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There is rarely a dull moment at Wesleyan – especially inside the Allbritton Center – and with so much activity happening right here on campus, it’s easy to overlook opportunities to learn outside of the Wes bubble. Throughout the year and around the world, there are countless conferences, institutes, bootcamps, meetups, and startup weekends focused on social entrepreneurship, and if you find one that fits your schedule and budget, it can be pivotal to your personal and professional development as a social changemaker.
With that in mind, we’d like to share some of the events taking place this year. The price tags might surprise you, but don’t let the sticker shock scare you away: undergrads can apply to the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship Sponsorship Fund (opens October 1, 2016) to help defray costs, use personal savings, or ask for help from family (don’t dismiss the idea of considering this a vacation or birthday gift, for example). There may also be other sources of funding out there, such as the WSA’s Student Budget Committee if the event is closely related to your work with a student group. The conferences often overlap with classes, but if you find yourself stranded on campus, you can usually follow along online for free.
We’re eager to hear your thoughts on these events and hear about others you have attended. If you plan to attend any events this year, we may be able to help arrange rideshares. Please contact us at email@example.com with your updates and questions.
Social Capital Markets (SOCAP)
September 13-16, 2016
San Francisco, CA
SOCAP16 will gather impact investors, social entrepreneurs, foundations, corporations, global nonprofits, and other valuable strangers all contributing to a vibrant marketplace for socially, environmentally and economically sustainable solutions. SOCAP16 will feature expanded opportunities for entrepreneurs to share their solutions, and for attendees across sectors to connect by sector and geography.
(Read first-hand accounts from 2013, 2014, and 2015 attendees from Wesleyan)
Social Good Summit
September 18-19, 2016
New York, NY
$70 one day pass, $135 two day pass
The Social Good Summit is a two-day conference examining the impact of technology and new media on social good initiatives around the world. Held during UN Week from September 18-19, the Social Good Summit unites a dynamic community of global leaders and grassroots activists to discuss solutions for the greatest challenges of our time. Our theme, #2030NOW, asks the question, “What type of world do I want to live in by the year 2030?”
President Roth presented on the “Future of Education” in 2014
Better World by Design
September 23-25, 2016
Students: $25 for one day, $45 for three days
Professionals: $175 for one day, $245 for three days.
Free tickets available for volunteers
Better World by Design is a student-led initiative at Brown and Rhode Island School of Design that celebrates interdisciplinary collaboration between designers, educators, innovators, and learners. We envision a world where design-thinking is accessible to everyone in order to catalyze positive change on a local and global scale.
Alex Cantrell ’14, Kwaku Akoi ’14 and Geofrey Kipkemoi ’16 attended in 2013
Social Enterprise Conference by the Columbia Business School
September 30, 2016
Columbia University (New York, NY)
$50 for non-Columbia students, $150 general admission
Urbanization is shaping the human experience in powerful ways. More than 3.5 billion people — half the world’s population — now live in rapidly-growing cities, including 80% of United States residents. Will urban change expand opportunity and equity, or will it entrench inequalities? How can social innovations transform cities in ways that fully empower individuals, businesses and communities? This event brings together industry leaders, professionals, academics, students, and alumni to share best practices and engender new ideas surrounding the intersection of business and society.
Igniting Innovation Summit on Social Entrepreneurship
October 1, 2016
Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
$25 before August 31, $35 after September 1 (discounts available for groups of 7+)
The Igniting Innovation Summit on Social Entrepreneurship is the largest undergraduate-run conference on social innovation- a synergy of today’s leading innovators, educators, and entrepreneurs.
Lizzie Shackney ’17 attended in 2014
October 20-22, 2016
PopTech is a global community of innovators, working together to expand the edge of change. The theme of the 20th annual PopTech conference is Culture Clash – “As the cultural barriers that once separated us as people continue to give way, those that remain are the source of great conflict, and also our greatest possibility.”
Net Impact Conference
November 3-5, 2016
$99 for student pass, $599 for standard pass, $699 for platinum pass
(Read here about how you can attend for free)
The Net Impact Conference is the premier gathering of students and professionals who are committed to making a lasting social and environmental impact now and for a lifetime. Join thousands of other students to gain the skills, connections, and experiences you need to change the world!
Hannah Lewis ’13 attended in 2014
Finger Lakes Social Entrepreneurship Institute
November 11-13, 2016
Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
Last year’s Institute featured tools that are essential to the success of a social venture, a keynote talk, plenary presentations with inspiring and innovative social entrepreneurs, a pitch session, a workshop on compassionate communication, and field trips that showcased transformative local efforts that are helping to create an ecological sound and socially just community that works for everyone. Stay tuned for updates about this year’s Institute!
Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship
January 2017 (dates TBA)
Middlebury College (Middlebury, VT)
Hosted by the Middlebury Center for Social Entrepreneurship, the CSE Annual January Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship brings together members of the College community, interested area residents, and leaders from around the world in social entrepreneurship. Check back for more details about the 2017 Symposium.
Ashoka U Exchange
March 2-4, 2017
Miami Dade College (Miami, FL)
$475 for students on first-come, first-served basis
Imagine a world where all higher education institutions serve as vehicles for positive, sustainable social impact and innovation. The Exchange is one of the world’s largest annual gatherings that showcases exciting new models of social innovation in higher education. Over the course of three days, the Exchange offers over 100 sessions including site visits, workshops, panels, keynotes and curated lunch conversations that all aim to build a community of changemakers in higher education.
Open by VentureWell
March 24-25, 2017
Open is an annual gathering of practitioners of technology entrepreneurship in higher education. The Open conferences gather together engaged faculty and university students from across multiple disciplines to share stories, start new collaborations, and learn best practices in the rapidly growing field of technology entrepreneurship education.
Global Health and Innovation Conference by Unite for Sight
April 22-23, 2017
Yale University (New Haven, CT)
$110 for students, $165 general admission
Apply to present! (August 31 and September 30, 2016 deadlines)
The Global Health & Innovation Conference (#GHIC) is the world’s leading and largest global health conference as well as the largest social entrepreneurship conference, with 2,200 professionals and students from all 50 states and more than 55 countries. This must-attend, thought-leading conference convenes leaders, changemakers, and participants from all sectors of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship.
Sam Rispaud ’15 attended in 2014
2017 date TBA
Jointly hosted by Social Enterprise Greenhouse and Brown University, The SEEED Summit is a leading national conference for social entrepreneurs, impact investors and community leaders committed to social innovation.