Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Inspiration (SIEI) Days
Passionate about using your MBA to positively impact the world? Eager to chart your social innovation path at Kellogg? Seeking fellow classmates that share your interest in food security, health/wellness, clean energy, water access, social justice, poverty mitigation, etc.? Join us for the inaugural Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship Inspiration (SIEI, pronounced “see”) Days at Kellogg! This is your opportunity to engage with classmates, faculty and staff around topics you care about BEFORE the hustle and bustle of your MBA career is in full swing.
Over the course of a day and a half, we will help you find classmates who share your social innovation interests and prepare you to use your time at Kellogg to maximize the impact you’ll have on the issues important to you. You will hear from Kellogg social entrepreneurs about how they’re using their MBAs to start world changing businesses and from Kellogg faculty and staff about opportunities you will have throughout your time at Kellogg.
This session is free of charge. You will be asked to sign a formal letter committing your attendance, as we want to avoid any last minute cancelations, preventing fellow classmates the opportunity to participate. SIEI is ideal for entering MBAs who have an interest in social innovation and/or entrepreneurship. No experience is necessary to apply. You are not required to have an idea for a project or venture, but please do come with an open mind and ideas of what interests you. Be ready to join forces with your classmates to work toward a common good. Email questions to Jamie Jones, Director of Social Entrepreneurship.
- Monday evening, 8/19 – SIEI will kick off with a networking BBQ
- Tuesday, 8/20 – We will work together all day, getting a crash course on entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship and design
- Wednesday through lunch, 8/21 – We'll equip you with information on the resources available to you at Kellogg and help you think about how to best use your time here. We’ll wrap just after lunch, allowing you plenty of time to get your house in order before you depart for KWEST later in the week.
Monday, August 19th
BBQ & Networking
17:00 Opening Remarks by Jamie Jones
18:00 Introductions & SIEI Overview
Tuesday, August 20th
SIEI Part I, Jacobs Center, G40
8:15 Breakfast and Keynote by George Page, Founder & CEO of Portapure
George will share his journey from chemical engineer in charge of the City of Chicago's water supply to social entrepreneur transforming in home access to potable water in Haiti
9:30 Ideas Marketplace
Each participant will have 30 seconds to share a project, business or idea you want help developing
10:15 Mission Alignment & Share Out
We will loosely form teams around shared interests and start to define what problem we are going to tackle
11:00 Finding Market Needs & Design Research Tools
Jamie Jones will share user-centered design research tools that will rock your world
12:00 Lunch & Launch
13:00 Business Model Canvas & Testing
No need for a business plan. We'll leverage the business model canvas as a planning tool for your current idea and beyond.
14:00 Concept to Plan
You and your team will now have time to define the key assumptions of your idea and brainstorm ways to test them. It's time to think about how your concept can become action.
16:00 Delivering a Pitch
Nothing grabs attention like a good story. We will learn how to get investors' attention and their dollars behind your venture.
17:00 Team Time
Now that you have a plan, it's time to work on sharing that with others. You and your team will have time to work on your presentation for Wednesday morning.
19:00 Dinner, Drinks & Games
Wednesday, August 21st
SIEI Part II, Jacobs Center, G40
8:30 Mapping Your Impact Path at Kellogg
Whether you are interested in social entrepreneurship, CSR, education management, impact investing, etc., we’ll help you carve out a path at Kellogg to ensure you make the most of your experience
Teams will have 5 minutes to share what they’ve found. Votes will determine the winner of a $2K Launch Award
12:00 Lunch, Voting & Awards