Upaya is collaborating with the Chicago Booth Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI) on a variety of activities with the goal of identifying new models and best practices for job creation in the world’s poorest communities.
Upaya's Executive Director Sachi Shenoy sits on the Advisory Board of the (SEI) and serves as a judge in Booth’s Social New Venture Challenge, while Robert Gertner, Deputy Dean at Chicago Booth and Co-Director of the SEI, is a member of Upaya’s Board of Advisors. Additionally, Upaya is able to advise on curriculum design for Chicago Booth MBA students interested in social entrepreneurship, open internships and research projects for the Chicago Booth community, and contribute to various Social Entrepreneurship Lab programs. In turn, Upaya is able to call on the school’s thought leadership, academic resources, and vast alumni network to advance its mission.
For more information about the SEI and the collaboration, click here.
Upaya is proud to join with the Indian School of Business (ISB) for the fourth edition of iDiya, the ISB's National Social Venture Competition. Through the partnership Upaya staff will participate in the mentorship and judging phases of the competition. In addition, those iDiya entrants with strong potential to create jobs and improve the quality of life for the ultra poor will be simultaneously considered for participation in Upaya's LiftUP Project.
Upaya has partnered with XLRI Jamshedpur, one of India’s premier management institutes, to empower and educate the next generation of social business leaders. The partnership establishes a free flow of ideas, learnings, and best practices between Upaya and XLRI faculty, students, and alumni.
“This collaboration will allow Upaya staff and partners to engage in knowledge sharing in the area of social business and finance, mentor students through lectures, open up internship opportunities for those having specific interests in the domain of inclusive business, as well as contribute unique content to the XLRI curriculum on social finance and impact investing,” said XLRI’s Dr. H. K. Pradhan.
Upaya is also creating new channels through which XLRI student and alumni-led initiatives can be considered for angel funding and technical support as part the LiftUP Project.