ForSE 2012: Forum for Social Entrepreneurs, "21st Century Challenges: New Ideas, New Approaches, and New Solutions" is a one--day conference for social entrepreneurs being co-hosted by MIT SASE and TiE-Boston. The conference will take place on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at MIT's Stata Center. Click here for a map.

MIT SASE is very excited to be co-hosting the sixth annual ForSE conference. Past conferences have been extremely successful at bringing together social entrepreneurs, business executives, investors, donors, government officials, academics, and students in order to discuss new ideas about social venture concepts and exchange technology and business learning to promote the development of social enterprises. For more information about ForSE 2012 and past conferences, please visit TiE-Boston's website.

Registration Fees for MIT Students:
SASE Members: $5.00
Non-Members: $10.00
Fees are $15 higher for non-MIT students. See here for more information about fees for non-students.
Register here!

Keynote Speakers

The conference will feature keynote sessions by leading global social entrepreneurs:
Dr. Jaime Aristotle B. Alip, founder of Center for Agriculture and Rural Development Mutually Reinforcing Institutions (CARD MRI), a multi-awarded microfinance institution in the Phillipines which seeks to empower the poor, and winner of the 2008 Raymon Magasaysay award.
Dr. Amos Winter, Assistant Professor & Director of Global Engineering and Research at MIT's Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, is the inventor of the all-terrain wheelchair that was named the Wall Street Journal's Top Innovation of 2011.
Professor Kamaljit Bawa, founder of Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), a conservation think tank that was ranked nineteenth in the world in a recent UPenn study, and winner of the Gunnerus Sustainability award, the world's first major international award for work on sustainability.


Conference attendees will meet cutting edge practitioners in interactive panels as they follow one of four tracks covering Education, Health and Sanitation, Livelihood and Microfinance, and Implementation.


This track will focus on the use of technology in education by featuring panelists who will discuss the opportunities, challenges, and real-world use cases of technology in the classroom. More information on the education track.

Health and Sanitation

This will include a panel on tackling problems of waste management and a panel on high-tech innovations in the health care industry. More information on the health and sanitation track.

Livelihood and Microfinance

This track will include a panel on the sustainable livelihood approach to social enterprises and a panel on the growing industry of microfinance. More information on the livelihood and microfinance track.

Social Enterprise How To's

This track will focus on the implementation of new social ventures by featuring panelists who will discuss their personal experiences with developing social enterprises and who will give aspiring social entrepreneurs specific guidance about how the process of starting social enterprises. More information on the implementation track.

Pitch Contest

The conference will include a pitch contest where new social entrepreneurs can pitch and test their ideas and wow a panel of seasoned judges. At this time, teams have already submitted their pitches and judges are currently reviewing them to determine the top five, who will present before a panel of judges on the day of the conference.


The conference will run from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm on Saturday, October 27th. For more information about panels and keynote speakers, please see the links above.

8:00- 9:00
Registration & Breakfast
9:00- 10:30
Opening Session
Opening Remarks
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jaime Aristotle B. Alip
10:30- 10:45Break
10:45- 12:00
Panels (concurrent):
Education: Technology Based Transformation
Health and Sanitation: Sanitation
Livelihood and Microfinance: Social Enterprise Development Through Livelihoods Approach
Social Enterprise How To's: How do you take an Idea to Implementation?
12:00- 1:15
1:15- 2:00
Speaker: Dr. Amos Winter
2:00- 3:00
Pitching Social Enterprise
Moderator: Pradeep Aradhya
Judges: Subu Kota, Anu Chitrapu, Laura Sampath, Pravin Cahturvedi
3:00- 3:15Break
3:15- 4:30
Panels (concurrent):
Education: New Tools for Teachers and Learners
Health and Sanitation: Healthcare
Livelihood and Microfinance: Microfinance as a Means to Promote Livelihoods and Social Enterprises
Social Enterprise How To's: How to Start your Social Enterprise
4:30- 5:45
Closing Session
Keynote Speaker: Professor Kamaljit Bawa
Pitch Session Award Ceremony
Closing Remarks


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