’s main mission is to “Change Lives Through Jobs” through a combination of programmatic learning and transient employment through their social enterprises. By helping them understand the technological and business undertaking needed to grow, I am able to help them spread that mission across Southern California."

What have you learned that will make you a better social impact leader?
"There were two main things that I will take away from working at Chrysalis this summer – firstly, there are multiple ways to measure impact and can vary based on the division in a non-profit. Tailoring the impact metric is important to show the value of a particular enterprise. Secondly, it is important to view and estimate social costs from a practical lens in order to truly differentiate social vs. business costs. Process inefficiencies can sometimes be lumped as a social cost making it hard for a business model to be viable."
Join Us in Developing Nextgen #Socent Leaders

Here are three ways you can support and / or engage with our students:
Supporting Our Partners in Nicaragua
Our Friends in Nicaragua Need Our Support!

As you have been reading, troubling events over the last several months have dramatically impacted the country and its people, including many of our friends and partners. With tourism way down, and many job losses and company closures, we are doing all that we can to continue supporting our many Nicaraguan friends -- amazing social entrepreneurs and Grounds for Empowerment (GFE) coffee farmers.
 
How can you provide support? By keeping a close eye on developments in Nicaragua. Just because the news keeps them out of sight, let’s not allow our friends to slip out of mind. Meanwhile, we can all do our best to offset the crippling economic losses from the near collapse of their local tourism industry.
Support Tio Antonio (and others)

Those who have traveled with SE@G to Granada, will remember the hammocks made by the kids at Centro Social Tío Antonio , and the smoothies and coffee served at their Café de las Sonrisas . Those who traveled more recently will also remember the great food and vibe of The Garden Café and their UPNicaragua program .
 
No one embodies the compassion and entrepreneurial spirit of Nicaragua more than these incredible social entrepreneurs, whose shops provide meaningful job opportunities and critical support for Granada’s young people AND beautiful open spaces for locals and visitors.
 
Both of these businesses have had to close temporarily due to security concerns and an abrupt decline in the tourism industry.

Make an investment to help bridge the gap:

Continue to Support GFE Coffee Farmers

While current events in Nicaragua are limiting opportunities for others, SE@G's Grounds for Empowerment program takes prides in being among those who are championing the cause of economic opportunity and prosperity for all.
 
While we strive to "make coffee work for women," please join us by keeping our Nicaraguan friends and colleagues in your hearts and minds, and by keeping Grounds for Empowerment coffee on your monthly shopping list.
 
Visit our online shop to place your empowering coffee order, freshly roasted and shipped from Nicaragua to your door by our friends at Vega Coffee .
 
To stay up to date on all of our farmers including regular #FromHerFarm updates, please follow us on:
 
Welcoming New Talent to the Team
Welcome Aelish Benjamin-Brown!

The SE@G team is pleased to introduce our new GFE Program Associate, Aelish Benjamin-Brown. Aelish recently graduated from Boston University with a degree in International Relations and a focus on Latin America and Foreign Policy. She also spent time in Latin America with a study abroad experience in Ecuador and some hands-on volunteering in rural Nicaragua.
 
Aelish will be working on the GFE team to provide women specialty coffee farmers the market connections and business know-how to allow them to reach their full economic potential. She is also your go-to resource for GFE coffee events (Sip and Learns) and coffee orders (think about gifts and Buyers Clubs). Get in touch with Aelish here .
 
Welcome to the team, Aelish!
Getting Engaged in SE@G
Support Local Entrepreneurs and Start:ME
Passionate about Start:ME and the ventures that we help start and grow? Here are three ways you can get engaged to drive an even bigger impact all year long:

Empower Women Coffee Growers
Interested in fulfilling women coffee grower’s economic promise? Here are three ways you can make coffee markets work for women:

Develop the Next Generation of Social Enterprise Leaders
Excited about how we develop the next generation of social enterprise leaders? Here are three ways you can support students:
Staying Connected with Us