Midwest Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship returns to KC


The Midwest Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship

The Midwest Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship returns to Kansas City on May 15-16.

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), in collaboration with the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE), are hosting the fifth annual Symposium aimed towards offering a forum to continue the advancement of social entrepreneurship

The two-day symposium will feature workshops, panel discussions and speakers from KC and beyond. Featured speakers include Kate Garman, legal innovation analyst for KCMO Mayor’s Innovation Office, President/CEO Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Wendy Guillies, Barbara Bichelmeyer, Provost & Vice Chancellor, UMKC and more.

Breakout sessions and workshops are organized into three tracks to help attendees focus on a specific area of entrepreneurship:

  • Introduction to social entrepreneurship, identifying and assessing social entrepreneurship opportunities, and legal issues in social entrepreneurship
  • Building communities and fertile and sustainable ecosystems for social entrepreneurship ventures
  • Pursuing, funding and managing social entrepreneurship business models in non-profit organizations.

The event begins on May 15 at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center and concludes on May 16 at the Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

The final day will feature The Aaron L. Levitt Social Entrepreneurship Challenge, a pitch competition featuring several entrepreneurial initiatives developed by UMKC students. Students from the university will present their socially entrepreneurial initiatives before a panel of judges and the audience, both of which will have the opportunity to assess each proposal and rate it for its feasibility and potential for long-term community benefit and impact.

Registration information

Fifth Annual Midwest Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship
May 15-16, 2017

Visit the UMKC website to register or for additional information.


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