Overview

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.

Using New York City as their case study, students will meet change agents and 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 change?

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.

• Site visits will vary based on the instructors and terms. Previous courses have visited: Warby Parker, Purpose Global LLC, Columbia Start Up Lab @ WeWork and Landing Road (Homeless Shelter & Housing Organization). Students may also have the opportunity to visit The New York Times newsroom and/or The Times printing press.

• Speakers and lecturers will vary with the instructors and terms. Previous 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

Day Program: $5,225*

Residential Program: $5,825*

Dates: July 19 - July 31

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

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