International Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship 2016

The 2016 International Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship, held on April 22, gathered academic researchers, regulators, policymakers and industry players to share the latest research findings in the field of social entrepreneurship.

The theme for ISSE 2016 was Growth and Sustainable Development of Social Enterprises and focused the symposium on the usefulness of training programmes and solutions on incubating social enterprises worldwide in developing the sector.

Kicking off the Symposium was keynote speaker, Professor Ute Stephen, Professor of Entrepreneurship, Director of the Aston Centre for Research into International Entrepreneurship and Business, Aston University, U.K., with her keynote speech on “Successful Social Entrepreneurship: Strategies for Positive Social Change”.

Professor Ute Stephen, professor of entrepreneurship and director of the Aston Centre for Research into International Entrepreneurship and Business at Aston University, U.K., kicked off the symposium with her keynote speech titled Successful Social Entrepreneurship: Strategies for Positive Social Change.

A plenary session followed featuring four social enterprise CEOs / founders. In the discussion titled Facing Challenges and Failures: Coping Strategies of Pioneering Small and Medium Sized Social Enterprises, the CEOs / founders shared their personal journey in leading and guiding their enterprises through difficulties and challenges.

The plenary session was followed by six paper presentations on the latest developments in the social entrepreneurship sector.

  • Blended Value Accounting and Social Enterprise Success – John Anner
  • The Reciprocity of Financial and Social Performance in Social Enterprises: Evidence from MFIs – Achsah Xiaohui Ang, Gabriel Henry Jacob, Swee-Sum Lam, and Weina Zhang
  • Common Key Pattern of Innovation under Disadvantage by Social Enterprise for the Disabled Persons: Preliminary Comparative Cases of Victory Disabled Potential Center in Taiwan and Laksania Spice Connect in Singapore – Chuan-Cheng Chen and Shu-Hsiao Tsen
  • Funding Social Enterprises: Evidence from a Cross National Million Dollar Data – Una Osili and Marina Harper
  • Transition to Profit Purpose in Social Enterprises – Rajani Singh and Ganesh N Prabhu
  • Understanding the Impact of Social Enterprise on the Role of the Third Sector – Echo Lei Wang


Ute Stepan
Professor, Aston Business School
Director, Aston Centre for Research into International Entrepreneurship and Business UK


Audrey Tan
Co-Founder & Dreams Architect
David Soukhasing (Commentator)
Head, Angel Investor Network Indonesia (ANGIN/GEPI)
Harish Hande
Managing Director,
Helianti Hilman
CEO and founder, JAVARA
Lania Raveendran Greene (Moderator)
Associate Director (Community Development) ACSEP,
National University of Singapore
Prasoon Kumar
CEO, Billion Bricks