City hosts the 'Tata Social Enterprise Conference 2012'
More than 130 people including students, graduates and current and aspiring social entrepreneurs gathered at City University London on Saturday 8th December for the Tata Social Enterprise Conference. Now in its second year, the one-day event, jointly developed by NACUE and Tata, seeks to connect pioneering creators of social enterprises with each other and with role models, mentors and advisers.
Dr Sue O'Hare, Director of Enterprise at City, opened the conference which focused on interactivity and practical output. Attendees had the opportunity to learn from more than 20 leading social entrepreneurs. Keynote speakers included Yogesh Chauhan, Director of Corporate Sustainability for Tata Consultancy Services; Liam Black, former CEO of Jamie Oliver's 'Fifteen' and Dave Millar, founder of Bikeworks.
Entrepreneur-led workshops ran throughout the day, during which delegates were able to share ideas and strengthen the skills needed to succeed in social enterprise. The 'Build Knowledge', 'Gain Insight', and 'Social Simulator' sessions took delegates from idea development to skills-building and ultimately prototyping.
CEO of the National Association of College & University Entrepreneurs (NACUE), Hushpreet Dhaliwal, commented: "Social enterprise has become society's change agent - combining innovation, resourcefulness and opportunity. Students are now leading the way in launching businesses that tackle the critical social and environmental challenges we're all facing. We're excited to be working with Tata to launch a programme that will support and nurture these new social pioneers."
Following the event Dr Sue O'Hare said: "It was an inspiring conference, full of energy and enthusiasm for delivering social good. Participants and speakers were keen to take the opportunity to share knowledge and best practices in social entrepreneurship. In this difficult economic time, it is extremely important that we encourage the social entrepreneurs of tomorrow whose creativity, energy, ambition and desire to foster change will be essential to the success of the UK. This event gave delegates an increased awareness of the skills they will need to succeed in social enterprise, the role that social enterprises can play, the challenges that they face and the gratification of making a difference."