WHAT WILL THE CONTENT OF THE CONFERENCE BE, AND WHAT ACTIVITIES WILL IT INCLUDE?
The conference's curriculum will touch upon the theoretical and practical aspects of being a social entrepreneur, as well as attempt to better understand and re-frame our participants' individual, national and regional challenges and opportunities. The four pillars representing the program's content and activities are:
- Leadership and Management: how to lead and manage your startup or project with and without formal authority;
- The Evolution of Social Enterprise: how was it created, defined, and why it is so important;
- Best practices in Social Enterprise: cases of successes (and failures) of Social Enterprises;
- A Regional Take on Social Enterprise: lessons from participants' experience, and examining the potential for impact through shared action.
Participants should be prepared to present their social enterprise via a concise 'pitch' during the program. A detailed schedule will be distributed to participants in the weeks leading up to the conference, and the content will include: intensive leadership training for entrepreneurs, lectures from Harvard and MIT scholars, networking with leading social entrepreneurs and investors, and exclusive meetings and visits with social enterprises in the Greater Boston area.
WHERE WILL THE CONFERENCE TAKE PLACE?
The conference will be held in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, the home of some of the finest universities and research centers in the world. The programming will take place at the HYATT Regency Hotel in Cambridge, on the Harvard and MIT campuses, with additional activities in and around Boston.
WHO WILL BE PARTICIPATING IN THIS CONFERENCE?
There will be 12 participants at the conference, with three nations represented: Egypt, Israel, and Turkey. When reviewing the applications, there will be strong consideration given to equal representation of both women and men from this field.
WHAT IS THE LEVEL OF ENGLISH REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM?
Since our three groups of participants speak three different languages (Arabic, Hebrew, and Turkish), we conduct the program in English to avoid the high cost and complexity of simultaneous translation throughout the program. Applicants should be able to converse and read English at intermediate to be able to apply and participate. We understand that this limitation may prevent excellent Social Entrepreneurs from applying, and we will try and address this known issue in future programs.