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Entrepreneurial Insights Course-Social Entrepreneurship

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September 10
5:05 pm -6:20 pm


DeBartolo Hall

Open to:

students, faculty, staff, public, alumni


Elisa Podrasky


Social ventures – both for-profit and not-for-profit – solve a particular social, humanitarian, or environmental problem, or address a profound human need. Based upon their potential for sustainability, social ventures demonstrate potential for growth as well as a measurable social and/or environmental impact.  Just as a traditional entrepreneur identifies a business opportunity, develops a business model, and galvanizes resources, so too does the social impact entrepreneur – with a focus on creating long-term systemic change.  This session will highlight examples of successful social entrepreneurs and enterprises, and provide criteria for you to consider as potential for social impact, including:  Does your existing venture or proposed new product/service demonstrate financial and social/environmental sustainability (also known as the double- or triple-bottom-line)? Does your venture serve the community/public good in an innovative way? Is your solution a short-term or short-sighted response to a market need?  Or is the solution one that has the opportunity to create significant social/environmental value, as well as scale?

Led by Melissa Paulsen, Assistant Director, Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship, responsible for Social/Micro Venturing Initiatives