The 8th Annual Social Enterprise Symposium
Friday, March 4, 2016, 1 - 5 p.m.
Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland


1 – 1:45 p.m.

Keynote Speaker

1:50 – 3 p.m.

Breakout Sessions (Workshops & Panels)

3:05 – 3:45 p.m.

Student Innovation Showcase

3:50 – 4:20 p.m.

Closing Speaker

4:25 – 5 p.m.

Networking Reception

Keynote: Grameen Foundation (1 – 1:45 p.m.)

Alex Counts founded Grameen Foundation in 1997 and served President and CEO for 18 years, after having worked in microfinance and poverty reduction for 10 years. A Cornell University graduate, Counts’ commitment to poverty eradication deepened as a Fulbright scholar in Bangladesh, where he witnessed innovative poverty solutions being developed by Grameen Bank. He trained under Professor Muhammad Yunus, the founder and managing director of Grameen Bank, and co-recipient of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize. Counts guided the growth of the Grameen Foundation from $6,000 in seed funds to a leading international humanitarian organization with an annual budget of approximately $25 million. Counts has propelled Grameen Foundation’s philosophy through his writings, including Small Loans, Big Dreams: How Nobel Prize Winner Muhammad Yunus and Microfinance Are Changing the World, and has been published in The Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Breakout Session 1, 2, 3 (1:50 – 3 p.m.)

Details Coming Soon.

Student Venture Showcase (3:05 – 3:45 p.m.)

Students competing in the Do Good Challenge Ventures Track will showcase their ideas at the 2016 Social Enterprise Symposium. Stop by, wander around, and check out what these aspiring social entrepreneurs have to offer! Listen to a pitch, challenge them, ask questions, and when you're ready, use your "Do Good Dollars" (distributed via program booklets) to "invest" in the Venture you find most promising. Each "Do Good Dollar" is matched 1-for-1 with real dollars, sponsored by the Do Good Challenge.

Closing Speaker (3:50 – 4:20 p.m.)

Coming Soon.

Networking Reception (4:25 – 5 p.m.)

Join us for a fun and high-impact networking reception where you can mix and mingle with like-minded students and professionals from sponsoring companies.