Brian Wasige (’17) arrived at UCLA Anderson from the UK offices of PwC with a keen interest in impact investing. Almost immediately after getting to campus, he established Impact Investing @ Anderson (II@A), recruiting a team that includes students, an alumnus, Anderson staff and faculty advisor Professor Bhagwan Chowdry — whose credibility Wasige won in part because he also convinced the Price Center of the group’s momentum and garnered his team some funding.
“I’m drawn to impact investing in the area of sustainability and agriculture technology because of the challenges that I have seen small-holder farmers — like my uncle in Kenya — face in developing countries,” says Wasige, who graduated from the University of Glasgow with an engineering degree, receiving first class honors.
Among II@A’s activities is the MIINT (MBA Impact Investing Network & Training) case competition. MIINT is an experiential venture lab designed to give students the experience of being an early-stage impact investor. The program provides learning modules to guide students through the investment process and culminates in a global case competition. Winners of the competition could secure as much as $50,000 in angel investment in their selected company.
“Anderson is providing our group an opportunity to take part in one of the most well structured impact investing competitions students can participate in to gain practical experience in the space and potentially make a real-world difference for a socially conscious enterprise,” says Wasige.