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Brown Bag Lunch – Social Entrepreneur Roundtable + Susan Hammel @ Cogent

Apr 17th
12:00 - 13:00
Impact Hub Minneapolis - St. Paul
An opportunity for social enterprises to discuss the challenges of entrepreneurship and share resources.

Social Entrepreneur Roundtable

Social Entrepreneur Roundtables are an opportunity for social enterprises to discuss the challenges of entrepreneurship and impact investing as well as to share and exchange resources.


Public Benefit Corporations, B Corporations, for-profit and not-for-profit enterprises, and individuals are invited to the Social Entrepreneurs Roundtables. The only requirement is that the participating organization is mission-driven and interested in the impact investing community. We have limited the number of attending organizations in order to maintain an intimate setting where we can dive deep into topics with the entrepreneurs.


The purpose of the Social Entrepreneur Roundtables is to create an environment of peer learning that facilitates the expansion of the Twin Cities Impact Investing Ecosystem. We have found that group discussions are fruitful for entrepreneurs because although the stage, scale, and structure of each of the attending organizations varies, their questions about impact investing and business overlap. As a result, the agenda for the roundtables has evolved to emphasize open discussion followed by networking:

Susan Hammel, CFA, Founder at Cogent Consulting

Susan Hammel, CFA, translates between mission-driven change-makers and expert investors. Susan began her career at Prudential Impact Investments where she managed an $88 million impact portfolio and obtained her CFA® . Susan’s Harvard MPP and cum laude philosophy degree from Carleton College inspired her to leave Wall Street and use her financial acumen to help mission-driven organizations.

10 mins – Introductions (1-2 min/person)
30 mins – Open discussion guided by Susan Hammel, Cogent Consulting Founder
30 mins – Informal networking

The Social Entrepreneur Roundtables serve as an easy, low commitment entry point to the Twin Cities Impact Investing Ecosystem for the entrepreneurs and an efficient way to keep a pulse on the activity and challenges of the social enterprise community for Cogent and the Hub.

To sustain the work of this Community of Practice, we request that participants who are not members of Impact Hub MSP pay $10 at the door.

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