Through Net Impact Board Fellows Program, Chicago nonprofits teach MBA students about nonprofit governance and social sector strategy.Booth Students Offer Pro Bono Support to Chicago Nonprofits
To be eligible for the fellowship, applicants must be committed to working full time for their startups, which should be focused on social or environmental impact. To view past Tarrson Fellowship winners, click here.
All four 2019 fellows competed in the John Edwardson, ’72, Social New Venture Challenge (SNVC), which this year marks its 10-year anniversary, having helped jumpstart more than 100 startups that have gone on to raise more than $21.3 million.
“Social entrepreneurs in our third cohort of Tarrson Fellows—the largest yet—are dedicated to addressing social issues that affect locals as well as those in communities abroad,” said Robert H. Gertner, Joel F. Gemunder Professor of Strategy and Finance at Chicago Booth and John Edwardson Faculty Director of the Rustandy Center. “As the Social New Venture Challenge celebrates its 10th year, it’s no surprise that all four fellows honed their ideas through the competition and now, with the fellowship, will get the support they need to continue propelling their startups forward.”
The 2019 Tarrson Fellows are:
Josh Aaronson, AB ’19, of Debate it Forward
Josh graduated from the College in June 2019. Debate it Forward, which won the 2019 SNVC, is an education nonprofit that promotes healthy discourse in youth through play-based programming. The organization uses their innovative curriculum to engage students often overlooked by traditional debate programs: young students, students of low income, and students with diagnosed learning or developmental differences.
Kyle Johnson, ’19, of Business Services Collective
Kyle, a Civic Scholar in Booth’s Weekend MBA Program, graduated in 2019. Business Services Collective, which placed second in the 2019 SNVC, works with Chicago entrepreneurs of color in the construction trades to create a shared back office. By lowering the cost to delegate services like estimation, project management, and bookkeeping, Business Services Collective enables entrepreneurs to focus on growth and become engines of wealth creation in their communities.
John Mak, MPP ’19, of MM Community
John graduated from the university’s Harris School of Public Policy in June 2019, where he was a member of the inaugural class of Obama Foundation Scholars. MM Community, a 2019 SNVC finalist, is a Myanmar-based crowdsourcing platform that sources funds via low-interest loans from citizens and donations from international donors and impact investors. The funds are used to address needs in the local community such as building fences around drinking water ponds, or creating school libraries.
Kalyan Ray-Mazumder, ’19, of Prepmedians
Kalyan graduated from Booth’s Full-Time MBA Program in June 2019. Prepmedians, a 2019 SNVC finalist, is an affordable online learning platform that uses humor, music, and pop culture to prepare students for the SAT and ACT. Prepmedians is cultivating relationships with nonprofits and public school systems to bring the program to English language learners and students with various learning needs.
To learn more about the Tarrson Social Venture Fellowship, visit the Rustandy Center’s website.
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Cofounders Joshua Aaronson and Leah Shapiro, AB ’18, explain how their venture uses debate to teach students analytical reasoning, self-advocacy, and respectful disagreement.Debate It Forward Teaches Students to Disagree, Respectfully