Social Entrepreneurship Conference
Emiliano and his partner Daniel Schell created the conference. Emiliano was mainly in charge of creating the team and key strategic alliances to make this happen.
By the numbers:
140 people attended the event
$12,000 were raised from private funders
$6,500 were given out to students with social entrepreneurial ideas.
Garnered the attention of the Florida Board of Governors
Here is a description of what happened at the event:
On the News:
Students and community members gathered at Harry Sudakoff Conference Center Sept. 21 2019 to experience New College’s first Social Entrepreneurship Conference.
“Social entrepreneurship is a new concept of business where the focus is not on the profits, but on the impact they make on the world,” explains Emiliano Espinosa, a Liberal Arts Curriculum AOC and co-founder of the conference.
Hosted by the Cross College Alliance, the conference brought together business leaders and influential community members to empower and equip the next generation of social entrepreneurs. Panelists from local and successful businesses spoke on the challenges and rewards of addressing social, environmental, and creative issues through entrepreneurship.
“In learning how to start something from nothing,” Rose Shimmel, a Music and Psychology AOC, remarked, “I learned that you just have to keep reaching out to people and don’t be afraid to take risks. People come from such different backgrounds and they just go for these projects, and I feel inspired to keep going for my own.”
In addition to portfolio reviews, students had the opportunity to participate in a pitch competition, where judges considered potential business ideas and awarded scholarships to help launch student-led entrepreneurial endeavors. New College student Jesus Olive was awarded $3,000 to grow his company, named Better Today.
“I encourage students to take their opportunity in their four-year career as a college student to actually take on a project that matters to them — to their heart — and make it happen throughout those four years, even if it’s at a small scale,” says Espinosa. “You can make an impact locally.”
— Anna Wright is an intern in the Office of Communications and Marketing.