This Week in Social Entrepreneurship: Challenges, Events, Conferences, Bootcamps, News and more!

July 7, 2017

Opportunities and Events

10 Days Left to Join the MIKTA Education in Emergencies Challenge!

The Circular Design Challenge, led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and hosted by OpenIDEO, is calling upon a global community to submit ideas, innovations, and new technologies with the potential to transform the plastics economy. The Challenge asks the question: “How might we get products to people without creating plastic waste?” Winning ideas will be awarded a share of a $1 million prize.

I Have an Idea! (Now What…?) Bootcamp — (Toronto, Canada — 20 Oct)

What does it really take to be an entrepreneur? Find the answer to “I don’t know what I don’t’ know” with this one day workshop to create and maintain a sustainable business! If you have a business and are stuck or thinking of a business and don’t know where to start, this Bootcamp is for you!

Challenge: Sustainable Urban Communities (Deadline: 1 August 2017)

Solve welcomes solutions from innovators around the world that: Produce drinkable water or healthy food near the point of consumption in resource- and cost-efficient manners, that extend, monitor, and maintain infrastructure for supplying water to urban neighborhoods, or improve urban supply chains and equitable market access for nutritious low-carbon food.

Up Together Business and Entrepreneurship Conference- Plano, TX (14–15 July)

The Up Together Conference is a 2-day event that empowers entrepreneurs and business professionals with the information, resources and networking needed to grow their business, organization and ultimately themselves. This year’s event features in-depth extended workshops on business, branding and marketing, a keynote presentation by former Harlem Globetrotter® Melvin Adams, a panel discussion with industry experts, and a LIVE! Q&A with conference attendees.

Social Entrepreneurship 101- Madison, United States (23 August 2017)

This highly interactive workshop will introduce you to the expanding and evolving field of social entrepreneurship. Explore the meaning of social entrepreneurship, examine businesses that are doing well and making a difference at the same time, and brainstorm potential social enterprise ideas of your own.

Sprout Ideas Fellowship 2017 (Toronto, Canada) — Application Deadline 14 July

The Sprout Ideas Fellowship is open to any youth aged 15–26 working on or starting a social venture. This program is offered free of cost thanks to the support of the Government of Ontario. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until July 14th 2017.

UK Social Enterprise Awards 2017

The Big Issue is sponsoring the Awards. Winners will be announced at a ceremony and gala dinner in a central London venue on Thursday 23 November. There are 13 categories in total and this year we’ve added two new ones — ‘Tech for Good’ and ‘Community Business of the Year’. Deadline for applications is midnight on 14 July.

News, Reports, Insights

Center for Social Entrepreneurship helps prepare new business owners for success

University of Detroit Mercy’s Center for Social Entrepreneurship in the College of Business Administration partnered with the Michigan Women’s Foundation and Ford Motor Company Fund to present the EmpowerHER summit on the University’s McNichols Campus. The event was established to support women (and a few good men) who want to start or grow their own social venture startups that will ultimately help to address and solve issues that exist in the community.

How strong leadership realigned the values of a social enterprise

This year marks the 10th anniversary for social enterprise SHINE. After a turbulent start, the business is focused on a future of continued commercial growth and even greater social impact under the leadership of one of its co-founders Dawn O’Keefe.

Resilient Scotland: making social investment affordable

In a series of articles profiling social investment finance intermediaries, this article takes a look into the Resilient Scotland and how they are making social investment affordable.

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