University of Pittsburgh
The Innovation Practice Institute and the Innovation Group present:

Social Entrepreneurship Brainstorm

October 19, 2011 - 6:30pm7:30pm
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue Alcoa Room (2nd floor)
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Social innovation and entrepreneurship refers to individuals and entities (whether for-profit, non-profit, or hybrids) whose ROI is measured is social capital, and whose performance is evaluated by social impact.  A general discussion of these concepts can be found here:


As part of the IPI’s commitment to this subject, we would like to develop a multi-year program focused on the broad theme of “law as enabler and catalyst of social innovation and social entrepreneurship”.  This is a relatively new (but quickly growing) area of law, and one we want to see evolve in a publicly comprehensible way.


The goals for tomorrow’s brainstorming session will be to:


  • Introduce the concepts of social innovation and social entrepreneurship,
  • Gauge and explore law student and faculty interest in this area,
  • Identify general legal issues and challenges facing social innovators and entrepreneurs that can be solved or addressed through law school programming,
  • Identify areas of overlap between the law student/faculty interests and the social innovators’ needs, and,
  • Develop a list of programmatic objectives for the IPI that would satisfy these points of overlap.


Joining our discussion will be community thought leaders in this area: Andrew Butcher (GTECH), Vivien Luk (The Forbes Funds), Carl Knoblock (SBA District Director), and Bill Peduto (City Council).


I hope that you will consider participating in this brainstorm, the first of many fruitful and rewarding discussions on this subject.


Food will be provided.  Please RSVP to at your earliest convenience.  

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