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Spark: A space for social innovators to combine ideas with networks - International Social Entrepreneurship, Selen Ucak

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International Social Entrepreneurship

with Selen Ucak '03, The American Turkish Society; Nell Derick Debevoise '12, Inspiring Capital; Tami Kesselman, Vision2Action / IvyGirl Advisors; Shireen Khan '02, Virtue Consulting, Shubio; Decker Ngongang, Echoing Green


          Tuesday, July 9, 2013
          Brainstorming workshop will begin at 6:30 p.m.

          Please plan on arriving 10-15 minutes early.
          Reception will follow the workshop at 8:00 p.m.

The goal of this workshop is to identify resources and best practices for international social entrepreneurs. The workshop will help generate new ideas and connections for participants interested in "social venturing” internationally and for those involved in supporting global social entrepreneurship.  

Areas of discussion:
     ·    Facilitating cross-border social innovation and international replication
     ·    Building and benefiting from a global social venture ecosystem
     ·    Leveraging diaspora networks and expat communities
     ·    Engaging consumers in social enterprises for global impact

The American Turkish Society promotes economic, diplomatic, cultural, and educational ties between the United States and Turkey since 1949. Selen Ucak has served as Executive Director of The Society for the past seven years and is currently working on a new initiative to catalyze social entrepreneurship “in/for/by” Turkey.  For more information about The Society’s programs, please visit and tweet with us @FollowTurkey and @SelenUcak.

Inspiring Capital helps socially-minded entrepreneurs and investors develop world-changing ventures that are self-funding and sustainable. We achieve this mission by leveraging practical experience, a broad and deep network, analytical insight, and theory from diverse fields. Learn more at and our founder's Twitter feed at


Spark provides Social Innovators with an opportunity to explore resources, connections and potential solutions to help their social ventures, by tapping the collective knowledge within Columbia University, and the larger entrepreneurial and social impact community in the New York area and beyond.

This workshop is open to all who are willing to bring their ideas, experience, and connections to help solve social and environmental challenges that these social innovators aim to address.



If you are unable to attend the above events but would like more information on Spark, please register for our mailing list.

For more information, or if you would like to suggest a future Spark workshop, please contact:
Diana Rambeau:

This event is supported by the Social Enterprise Program, the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center and the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.

July 9th, 2013 from  6:00 PM to  8:30 PM
Columbia Business School
United States
Phone: 212-854-2176