5 Boroughs, 1 City, Endless Impact

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Thank you everyone for attending MakeImpactNYC 2014...
a groundbreaking new conference bringing together the New York City
entrepreneurs, leaders, and changemakers building the social impact economy.
Exploring how NYC nonprofits, businesses & startups harness the power of social enterprise.

Special thanks to our "Social Good Heroes" -our Sponsors...
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Plus, the first cross-borough 'Battle of the Boros'™ Pitch for Impact Contest
presented by 
Citizens Economic Development Initiative (CEDI)
Entrepreneurs and startups compete for $5K in cash and $25K prizes! 
Startup pitches, music, performances, & audience voting!

Winner of $4K Cash Prize:
I Am Not A Virgin (Manhattan)
Winner of Audience Awards of $1.5K Prizes
Support their Indiegogo campaign.
Announcing CEDI as our Gold Battle Sponsor...
Battle of the Boro In-Kind Sponsors:
Tweet @makeimpactnyc #nygood or Pinterest us. 
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JANUARY 16, 2014, AT FORDHAM UNIVERSITY'S LINCOLN CENTER CAMPUS, entrepreneurs, educators, and social impactmakers from all five boroughs came together at Fordham University’s B School near Lincoln Center to celebrate what makes New York great: innovation, community, ambition — and a commitment to make the whole city we call home a better place for everyone one in it. If you can make impact here, you can make impact anywhere.
Post event coverage:  American Entrepreneurship Today

Presented By Good Business New York in Cooperation with the Center for Humanistic Management at Fordham University


    and co-hosted by Locavesting, Return on Change, & ThatMatters 

Do Good in Your 'Hood!

Join us to celebrate NYC’s social entrepreneurship achievements, explore the city’s pressing issues, and build collaboration and community across all 5 boroughs.

What to Expect:
Five Dynamic Speakers, Five Interactive Panels, Local Artists & Musical Talent Showcasing the NYC Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystem.

Topics to be covered include: Funding the impact economy; building community resilience through social innovation; incubating startups & collaborative social enterprises; fashioning change through arts, media, and design; and food as a force for good.

* Discover how New Yorkers are helping to solve some of the city’s toughest problems by empowering people through entrepreneurial solutions.

* Meet and discover a range of change makers across NYC, from impact entrepreneurs and innovative startups to the people behind the incubators, collaborative spaces, educational programs, and funding opportunities that make NYC the social impact capital and inspiration for entrepreneurs everywhere.

“Battle of the Boros™ ” Pitch for Impact Competition
Presented by Citizens Economic Development Initiative, Good Business New York and Fordham University's Center for Humanistic Management with co-hosts: Return on Change, Locavesting, & ThatMatters.
Startups and social entrepreneurs from all corners of the city compete for the Best of the Boroughs crown $5K in cash from CEDI and $20k in-kind prizes! Get your borough pride on and join the fun. It’s a rumble you won’t want to miss!  Have questions re: Battle of the Boros?  Contact: admin@makeimpactnyc.com 

Applications open for Battle of Boros™ Entrepreneur Pitch Competition until 1/12/2014 (applications closed)
Rules and regulation available here.

Press Contact: Ron Davison rond@good-b.com 
December Press Release
General press release also live on CSR Wire
Battle of the Boros Pitch™ for Impact Press Release
Sponsors and other questions contact us at admin@makeimpactnyc.com
For more information view Sponsorship Packet (pdf).
For Community Partnership, contact: monika@good-b.com 
For Press, contact: press@makeimpactnyc.com
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Use the MakeImpactNYC App where you can check the schedule, interact with speakers via social media, and network with attendees. Download www.CanWeNetwork.com to network throughout the day of the event.

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Battle of the Boros™ Pitch for Impact!
Presented by CEDI Society


Come watch as entrepreneurs representing the 5 boroughs battle for $5,000 in cash awards and $20,000 in in-kind prizes from The Moderns, CSR Wire, Centre for Social Innovation, GoodB, ThatMatters Live, Return on Change, Fordham Foundry, and Day Pitney Llp.
Who is going to win the Best of Boros “Social Good” Crown?

