Differentiate your MBA with the journey of a lifetime to learn from India’s most inspiring social entrepreneurs
- Interested in doing well while doing good?
- Curious to explore the world's hotbed of innovation?
- Want to connect with hand-picked, like-minded MBA students from the world’s top business schools?
Join the journey of a lifetime
This winter, Journeys for Change is launching a first-of-its-kind opportunity for MBA students.
Modeled after our long-standing leadership development programmes for global leaders, the MBA Social Entrepreneurship Journey will bring exceptional MBA students from top business schools together to meet – and learn from – some of India's most inspiring social entrepreneurs.Express your interest now
What you will take away from the experience
- Differentiate yourself with insights from the frontlines of social entrepreneurship
- Accelerate your career through access to an exclusive network of socially-conscious leaders from across the world
- Get ahead in identifying remarkable summer consulting opportunities
- Have awe-inspiring stories to share from your winter break
A sample day
Begin with a traditional Indian breakfast; a morning visit to a social entrepreneur who gave up his investment banking job to launch an award-winning social enterprise; an afternoon historic heritage walk, and an evening dinner discussion, overlooking the Indian Ocean, with one of India’s leading social venture capitalists.
Over the course of the journey to Bangalore and Mumbai, you will:
- Visit four of India’s most inspiring nonprofit, for-profit and hybrid social enterprises
- Network with a diverse group of MBA students, entrepreneurs, and socially-focused business leaders
- Share reflections and work together through guided discussions and case studies
- Explore and enjoy the vibrant life, landscape, culture and sites of India
Provisional itinerary highlights
A visit to Dial 1298 (www.1298.in), a social enterprise providing best in breed Life Support Ambulance Service using a cross subsidy model. Dial 1298 is funded by Acumen Fund and is the winner of the Godfrey Philips National Bravery Award for Social Act of Courage 2007 and the Times of India / Times Foundation Recognition Award for Life Saving Service in Mumbai 2006.
A visit to SELCO India (www.selco-india.com), a social enterprise pioneering the provision of sustainable energy solutions to the poor. The founder, Harish Hande, won the Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2007 award from the Schwab Foundation and the 2011 Ramon Magsaysay award, also sometimes referred to as Asia's Nobel Prize.
A visit to Industree Crafts (www.industree.org.in), an innovative hybrid social enterprise based in Bangalore, that has now become India's leading craft retailer supporting the livelihoods of rural producers. Founder Neelam Chhiber was awarded the Schwab India Social Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2011.
A private discussion and dinner with Solomon JP from Ashoka India (www.ashoka.org), a global organization that identifies and invests in leading social entrepreneurs -- individuals with innovative and practical ideas for solving social challenges.
An evening at Bombay Connect, Mumbai’s social entrepreneurship center, to feel the buzz of Mumbai’s changemaker circuit and network with the Bombay Connect members and UnLtd India investees (www.unltdindia.org).
Executive Journey: From $4,700 / € 3,640 / £2,900
MBA Journey: $2,200 / €1,700 / £1,375 (Round II participant fee), $2,500 / €1,935 / £1,560 (Round III participant fee)
This fee includes all site-visits, facilitation, high quality accommodations, food, study materials, most cultural activities, donations to the social enterprises. Flights to and from India are not included. Scholarships may be available for a limited number of exceptional MBA students who are genuinely unable to meet the full fee.
Places are limited; express interest now
Up to 22 exceptional MBA candidates from around the world will be selected in a competition to join the inaugural MBA Social Entrepreneurship Journey. Our judging panel will consider each applicant’s background and rationale for taking part.
Like admission to many top MBA programs, your chances of acceptance are better (and the programme fee is lower) the earlier you apply.
Applications for Round 1 are due by 14 October 2012 (reflects early-bird programme fee).
Applications for Round 2 (limited) are due by 4 November 2012 (reflects standard programme fee).
Applications for Round 3 (very limited) are due by 18 November 2012 (reflects increased programme fee)
To apply, begin by filling out the interest form below. We welcome MBA students and qualified MPP or MPA students to apply. If you seem like a good fit, we will invite you to interview.
What alumni have said
"The experience was amazing!"Kelly Lauber -Global Director of Strategic Planning, Nike Corporate Responsibility & Duke Fuqua MBA
"I took great inspiration from meeting people with a similar background to me, now using their skills and passion to make large-scale impact. It really was a prodigious experience."Vinay Nair -Head of International Business Development, Acumen Fund & London School of Economics graduate
"Journeys for Change was a unique opportunity to meet with exceptional social entrepreneurs. It was particularly inspiring to meet with them and discuss their business models during my MBA program to see business concepts being applied in a social context."Sophie Hoas -Investment Director at Montagu Private Equity & INSEAD MBA
"I have been truly inspired and motivated on this trip and really gained a sense of clarity on what I am very passionate about. I’ve also formed a strong support network that I believe will last."Andrea Schubiner -University of Chicago, Booth School of Business
"I am encouraged, my heart for impact has grown stronger, and I feel connected in a very personal way to the thriving, dynamic space here in India."Bernice Wong, University of California-Berkeley, Haas School of Business
"JFC brought together a phenomenal group of students, each with a unique and insightful perspective. I learned as much from my peers as I did from the enterprises we visited."Kimberly Nobella -Monterey School of International Studies