Global Conference 2014

Warren Buffet once famously offered top-tier B-school students $100,000 in exchange for a 10 percent cut of their future earnings. Based on 2010 changes to higher ed finance policy, however, the vast majority of students currently pay for school through government-issued loans. But today, online investment platforms and innovative funding models are challenging the status quo and facilitating Buffet's brand of investment in human capital. At the same time, university alumni are pooling funds to offer competitive private loans to students attending their alma maters. As costs soar, will these new private models be part of the solution for financing a degree, enabling promising graduates to pursue their dreams? Join us as we explore such questions as: Is the human capital contract model scalable? Will online student lending platforms compete with federal programs, and how will they affect the overall cost equation? What are the benefits for the students? What are the risks?

Read the blog post on Currency of Ideas


Sean Greene

Former Associate Administrator for Investment and Special Advisor for Innovation, U.S. Small Business Administration


William Bennett

Former U.S. Secretary of Education; Advisory Board Member, Viridis Learning; and Senior Advisor, Project Lead the Way

David Bergeron

Vice President, Postsecondary Education Policy, Center for American Progress

Mike Cagney

Co-Founder and CEO, Social Finance

Dave Girouard

Founder and CEO, Upstart

Robert Whelan

CEO, 13th Avenue Funding

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