Recently I attended the 5th Annual SEEED Summit in Providence, RI. SEEED consists of partners such as Brown University, the City of Providence, state commerce officials and others hosting two days of topics and events for social entrepreneurs and others interested in this fast-growing area. Tie-in’s with Brown’s Entrepreneurship degree program, as well as the largest incubator space in RI, created a wonderful mix of people interested in sharing tips and challenges with one another.
This year’s theme was “Growing Businesses with Impact” designed for the increasing number of “do well do good” businesses within RI and beyond. In addition to keynotes and workshops with headliners like Frans Johansson of the Medici Group, free business coaching sessions were available from Brown professors, successful entrepreneurs and well known management experts.
The Friday Lunch Day Discussion Tables were a good indicator of the content and the quality of the facilitators. Here are just a few of the tables:
- Attracting Impact Capital and Measuring Social Impact, Matt Brewster of Next Street
- Everything You Need to Know about Becoming a B Corps, Jay Coen Gilbert of B Lab
- Innovation in Education, Richard Culatta, Chief Innovation Officer State of RI
This event is an exciting prototype to bring together more people interested sustainability and social responsibility, while encouraging emerging entrepreneurs of all ages to consider new ways of doing business right – right from the start. I brought a student intern with me and it was wonderful to see her inspired to think about the world of business in a bright new way.
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