New Economy Summit – January 26th, 2018 at WSU

Building A Resilient Social Venture Ecosystem

Videos from the New Economy Summit 2018 here.

Presentations from the 2018 Summit Here:

  1. Value of Cross-Sector Collaboration – Yunus Centre – Debra
  2. Slovenia Etri Community – Lenka Puh
  3. WealthWorks Toolkit – Melissa Levy
  4. SproutChange – Priscila Espinosa
  5. Co-op Conversions – Rob Brown
  6. Co-op Conversion example: A Yard and A Half – Yuri
  7. Anchor Institutions Steps to Building the Coalition – Dubb

Join the Social Venture Collaborative for the 2nd annual New Economy Summit. The event will convene social entrepreneurs, social change practitioners, educational institutions, students, the business community, and others who share the goal of creating a just, equitable, and sustainable world. This day-long event will serve as a powerful forum for making and strengthening connections, as well as building ongoing collaboration.  Participants will engage in various interactive activities designed to strengthen a regional ecosystem and support transformation related to social enterprise, social business, cooperatives, and enterprise-oriented nonprofit organizations.  Attendees will identify common challenges faced by local start-ups and brainstorm opportunities and next steps to resolve these and other challenges. Keynote speakers, workshops, musicians, panelists and participants from across New England will inspire and motivate people to remain active and connected beyond the Summit. Topics will most likely include:

  • Conversations between Anchor Institutions and Social Ventures (a conference focus area)
  • Energy democracy
  • Building Resilient Food Systems
  • Social Enterprise / Social Business Showcase
  • Social Enterprise Zones
  • Participatory Budgeting
  • Cooperative Enterprise Showcase
  • Measuring our Impact
  • Regional Food Efforts
  • Funding New Enterprises
  • A New World of Work

All paid registration includes program, lunch, light breakfast, evening appetizers, interpretation and childcare. Social to follow at 3 Cross Brewing, 4 Knowlton Ave, Worcester. *****NOTE: Snow Date is 2 weeks later, Friday, February 9th, 2018*****

Free parking is available if you download and print this parking pass (PDF) and display on your windshield on day of the event.


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Accessing Financial Capital Panel Live

Join the Social Venture Collaborative, Worcester Idea Lab and Worcester State University for a panel on Accessing Financial Capital aimed at social entrepreneurs in Central Mass; facilitated by Amy Mosher-Berry: Monday, March 27th, 2017 2:00 – 3:30pm View livestreams here: On Future Focus Media’s YouTube Chanel Here. On Social Venture Collaborative’s Facebook Page Here. Panelists: […] Continue reading →

Financing Social Ventures

Thanks for joining us for this great Panel/Discussion on Wednesday, February 1st, 2017, 4:00pm at Sheehan Hall 109, Worcester State University. Speakers: Maggie Cohn – Co-op Fund of New England and Brian Colbert – MLK Business Empowerment Center / SMOC. Organized by: Social Venture Collaborative, Center for Social Innovation at Worcester State University. Continue reading →

Thanks for making the Summit a success!

Photo album from Summit here. The next general meeting for the Social Venture Collaborative on Monday, January 23rd, 2017 at 10am at the Worcester Idea Lab, 20 Franklin St, Worcester – open to all. Thank you again to the organizing groups and sponsors: Worcester State University’s Center for Social Innovation, Worcester Roots / Worcester Solidarity […] Continue reading →