Thursday, September 12, 2013

Governor McDonnell Hosts Virginia Social Entrepreneurship Networking Event

English: Governor of Virginia at CPAC in .
English: Governor of Virginia at CPAC in . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell, in partnership with Capital One, will host a social entrepreneurship networking event tomorrow evening, Thursday, September 12that the University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business.  The event will convene top thought leaders to consider opportunities in Virginia's growing social entrepreneurship space.  The evening is co-chaired by Pete Snyder, CEO of the Virginia-based seed and angel capital company Disruptor Capital, and Mark Rubin, Executive Director of Government Relations for VCU and former senior advisor to Governor Timothy M. Kaine.

            The event will kick off at 5:00 p.m. with a welcome address from Governor McDonnell, followed by a panel discussion led by Mark Rubin, Ron Monarck, Managing Director of the Alan B. Miller Entrepreneurship Center at the College of William and Mary, Elizabeth Schmidt, Executive Director of the Center for Social Entrepreneurship at George Mason, Jeff Pollack, Assistant Professor of Management in the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond, and Bob Mooney of New Richmond Ventures.  Later, four attendees at the event will be selected a random to give a four minute presentation on a social entrepreneurship topic of their choice, with attendees voting on the most compelling presentation.  The evening will conclude with a time for participants to network with each other.

            Speaking about the social entrepreneurship networking event, Governor McDonnell commented, “We are seeing a rapidly growing interest in social entrepreneurship in Virginia as citizens and companies look to make a greater impact in our society through investments in sustainable entrepreneurial programs. Companies like Capital One are leading the pack with their affordable housing and youth financial literacy programs.  Simultaneously, our higher education institutions including George Mason University, the University of Richmond, the University of Virginia and William and Mary are embracing the growing interest in social enterprise among our youth and are encouraging even greater interest and participation while in college.  Tomorrow will be an evening filled with inspiring ideas among Virginia’s thought-leaders and entrepreneurs.  Our hope is that this event serves as a catalyst to get the ideas and plans of Virginia’s social entrepreneurs off the ground and implemented in our communities.”

“Our goal is to accelerate good ideas and make a real difference for Virginians. Government should be engaging in social entrepreneurship to help solve some of the toughest challenges we see every day. The next great social enterprise may help us to better deliver health care services, increase energy efficiency or deploy services and information to citizens in a smarter and more cost effective way,” remarked Janet Kelly, Secretary of the Commonwealth.

            “Entrepreneurship is the lifeblood of our economy. Social entrepreneurship provides Virginians the opportunity to make a difference and seek a profit. The principles of business and innovation meet our collective interest in maximizing the social good means more opportunity for our citizens. I applaud Governor McDonnell for hosting this event and look forward to an exciting discussion,” commented Pete Snyder, event co-chair.  

           “I am pleased to join a conversation about social entrepreneurship in Virginia. From a higher education and policy perspective, there is a tremendous opportunity in social entrepreneurship and Virginia is blessed with the right mix of resources, talent and motivation to maximize growth,” said Mark Rubin, event co-chair.

            Registration information and addition information about tomorrow’s social entrepreneurship event is available here.
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