Live Hip-Hop Artists, break dancers,

Featuring MC Charlie Balducci

of NYC Arts Cypher from Staten Island

& perfomances by  NYC Rapper Krempo, Sinistarz & Cyndikit

The finalists, culled from dozens of applicants across NYC, are: 

Concourse Markets (Bronx)

- an online platform for collaborative community lending

 Simply Grid (Brooklyn)

– delivers on-demand electricity for food carts & food trucks, eliminating pollution and noise

[$4K WINNER!] I Am Not A Virgin (Manhattan)

– ‘eco sexy’ denim line made with recycled plastic bottles

[$1.5K AUDIENCE AWARDS!] Sensational Sauces (Queens)

– all-natural, locally sourced and produced line of sauces

- They are on Indiegogo right now until February 7th, 2014.

Staten Island NYC Living (Staten Island) 

– digital ‘magalog’ that aims to raise awareness of the culture, history and community of the ‘forgotten borough’

Finalists Announcement Press Release


Our esteemed panel of judges:

Derek Denckla - Slow Money NY
Anne Field - Journalist

Mitchell Fillet - Fordham Foundry

Matthew Henninger - CEDI Society

David Postolski - Day Pitney
Shereen Shermek - Launch Angels

David “Beggz” Thigpen - Corners2Cornerstones

Kim Wales - Wales Capital


Battle Press Release 



Our app generously brought to you by CONFUI, an event app company.  


Agenda (and network through 2014 using MINYC app)


Good Morning New York!  Short Welcome chats:

Michael Pirson PhD. – Can We Change the World through Education?
Donna Rapaccioli, PhD. - Dean of Gabelli School of Business @ Fordham - 

How Business Schools Can Support Social Entrepreneurship

Monika Mitchell - Founder GoodB: How Social Impact is Remaking New York

Morning Keynote:
Katie-Hunt Morr – ETSY: Values & Impact 

Connecting Through Consumerism


*Google Hangout Session from Mumbai

Rasanath Das – Words of Wisdom for Sustainable Impact from internationally-renowned “Investment-Banker-Turned-Yogi “

Reminder: Connect all day with MakeImpactNYC app by Confui and www.CanWeNetwork.com app.

9:30 AM

Incubating Change - Accelerating Social Entrepreneurship in NYC

How are collaborative co-working communities amplifying social impact?


Shane Snipes, Founder & Managing Partner -  ThatMatters


Marissa Feinberg- Green Spaces

DB Lampman & Scott Van Campen - Staten Island MakerSpace

Christine Janssen-Selvadurai, PhD – Fordham Foundry (Bronx)

Eli Malinsky - The Centre for Social Innovation

Franklin Mora - Queens Economic Development Council | The Kitchen


Morning Stretch & Networking Break
Reminder: Download & Connect all day with MakeImpactNYC App by Confui and www.CanWeNetwork.com App

10:40 AM


"The American Gangster Guide to Being Your Own Boss"

David “Beggs” Thigpen –Author- CEO - Corner2Cornerstones.com 


Designing 4 Change: Entrepreneurs leverage NYC’s prominent position in Arts, Design, & Media to affect Social Impact

Monika Mitchell: Founder: Good-B

Stephanie Belhomme - Facilitator, Harlem CC
Debera Johnson - Pratt/Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator 

Miki Agrawal - Do Cool S**t

Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart - VauteCouture

Jen Abrams - OurGoods 
Liz Bacelar - Decoding Fashion 

Emily Lutzker, PhD - OpenInvo


ImpactChat: Taking Entrepreneurial Risks That Change the World

Miki Agrawal – founder- THINX 

"Smart Underwear"


Lunchtime - (on your own - Fordham Eaterie, or neighborhood)

Meet the Social Impact Community: Network, Shop, Buzz, Chat with Speakers!

