International Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship 2015

The inaugural International Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship 2015 explored validation, certification and regulation or self-regulation for the sector in the multi-faceted landscape of social enterprises.

The symposium brought together academics and practitioners to discuss the trends, success and impact of social enterprises in providing sustainable, long-term solutions for social issues plaguing society. The discussions addressed the multi-faceted contexts in which social enterprises are developing, which include local and regional socio-economic and institutional contexts; different political, legal and regulatory frameworks; and their location in and across the people, public and private sectors.

The keynote address by Doyle-Bascom, professor of law and public affairs, and Mark Sidel from the University of Wisconsin-Madison provided insights into the different approaches to regulating social enterprises.

A plenary session and six academic papers presented issues grounded in reality and confronting social entrepreneurs, funders and policymakers.

  • An Interdisciplinary Approach to Social Entrepreneurship Definition and Ecosystem Analysis – Barbara Scheck and Lena Lütjens-Schilling
  • Cross-national Million-Dollar Philanthropy and Social Enterprise in the United States and Singapore – Una Osili, Jacqueline Ackerman, and Yanman Li
  • Exploring Scaling Processes, Business Models and Social Innovation in a Non-Supportive Institutional Context: A Multiple Case Study among Dutch Social Enterprise Start-Ups – Joppe Ter Meer and Lucas C. P. M. Meijs
  • A Case Study on SK Happy Narae – the Largest Social Enterprise in South Korea – Rahul Anand, Sung-Jun Park and Jiho Park
  • Asia’s Impact Angels: How Business Angel Investing can Support Social Enterprise in Asia – Rob John
  • Making Sense of Social Enterprises in Singapore: A Loop Learning Process – Swee-Sum Lam, David Jeremiah Seah, and Weina Zhang

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Mark Sidel
Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law and Public Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

PLENARY SPEAKERS

Matthew Spacie
Founder and Executive Chairman,
Magic Bus, India
Ken Ito
Visiting Senior Researcher
SFC Research Institute,
Keio University, Japan
Patsian Low
Head of DBS Foundation
Singapore
Saša Vucinic
Co-Founder and Managing Partner at North Base Media
Indie Voices Project
Swee Sum Lam (Moderator)
Director of ACSEP, Associate Professor of Finance
National University of Singapore, Singapore