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Event Recap: Creating an Inclusive Economy: Pathways for Impact Entrepreneurs

On Tuesday, October 2,, the Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative hosted a inspiring panel discussion featuring Anurag Gupta, Founder and CEO, BE MORE America, Diana Mao, Co-founder and President, Nomi Network, Monisha Raja, Founder and Creative Director, Love is Mighty, and Clayton Banks, Co-founder and CEO, Silicon Harlem. These inspiring impact entrepreneurs shared aspects of their own […]

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Parsons Tackles Disaster Preparedness Through Design

Four months after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, an interdisciplinary team of graduate students from Parsons School of Design at The New School traveled to the U.S. territory to survey the destruction of the island’s lighting system by one of the worst natural disasters in modern history. Power in Puerto Rico had been […]

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The New School Announces Inaugural Cohort of Impact Entrepreneurship Fellows

Last year, The New School launched the Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative (IEI), a university-wide program supporting early-stage socially engaged entrepreneurial leaders in developing the mindsets, skills, and sense of purpose needed to thrive in our rapidly changing world. Now, The New School is welcoming the first cohort of IEI fellows — 18 incoming students representing various backgrounds and […]

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Parsons Graduates Create Sustainable Eyewear Company That Helps Flint, Michigan

At the height of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, the city was using more than 20 million plastic water bottles a day, creating large amounts of plastic waste. Ali Rose VanOverbeke, Fashion Design ’14, who was volunteering with the Red Cross in her hometown of Detroit at the time, turned the crisis into an […]

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Venture Lab Pitch Event

On Wednesday April 25, 11 teams competed for thousands of dollars in prize money through the Venture Lab Pitch Event. Hosted by The New School’s Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative (IEI), the competition gave students enrolled in the Venture Lab course the chance to pitch their ideas and receive constructive feedback from New York City-based socially engaged entrepreneurs. […]

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Parsons School of Design Students Redesign The Hospital Gown

  In recent years, students at The New School’s Parsons School of Design have designed coats that turn into tents for refugees and adaptable clothing for people with disabilities. Their latest creation has the needs of hospital patients in mind: a new kimono-inspired hospital gown that opens in the front, has a shielding pleat in the back, and replaces […]

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Venture Lab Intensive Recap

On January 20 and 21, the Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative (IEI) hosted a two-day Pre-Course Intensive for the eleven teams selected to participate in our inaugural Venture Lab course taught by Jen van der Meer and Michele Kahane. The Venture Lab builds on the Lean Launchpad® curriculum taught at leading universities and is designed to support […]

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Recap: Civic Service Design Studio + Toolkit Launch

On October 6, 2017, the NYC Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity, Citi Community Development, and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City launched the nation’s first-ever Service Design Studio and Toolkit dedicated to improving services for low-income residents. A crowd of designers, public servants, students, professors, and non-profit staff came together at Parsons School […]

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The People’s Disruption: Platform Co-ops for Global Challenges

The People’s Disruption: Platform Co-ops for Global Challenges symposium was held at The New School this past Nov 11, 2017. Experiments with cooperatively owned online platforms are demonstrating that democratic business models can be a dynamic force in building a more equitable economy for people across various income, race and class strata, starting with the […]

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International Affair Alum Launches App to Help Brooklyn Small Business Owners

Stuypend is an alternative payment processing system designed to help small independent businesses avoid the high fees of processing credit cards. Think of it like Venmo, but for buying stuff in stores. It’s a mobile app that interacts with a device given to merchants. Customers tap their phone to the merchant device at checkout, or […]

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