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

The Symposium begins with Opening Remarks at 8:15 a.m. on Monday, May 15, followed by morning and afternoon workshops, as well as presentations at a luncheon, all at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center. The Tuesday, May 16 schedule includes morning workshops, a luncheon panel, and, in the afternoon, a social venture business plans presentation event featuring several entrepreneurial initiatives developed by students participating in The Aaron L. Levitt Social Entrepreneurship Challenge. The Tuesday, May 16 workshops and events will take place at the Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

Below are an outline of all of the Symposium workshops and other events, and registration and other Symposium information. In addition to special plenary sessions, the Symposium includes breakout sessions workshops organized in three tracks: (i) introductory workshops consisting of an introduction to social entrepreneurship, identifying an assessing social entrepreneurship opportunities, and legal issues in social entrepreneurship (including material on “hybrid” organizational forms); (ii) workshops on various aspects of building communities and fertile and sustainable ecosystems for social entrepreneurship ventures; and (iii) a set of sessions on pursuing, funding and managing social entrepreneurship business models in non-profit organizations.