The down economy is driving more MBAs down socially responsible business tracks

The down economy is driving more MBAs down socially responsible businesstracks, according to the story “What Now for MBAs?” on BNET.com. Top-tier schools like Duke and Yale have responded by creating programs to prepare social entrepreneurs. The story lays out the best feeder schools for social entrepreneur positions, the most lucrative jobs and the major MBA recruiters.

You can see the story here: http://www.bnet.com/2436-13070_23-267286.html

Largest private equity firms agree to a United Nations initiative for socially responsible investing

Bowing to concerns from some of their big investors, 13 of the largest private equity firms on Tuesday will agree to a United Nations initiative for socially responsible investing, according to an industry trade group.

The private equity industry has come under increased criticism in recent years from labor unions and the governments of several countries over its members’ management practices.

Investors like the California Public Employees’ Retirement System and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System urged the council in 2007 to adopt a version of the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Investing, which encourages big investors to use environmental, labor and governance principles into their investing guidelines, The New York Times’s Michael J. de la Merced reported.

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Upstart Bay Area hopes to nourish next generation of Jewish innovators

UpStart Bay Area is new organization that is helping Jewish social entrepreneurs in the San Francisco Area. It launched last summer and aims to cultivate new ideas and support entrepreneurs in opening their non-profit social enterprises.

Check out their new website here. They are currently taking applications for the next round of UpStarters:

Are you the next ‘UpStarter’?

The staff of UpStart Bay Area wants to incubate leaders who exhibit a variety of qualities, including those who:

• Articulate a clear vision for their organization.

• Demonstrate creativity, curiosity and interest in learning.

• Are unafraid of taking risks.

• Have innovative ideas to engage more Jews in Jewish learning, ritual, community and service.

• Can secure human and/or capital resources to get started.

For more information or to apply, contact UpStart Bay Area at (415) 536-5918 or via e-mail at info@upstartbayarea.org. Applications are due Feb. 13.

The Engineers for Social Impact Fellowship

The Engineers for Social Impact (E4SI) fellowship program has commenced its second annual rigorous recruitment process to match the most talented ten undergraduate students from fifteen elite Indian engineering schools with partner social enterprises that focus on development by means of sustainable for-profit entrepreneurship. E4SI fellowships promise to be highly entrepreneurial in a way that combines the best of consulting, technology, and social innovation. Fellows will gain unprecedented access to the development sector as they work with leading social entrepreneurs, attend leadership workshops at the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad, and pitch their ideas to thought leaders as they join an outstanding cohort of exceptional young leaders.

For more info, refer to this pdf.