Lunch & Learn: Y Combinator 11/20

The USC Marshall Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab is excited to continue its Lunch & Learn series, bringing exciting movers and shakers in the field of Social Enterprise to USC! It will be held on Thursday, 11/20, at 12:30PM in TCC 227.

Our featured speaker for November will be Kate Courteau, Director of Nonprofits at Y Combinator, speaking about Impact Investing. (

Called “Silicon Valley’s start-up machine” by the New York Times and consistently ranked as one of the top startup incubator and accelerators, Y Combinator (YC) has funded companies such as ScribdredditAirbnb,DropboxDisqus, and Heroku. To date, they have funded over 700 startups, cultivated a community of over 1,400 founders, and their companies have a combined valuation of over $30B.

Recently YC opened its tech company incubation program to social entrepreneurs. By doing so, YC is incentivizing more entrepreneurs who are willing to tackle social challenges with the tools, creative approach, and dynamism of the tech sector. And YC is doing it at a time when the social sector needs more funders and collaborators that are willing to take the chances and spend the resources necessary to catalyze innovation. Bring your friends, enjoy a free lunch on us, and hear about the exciting collaboration between technology, social innovation, entrepreneurship, and funding.

Kate Courteau has been a part of YC since its beginning in 2005. She is an architect by training and served as YC’s architect over the last 9 years. Kate also has a background in the nonprofit space, locally and in the developing world. Through her experience at YC, her own architecture practice, and in the nonprofit space, she is strengthening the presence of social change startups as Director of Nonprofits

Complementary lunch is served.

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Co-sponsored by USC Sigma Eta Pi – Gamma Chapter & USC Global Brigades at Marshall

The Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab provides opportunities for USC students, faculty, and other individuals to use business principles to create positive social and environmental impact. Through education, programs, events, and career development, we inspire the next generation of enlightened business leaders and social entrepreneurs.

The Lunch & Learn series exposes the USC community to issues of social and environmental importance and how business solutions can be used to approach these issues. They are open to all students and faculty. (

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