Robert Gertner

Upaya’s Partnership with Chicago Booth School of Business on Display at 2013 Social New Venture Competition


As part of the organization’s partnership with the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Upaya’s Executive Director Sachi Shenoy recently joined a distinguished group of Booth alumni as final round judges for the school’s Social New Venture Competition (SNVC). While in Chicago, she also participated in the annual advisory board meeting of the school’s Social Enterprise Initiative.

The judging panel – which included leadership from organizations such as the Arabella Advisors, TransUnion Corp., CDW and Shorebank International – evaluated 16 finalists based on the strength of their business models and ability of their work to realize a positive social benefit. Upaya was well represented at the event.

The SNVC is lead by Chicago Booth Deputy Dean Robert Gertner, who also serves Upaya as an Advisor. Additionally, Upaya Board member Sonny Garg was involved in the planning of this year’s competition.

Upaya Shares Insights, Experiences on Impact Measurement at TiEcon Delhi 2012

Upaya's Executive Director Sachi Shenoy presented on a panel titled “Measurement and Long-Run Impact: A Discussion with UChicago Social Entrepreneurs” at this year’s TiEcon Delhi 2012 event. Moderated by Chicago Booth Deputy Dean and Upaya Advisor Robert Gertner, the panel explored three different organizations' approaches to measuring outcomes and the implications that effective measurement can have on long-run impact. 

The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) was founded in 1992 in Silicon Valley by a group of successful entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and senior professionals with roots in the Indus region. Hosted by the TiE Delhi-NCR chapter, TiEcon Delhi 2012 recognized entrepreneurship’s move into India’s mainstream and the powerful change it has brought globally. TiE currently has 13,000 members, including over 2,500 charter members in 61 chapters across 17 countries dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship globally through mentoring, networking, and education.

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on 2012-10-30 19:03 by Upaya

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9 October 2012