Spotlight: Amanda Jacobson

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What drives you?

“Curiosity. Beyond wanting to do good, I am thrilled that just by being in this world I meet so many people, I travel, I see different ways of life and innovations. I think what drives me is the constant pursuit of innovation to meet the needs of those underserved by products and services out there so far.”

How do you define social entrepreneurship?

“To me, it is the sweet spot between creating social impact and generating revenue. I meet a lot of people with good intentions, but it comes down to what you can make work in the real world.”

Biggest SocEnt trend you have seen in the last 5 years?

“Seems like Latin American governments have really kickstarted the entrepreneurship scene. INADEM in Mexico, Innpulsa in Colombia, Startup Chile, and the government of Buenos Aires in Argentina have all provided funds to encourage entrepreneurs to go for it and start something; and I’m seeing great social entrepreneurs coming out of each of those countries.”

Background

Amanda obtained her undergraduate degree in business administration and psychology from the Goizueta Business School of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. “I felt my only options were accounting, consulting or finance on Wall Street. I knew early on that none of these would make me want to wake up in the morning. None of it seemed motivating.” Instead she joined the IDEX Fellowship in India: “I spent six months with the Sankalp Forum of Intellecap, sourcing social ventures from across the country and building relationships with incubators, network organizations and companies in Maharastra, Delhi, Gujarat and Kerala.”

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