Use your entrepreneurial spirit for good and investigate how business and finance can be leveraged to change society for the better.

In this course, students will analyze how social movements are integrated into business, comparing how concepts such as innovation and entrepreneurship complement and clash with the principles of social impact. Investigating different models of entrepreneurship, students will learn how we are all working towards finding solutions and new ways of doing things within a larger system to affect positive social change.

Throughout the course, students will meet change agents and virtually visit innovation hubs to see how they view change on personal and professional levels. Students will also contrast the use of entrepreneurship as a change agent with other forms such as policy and activism. Are they always at odds with one another or is there a way to work together effectively? How can individuals within institutions learn and deploy entrepreneurial skills to make a lasting impact?

Course Highlights

Summer Academy enables students to dive deep into a course of study, sharpening skills for their academic and professional futures. Each course is carefully designed to suit student interests and encourage intellectual curiosity.

• Students will dive into the world of full business cycle development, honing their entrepreneurial mindset.

• Students will connect with innovation and entrepreneurship hubs, meeting with the people who are bringing about local, national and international change.

• Students will leave with a tangible understanding of the breadth and depth of global problems – from hunger to homelessness to climate change – in the context of New York and applied to urban areas across the globe.

• Possible virtual site visits include: Columbia Start Up Lab, campus tours of leading higher education institutions and tours of culturally significant New York neighborhoods and innovation hubs such as Brooklyn Navy Yard and Chelsea.

• Previous guest speakers include: Manal Kahi (Founder & CEO, Eat Offbeat), Mealnie LaVelle (Co-Founder & CEO, BenefitKitchen), Stephen Friedman (Social Impact Practice Lead, SY Partners), Karina Nagin (Executive Director, BridgingVoice) and Andrea Armeni (Founder & Executive Director, Transform Finance).

Please note: All information is subject to change at the discretion of The School of The New York Times.

Cost and Session Information

Dates: July 20 - July 31

Tuition is $2750

*Listed program costs do not include course-specific lab and materials fees. Learn more on our website.

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