POSTPONED: Social Entrepreneurship Conference

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Date: April 3, 2020
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Law School | Map
471 W. Palmer
Detroit, MI 48202
Category: Other

This event has postponed and will be held in Fall 2020. Additional details will be forthcoming. 


The Wayne State University School of Social Work in partnership with the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights, the Wayne State Business and Community Law Clinic, the Keith Students for Civil Rights, the Entrepreneurship and Business Law Society student organization, and the student-led social innovation program, OptimizeWayne, are jointly hosting the annual Social Entrepreneurship Conference.

The 3rd annual Social Entrepreneurship Conference brings together local and national experts who are creating impactful new ways to address unmet societal needs through social enterprise and social innovation.

This conference will focus on the intersection of social entrepreneurship and one of the major social justice issues of our day, criminal justice reform. The conference will highlight local social change agents who are addressing root causes of mass incarceration and working with individuals, groups and organizations in our local communities to innovate solutions and alternatives to incarceration that promote justice and sustainable human, social and economic development. PDF flyer

WHO SHOULD ATTEND? This conference draws a trans-disciplinary audience of more than 250 community social entrepreneurs, corporate and business leaders, social workers and other helping professionals, community advocates and activists, nonprofit personnel, funders and impact investors, alumni, students, faculty and staff who are interested in addressing criminal justice reform through a social enterprise and social innovation lens, as well as budding and current social entrepreneurs who are interested in gaining practical knowledge on how to start or scale a social change venture.

COST & CEUs: $15 students, $50 non-students, and $80 for licensed social workers seeking 6.0 CEUs. For licensed social workers seeking continuing education units (CEUs), we have customized a track worth 6.0 CEUs. 

Attendees can select from afternoon workshops that highlight social innovation OR business development workshops for social entrepreneurs including legal entity formation, business planning, marketing/social media, funding and resource development, and measuring social impact. Attendees will indicate their choice of workshops when they register for the conference. Each workshop is limited to 50 attendees.

REGISTER at Eventbrite


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$15, $50 or $80


Academic staff, Alumni, Community, Current students, Faculty, Parents, Prospective students, Staff