2010 Social Enterprise Conference at Columbia Business School, Redefining Return: Financing and Scaling Social Innovation, October 8 in New York City

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Despite the economic downturn, social enterprise has continued to attract attention and investment around the world. Social enterprise is here to stay. Yet while we’ve seen dramatic growth in some areas — from the charter school movement to microfinance and insurance — where will the next phase of social innovation come from? How will social impact investors uncover new opportunities? And what new financing models will help to get new ventures off the ground, particularly given tough economic times?

Leading investors, entrepreneurs, business and social sector leaders are focused on finding and financing the next wave of social and environmental innovation.

The 2010 Social Enterprise Conference — Redefining Return: Financing and Scaling Social Innovation — will bring together thought leaders and industry leaders in the field who understand the current status of the social enterprise landscape and where it is going, as well as industry professionals from all sectors who are pursuing innovative models at the intersection of business and social enterprise.

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Conference hosts: Social Enterprise Program, Social Enterprise Club, International Development Club, Green Business Club, Leadership and Ethics board of the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center