Forbes Highlights Sevenly as Its (Re)Start of the Week
Please meet Jim Van Eerden, a serial entrepreneur, change maker and philanthropist. He began his career as a corporate brand strategist and played consulting roles for Coca-Cola, Mars and American Airlines as well as for the 1994 World Cup Organizing Committee and the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Committee.
In 1995 he founded a national consulting firm that specialized in the launch of internet business units inside Global 2000 and fast-growth companies, including Southwest Airlines, GM, USA Today and Pearson Education. Since 2001, Jim has been the Managing Director for Helixx Partners, a boutique private equity group, where he has focused on investing in social good companies in the CPG, media and tech markets.
In that role, he has co-founded social impact companies like MISSION Athletecare (with Mia Hamm and Serena Williams), Snippet, Serving Ventures and Sevenly, as well as global non-profits like H2O Africa (now water.org, co-founded with Matt Damon). He has also served as senior counsel for corporate philanthropic projects like Refresh Everything for PepsiCo, and helped start numerous cause-based educational movements like Thinker Education.
Jim has been a guest lecturer on business and social entrepreneurship at forums including The National Press Club and Harvard University, where he spoke on "Philanthropy 2.0."
In addition to his undergraduate degree from Grove City College, Jim has completed graduate school programs at Wake Forest University, Trinity, Oxford, and is a candidate for a doctoral degree in global education.
I connected with Jim Van Eerden to talk about art, empowerment and social entrepreneurship.