On Friday, April 24th, UConn will be hosting its first Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Conference (SE2) at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center on the Storrs campus. This is a great opportunity for students to connect with state and business leaders who are dedicated to social enterprise—the use of for-profit business models for positive social impact.
In 2014, Connecticut adopted the Connecticut Benefit Corporation Act, joining a growing number of states that empower corporations to expand their missions to include human rights, environmental sustainability, and other social objectives. As a new legal class of businesses, these “benefit corporations,” or B Corps, support a range of social enterprise and entrepreneurship models that create a public benefit for communities throughout Connecticut and around the world.
The goal of SE2 is to bring together policy makers, social entrepreneurs, and experts from Connecticut and beyond to examine various aspects of social entrepreneurship and to provide practical guidance on the challenges and opportunities presented by B Corps. Presentations will include tutorials in regulatory and certification classifications of enterprises and advice from current social entrepreneurs, among other topics. Afterwards, participants will have the opportunity to work in small groups on specific challenges related to building corporate social responsibility.
Interested UConn students are invited and encouraged to attend! For more information and to register, click HERE. Registration is free but space is limited, so register early!
Not only is this a great opportunity to learn about social entrepreneurship in Connecticut, but it is also a forum to network with leaders in government and business, many of whom offer internship positions. Still looking for a summer internship? Take a moment to review the list of presenters, and consider registering for a working group session to ensure time to connect with potential employers.
- Gregg Haddad, State Representative, Connecticut General Assembly (D-Mansfield)
- Spencer Curry & Kieran Foran, FRESH Farm Aquaponics
- Sophie Faris, Community Development, B-Lab
- James Woulfe, Public Policy & Impact Investing Specialist, reSET
- Michelle Cote, Managing Director, Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
- Mike Brady, CEO, Greyston Bakery
- Jeff Brown, Executive Vice President, Newman’s Own Foundation
- Justin Nash, President, Veterans Construction Services, and Founder, Til Duty is Done
- Vishal Patel, CEO & Founder, Happy Life Coffee
If you have any questions about the conference or about internships related to social enterprise and entrepreneurship, contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or stop by the Center for Career Development in Wilbur Cross Room 202 to set up a walk-in appointment with a Career Counselor, Monday – Friday from 12pm – 4pm.