Thunderbird School of Global Management Hosts Social Entrepreneurship Forum

Students and graduates from Costa Rica, Mexico and the United States share their insights.


Thunderbird School of Global Management Hosts Social Entrepreneurship Forum

Last week, Thunderbird School of Global Management hosted a panel discussion, “The Future of Social Entrepreneurship.” The November 14 event was moderated by Robert Hisrich, director of Thunderbird’s Walker Center for Global Entrepreneurship, and featured the following emerging social entrepreneurs:

  • Miguel Jardine, a Thunderbird graduate who founded a business that essentially uses food waste to cultivate soil.
  • Aldo Castillo, a graduate student at Universidad Tecnológica de México (UNITEC), architect and founder of EcoLadrillos, which is developing ecologically-friendly bricks. In 2013, EcoLadrillos won a $50,000 award in the James McGuire Business Plan Competition, which was created to support student entrepreneurs in the Laureate International Universities network.
  • Alicia Marseille, a business analyst at the Maricopa Small Business Development Center. Marseille helped create a social venture that helps Haitian farmers distribute coffee to U.S. wholesalers.
  • Daniel Uribe, a Universidad Latina de Costa Rica (ULatina) biology student. Uribe is president of Costas Verdes, a nongovernmental organization that is rebuilding his country’s coastal forests and beaches.

Here’s video from the discussion:

1. Meet the Social Entrepreneurs

2. Lessons From Social Entrepreneurship’s Frontlines

3. How to Grow the World’s Base of Social Entrepreneurs

4. The Next Big Thing in Social Entrepreneurship