Over the last two decades, we have witnessed significantly expanding interest and initiatives in social entrepreneurship—a movement that crosses the boundaries of the business, nonprofit, and public sectors and is rapidly growing. The Seventh Annual Midwest Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship offers a forum to continue the advancement of social entrepreneurship thinking, teaching, and practice and associated tools. The event promotes collaborative exchange of knowledge and experience through presentations and interactive discussions among entrepreneurs, business and nonprofit practitioners, teachers, researchers, funders, government, and others interested in sharing and shaping learning focused on community building and promoting successful social entrepreneurship.

The Symposium commences with welcoming remarks from representatives of its co-hosts, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a kick-off address. Morning and afternoon workshops throughout the day are organized in three tracks: (1) Innovative Approaches to Social Entrepreneurship; (2) Social Entrepreneurship by Nonprofit Organizations; and (3) Organizational and Transaction Structures for Social Impact. A luncheon plenary panel session will feature examples of initiatives designed to build Communities of Practice in Social Entrepreneurship and interactive discussions with the panelists.