QF Social Enterprise Fellowship Program: Year One Impact
During the 2017-18 academic year, Fellows worked on six social enterprise projects at five different organizations.
- Jayne Butler (MFA '18, Arts Humanities and Social Sciences) created a corporate look book for Access Gallery. Her partner Anna Bernhardt (JD Candidate, Sturm College of Law) conducted a legal audit and solidified operational structures.
- Becky Stifter (JD Candidate, Sturm College of Law) and Sajjid Budhwani (PhD Candidate, Morgridge College of Education) conducted a survey of social enterprises and their readiness for impact investment, in association with The Denver Foundation and Social Venture Partners-Denver.
- Sofia Ponte (MBA '18, Daniels College of Business) and Emma Heffernan (MA '18, Josef Korbel School of International Studies) conducted intensive qualitative analysis of social enterprises and their stages of development, also in partnership with The Denver Foundation and Social Venture Partners-Denver.
- Rachel Wolf and Eric Shimono (both MA '18, Josef Korbel School of International Studies) developed a business plan for the barbershop and salon services at Emily Griffith Technical College.
- Jerry Ceja (MA candidate, University College) conducted an intensive review of the Groundwork Greens customer base and made recommendations about how to improve sustainability of this social enterprise.
- Jennifer Wilson (PhD candidate, Graduate School of Social Work) and Alex Lustig (MA candidate, Josef Korbel School of International Studies) worked with Women's Bean Project to study changes in their client base.
The projects below demonstrate the impact of the 2017-18 Fellows.
Women's Bean Project
Fellows investigated the changing client base for the Women's Bean Project, one of Denver's most established social enterprises, which helps women attain self-sufficiency through jobs in the manufacturing of gourmet food products.