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Student Impact Board

The Beeck Center is seeking to unlock the creative capacity of the Georgetown student body through the formation of its inaugural student Impact Board.  Members of the Impact Board will have the support of the Beeck Center in creating innovative learning opportunities and connecting students with the resources necessary to reach their full potential.  As one of six members, you will form a university-wide team that drives the development of the Beeck Center and shapes the future of Georgetown. To get involved, apply today!

Design Meetup: Brainstorming the MBK Data Jam

After many meetups for President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, we came together with coders, teachers, researchers, and members of the US Department of Education in hopes of planning a successful Data Jam.

GU Impacts

GU Impacts is a program that provides experiential education in social enterprise, giving Georgetown students the opportunity to work directly on entrepreneurship projects in economically developing countries over the summer.

Impact Investing

The Beeck Center will act as a convening platform at Georgetown and the larger community to provide thought leadership and learning opportunities on the various innovations in finance for social impact and how they can be used and leveraged to achieve true, effective and verifiable impact.

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Upcoming Events

  1. SOCAP 14

    Connects leading global innovators (investors, foundations, institutions and social entrepreneurs) to build a market at the intersection of money and meaning.

    September 2-5, 2014

  2. Georgetown Entrepreneurship Day

    Georgetown Entrepreneurship Day: a showcase of entrepreneurial stories to help students pursue their own entrepreneurial dreams.

    September 12, 2014 9:30AM-12:15PM

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Georgetown, Education Dept. Partner for My Brother’s Keeper Initiative

Department of Education brought together members of the university, broader Washington, D.C., and higher education communities to evaluate data that could help determine solutions for the White House’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative on Aug. 2.

Georgetown University; August 5, 2014

Sonal Shah, Executive Director, Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation

We define impact investing as those organizations or enterprises — both for profit and not-for-profit — and investors — private, institutional, or philanthropic — that intentionally seek a quantifiable social and financial return on their investments. It is important to emphasize that we need impact investing, grants, and government support to have impact.

Philanthropy News Digest; April 28, 2014

Government by Toolkit

The Obama administration ushered into the US federal government a renewed emphasis on innovation. Starting in 2008, I was lucky enough to be a part of that process. I served on the new president’s transition team and oversaw the Technology, Innovation, and Government Reform working group.

SSIR; Summer, 2014

Universities Can Help Solve World’s Problems Through Social Innovation

Social innovation leverages the creativity, expertise and resources of business, civil society, academia and government to produce results and move the needle on serious social challenges.

Huffington Post; February 11, 2014

Georgetown Gets $10M Gift for Social Innovation

Georgetown University has received a $10 million gift for a new center aimed at fostering innovation among students who want to build skills and organizations to solve society’s problems.

Washington Post; February 10, 2014

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