In 2014, a total of 65.3 million international tourists visited Africa. While that may seem like a lot, the figure represents only 5.8% of the world’s tourists.
For Ghali Jorio (’21), these numbers were more than statistics. They were his motivation for starting a company.
Jorio is the co-founder of MyAfriTrip: an online platform that offers tour packages designed to increase tourism to African countries. Driven by a mission of economic development in Africa, he has already helped facilitate 30 trips including ranging from two to ten people.
While Jorio is focusing on building his knowledge and entrepreneurial resources as a student at Cornell, he commits himself fully to MyAfriTrip on school breaks when he is in Africa with his co-founder. For more on Ghali’s experiences, see our interview below:
What started off as a club composed of five friends at Cornell has now reached thousands of students across New York City, preparing them for success inside and outside of the classroom. Karim Abouelnaga (Hotel School ’13) successfully leveraged his social enterprise, Practice Makes Perfect (PMP), to help alleviate an issue facing low-income public…
In Ithaca, most of us consume our news online, a trend that has been rapidly increasing over the past 15 years. This trend came to the forefront of conversation in 2016 due to the perpetuation of fake news that has pervaded social media spaces like Facebook. Despite the online news controversy, The Ithaca Voice has been able to flourish as an online-only, local news startup. The Ithaca Voice recently surpassed The Cornell Daily Sun in number of online followers, making it the most read local news outlet in Ithaca.
Annie Blumenfeld’s thoughts on dogs have varied across her lifetime; although she used to fear dogs, she now owns a business for them. Several years after being attacked by her childhood dog Duncan in elementary school, she started Wags 4 Hope, a nonprofit with a mission of promoting the wellness of pets across the world.
Located on the East Side of Buffalo, NY, The Foundry is a startup that is a community space and business incubator with a trade-based focus. Through its mentor program, metal shop, woodshop, and fiber arts studio, The Foundry helps people start product-based businesses.
On January 25th, Cornell kicked off the first ever Animal Health Hackathon in the world. Presented by Entrepreneurship at Cornell and the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine, the hackathon brought together students and business leaders to develop ideas and build products in the hopes of making a significant impact in the animal health industry.
“This class is a lot different than armchair learning” is the way Professor Wessels explains her new course. She is the Executive Director of the Center for Transformative Action and is launching a new course, AEM 4940, where students learn social entrepreneurship by working with Anabel’s Grocery throughout the course.
Cornell student Shaibyaa Rajbhandari ‘18 started her entrepreneurial journey last year with Utthan. Utthan is a multidimensional social investment company that creates long-term sustainable impact in Nepal following the earthquake in 2015. The entire world came together to help in immediate rehabilitation but often that is short-term. With Utthan, Shaibyaa aims to create a healthier and economically stable alternative for families affected by the earthquake.
E@D met with Shaibyaa last year to talk about Utthan, and we catch up with her again to talk about the second installation of her journey: Patuka.
In an increasingly flat world, student social entrepreneur Nicole Mensa (’16) is using her love for Ghana to empower women and make money in the process.
Like any good entrepreneur, Cornell student Shaibyaa Rajbhandari (’18) hears the word “problem” and immediately thinks, “opportunity.” Shaibyaa is the proud founder of Utthan: a multidimensional investment company designed to create long-term recovery following the destruction of the earthquake in Nepal. Utthan, which means “uplifting” in Nepali, has since received an award from Entrepreneurship at Cornell to continue its efforts to support income for people in Nepal by donating goats following the earthquake.
As many on this campus now know, a student run venture is going to be brining an affordable grocery store to the convenient location of Anabel Taylor Hall. Anabel’s Grocery will provide a cheap and easy way for Cornell students to purchase their own food and cook at home.
Sakib maintains his own blog dedicated to covering entrepreneurship, and recently tried his hand at starting his own social enterprise called Chitro Social. Chitro provides an online platform for women in rural Bangladesh with low-incomes to design and sell hand-made products to earn a living wage. While Chitro has had its successes, Sakib’s experience has endowed him with a remarkably mature view of entrepreneurship, and he recognizes that he has also encountered many challenges in his work. As an active Cornell student, Sakib struggles to juggle his responsibilities to school and his business, forcing him to step back and consider giving away the rights to his company in a potential merger deal. Like any good parent, Sakib realizes that it may be time to let go.
What were you doing over winter break? While everyone’s answer varies, fifteen students had the opportunity to help small business leaders in a developing nation. This January, Deborah Streeter launched the first semester of AEM 3382: Social Enterprise Development. Students visited El Rodeito, Honduras for one week over break, met with small businesses, and are spending the spring semester developing solutions for the businesses’ problems.
Below are comments from Zoe Wong ’13, Co-Founder of Revive Foods: Can you speak a little about your business and why you started it? How does Revive Foods fulfill its mission? I’ve been passionate about social entrepreneurship since I was first introduced to it during my freshmen year at Cornell. I always knew I wanted…
SBC-EY Social Entrepreneurship Competition The Social Entrepreneurship Competition (SEC) is a business case competition that is looking for bright, talented individuals who are interested in consulting, entrepreneurship, and in creating meaningful impact. Social Business Consulting Group at Cornell is proud to partner with Ernst and Young (EY) Consulting and Entrepreneurship@Cornell to host the first-ever Cornell Social Entrepreneurship…
I met Roshni through AIESEC my freshman year so I was thrilled to see a familiar face at the Entrepreneurship Summit. The fact that one of my peers has started her own business is incredibly exciting! Finding a balance between academics, extracurriculars, and a social life is tough as it is; running a business on top of that is…
Kristina Francillon was one of the few social entrepreneurs I met during this year’s Entrepreneurship Summit. Although I was nervous approaching someone whom I had never spoken to before, Kristina immediately put me at ease. Just a few moments into our conversation, I knew I was going to leave the event happy that I had the chance to speak with her.…
Interested in Social Innovation and Business? Kyle Westaway, lawyer and Harvard Law School lecturer, will be speaking on “Profit or Purpose” a talk on what links profit making in for-profit enterprises with public policy and social welfare purposes. EVENT TITLE: “Profit & Purpose: How Social Innovation is Transforming Business for Good” SPEAKER INFO: Kyle Westaway,…
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