MBA’s Start-Up Ventures Make a Social Impact in Emerging Markets
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Julia Glenn spent most of her career as an equities tech developer in the City of London, working for investment banks and hedge funds including Credit Suisse. Now she is a social entrepreneur, helping to develop shelters for the world’s most vulnerable people including in the Middle East, the Caribbean and South America.
Extremis Technology, her fast-growing social venture, designs hurricane shelters and pop-up transitional homes. Inspired by the events of 2010 in Haiti, in which millions where displaced by an earthquake, Julia has grown her company to have three products in a range: flat-packed hurricane shelters and seismic isolators.
“We can deal with hurricanes or we can deal with volumes in terms of housing people quickly,” says Julia.
Having risen through the ranks at Credit Suisse to vice president of new business, she began an MBA at Norwich Business School in the west of England and graduated in 2012.
Julia illustrates the way social entrepreneurs can create a great social impact while developing profitable business models at the same time.