By Jeff Wahl, Leeds MBA '15
The Center for Education on Social Responsibility (CESR) at the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business recently partnered with Impact HUB Boulder to host the first “Supercollider” event of the academic year. The event brought together over 60 MBAs and impact professionals in the Boulder community, uniting a force of entrepreneurs, sustainable venture investors, and impact-focused business professionals.
CESR, a key sponsor of the CU Net Impact Chapter, led the night by discussing the current trajectory of academic and public-facing programs occurring at the University. CESR weaves corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and impact business into the Leeds curriculum, and additionally supports Net Impact in building networks with the external business community. Net Impact is working with 12 local companies this year through the Leeds Social Impact Consultants, Impact Catalyst, and Board Fellows Programs to build value in business with respect to social responsibility and sustainability.
CESR and Impact Hub Boulder
Impact HUB Boulder brought many new local business stakeholders to the event, including Olomomo Nut Company, a local food company recently certified as a B Corp. Mark Owens, CEO of Olomomo Nut Company, led an exercise with Supercollider participants working in teams to help develop a plan for the growth and maintenance of mission for this local company. Corporate social responsibility and sustainability are core to the mission of Olomomo, and as they grow their market footprint, they wish to ensure they are doing so with respect to their ethical beliefs and a positive return on investment. Eight teams responded to the challenge with innovative, aligned and strategic recommendations.
In addition, attendees were treated to an informative panel discussion by local impact businesses such as I and Love and You, a pet products company, and WDHB, a company that offers “learning expeditions” to executive teams.
At the close of the event, MBAs and local businesses had connected with a broad and impactful network of resources and further enhanced the bridge between the University of Colorado and impact business community of Boulder.
The Future of Supercollider
A second Supercollider is planned for spring 2015 and if the success of the first is any indication, it should be a highly attended and impactful event for all attendees! For more information on how to get involved in the next Supercollider please contact Colorado@NetImpact.Org.