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Spark: Root Impact

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Root Impact: Building an Impact Ecosystem for Underserved Neighborhoods

Facilitated By Kyungsun Chung CBS’19 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Lunch included with RSVP

Uris Hall, Room 307
3022 Broadway
New York, NY

Root Impact was founded in 2012 as a nonprofit focused on building capacity for the social innovation sector. In 2017, Root Impact successfully opened HeyGround, a co-working space for more than 500 change-makers in Seoul, South Korea. Now, they’re planning to expand their operations to an underserved neighborhood of NYC such as the South Bronx.

They envision a world where everyone can make a real change. Root Impact helps young social entrepreneurs and change-makers who endeavor to bring positive changes to the world by building an impact ecosystem and a change-maker friendly environment including a co-living house, co-working spaces, and learning opportunities. This ecosystem helps change-makers further their missions, solve pressing issues, and sustain their growth.


  • Neighborhood revitalization
  • Supporting early-stage nonprofits and social enterprises
  • Impact measurement

Prior to founding Root Impact, Kyungsun was a Founding Member of the Non-Profit Business Team at Asan Nanum Foundation, one of the largest privately endowed foundations in Korea. His main role was to design capacity building systems for nonprofit professionals and organizations in Korea.

Kyungsun is also a member of the Board of Directors of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and is a frequent speaker on philanthropy and social innovation throughout Asia. He facilitated a partnership between Root Impact and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors to fund and co-develop the “Global Philanthropy Accelerators” program for next-gen donors. 

Spark provides Social Innovators with an opportunity to explore resources, connections and potential solutions to help their social ventures. These workshops tap into the collective knowledge within Columbia University and the larger entrepreneurial and social impact community.

Spark is a platform for ventures to make valuable connections, as the audience is a self-selected group interested in the topic area. Ventures are also able to gather ideas through group brainstorming to help them address specific questions or problems within the business organization. 

These workshops are free and open to all who are willing to bring their ideas, experience, and connections to help solve social and environmental challenges that social innovators aim to address.

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This workshop is supported by the Lang Center for Entrepreneurship, Social Enterprise Club, Green Business Club, and Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School; and the Social Entrepreneurship Club at Columbia School of International and Public Affairs.

April 23rd, 2019 from 12:30 PM to  2:00 PM
3022 Broadway
Uris Hall, Uris 307
New York, NY 10027-6902
United States