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Leading Experts Convene for NYU Stern’s Eighth Annual Conference on Social Entrepreneurship

Eighth Annual Conference on Social Entrepreneurship

Featuring more than 100 paper presentations, this year’s event explored a number of exciting and important topics, including scaling social impact, techniques and strategies for measuring social impact, sustainability and social capital resources, extending social entrepreneurship education and predicting drivers and antecedents to growth in the field.

More than 130 experts and thought leaders from the public, nonprofit, for-profit and academic sectors, representing 25+ countries, gathered for the Eighth Annual Conference on Social Entrepreneurship, presented by NYU Stern’s Berkley Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. The annual conference explores the latest theory and research on social entrepreneurship and its impact on global communities.

“Stern’s conference is one of the largest conferences on social entrepreneurship in the world,” explains Professor Jill Kickul, director of Stern’s Program in Social Entrepreneurship. “Featuring more than 100 paper presentations, this year’s event explored a number of exciting and important topics, including scaling social impact, techniques and strategies for measuring social impact, sustainability and social capital resources, extending social entrepreneurship education and predicting drivers and antecedents to growth in the field.”

Nobel Laureate Professor Michael Spence delivered a keynote address on his most recent book, The Next Convergence: The Future of Economic Growth in a Multispeed World, which examines the rapid economic growth occurring in developing countries as they catch up with the industrialized West. Professor Spence outlined today’s drivers of growth as well as challenges that developing countries confront, and discussed the structural challenges facing industrialized nations. He concluded by describing the huge impact of social entrepreneurs in today’s global economy, including increasing attention on health outcomes and sustainability, developing social networks, enhancing communication and increasing transparency in government.

Watch Professor Spence’s keynote
Eighth Annual Conference on Social Entrepreneurship

Other featured speakers included:
  • Paul Romer, professor of economics, NYU Stern, on “The Century of the City”
  • Paul Light, professor of public service, NYU Wagner School of Public Service, on “Social Entrepreneurship in Four Flavors”

Professor Kickul, David Gras and Sophie Bacq delivered a closing keynote on future research opportunities in social entrepreneurship. They urged researchers to explore various areas including:
  • Developing a framework for social entrepreneurship (i.e., defining boundaries, identifying unique qualities and articulating importance of the discipline)
  • Exploring governance and resource issues
  • Identifying and securing financing/funding

Watch the closing keynote
Eighth Annual Conference on Social Entrepreneurship

The 2011 NYU Stern Best Paper Award of $5,000 was given to Mariarosa Scarlata of Newcastle University, Andrew Zacharakis of Babson College and Jennifer Walske of U.C. Berkeley for their research on “How Firm Objectives Influence Human Capital: A Study of the Differences between Traditional and Philanthropic Venture Capital Firms.” New this year, the Public Policy and Social Entrepreneurship Best Paper recognition was awarded to J. Howard Kucher of the University of Baltimore for his research on “Social Enterprise as a Means to Reduce Public Sector Deficits.” Kucher’s research will be published in the 2012 issue of the Journal of Entrepreneurship & Public Policy. Additionally, several best papers were selected for inclusion in the forthcoming 2012 book, Patterns in Social Entrepreneurship Research, edited by Professor Kickul and Bacq.

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Eighth Annual Conference on Social Entrepreneurship
Professor Jill Kickul (right), director of Stern’s Program in Social Entrepreneurship, and Sophie Bacq (left), visiting scholar and conference coordinator

Eighth Annual Conference on Social Entrepreneurship
Jill Kickul with Mariarosa Scarlata (center) and Jennifer Walske (left), winners of the 2011 NYU Stern Best Paper Award


Eighth Annual Conference on Social Entrepreneurship
Jill Kickul with Jim Kucher, winner of the 2011 Public Policy and Social Entrepreneurship Best Paper Award