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Moses Lee
Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan

Moses Lee is an Academic Program Manager and Lecturer at theCenter for Entrepreneurshipat the University of Michigan (UM), where he manages the Social EntrepreneurshipInitiative.He teaches two courses:Social Venture CreationandIntro to Social Entrepreneurship. In addition, Moses supports the curriculum and teaching responsibilities in UM’sMultidisciplinary Design Minor Global Health Design Specialization.

Moses is currently working on UM’sSafe Male Circumcision Project, which received aGates FoundationGrand Challenges Explorations grant. He is developing the feasibility plan for low-cost, mass production/distribution of the medical devices.

Previously,Moses wasa Manager at theWilliam Davidson Instituteandthe Managing Editor ofNextBillion.net, the premier online resource for information on social enterprises in the developing world.
Moses also worked in investment banking at Citigroup Corporate and Investment Bank and in financial services at General Motors and Ernst & Young. He graduated with high distinction from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan with a BBA and MA. While attending Ross, Moses was also the Editor-in-Chief of the Monroe Street Journal, the business school newspaper. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.

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Articles by Moses Lee

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    Sustainability: Placing a Higher Value on Our Future

    In Professor Gautam Kaul?s course ?Finance and the Sustainable Enterprise? at the Ross School of Business, we recently had a lengthy and very profound discussion on sustainability and interest rates. Yes, that?s right: interest rates. You didn?t read this wrong. (And please don?t stop reading now)

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    Looking at Sustainability Through the Lens of Finance

    Professor Gautam Kaul, Professor of Finance at the Ross School of Business, has agreed to put his course entitled, "Finance and the Sustainable Enterprise," online for faculty at other schools to use. The course is unique in that it looks at the issue of environmental and social sustainability through an economics and finance perspective.

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    Seeing Eye to Eye? New Case Study with BoP Critic Aneel Karnani

    BoP critic Aneel Karnani and I decided to put our energy into writing a case study on the topic of vision correction in the developing world. In the case study, we looked at two enterprises - Essilor and VisionSpring - that are trying to address global uncorrected refractive error by selling eyeglasses.

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    The Next: 2010 Case Writing Competition

    The William Davidson Institute (WDI) has partnered with Acumen Fund and the World Resources Institute (WRI) to launch The Next: 2010 Case Writing Competition on NextBillion.net. The purpose of this competition is to engage students in writing high-impact case studies with their professors to help further the overall base of the pyramid movement.

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    Social Investing Part 1: Risks, Returns, and Me

    A lot of investors can give charitably, but cannot fathom making an investment in a social venture that does not have an appropriate risk-reward trade-off. So, what does this mean for social ventures? Will they never be able to attract the appropriate funding necessary to achieve significant scale?

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    Entrepreneurship for Survival at the Base of the Pyramid

    For those of us living in developed countries, the idea of entrepreneurship is very romantic and idealistic. It’s often thought of in the vein of "Making your dreams come true!" and "You can change the world!" I would almost go so far as to say that entrepreneurship as we know it in the developed world is a luxury. Not so in the developing world.

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    The Need to Fund Social Entrepreneurs

    When the financial incentive is discounted for social entrepreneurs, many of the best stay on the sidelines and that’s not where we need them to be. I want to suggest that if we can close the financial gap for social entrepreneurs, perhaps we will see more social entrepreneurship activities unleashed. So, where will this funding come from?

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    Are the Poor Really Entrepreneurial?

    Last month, Aneel Karnani wrote in the Stanford Social Innovation Review an article entitled, "Romanticizing the Poor."? In it, he states, "...romanticized views of BoP people as value-conscious consumers and resilient entrepreneurs are not only false, but also harmful." I think a lot of what Karnani says in the article is true ...

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