INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Conference, São Paolo, 5-7 May 2014!

ISEP Reunion, Paraty, 8-9 May 2014!

Start planning your travel! This year's INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Conference will take place in dynamic São Paulo, Brazil. The conference itself will take place on 6-7 May 2014, and, by popular demand, 5 May has been set aside for visitors to participate in a series of site visits and workshops to better understand the work of local social entrepreneurs. INSEAD is proud to partner with the Instituto de Cidadania Empresarial (ICE), Vox Capital and Artemisia in presenting the conference in São Paulo. The theme conference will focus the emergence of social finance and social business drawing on international, regional and Brazilian experience. In addition to the pre-conference site visits, an exciting array of speakers, panels, workshops, and other activities will fill the two-day meeting. Immediately following the São Paulo conference, on 8-9 May, the annual ISEP reunion will take place in the beautiful colonial sea-side town of Paraty, half way between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Plan now and watch this space for further details and the registration link!

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In loving memory of Manuel Forjaz

Dear friends of the ISEP Community,

It is with great sadness that we share the news that Manuel Forjaz has passed away this week, at the age of 50, after a 5-year battle with cancer . Manuel was one of the pioneers from ISEP 1 in 2005, which was when I first met him (and it was because of him that I became engaged with social entrepreneurship activities at INSEAD).

For those who knew him and loved him, we know he was an extraordinary human being. Avid seeker of new knowledge, a relentless entrepreneur and social entrepreneur, one of the most engaged members of our ISEP community, a friend of his friends, Manuel lived his life with passion and generosity.

As a social entrepreneur in Portugal, he brought the concept of “Adopt Child”, organized the largest TEDX event in the world, co-founded the Institute for Social Entrepreneurship and led the national association to promote young entrepreneurs. He was a pro-bono  mentor and coach to countless entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs.

He was also a fun-loving person, always the first to organize the ISEP reunion social events. We watched the sun rise in Istanbul, Berlin and Madrid, in the after-party of the ISEP reunions. He loved nothing more than an engaged conversation among friends during breakfast, after a night-out dancing.

More remarkable, was the way he lived his final years. In the last two years, as he fought his illness in all ways possible and became an expert in cancer, he reached out to many people with cancer to share his experiences. He collected 70,000 friends in Facebook, launched a TV show and several interviews, and published a best-selling book called “Never get distracted from life” the month before he died. He touched countless people who found in him a source of courage and inspiration to fight their own illnesses. He said in his interviews – “I may die from cancer but the cancer will never kill me”. He lived his life to the fullest potential until the very end.

Manuel was a force of Nature and a true social entrepreneur. Through his example and inspiration he won his battle. His memory will forever be with us.

Good bye dear friend and thank you for all that you have given us.

Filipe Santos

Filipe Santos

Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship

Academic Director - Social Entrepreneurship Initiative

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Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge - Compete, Judge, Mentor!


Now in its fourth year, we are re-branding the International Impact Investing Challenge (I3C competition) as the Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge, thanks to the support and sponsorship of Morgan Stanley. The Challenge, founded by Kellogg and with INSEAD acting as International Partner, asks applicants to develop institutional-quality investment vehicles that aim to achieve positive environmental or social impact as well as competitive financial returns. How can you get involved? As a student who would like to compete, or a practitioner who would like to mentor or judge? Go to our blog to find out!



Application being accepted for INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Programme

INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Programme (ISEP)
INSEAD has developed a unique social entrepreneurship programme. It brings together the expertise and academic resources of a top-tier business school with this dynamic and innovative field.

ISEP continues to set the pace for top-tier business education tailored to social entrepreneurs. The combination of INSEAD’s world-renowned faculty, a series of new cases and course materials targeted at key challenges faced by social entrepreneurs and the participants themselves helped to make this among INSEAD’s highest rated programmes.

Our flagship executive education programme, ISEP draws some of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs for an intensive week of the most current, leading-edge management and strategy training specifically tailored to social entrepreneurs.

