Skip to Main Content
News@Ivey

Kickstarting a new conversation: Ivey's social entrepreneurship symposium

  • Ivey Entrepreneurship
  • |
  • Jun 6, 2017
Kickstarting a new conversation: Ivey's social entrepreneurship symposium

With the growing popularity of social entrepreneurship, the subject has flourished into a field of academic scholarship. To help continue the conversation, Ivey’s Pierre L. Morrissette Institute for Entrepreneurship hosted an international academic symposium on the topic on April 6-8, 2017.

The symposium brought together more than 20 of the leading academics in the field, representing institutions such as the University of Cambridge, University of Pennsylvania, and the Technical University of Munich.

Ivey professor and symposium co-director Oana Branzei says that the growth of social entrepreneurship is a natural extension of entrepreneurship as an academic field. Entrepreneurship, after all, is often described as finding solutions to real pains.

“With so many pressing social concerns, it isn't good enough for us to pontificate without rooting our discussions in reality," said Simon C. Parker, Ivey professor and co-director of the symposium.