SOUTH BEND ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND ADVERSITY PROGRAM PRESENTS: COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
When: Wednesday, May 3rd, 5:30-7:30 PM
Where: The IDEA Center 1400 E. Angela Blvd., South Bend, IN 46617
Help support South Bend entrepreneurs from disadvantaged or adverse circumstances.
Our mission is to connect these emerging businesses to the larger business community in the South Bend region. These entrepreneurs will benefit from your support, advice, connections, and knowing you believe in them and their dreams.
POVERTY, SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP, AND A NEW WAY OF THINKING: A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE
When: Thursday, April 13th, 2023, 11 AM-1 PM
Where: 1050 Jenkins Nanovic Halls
Social entrepreneurship has always been with us, but in the last few decades, it has become a serious subject studied by scholars and something policy officials and community leaders across the globe have overtly attempted to facilitate. It is a field that remains incredibly diverse, with millions of social entrepreneurship initiatives operating around the globe. They come from individuals, nonprofit and community organizations, social enterprises, government entities, the private sector, and even universities.
In this special two-hour symposium, we will feature perspectives from two leading scholars in the field of social entrepreneurship, together with perspectives from social entrepreneurs operating at the community level. Social entrepreneurs address big challenges ranging from climate change and human trafficking to animal abuse and gender equality. This symposium will touch on a number of these while focusing especially on poverty and alternative solutions to its alleviation.
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PATHWAYS OUT OF POVERTY
The question of entrepreneurship as part of the solution to global poverty is receiving increasing attention from scholars, economic development professionals, government officials, NGOs, and others. Yet, little evidence exists regarding the extent to which entrepreneurship actually moves individuals and their families out of poverty. While much of the research has been conducted in a developing country context, there is growing interest in the role of venture creation by those in poverty and disadvantaged circumstances (including many minorities, refugees, and the formerly incarcerated), in developed economies. Europe represents a case in point. In this two-hour session, three of the leading scholars in entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship share perspectives on issues surrounding entrepreneurship as a poverty alleviation tool in Europe.
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