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Developing Social Entrepreneurs Across Education Settings and Age Groups

From 19/05/16 09:45 until 19/05/16 16:00
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Developing social entrepreneurs across education settings and age groups

Thursday May 19th 2016, 0945am (for 10.00 start) - 4pm

Interdisciplinary Centre for the Social Sciences, University of Sheffield, Portobello, S1 4DP


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Slides are available to download below.


This one day enabled delegates to:

  • Hear about a range of approaches used to inspire and equip early stage social entrepreneurs from different age groups
  • Learn how to support the learning and development of current social entrepreneurs
  • Hear from nascent, new and established social entrepreneurs about their needs
  • Engage in a problem solving activity to develop ideas to take forward
  • Network with social entrepreneurs and enterprise and entrepreneurship educators


Background and summary

Social entrepreneurs play an increasingly important role in addressing significant societal issues, yet research shows that launching and establishing a social venture is a challenge. Enterprise educators need not only to inspire and equip individuals to engage in social entrepreneurship, but also to support the learning and development of current social entrepreneurs. 

This interactive event provided a platform for sharing best practice and placed an emphasis on learning from social entrepreneurs  as well as from academics and practitioners.

In the morning session presenters shared approaches, tips, hints and failures from cutting-edge social entrepreneurship learning and development programmes. 

The afternoon session started with a panel discussion comprised of nascent, new and established social entrepreneurs who discussed their learning and development needs through the different stages of their entrepreneurial journeys. This was followed by a problem solving sessions using a “hold-up” methodology developed by MakeSense, a globally recognised social venture. This session engaged all participants in developing ideas to address the learning and development needs of social entrepreneurs and established opportunities for collaboration between delegates.


Speakers and panel members:

  • Darren Chouings, University of Sheffield Enterprise – Engaging primary, college and university students in social entrepreneurship
  • Andreana Drencheva, Sheffield University Management School – Developing social entrepreneurship competencies of marginalised youth
  • Vimla Appadoo, DotForge Impact - Supporting social tech entrepreneurs
  • Francis Wight, Worthwhile
  • Sam Matthews, TwinCafe
  • Sylvia Acquah, El-Addo
  • Elizabeth Shassere, CEO and Founder of Textocracy 

 Slides are available to download below.

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