Poverty Alleviation is Focus of APTE Social Entrepreneurship Summit

summit-mid-02It’s one thing to engage in charitable giving in order to help out another human being, or a cause that we support – that’s as easy as reaching in our pockets and pulling out some cash. But it’s another thing entirely to build a business around doing good in the world, and to use that business to solve a social problem, both through the solutions it has created, and through its activities, from supply chain to end-user.

Social entrepreneurship is a heady task, and calls for not only a sense of purpose and a social conscience, but the ability to innovate and create social value while wielding a strong set of business skills, so the business can sustain itself and have the ability to scale up to make a larger impact.

One helpful way to get started on the path to social entrepreneurship is through learning from the lessons of successful social entrepreneurs, and engaging with and networking with other like-minded people at a conference or summit, such as the upcoming Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship (APTE) Summit.

“How might we alleviate poverty through entrepreneurship?”

The 2014 APTE event, which happens on March 22 in Columbus, Ohio, is a free conference that will feature speakers from around the world, including Donnel Baird (founder and CEO of BlocPower), Veronica D’Souza (co-founder of Ruby Cup), Neil Bellefeuille (founder and CEO of The Paradigm Project), and Jessica Mayberry (founding Director at Video Volunteers), and others.

This event could also be helpful for any entrepreneur looking to up their game or to get re-inspired, but promises to be full of great info on successful social entrepreneurship skills and methodologies. To get a taste of what to expect from this summit, APTE has videos of last year’s presentations up on their website.

The annual APTE summit is said to be “the largest, free, student-run social entrepreneurship conference in the midwest”, and is a project of the Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship community development organization at Ohio State University. Get the full scoop on it at APTE.

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