The Appalachian Social Enterprise Summit, a collaboration by Coalfield Development and other regional partners will be the area’s largest gathering of social entrepreneurs this year! This amazing event will attract entrepreneurs who are interested in the model of social entrepreneurship, as well as current practitioners and investors who are looking to network and expand. This is a great chance to engage and support some of the most creative and compassionate leaders our hills and hollers have to offer.

Farm to Table Dinner and Social Enterprise Training INFO

You don’t want to miss our Farm to Table Dinner and Social Enterprise Training at West Edge on Monday October 3rd.

Farm to table dinner starts at 5:00pm.

We will host community training from 6-8pm. Participants can choose one of the following social enterprise topics for their experiential learning:

  • Woodworking
  • Screen printing
  • Composting and reuse

WHAT:  Farm to Table Dinner and Social Enterprise Training 

WHEN: Monday, October 3, 2022 | Farm to table dinner starts at 5:00 pm | We will host community training from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

WHERE: West Edge Factory 1040 Vernon Street Huntington, WV 25704

APPALCHIAN SOCIAL ENTERPRISE SUMMIT INFO

WHAT: Appalachian Social Enterprise Summit

WHEN: Tuesday, October 4, 2022 | 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

WHERE: Marshall University Don Morris Room

SUMMIT AGENDA

9:30 am – 9:45 am

Why is Social Enterprise Critical for Appalachia to Flourish?

9:45 am – 10:15 am

Is Appalachia Fertile Ground for Social Enterprise?

Morning Break – 15 Minutes

10:30 am – 11:45 am

Where are the Opportunities for Social Entrepreneurship?

Breakout Sessions include sector focus discussions in Agriculture, Clean Energy, Downtown Revitalization, Light Manufacturing, Tourism, and Hospitality.

11:45 am – 12:45 pm

Lunch and Keynote by Brad Smith, President of Marshall University, former CEO of Intuit, Philanthropist, and Venture Capitalist.

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

How Can Business, NGO’s, and Capital Work Together for Social Enterprise?

Breakout Session topics include: Supporting Employees in Appalachia, Access to Capital – Structures & Strategies, Business Succession in WV: Entrepreneurship & Reinvestment

Afternoon Break – 15 Minutes

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm | Idea Pitch Competition

Entrepreneurs in the ideation phase of their Social Enterprise will have an opportunity to present their concept to a panel of judges for prizes that range from business coaching to capital investment. Contestants will be selected from across Appalachia.

2:45 pm – 3:30 pm | Business Pitch Contest

Early-stage Social Entrepreneurs will have a chance to present their revenue generating businesses to a panel of judges for prizes that include business coaching and capital investment. Contestants will be selected from across Appalachia.

3:30 pm

Pitch Contest Winnings Announced – Event Concludes