Finger Lakes Social Entrepreneurship Institute

5th Annual Finger Lakes Social Entrepreneurship Institute :  November 11-13.

View the 2016 Finger Lakes Social Entrepreneurship Institute schedule & directory.

The theme for this year's Institute is "Creating Healthy and Vibrant Communities Through Our Social Ventures." 

The Institute will feature tools that are essential to the success of a social venture, a keynote talk, presentations with inspiring and innovative social entrepreneurs, one-on-one coaching from experience entrepreneurs, and a field trip to a local incubator and a co-working space.  

Cost: $200, 10% early bird discount until October 16 (discount code "EarlyBird")

Student rate: $100 (discount code "Student")

Full and Partial Scholarships are available.  To apply click here.

Eventbrite - 2016 Finger Lakes Social Entrepreneurship Institute

Registration ends at midnight, Monday, November 4. Early Bird Registration ends October 16.

Your ticket gives you access to Friday's opening plenary and reception, all the workshops on Saturday,  yoga breaks, and one-on-one coaching or a field trip (which includes a session on the Lean Startup Model) on Sunday morning. 

Meals included are:

  • Friday Dinner
  • Saturday Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Sunday Breakfast and Lunch

Featured Models and Tools:

  • The Business Model Generator Canvas: The BMG Canvas is a strategic management and entrepreneurial tool. It allows you to describe, design, challenge, invent, and pivot your business model.
  • People-Centered Design: This Design Process helps people hear the needs of those they’re designing for, create innovative approaches to meet these needs, and deliver solutions that work in specific cultural and economic contexts.
  • Theory of ChangeThe theory of change model focuses on the social change you intend to achieve.  This model maps out the activities that will help you reach your impact goals, they ways you will measure success, and how to strengthen what is working and reconsider what isn't. 

The Institute will include local, healthy meals, and panels and workshops where you will:
Apply and evaluate leading models pivotal to the success of social ventures.
Know and incorporate elements of creating a collaborative, inclusive economy into their social ventures or areas of work.
Integrate the insights and know-how of experienced social entrepreneurs, peers and consultants.
Develop relationships that continue beyond the Institute with a diverse group of social entrepreneurs and people in key supporting sectors such as education, business, finance, policy, and community organizing.


Special Teen Entrepreneurship Program on Sunday, November 13

This year, we excited to provide a special program just for teens on Sunday, November 13 from 10am - 3pm. Three workshops on product development, marketing and music video development, and networking will be offered by teen entrepreneurs from Rochester's WellVentions.  Teens who want to attend can register separately here. 



These events would not be possible without the generous support of our co-sponsors:  Entrepreneurship at Cornell, Cornell's Engaged Student Leadership Initiative, the Park Foundation, the Greater Ithaca Activities Center, and New Roots Charter School.  


Participants of the Institute said:

"This wonderful event was filled with some of the brightest minds and biggest hearts I have ever seen."

"I had a fantastic time and learned so much about what I want to do post college and the tools I need to get there. I met some of the most inspiring people I have ever met in my life. So thank you for making this happen."

"I can't thank you and your staff enough for all the work you all did in giving us an incredible conference. It was outstanding. I don't think I can name just one phenomenal speaker as they were all class acts! The opportunity to learn and network was wonderful."

"This was a FANTASTIC experience - thanks for all the hard work and for bringing together such a phenomenal group of experts and entrepreneurs. I got a lot out of it."

"I now feel even closer to this community and the dreams we have. The Institute was inspiring. "



Visiting Ithaca

We hope participants in the Finger Lakes Social Entrepreneurship Institute are able to take some time to explore the area.