Launch Chapel Hill Welcomes Social EIR Natasha Goldstein

Launch Chapel Hill recently added social entrepreneur Natasha Goldstein to its staff of Entrepreneurs In Residence. Launch is excited to welcome Natasha to the team and support the social entrepreneurs in its accelerator program through this addition to the program.

Natasha Goldstein is the Managing Director & Chief Financial Officer of MCE Social Capital, a global social investment fund focused on improving the lives of low-income women in rural areas. Since 2006 MCE has invested in 30+ developing countries and made more than $120 million of loans. Prior to joining MCE in 2013, Natasha served as Finance Director at Hot Bread Kitchen, a social enterprise and commercial bakery providing on-the-job training to immigrant women in New York City. In 2010, Natasha founded LIFT Investments, a social enterprise focused on business development and skills training in Nairobi, Kenya. From 2010 to 2012, Natasha also worked for boutique management consulting firm ESV Strategies, where she advised nonprofits and social enterprises on their financial growth. Earlier in her career, Natasha worked at UBS Investment Bank as a financial analyst, where she focused on multi-million and billion dollar cross-border mergers, acquisitions, and equity transactions.

Natasha is also the Social Entrepreneur in Residence at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business’ Launch accelerator program in Chapel Hill, NC. She is a regular public speaker and lecturer on launching social ventures, impact investing and social enterprise. Venues have included Harvard University, Columbia University, New York University, University of North Carolina, Women Advancing Microfinance and various corporate and industry conferences. Finally, Natasha sits on the Board of three social enterprises based in New York City. These include ESL Works, - a for-profit venture aiming to teach workplace English to Spanish speakers in the low-wage food industry-, Mission:Restore, - a non-profit operating in East Africa to train surgeons and build the medical infrastructure of the region, and Indego Africa - a non-profit lifestyle brand which sells high-end products in the US while providing education and workforce training to women in Rwanda.

"I'm really excited and honored to be joining Launch Chapel Hill as their first Social Entrepreneur in Residence. The Launch accelerator program is among the best in the country, adding considerable value to entrepreneurs, many of whom have a social mission along with a financial one," said Goldstein. "For those entrepreneurs, there is a growing community in the triangle interested in supporting and investing in social enterprises, and I see a big part of my role as linking that community up with Launch social entrepreneurs. In addition, I can bring my seven years of experience as a social entrepreneur and impact investor to the table to help these companies succeed."

Natasha is in the process of transitioning to NC IDEA in the position of Director of the SOAR Triangle program, and we are excited to see how her extensive experience contributes to the entrepreneurship community at Launch Chapel Hill.