Tuesday, 17 July 2012

#PowerofSmall #SocEntChat, July 18th @1:30pm IST: Supporting Entrepreneurs That Strengthen Local Economies

Join Ashoka Changemakers and SAP on Wednesday, July 18, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. CET (1.30 p.m. IST), for a Twitter-based #SocEntChat about innovative strategies that help small businesses and emerging social entrepreneurs thrive in underserved communities. Special guests Rob Henning, co-founder and partner at Entrepreneurial Solutions Partner, Ayan Bannerjee, CEO of Chetna Organics, Fajar Anugerah (@fajaranugerah) Program Manager of GEPI (Global Entrepreneurship Program Indonesia), and Alex van der Ploeg, Corporate Social Responsibility at SAP, will join the conversation.

Small businesses and entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of robust and diversified local economies. But to thrive, small businesses face a myriad of challenges, especially in the places where they are needed most—struggling and underserved communities.

Access to capital, qualified employees, and a strong customer base are key for the growth of young businesses. And emerging entrepreneurs often can’t expand their capacity without mentorship and training. Many small businesses are also seeking to make a social impact and benefit their communities, but lack the resources or knowhow to align their processes to these goals.

The solutions to unlocking the tremendous potential of small businesses and entrepreneurs are out there. We want to hear about what’s happening in your community. What challenges exist, what’s working, and where are the opportunities for innovation?

Lets hear everyone's thoughts and views. Join the community chat on twitter. Here's the shortcut to our session tomorrow at 1:30pm IST: http://tweetchat.com/room/SocEntChat

Catch you all on Twitter, @changemakers!


What is a #SocEntChat and how does it work?

A #SocEntChat is a real-time, Twitter-based discussion about social entrepreneurship that focuses on specific issues, areas, themes, and events. It is designed for current and aspiring social entrepreneurs, funders, journalists, and supporters to share ideas, discuss the state of the field, identify the latest innovations, and pinpoint areas requiring deeper exploration.

Joining the conversation is easy. Just log-in to Twitter at 10 a.m. CET (1.30pm IST) on Wednesday, July 18. Then:

Use the #SocEntChat hashtag to make your comments visible in the stream. Use search.twitter.com or an application like TweetChat to follow the #SocEntChat hashtag and keep up with the conversation.
Introduce yourself and take a minute to get to know the other chatters when you join.
Send your questions to @changemakers without the hashtag (to keep them out of the stream) so they can be considered for this conversation.
Please remember to use the #SocEntChat hashtag, stay on topic, be respectful, and have fun!
And be sure to invite your friends and followers to join the discussion, too; the best way is to post a tweet like this one:

Let’s find ways to create vibrant local economies w/ @changemakers on July 18 from 10am-12pm CET. Spread the word! #SocEntChat #powerofsmall

If you are unable to attend the live event, a recap of the chat highlights and a transcript of the conversation will be made available.

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