Last week Venturesome hosted a seminar for MBA students from the business school INSEAD. The school has a strong programme in social entrepreneurship, and 20 students heard an explanation of the state of the UK social investment marketplace from Paul Cheng, Senior Investment Manager at Venturesome.
Topics discussed included the distinction between revenue and capital funding, matching appropriate funding mechanisms to funding needs, and how different social investors approach the trade-off between financial and social returns. Students also heard from Rob Hodgkinson, Investment Executive at Venturesome, about his experience of leaving a career in investment banking to join the world of social investment.
INSEAD has a student-led club called INDEVOR which “serves as a forum for those interested in social, environmental, and ethical issues, often bridging the gap between business and the social sector. More specifically, INDEVOR seeks to address the areas of international development, not-for-profit organizations and socially responsible businesses in developing and developed countries.”
We welcome the growing interest of MBAs in social investment, and hope that more such highly talented individuals choose to make a career in the charity sector.