WHAT IS SECON 2018?

This year, we go back to basics. The central tension in the field was, and has always been, the interaction between mission and profit (or sustainable financing). The term social enterprise is so broad and all encompassing, yet two things are consistent: they are driven by a strong mission and utilize commercial strategies or seek sustainable funding sources. We seek to understand how mission and profit complement, strengthen, or even undermine one another.

 

Our tracks follow the lifecycle of a social enterprise – Build, Scale, Fund, and Innovate.

Build

How do you turn an idea into an enterprise? This track explores early stage of a social enterprise, whether it be building a movement, solving a problem, or seeding a new field.

Scale

How do you turn an idea into an enterprise? This track explores early stage of a social enterprise, whether it be building a movement, solving a problem, or seeding a new field.

Fund

How do you fund your enterprise? This track is a deep dive into the challenges of sourcing funding and keeping it, different models of capitalization, and innovations in sustainable financing.

Innovate

How do enterprises innovate throughout their lifecycle? This track highlights exciting developments and new approaches that social enterprises are using to increase their impact and effectiveness.

February 10

9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Memorial Hall, Harvard University
45 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA 02138

February 11

9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Harvard Kennedy School
79 JFK Street, Cambridge MA 02138