Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Business school to celebrate social entrepreneurship

This week, the KU School of Business celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week through the lens of social enterprise, but the concept of social entrepreneurship is not a new idea.

John Muir, known as the Father of the National Parks, founded the conservation organization Sierra Club in 1892; Susan B. Anthony campaigned for women’s rights and played a major role in the adoption of the 19th amendment; and Kailash Satyarthi continues to fight against child labor in India and around the world.

Fueled in part by economic situations, social entrepreneurship is growing like never before and KU business students want to get involved.

“We continue to see an increasing interest in social entrepreneurship from students,” said Charlotte Tritch, associate director of entrepreneurship programs. “Global Entrepreneurship Week is a perfect platform to expose students from across campus to the concept of social entrepreneurship, and shows how students can use entrepreneurial thinking to solve today’s social challenges.”

This year, nearly 75 percent of the countries in the world will participate in the global movement. Events at the Lied Center include a student competition of ideas to promote economic growth in Wyandotte County, a panel of area social entrepreneurs, and remarks from U.S. Senator Jerry Moran and School of Business Dean Neeli Bendapudi. The events this Friday will conclude with a networking lunch providing an opportunity to speak with the panel members and other guests.

The goal of Global Entrepreneurship Week, now in its sixth year, is to inspire people around the world to move forward with their ideas and to encourage the spread of an entrepreneurial mindset.