In this session you will meet Larry Sullivan, a serial entrepreneur who is passionate about using entrepreneurship as a force for social good. Larry will give a short presentation about himself and COINS. This will be followed by a Q&A. Please have a look at Larry’s background and the COINS Global & COINS Foundation’s website (below).
Larry and COINS:
Larry is Chairman and founder of COINS; a global software solutions company. He is also a founder of five other niche market software houses, including one in Poland and one in Russia. His past directorships include CSBI SA (Poland), Computerland Poland, CSBI EE (Russia), CSB Meridian, and Matrix Ventures. In 2004 Larry also funded and co-founded the not for profit Stepping Stones, a school for children with hemiplegia, and has established the COINS Foundation to support projects that focus on building a more inclusive world.
He established a music studio for the pupils of Stepping Stones, as well as disability living flats. Established as a social enterprise, The Cookie Bar in Hindhead has now been in existence for 5 years and gives pupils a chance to meet and serve the public as well as using as a business model for their studies. Larry is a regular speaker at Harvard University, Cranfield, London Business School, LSE, Hult, Warwick Business School, Durham University, Edinburgh University and St Andrews University. Recent initiatives include assisting companies at start up level with a proportion of profits and equity returned to the Foundation to fund future projects.
At the heart of COINS Foundation is a desire to see real and positive change in individual lives, communities and business. COINS Foundation support a wide range of social initiatives to influence future generations to think differently about poverty, disability and injustice. It also looks to influence others to start social enterprises and to commit equity from the outset into foundations and charities. The COINS way of thinking is based upon the premise that with any form of privilege comes responsibility. The projects that COINS supports are wide in scope, yet all share a key theme of sustainability. Whether supporting low-income families to build decent affordable housing via microfinance programmes in Uganda, building sustainable schools in Uganda and Zambia or supporting young disabled people in the UK to engage creatively with the arts, all programmes are sustainable and encourage greater independence, not dependency. COINS is not looking to provide a solution to today’s social problems, but to affect the way that people think about some of society’s bigger issues by getting a trend in the right direction.