Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership | Entrepreneurship & Innovation | Sustainability

Experienced Practitioner in Social Entrepreneurship and Impact Investing


Jorge Calderon is a career entrepreneur, management consultant, venture investment professional, and educator. He is the founder and CEO of Eddily, a skill building and campus recruiting software platform for college students that is directly powered by employers. He previously founded and led Impact Strategy Advisors (ISA), a boutique social venture and investment design consulting firm. Calderon’s practice focused on helping capital sources and operating companies transform intentional social purpose into economic and positive impact value. He has broad expertise in a variety of social themes, including education, economic development, diversity/inclusion, job creation, poverty alleviation, access to food, technology for change and the field of impact investing. He is the author of Startup Discovery Method and Purpose-Centered Design frameworks. He is also a lecturer at Berkeley Haas, where he built the Social Lean LaunchPad and Startup Disco curricula, is a Fellow within Berkeley’s Institute for Business and Social Impact (IBSI), was part of the faculty team for the LAUNCH accelerator, was previously the Faculty Director for the GSVC, and is actively involved with campus based inclusive innovation programs. Jorge recently founded the Berkeley Haas Social Venture Fund (www.bhsvf.com) initiative to provide capital and coaching to student-led Berkeley social impact venture teams. Through Berkeley Haas, he received the Richard H. Holton Teaching Fellow (2015-2016) Award and 2016 Berkeley Haas Best Case Award. Calderon previously founded Springworks, a program lab that was committed to developing paths for women and minorities in innovation related careers. Earlier he was the founding Director for the West Coast office of a tech focused seed stage venture capital firm and has had roles in top tier management consulting, banking and technology companies. Calderon is a University of Michigan graduate and received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Expertise and Research Interests

  • Social venture design
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Impact investing strategies and outcomes
  • Purpose economy evolution, the infusing of traditional companies with positive purpose and values
  • Convergence of investment and philanthropic services for the High Net-Worth segment
  • Entrepreneurship as a tool for prosperity for disadvantaged communities
  • Diversity and Inclusion in innovation fields
  • Innovative approaches to improving education