Kellogg World Alumni Magazine

A Smart Investment

How the Kellogg School is promoting impact investing — inside and outside the classroom


Recognizing the potential of impact investing, the Kellogg School has dedicated resources to drive the space forward.

"Kellogg is contributing significantly to the development of the industry as a whole, especially from the point of view of MBA development," says Jamie Jones '09, assistant director of social enterprise. "For example, David Chen's Impact Investing course is one of the top impact investing courses in the country. We are one of the few MBA programs in the nation that has a strong course on the topic."

In addition to its curricular offerings, the Kellogg School supports and promotes impact investing through outlets that include:

International Impact Investing Challenge — An annual pitch competition focused on the investment vehicles that create sustainable impact and are designed for institutional investors.

Impact Investing Summit — National experts in the field met in Chicago in June 2011 for the event, co-hosted by Kellogg and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Research — Kellogg is working with the U.S. State Department on research projects that examine how corporations can make impact investments, as well as what the impact investing sector looks like from the investment side. The findings will be used to inform some of the working principles that the State Department plans to present later this year.

Kellogg Social Entrepreneurship Fellow Award — The award, presented by the Levy Social Entrepreneurship Lab, provides $80,000 and organization support for a Kellogg student to launch a social venture after graduation.


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