Symposium Overview

Over the last two decades we have witnessed an expanding interest in social entrepreneurship – a movement that crosses the boundaries of the business, nonprofit and public sectors. The 2013 Midwest Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship offers a forum to help advance thinking and understanding of social entrepreneurship, promote an exchange of knowledge and experience, and facilitate a discussion among business and nonprofit practitioners, teachers and researchers, funders, and anyone interested in sharing and shaping ideas and learning around the topic of social entrepreneurship.

This highly participative symposium includes the opportunity to attend and take part in a number of workshops developed and delivered by leading faculty in the emerging field of social entrepreneurship. The symposium will also allow its participants to tap into the existing experiences and expertise of those living, breathing and supporting social entrepreneurship.

The Symposium begins with Opening Remarks at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, May 20, followed by morning and afternoon workshops, as well as presentations at a luncheon and early evening reception that day. The Tuesday, May 21 schedule includes a morning workshop, luncheon presentations, and, in the afternoon, a business plan competition showcasing socially entrepreneurial initiatives developed by students participating in The Aaron L. Levitt Social Entrepreneurship Challenge. All workshops and events will take place at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Conference Center (4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, Missouri, 64110).