INSEAD’s Executive MBA programmes incorporate social entrepreneurship and innovation and explore opportunities for collaboration between the private and public sectors and non-governmental organisations. 

The ISEP dates for 2014

16-21 November 2014 in Fontainebleau, France
20 November - 6 December 2014 in Singapore 

Tuition: 4200 Euros *

*Tuition is subject to change on a yearly basis.

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The INSEAD Social Impact Catalyst engages MBA students through an integrated sequence of events and workshops, networking opportunities, and projects.

We are always looking for new speaker engagements, MBA project and internship opportunities and networking partners.

Please visit our events page here. And contact Christine Driscoll Goulay for more information about the programme.

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JASJIT SINGH joined INSEAD as a faculty member 10 years ago and regularly teaches in INSEAD's MBA, PhD, EMBA and Executive programmes. He has also been involved in programmes for many companies, government organizations and organizations focused on societal impact (UN Women and INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Programme).

Jasjit has joined the INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Team!


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INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship: The Launch of A Social Impact Catalyst for Passionate MBA's

The INSEAD Social Impact Catalyst has been launched The goals of the Catalyst are to make INSEAD the most attractive business school for MBA students who are passionate about social entrepreneurship and to create a central, thriving network linking current MBAs with INSEAD alumni and other industry players involved in social entrepreneurship. Through an integrated sequence of events and workshops, networking opportunities, and projects that will engage MBA students from the start of the programme at INSEAD, we hope that the Catalyst will allow students to understand social entrepreneurship, expand their potential for impact, and act effectively on their social entrepreneurship interests and passions. This program will be seamlessly integrated into the formal MBA curricula of courses and events. Please contact Christine Driscoll Goulay, for more information at In her role as Associate Director of the Social Entrepreneurship Initiative, she will be heading up the Catalyst and tying in individuals from our vast and impressive network, including current MBAs, faculty, alumni, participants of our ISEP program, and partners.

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The Social Entrepreneur: Getting Results where Angels Fear to Tread is the role of social entrepreneurship in society? How are social entrepreneurs different from commercial entrepreneurs, social activists or charitable work? Our academic director, Professor Filipe Santos published an INSEAD working paper called "A Positive Theory of Social Entrepreneurship", in which he tackles these issues. He proposes a new conceptual framework for social entrepreneurship based on newly published case studies on Banco Compartamos and Gram Vikas. Read more..

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Executive Training programs address practitioners’ needs and are based on first rate research concerning the CSI core interests: social impact, foundation strategies and social innovation. The dates for the upcoming Executive Trainings are:
• 20.-22. March 2014: Social Investment and Impact
• 27.-29. March 2014: Foundation Strategies for Impact
• 15.-17. May 2014: Social Innovation
To facilitate organizational development, we start the approaches from the mission and organizational model of the participants’ organization. The programs thereby reflect the challenges as well as the needs of practical implementation. The trainings use a blended learning approach of lecture, seminar, debate and case work.

Our Executive Training programs are specifically designed for executives and managers working in the Third Sector but are also open to public or private sector professionals. The workshops offer an extraordinary framework to broaden their own perspectives and while enjoying the most stimulating environment for reflection and learning at Heidelberg University, a German university of excellence.


Contribution to the 7th edition of the Convergences World Forum

The 7th edition of the Convergences World Forum will be held from 8th to 10th September 2014 in Paris.

The 7th Convergences World Forum is a major meeting for all actors committed towards a fair and sustainable world. Co-creation is at the core of our methodology. For that reason, we invite you to be involved in designing the event's program: 20 sessions are open for your proposals.

Respond online to the call for proposal before March 5th, 2014.

Find more details in the guidelines for contributors.

As we move into new development and sustainability goals, the World Forum will tackle the following topic “Building together tomorrow's world” that will break down into 3 major pillars:

- A global partnership for sustainable consumption and production

- Sustainable Development: new practices, new financing

- New technologies for inclusive growth


Filipe Santos


Academic Director

Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship

Hans Wahl


Director INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Programme (ISEP)


Associate Director

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