All tagged Social Innovation

Social Innovation Disrupting the Real Estate Industry with Georges Benoliel

Georges Benoliel has been working in Wall Street for the last 14 years trading derivatives with hedge funds. He has been an active real estate investor for over a decade. Georges graduated from HEC Business School in Paris and holds a master in Finance from ESADE Barcelona.

NestApple was born on the principle that technology greatly diminished the role of full-service real estate brokerage firms by making it easy to search for homes.

Its founders have been outraged by the high fees that traditional firms still charge.  NestApple is an efficient platform which helps clients from placing the bid to dealing with the paperwork. We represent buyers (and tenants) and charge 1% instead of the regular 3% while providing the same level of service. During our own search for real estate, we stumbled upon the concept of "commission rebates", which is legal in 40 of the 50 States, and in fact has been publicly encouraged by New York's A.G.

We also believe in corporate responsibility of entrepreneurs and that businesses should play a role in social innovation and engage the local community, therefore we make a donation to a local charity every time a deal closes.

Founder of CariClub, Rhoden Monrose. A Millennial's Impact on the Workforce.

Founder and CEO, Rhoden Monrose moved from his native St. Lucia to New York at age 12. As a child living with his mother and sister in Harlem, Rhoden benefitted greatly from the services of nonprofit after-school programs, which helped him flourish both personally and academically, eventually leading him to the Middlesex School before earning a scholarship to Trinity College.

Rhoden learned how rewarding it was to help nonprofits while he worked at Citigroup as a derivatives trader. In 2013, he left Citigroup and founded CariClub to help other young professionals engage with nonprofits at a higher level.

Launched in 2015 in NYC and San Francisco, with more cities rolling out in the coming months, CariClub already has over 1,500 millennial members, and CariClub clients, including Citgroup and Deloitte, span financial services, consulting, legal and technology sectors. The CariClub network includes more than 1,000 non-profit organizations. CariClub was recently named by Built in NYC as one of “50 Startups to Watch in 2018,” and Rhoden was recently featured on Cause Artist as one of “14 Social Entrepreneurs of Color Making History Through Social Innovation.” CariClub was previously named by CB Insights as one of “21 Nonprofit and Charity Tech Startups to Watch.”