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New York Entrepreneurs Who Care about NYC gather Jan 16 @Fordham

Submitted by: Good Business International

Categories: Events, Community Development

Posted: Dec 31, 2013 – 02:09 PM EST


NEW YORK, Dec. 31 /CSRwire/ - As local residents welcome a new mayor and a new era in New York, a shared economy also emerges.  For the first time in the history of New York City, entrepreneurs, innovators, disruptors, local business and community leaders from all five boroughs who are building the social impact economy are gathering at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center Campus on January 16 for MakeImpactNYC – a social entrepreneurship conference celebrating NYC’s rapidly expanding economy for good.

The program is presented by Fordham’s Center for Humanistic Management and Good Business New York (commonly known as GoodB), the popular news media network for social innovation and entrepreneurship, and packs in a full day of inspiring disruptors, innovators, and speakers such as Miki Agrawal, author of “Do Cool S**t,” Reshma Saujani of Girls Who Code, Katy Hunt-Morr of Etsy, Donnel Baird of BlocPower, Paul Polizzotto of EcoMedia, and David “Beggs” Thigpen of Corners2Cornerstones (C2C).

All panelists and speakers either live or work in one of the five boroughs and focus on solving a social problem through business. Thigpen, a former inmate, has created an entrepreneurial training program for At-Risk and formerly incarcerated youth.  Jordyn Lexton, founder of Drive Change, also focuses on recidivism by creating a food truck social enterprise that “employs, trains, and empowers young people (ages 16-25)” recently out of prison.

Reshma Saujani who founded Girls Who Code helps solve the gender imbalance in technology by teaching young girls in all five boroughs computer coding skills. BlocPower’s Baird, an Echoing Green fellow, created a program to retrofit Harlem small businesses with affordable renewable energy. Other participants include Kiva Zip, a local microfinance platform for small business and innovative co-working spaces such as Centre for Social Innovation in West Chelsea, Green Spaces in Tribeca, the Bronx Foundry off Fordham Road, Staten Island’s Maker Space, the sustainable innovation incubator at Pratt, and The Kitchen – a Queens EDC program that arms unemployed residents with new skills as foodpreneurs.

Moderators and co-hosts include social enterprises: Locavesting, Return On Change, That Matters, and Edible Brooklyn. Fordham B School faculty and business leaders, including super lawyers Doug Ellenoff and David D. Postolski from Day Pitney as well as impact investors Peter Strugatz and Kim Wales, Forbes journalists Susan McPherson and Anne Field serve as advisors and judges for the final innovation of the day - the inaugural “Battle of the Boros” Pitch for Impact event featuring local talent and entrepreneurs competing for the Best of the Boros Social Good crown.

For more information on sponsorship, community partnership, or Pitch Event, contact: admin@makeimpactnyc.com

Tickets available at www.makeimpactnyc.com

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