News from reSET, including their Impact Challenge (with intro from PCSE Director Makaela Kingsley)

Wesleyan’s Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship has many partners on campus, locally, and around the world. One of these partners is reSET, the “Social Enterprise Trust” located in Hartford. Their latest e-newsletter has several big announcement, so I’m pasting the full contents here on the ENGAGE blog. 

I know that off-campus transportation is often the road block (literally and figuratively!) for student involvement with partners such as reSET, but I hope you’ll follow their work and consider taking advantage of the resources they have to offer. (Hint: if you are working on a social enterprise of any kind, see if you qualify for their Impact Challenge. Applications are due June 1.)



New Home. New Team. New Vision!!! 

reSET is moving – in many ways.

First there’s the physical – We’ve signed a lease and will be moving to 1429 Park Street in Hartford, opening our doors there on May 1st.  We have almost twice the space, free parking, and plans for exciting new partnerships and programs.  To find out when tours are available, check out our website.

Secondly there’s our leadership team

  • Kate Emery, Founder, will continue as CEO
  • Joanne Donaghue will continue as Director of Development
  • Rosie Gallant has been promoted to Director of Programs
  • Ojala Naeem has been promoted to Director of Operations
  • James Woulfe has been promoted to Director of Advocacy and External Affairs
  • Ben Simmons-Telep has been promoted to Program Manager

And of course there’s what we do –  Our mission remains to advance the social enterprise sector but our strategic vision is now threefold:

  • We want to be the go-to place for impact-driven entrepreneurs
  • We want Hartford to become known as the Impact City
  • We want Connecticut to become the Social Enterprise State

To this end our programs are evolving.  

  • The Social Enterprise Investment Fund delivered its first loan and is working to create an evergreen fund of 5 million dollars to help launch scalable social enterprise.  
  • Our Accelerator Program is scaling – we are maturing the model to enable us to serve more entrepreneurs at every phase of their growth.
  • Our Impact Challenge is growing – we are working toward a $100K prize pool value and looking to attract social entrepreneurs from throughout New England who we’re hoping to lure to the city and our state to stay.
  • Our co-working space is expanding – we can now offer more services and flexible opportunities for artists, entrepreneurs, and professionals including private offices and larger event amenities.

reSET has grown substantially over the past four years, and is now entering an exciting new phase. We’re looking for partners to get involved – whether you’re an entrepreneur, service provider, artist, activist, philanthropist, mentor, or someone with time or other expertise to volunteer we’d love to welcome you. Join our community and get ready to rise!