Social Good Startup Stories (Feb 7th)


Thursday, February 7th: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Prime Produce
424 W 54th St (between 9th and 10th aves)
New York, NY 10019

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Join us on February 7th at 7:00pm for Social Good Startup Stories, an interactive conversation with social entrepreneurs sharing their experiences and insights on what it takes to launch a nonprofit startup or socially-conscious company.

Explore new ideas, learn about innovative business models and hear the lessons learned from social entrepreneurs creating organizations having a positive impact in NYC and around the world. Our panelists will share their social entrepreneurship journey, insight, and advice on how to start and grow in a social venture.

What You’ll Learn

  • A deeper understanding of the skills and tools needed to take an idea to launch
  • Tips on how to build and leverage your network to access the resources you need to grow your social venture  
  • Strategies on accessing capital to start and grow your business
  • Ways to start and build an organization while working full-time
  • Challenges to look out for when starting a nonprofit or social enterprise

About Be Social Change Events

In addition to walking away with a better understanding of how you can make an impact through your career, you’ll also have an opportunity to build your network by connecting with like-minded people from the Be Social Change community.

Healthy + Sustainable Snacks Provided – Gluten-Free and Vegan Options Available.
We strive to make Be Social Change events zero waste – help us by bringing a reusable water bottle to the event.


    • 6:30 – 7:00pm – Networking
    • 7:00 – 7:15pm – Intro + Collaborative Q&A
    • 7:15 – 8:00pm – Panel Discussion
    • 8:00 – 8:30pm – Q&A
    • 8:30 – 9:00pm – Networking


    • Amer Jandali, Founder, Future Meets Present
    • Ethan Frisch, Co-founder & Co-owner, Burlap & Barrel
    • Elle Liu, Founder & CEO, Eucalypso


Amer Jandali, Founder, Future Meets Present

DJ turned social innovator. Amer’s world shifted when he saw a film about plastic bags, now he’s committed to designing the next generation of super sick reusable bags, starting with the world’s first reusable, wearable tote bag. Braceletote is a thin, bodega-sized tote bag that wraps up into a bracelet. Designed for the urban commuter, it’s handy, self-expressive, and always on you. The product impacts climate by challenging the 100 billion plastic bags used in the US per year, which consume 12 million barrels of oil, and incur yearly disposal costs of $12.5 million in NYC alone. Braceletote is a small symbol of a larger progressive shift towards sustainability.

Ethan Frisch, Co-founder & Co-owner, Burlap & Barrel

Ethan Frisch is a chef, entrepreneur, activist and native New Yorker. As the founder of Burlap & Barrel, he is building new, direct supply chains for unique & beautiful spices from small farms around the world, connecting smallholder farmers with international markets. He was also the co-founder and Executive Chef of the activist ice cream cart Guerrilla Ice Cream and the Pastry Chef at Allen & Delancey, as well as a cook at several other highly regarded restaurants including Danny Meyer’s Tabla. As a humanitarian aid worker, he worked with NGOs including the Aga Khan Foundation in Afghanistan, Doctors Without Borders on the Syrian/Jordanian border and Marie Stopes in Sierra Leone.

He has been an Adjunct Lecturer at the City College of New York and an instructor with the Experiment in International Living’s Leadership Institute. He is honored to serve as Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Bond Street Theatre, which uses theater to teach techniques of resilience around the world, on the Chef’s Council of Emma’s Torch, a culinary job skills organization for refugees, on the Advisory Board of the student-led racial literacy organization CHOOSE, an Associate Producer with Fragments Theater, a youth theater company in Palestine, and a member of the Organizing Committee of the Queens International Night Market. He is the Co-Host of the show Why Food? on Heritage Radio Network, and has been a columnist at Serious Eats and a contributor to the academic journal Peace & Conflict Review.

He holds a dual Bachelors Degrees from the City University of New York and a Masters Degree from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies.

Elle Liu, Founder & CEO, Eucalypso

Elle is the founder and CEO of Eucalypso, a line of eco-luxury bedding made from 100% organic Eucalyptus fiber to help people with sensitive skin, hot sleepers, and the environmentally conscious. Eucalypso sheets are 2x softer and 3x more breathable than cotton, and are made sustainably in a closed loop process in Austria.


Marcos Salazar (@marcossalazar) is a social entrepreneur, career coach, speaker, and community-builder. As CEO of Be Social Change and 1-on-1 coaching, he helps people find + do meaningful work and lead more sustainable lifestyles. Marcos earned a B.A. in Psychology from Amherst College as well as a Masters in Organizational Management and an Executive Leadership Coaching certificate from The George Washington University. You can learn more about him at


KeVita’s mission is to empower people to take their health and well-being into their own hands by providing innovative products geared to help you reach your highest potential. Sparkling and delicious, each refreshing flavor contains proprietary live probiotics that target digestive and immune health, because a happy and healthy life starts at the core.


goMkt was first conceived in 2016 with a simple mission: reduce food waste, support small business and charitable giving, and bring people together to share delicious food. goMkt is an online platform that helps retailers reduce food waste, drive foot traffic to stores, and increase revenues, at no extra cost.



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