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How Liberal Arts Colleges Reinvent Themselves As Startup Factories

By Liyan Chen

Small liberal arts colleges are reinventing themselves as entrepreneur hatcheries–both for billion-dollar startups and social change makers.

Before her last semester of college Emily Núñez Cavness never imagined starting her own business. On a frigid Vermont evening in late January 2012 the French literature and international studies major attended Middlebury College’s inaugural social entrepreneurship symposium purely out of curiosity. Sitting in the campus’ storied 99-year-old chapel, Cavness listened to keynote speaker Jacqueline Novogratz, founder of nonprofit VC fund Acumen, share examples of social enterprises, including one that recycled coffee waste into fertilizers.

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