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 Sixth 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 entrepreneurs, 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 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 by Georgia Levenson Keohane, Professor of Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School, a Senior Fellow at New America, and former Executive Director of the Pershing Square Foundation. Morning and afternoon workshops throughout the day are organized in three tracks: (1) Evolution of Social Entrepreneurship; (2) Social Entrepreneurship by Nonprofit Organizations; and (3) Neighborhood-Centered Social Entrepreneurship. A luncheon plenary session exploring innovations in social impact investing, featuring Flynn Coleman (Founding Grunin Fellow at NYU’s Grunin Center for Law and Social Entrepreneurship), Kathleen Garman (Smart Cities Coordinator for the City of Seattle), and Tom Light (Managing Director of WaterEquity), will be facilitated by John Tyler of the Kauffman Foundation.