The Social Impact Fellows program is designed to give an immersive, hands-on learning experience for the Fellows to understand the inner workings of impact investing and social entrepreneurship. Impact investing is the act of providing resources, funding or otherwise, to businesses or startup ventures that are mission-driven and are working towards positive change for a societal or environmental issue.

In addition to learning from professionals who have experience in the industry of impact investing, the Fellows will also have the opportunity to showcase their knowledge by advising two student teams in IDEA430: Creating Your Own Venture. Each Fellow will develop an evaluation tool of their own and coach the student teams on how to achieve sustainable impact through a business model. The student teams will compete on May 6, 2022 in a shark-tank style pitch competition.

Spring 2022 Fellows

Headshot of Brayden Brinson

Brayden Brinson

University of Maryland, College Park
B.S. in Accounting
Graduating 2023
 Headshot of Niyati Shelat

Niyati Shelat

University of Maryland, Baltimore

M.S. in  Pharmaceutical Sciences

Graduating 2022

Headshot of Lakhshmi Nagireddy

Lakhshmi Nagireddy

University of Maryland, Baltimore

Master of Social Work - Behavioral Clinical Health