Expo & displays: DoGoodBuyUs, Edible Manhattan/Brooklyn, FromTheBronx, Centre for Social Innovation, Etsy, Opportunity Lab, Green Spaces/ImpactHub, Bronx Beer Hall, Fordham Foundry, Coalition for Queens, The Kitchen, OpenInvo, THINX, WildinNY.


Impact Yoga:

5 min yoga meditation and visualization

Yanti Amos: founder: EarthYogaNYC.com

& Dave Parke of EarthYogaNYC.com

Reminder: Connect two ways before, during and after event with MakeImpactNYC app by Confui and www.CanWeNetwork.com app.


Stirring up Change: Food as a Force for Good
Food enterprises utilize the ancient custom of “breaking bread” to grow the social impact economy.

Gabrielle Langholtz , Editor: Edible Manhattan/Brooklyn
Derek Denckla-Slow Money NY 
Jordyn Lexton- Drive Change 
Kristine Garlisi -Common Cafe 
Baron Ambrosia-Bronx Culinary TV 
Robyn Hillman-Harrigan –Shore Soup Project

1:55 PM


Why it’s Important for Women & Girls to Innovate Social Change?

Reshma Saujani – CEO – Girls Who Code


Funding the Impact Economy: New Alternatives for Social Entrepreneurs
How are new financial innovations for raising capital creating broader opportunities for Social Impact Investment?


Amy Cortese – Author of "Locavesting"  

Liezl Van Riper - Kiva Zip 
Sang Lee - Return on Change
Peter Strugatz - Strugatz Ventures
Kim Wales – Wales Capital

Biran Blake - Spring Bank New York


Afternoon Break and Networking

*Use Sharing Board in expo space or Online collaboration board http://is.gd/MINYCboard

*Network with www.is.gd/MINYCapp and www.CanWeNetwork.com


Afternoon Keynote

Paul Polizzotto – CEO EcoMedia – (a CBS Media Company)

Creating 'Forever Companies' in New York City


The Connected Economy: Building the Impact Ecosystem for our Communities. Entrepreneurs use Social Innovation to Create Pattern-Breaking Change for Good.

Sang Lee – Founder - Return On Change
Erin Barnes - ioby

Dan Miller - Fundrise
Bruce Lincoln - Silicon Harlem
James Hong - MinKwon Center
Jukay Hsu - Coalition for Queens 
Anthony Ramirez - Mainland Media 
Donnel Baird – BlocPower


MakeImpactNYC Meetup with: ThatMatters Live Web Show Hosts:

Shane Snipes & Monika Mitchell - hosts of ThatMatters Live web series featuring: "Entrepreneurs Who Do Good"! 

Facilitated Audience Interaction & Sharing- What's Your Impact in Your Community?


Summing it all Up!

Michael Pirson – What We Learned Today
Monika Mitchell –Where Do We Go From Here?

Last words: Meet the MakeImpactNYC Team


Do Good In Your ‘Hood Reception
Networking, Music & Meetup for the Impact Community: MINYC Participants & Attendees!

6:05PM - 8:30PM

Battle of the Boros™ Pitch for Impact!   

Sponsored by CEDI Society

Citizens Economic Development Initiative

$5,000 in cash awards donated by CEDI & $20,000+ in in-kind prizes from
The Moderns, Centre for Social Innovation, GoodB, Fordham Foundry, Day Pitney Llp, ThatMatters Live, Corfui. Live hip-hip music & dance performances from across NYC courtesy of the NYC Arts Cypher from Staten Island <more info>

Special Thanks to Our In-Kind Sponsors

Day Pitney Llp

The Moderns


Center for Social Innovation

Fordham Foundry

Return on Change

Good Business NY



Community Partners

Be Social Change
CSR Wire
Coalition for Queens
Global Momenta
Green Spaces
Impact Hub
Latin Business Today
Mainland Media
MinKwon Center
Opportunity Lab
Queens EDC
Silicon Harlem
Slow Money NYC
Staten Island Arts
Date TBD
Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus
Pope Auditorium, 113 W 60th Street
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