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Blending Business and Impact: Lessons from a Career in Venture & Startups

Craig Zelizer

June 16, 2023

PCDN is pleased to announce our next Social Change Career Podcast Livestream with Lina Cuervo, co-founder of Cube Ventures Accelerator and an ardent advocate for social innovation. With more than eight years of experience working in strategic business roles, leading product and growth teams, and venturing into social entrepreneurship, Lina's journey is a testament to the powerful intersection of business and social impact.

In the upcoming episode, "Blending Business and Impact: Lessons from a Career in Venture, Startups and Impat," Lina will provide a deep dive into her transformative career journey, sharing insights on the dynamic landscape of social impact startups, career tips for those who want to work at the intersection of startups and change and lessons from rich experience.

Lina will share insights on:

The Transition from Corporate to Co-Founder: Her journey and the lessons she learned transitioning from strategic business roles to co-founding Cube Ventures, a venture studio dedicated to social impact.

Bridging Business and Social Impact through Technology: Her perspectives on how technology and design can be pivotal in creating value, driving growth in businesses, and advancing social change.

Networking and Synergy in the Impact Space:  An exploration of the importance of cultivating robust networks, partnerships, and ecosystems to enhance impact and foster growth in the tech for social impact sector.

Career Advice for Founders and Those Seeking to Work in Social Impact Startups

Lina will also provide critical career guidance for those looking to make their mark in the social impact startup space. She will touch on:

Identifying Opportunities: How to spot and seize opportunities in the social impact space that align with personal and professional goals.

Skills and Competencies: The essential skills and competencies required to thrive in impact startups and strategies for developing these.

Building Resilience: Insights into navigating the ups and downs of startup life, fostering resilience, and maintaining focus on the mission.

Join us for this enriching conversation, filled with practical insights, personal anecdotes, and actionable advice from a seasoned impact professional

How do I attend: The Social Change Career Podcast livestream can be watched on LinkedIn & YouTube. The recording will also be uploaded to our YouTube Channel and converted to an episode of the Social Change Career Podcast.

When: The session will be streamed on June 22 at 11 am EST.

Why is PCDN doing this? We are committed to helping social impact professionals and students around the world find their path to impact careers. Our goal is to help as many people as possible put impact and changemaking at the heart of their work across diverse sectors.

For those who want much greater support, access to the world’s best experts, more interactive sessions, networking events & workshops over 350 opportunities per month (fellowships, jobs, funding, socent + startup, training, and more) + tons of members-only benefits, please visit the PCDN Career Campus.

Format: The podcast features interviews led by the PCDN leadership team with our guests, and there is usually time for questions from the audience. We look forward to seeing you there!

Bio: Entrepreneur and social innovation passionate with over eight years of experience leading and working alongside strategic business, product, and growth teams in venture studios, startups, and social entrepreneurship. As an entrepreneur and product builder, I have built digital products and design companies' portfolios looking to bring value to our clients, and help companies to grow.

I am the co-founder and managing partner of Cube Ventures, a VC firm that accelerates early-stage Latin American startups on three fronts: investment, knowledge transfer, and community building. We bet on projects with the greatest potential from their ideation, so that they can grow and scale exponentially, generating a positive and measurable impact on the economy and society.

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