Social Entrepreneurship Conference 2019
Join the School of Social Work at Wayne State University, OptimizeWayne, and Mike Ilitch School of Business at the second annual Social Entrepreneurship Conference. The conference will begin with a keynote on Getting Real about Impact presented by Morgan Simon, impact investment specialist and author of Real Impact: The New Economics of Social Change. This will be followed by morning and afternoon workshop sessions.
The event is $10 for Wayne State University students and $35 for non-student attendees.
8:30 – 9:00 AM - Registration
9:00 - 10:15 AM - Welcome and Keynote
10:15 - 11:30 AM - AM workshops
11:30 – 12:50 PM - Lunch, Exhibitor Fair
12:30 – 1:30 PM - Detroit Innovation Fellows Panel
1:30 – 2:45 PM - PM workshops
2:45 – 4:00 PM - Closing Session and wrap-up
Below is a list of the AM and PM workshop sessions. Please indicate your choice of workshops when you reserve your seat. Each workshop is limited to 50 attendees.
AM WORKSHOPS: Select 1
1.1 Scaling Supportive Housing with Outcomes Based Investment: An Overview of a Social Impact Bond/Pay for Success Model. Presenter: Stephanie Mercier, Director of Impact Investment at CHS
1.2 Engaging Communities in Systems and Social Change. Presenters: Reverend Faith Fowler, Executive Director, Cass Community Social Services; Alice G. Thompson, Black Family Development; and Nicole Jurek, Founder, Local Circles
1.3 Financing Social Ventures, Panel. Presenters: Cassie Coravos, Capital Programs Manager, Build Institute; James Barnett, Vice President, Invest Detroit
1.4 Sharemony, A Money Accumulation and Credit Platform Startup for Small Businesses. Presenter: Edward Kim, Adjunct Faculty, Mike Ilitch School of Business, Wayne State University
1.5 Legal Issues in Social Entrepreneurship: Entity Formation and Beyond. Presenters: Student attorneys (under the supervision of an experienced and licensed attorney) in the Wayne State University Law School Business and Community Law Clinic.
1.6 Why Not Me? Tackling Fear and Starting your Social Entrepreneurship Journey. Presenters: Organizers of student-run social innovation program at Wayne State University, OptimizeWayne—Isha Naik, Director; Nadiya Sharif, Program Coordinator; Sara Fresard, Program Coordinator.
1.7 Defining your Social Venture’s Target Market. Presenter: Derrin Leppek, Director of Center for Social Entrepreneurship at University of Detroit Mercy and Adjunct Faculty, Mike Ilitch School of Business, Wayne State University
PM WORKSHOPS: Select 1
2.1 Tiny Homes Detroit: An Innovative Model Creating Home Ownership for Detroiters with Low-Incomes. Presenter: Reverend Faith Fowler, Executive Director, Cass Community Social Services
2.2 D2Nepal: A Global Perspective on Creating Sustainable Change in Communities. Presenter: Richard Keidan, MD, Founder D2Nepal and Oncology Surgeon
2.3 Crowdfunding 101. Presenter: Cassie Coravos, Capital Programs Manager, Build Institute
2.4 Local Impact Investing. Presenter: Romy Kochan, Managing Partner, Gingras Global
2.5 Marketing your Social Change Venture. Presenter: To be announced.
2.6 Cooperative (Employee-Owned) Models for Social Ventures. Presenter: Michael Friedman, Operations and Project Oversight, Center for Community-based Enterprise C2BE
2.7 Hybrid (For-profit & Nonprofit) Models for Social Ventures: An Overview of Cultivate Coffee & Taphouse. Presenter: Ryan Wallace, Founder and CEO, Cultivate YPSI