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Harnessing the Power of Impact Investing

Author: Angela Sienko

With its history rooted in ethics, integrity and service, it’s no surprise that the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business is leading the charge when it comes to developing business solutions for the world’s most pressing social issues. The college’s Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship gathers students, alumni, social entrepreneurs and social investors from across the globe to its annual Irish Impact Conference to discuss current issues and trends in social entrepreneurship. This year’s event, held October 29-30 on campus, focused on impact investing.…

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Alumni Secure Corporate Funding on 'Shark Tank'

Author: J.P. Gschwind, The Observer

The opportunity to appear on ABC’s “Shark Tank” is offered to a select number of entrepreneurs, but even fewer are able to close a deal with a shark and secure funding for their company.

Notre Dame alumni Mike Doyle and Drew Mitchell were able to do both on an episode of “Shark Tank” when they pitched their business, Rent Like a Champion, and landed a deal with Mark Cuban and Chris Sacca.…

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ND alums dive into Shark Tank tonight [Oct. 30]

Author: Christine Cox

What’s it like to appear on Shark Tank?
“It’s like a Notre Dame football game,” says Drew Mitchell (MBA ’08, FIN ’01). “The fumble pops loose on the first down, and you try to pick it up from there.”
Viewers will see the outcome of Mitchell’s appearance tonight, Oct. 30, on the Emmy Award-winning ABC venture capital reality program. Shark Tank airs at 9 p.m. EDT.…

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Irish Impact 2015: Social Entrepreneurship and the power of impact investing

Author: Carol Elliott

In 2013, Andi Phillips helped to lead an innovative project aimed at expanding access to early childhood education for at-risk children in Utah.
 
Phillips isn’t a school administrator, or even a member of the teaching community. She is a vice president in the Urban Investment Group at Goldman Sachs. And the project didn’t involve building new school facilities or changing education policies; instead, it took a financial approach called impact investing – a new way of funding efforts to address social problems while providing a competitive rate of return for investors. In this case, the initiative offered the one of the nation’s first social impact bonds.…

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Think Like an Entrepreneur

Author: Carol Elliott

“Entrepreneurship” traditionally equates to startups in the minds of many. But with the rapid advancements in technology and rise of the global economy, the word is taking on a broader meaning: New.
New thinking, new solutions, new approaches to doing business that will shape global developments and change lives for the better.…

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