Social entrepreneurship conference

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Date: December 2, 2022
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Business, Mike Ilitch School of
2771 Woodward
Detroit, MI 48201
Category: Conference

For the second event in the Wayne State University School of Social Work Environmental Justice Series we are excited to bring back our in-person 4th Annual Social Entrepreneurship Conference "Social Entrepreneurship in Action: Advancing Food and Environmental Justice through Social Innovation and Enterprise"!

Given rising food insecurity and the inequities in the food space that the COVID crisis has highlighted, this year's conference will center on the intersection of food production, distribution, and retail operations and social innovation and enterprise. Participants will hear from social entrepreneurs, community-based food producers, program developers, and thought-leaders who are addressing food and environmental challenges through social innovation and enterprise.

The keynote lecture "Building Food Sovereignty Through Cultural Collectivity and Community Ownership" will be led by Shakara Tyler, PhD, a returning-generation farmer, educator and organizer.

Breakout sessions include general business development topics with industry professionals who are knowledgeable about how to start, grow, and scale social ventures.

Whether you are a would-be social entrepreneur, a social justice advocate, or just curious and want to learn more about social innovation in the community, make plans to join us for a day full of inspiring presentations and networking opportunities. Learn more on the conference website.

Attendees will: 

  • Develop an understanding of the intersection between social entrepreneurship and food justice 
  • Understand best practices of social enterprises and social innovation 
  • Discover impactful new ways to address food and environmental insecurity, access and equity through social enterprise and social innovation 
  • Learn from venture, nonprofit and industry leaders who are positively impacting individuals and communities while also growing sustainable social ventures

Audience: Students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members who are interested in social innovation and enterprise, corporate and business leaders, social workers and other helping professionals, community advocates and activists, nonprofit personnel, funders and impact investors. This conference is for anyone interested in addressing food justice 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 to attend: $0 students; $45 non-students; Costs include continental breakfast and a special catered “shoebox” lunch from the proprietors of the “Taste of the Diaspora.”

Continuing education: 4.5 Social Work CECH's are available for a cost of $75 (includes attendance fee). This event has been approved by the MI Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative under CE Approval #: MICEC-0058. Pre-registration for CE's is requested via the registration form. All attendees seeking CE's must sign-in at the event and stay for the full duration. Attendees will then receive an email after the event with a short quiz and details on when they will receive their digital CE certificate. For details visit the Social Work Office of Continuing Education Events page. For questions email or call 313-577-9348.

Campus regulations: This event will comply with all current campus regulations. Please view the WSU Covid website for current restrictions such as the Guest Daily Screener, which must be displayed for entrance into campus buildings. Events held at the Mike Ilitch School of Business are mask optional.

December 2022