DU Leads Discussion Around Social Entrepreneurship
Project X-ITE hosts daylong summit for students, DU community
“Social entrepreneurship embodies what our students want these days. They want to be successful entrepreneurs, start businesses and launch new projects that positively impact the world around them.”
That’s why Erik Mitisek, executive director of DU’s Project X-ITE and chief innovation officer for the state of Colorado, believes it is important to bring the discussion around social entrepreneurship to the University of Denver. On Nov. 11 the University will hold the Social Enterprise Summit. It’s an opportunity to expose students and the DU community to domestic and international companies from the public, private and cause sectors to explore strategies, resources and financing for innovative and socially driven business models.
“The ideas behind this event affirm what is best about the University of Denver,” says Brent Chrite, dean of the Daniels College of Business. “Social entrepreneurship reflects the commitment to harness the dynamism and creativity of the marketplace to impact the public good. Our students, our broader community, are uniquely committed to these principles.”
Right here in Denver we have some of the most innovative social entrepreneurs in the world. This city is bubbling with passion and creativity, and students have access to all of that. Erik Mitisek, Executive Director of Project X-Ite
Participants in the summit will have the opportunity to network with colleagues from across sectors. Those in attendance will be able to take part in powerful, thought-provoking roundtables and learn from lively panel discussions that present multiple perspectives on the role of social entrepreneurship in the new global economy.
“Exposing students to social entrepreneurs and innovators from around the city, country and world is important because it can help open their eyes to new opportunities,” Mitisek says. “Want to change the world? Want to tackle problems from multiple angles? Learning about social entrepreneurship provides insight into careers that span academic disciplines and business sectors.”
That epitomizes what Project X-ITE is all about, a cross-disciplinary initiative focused on entrepreneurship, innovation and technology. The collaboration at DU brings together the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science, the Sturm College of Law and the Daniels College of Business.
We want DU to be recognized as an essential aspect of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Denver.
Dean Brent Chrite, Daniels College of Business
The daylong summit features multiple fireside chats, roundtables and large group discussions. “If you only have an hour to spare, then come down any time, and I can promise you’ll leave having learned something new, heard some exciting ideas and met some incredible people,” Mitisek says.
“We want DU to be recognized as an essential aspect of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Denver,” Chrite says. “We hope this event will add to the vitality of our academic activities and will enable reciprocal and mutually beneficial interactions with external partners in order to ‘co-create’ a unique and compelling student experience here on campus.”
Mitisek agrees, noting that between the uniqueness of this event and DU’s location in the heart of Denver, this is an opportunity for students to learn about social entrepreneurship they cannot miss. “I hope that students will leave feeling empowered and recognize that they don’t have to choose between being capital or purpose-driven,” Mitisek says. “Right here in Denver we have some of the most innovative social entrepreneurs in the world. This city is bubbling with passion and creativity and students have access to all of that.”
For a complete schedule of events and to register to attend, click here.