Annual Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship Summit Slated for February 28

The Ohio State University will hold its annual student-organized Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship Summit Saturday, February 28 at the Wexner Center’s Mershon Auditorium. The event brings entrepreneurs, students and community members together to discuss the growing trend of social entrepreneurship.

Over 1,000 guests are expected to attend the event that will include speaker Q&A sessions driven by attendee Twitter questions, a panel discussion, and an opportunity for attendees to engage with local socially driven initiatives. The theme of this year’s summit is Profit, Purpose, Progress. Speakers will engage the audience with information on turning their for-profit and non-profit businesses into a chance to do good.

Hot Chicken Takeover Founder Joe DeLoss will represent social entrepreneurship locally. Making waves for more than their chicken, HCT provides second-chance employment and valuable job skills training.

Social innovation can be found in businesses in Columbus to half way across the country and the globe with additional speakers hailing from around the world. The APTE Summit will also feature BuildOn Founder Jim Ziolkowski, Christian Nicolas Desrosiers, co-founder of Somali-based Qorax Energy, Quijano Flores, CEO of NextDrop, which monitors water supplies in India, and global social entrepreneur, Demetri Patitsas.

This year’s APTE Summit also features a social business plan competition to be held on Friday, February 27. Finalists will present before a panel of local judges with winners announced during Saturday’s events. First and second place will receive awards totaling $15,000 to put towards their venture.

Registration for both events is free. To RSVP for the business plan competition, click here. To register for Saturday’s APTE Summit, click here.

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