Since 2009, the Business Builders Club within the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University has conducted the Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship Summit (http://www.aptesummit.org).
According to the organization’s website, it started when a group of undergraduate and graduate students met at a professor’s house for Thanksgiving weekend in 2008. Discussions of gratitude led to thoughts of how many people in the world suffer so much lack.
Someone said, “Let’s have a summit on poverty” and the work began. That first summit was held in February 2009 and met with much success. The purpose of the gathering was to explore how entrepreneurial innovation can help to alleviate poverty in communities near and far.
The summit focuses on bringing together students, academics and community members to hear from social entrepreneurs who have created innovative organizations whose purpose is to fight poverty in all corners of the world.
The speakers for this year’s summit include the following:
JOE DeLOSS, founder of Nobul, a company which helps with business creation, early stage investment and consultation.
EVANNA HU, CEO and founder of g.Maarifa, a mobile gaming and texting platform in sub-Saharan Africa.
JONATHAN JAKUBOWSKI, global development manager for Affirm Global Development, which locates promising individuals in developing countries and helps them to function as distributors of much-needed products. Affirm is currently working in Kenya, India and Indonesia.
BLAIR MILLER, manager at Acumen Fund, a non-profit venture capital fund which invests in companies that serve the poor of east and west Africa as well as southeast Asia.
MICHAEL MILLER, director of Poverty Cure, an international network of organizations which seeks to help battle poverty by developing those affected by it.
SHIVANI SIROYA, CEO and founder of InVenture, a microfinancing organization created to help one-person companies develop into job-creating entities.
JEFFREY SPECTOR, chief of staff for Melinda Gates at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is involved in work that addresses health, education and issues of poverty all around the world.
ABRAHAM TALEB, co-founder of ReWork, which seeks to connect organizations with talented individuals.
This year’s event will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2012 from 9am to 5:30pm at the Wexner Center for the Arts on the main campus of The Ohio State University.
There’s still time to attend. This event is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required. Free lunch will be provided.
To RSVP, go to: http://evn.to/Hsitdp