We were honored this week to be chosen by 52businesses as Business #17 in their year-long march of helping one business a week get up and running. We're excited to be working with founders Jason Seidman and Collin Grussing and the talent, experience, and resources they bring!
Pilot Class Project: SISE Introduction to Business for Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship Conducts Community Case Studies
Dr. Ron Gard's Introduction to Business for Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship not only studied the basics of business creations, looking at the Lean Start Up model in particular, that is such the rage at the moment. But they rolled up their sleeves and dug into the business structures and struggles of over 20 businesses, social ventures, and non-profits. Each student produced a case study, which was presented to the groups so that they could further use the work of the students in their own business plans, press kits, and other textual situations.
Marjorie Kornhouser, a tax professor at Tulane Law School, had an idea: figure out fun and creative ways to teach tax literacy to high school students. She started TaxJazz while at Arizona State University, and now she is realizing her dream by putting the lessons and law students in high school classrooms this semester. LCI loves Marjorie's project, and she volunteered to be our pilot fellow. We've worked with her on a variety of issues, and helped her negotiate the relationships--namely getting her to tech transfer--for issues that arise. We talk about the issue, what kinds of questions she might ask, and follow-up to see how everything is going. We have also helped navigate a little bit with trademark questions as well. She's been a great guinea pig and we are very grateful for her willingness to play. See this great story on her project.
As one of our test projects, we paired two 3L Tulane law students, Lauren Peralto and Morgan Embelton, with one of our favor start-ups, Where Y'Art, to help with work leading up to the launch of their new website for curated local art. Lauren and Morgan worked with attorneys to assist in creating a Best Practices and Fair Use Best Practices for the site. We were able to add value to the pro bono hours provided by Propeller. We were very happy with the result.
We are excited to announce the official beginning of LCI. We had spent about three months meeting with university and community groups, listening to what they might want from a place like LCI. We also had ideas of what we wanted to build. Dean Kenneth Schwartz, who heads SISE, as well as the Dean of the School of Architecture, welcomed us into SISE as our anchoring spot. The Provost approve our pilot initiative, and so now we are off. We plan to do a few pilot projects in the Spring, and by Fall 2014 be launching the first major steps in our vision.
Here is the official announcement at SISE