Alliant School of Management, filled its West Wing with friends, family, students, and business owners to celebrate the first inaugural Social Entrepreneur Accelerator. The Social Entrepreneur Accelerator was created for emerging socially conscious companies in the professional services industry. Selected business teams are partnered with top graduate students and receive a free lease, consulting, training, mentorship, management, and deployment of a socially conscious business or expansion plan.
A requirement for applicants was a 60 second video on why their business is socially conscious. Throughout the month of October the California Foundation Site Council received a diverse range of video applications. The Site Council evaluated each applicant and selected eight business finalists.
The event started with a meet and greet session. Business partners and applicants had the opportunity to meet Alliant International University faculty, staff, and students. For Alliant students and guests, it was a chance to speak with CEOs of local, regional and global businesses. The attendees got to enjoy the many appetizers from Sodexo and great craft beer from Mike Hess Brewing Co.
As the clock struck six and the rain became to pour, the event started. Our CEO and President, Miguel Vasquez, served as the host. The inaugural had two incredible special guests: former Mayor of San Diego and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, Jerry Sanders, and keynote speaker, CEO of Juntos Finanzas, Ben Knelman. In addition, former Mayor Sanders accepted the Social Conscious Business Champion Award on behalf of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.
After listening to the motivational speeches, it was time to announce the selected business teams for the Social Entrepreneur Accelerator. Drum roll please….
Team one: Eriss
CEO: Barbara Nyegaard
Students: Raul Alcantara & Janette Williams
Team two: Juntos Finanzas
CEO: Ben Knelman
Students: Gricelda Alvarez & Shameem Heetun
Team three: Higher Power SEO
CEO: Brady Chatfield
Students: Travis Hook & Chitpasong Vazquez
Team four: Base Insight
CEO: Patrick Hoss
Students: Bangxiu Zhao & Neiman Hatcher
Congratulations to all our businesses, students, and applicants. We look forward to January 29th as we kickoff the Social Entrepreneurial Accelerator program. Stay tuned to learn about our participating businesses and students.
For those who were not able to attend, here is the event in its entirety in under sixty seconds. Enjoy!