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Friday & Saturday
October 25 - 26, 2013

The Hub Cira Centre
2929 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA

Questions? Contact:
Michelle Freeman



Social Venture Institute (SVI) is a powerful experience that connects emerging and established entrepreneurs to resources while creating a supportive peer environment and provides a nationally-tested opportunity for successful business people to share their knowledge, experience, and insights with emerging entrepreneurs in our region.

Attendees can expect to hear the trials and triumphs from local and national successful entrepreneurs during the True Confessions sessions. Networking skills will be refined and put to use during Networking Activities and Exercises. Attendees can take a deep dive on business challenges during dedicated Breakout Sessions. They will get connected to vendors and resources at the Business Expo. A featured Case Study will allow participants to weigh in on real-life challenges of a local business. 

SVI will take place on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26 at the HUB Circa Centre located at 2929 Arch Street. Ticket are on sale at: Scholarship guidelines and application available at:

SVI attracts an incredibly diverse audience, as measured by background, industry, and stage of growth. To help facilitate this diversity, SBN created a scholarship fund that targets entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs who are people of color or from low-income backgrounds. Some attendees meet new investors, others meet mentors, and others meet new suppliers and clients. Both Triple Bottom Line veterans and those who just started their sustainability journey will gain something valuable from SVI.

SVI 2013 Highlights:

  • True Confession Roundups: Lightning talks by successful social entrepreneurs who will share their stories and expert advice

  • Marketing Breakout Sessions: To better service your business’ needs, choose from 4 marketing breakout sessions: Marketing 101: Beginner’s Overview, How to Sell your Brand: The Power of Messaging, Social Media: Which medium is right for you? What is your strategy? and Adwords/Organic SEO Workshop.

  • Business Resource Expo: During this year’s SVI Reception (on Friday), exhibitors and sponsors will offer information and resources from banks, service-based organizations, and more!

  • Coaching and Mentoring Sessions: Sign up for a slot with a professional coach and get 1-on-1 business advice

  • Social Media Help Desk: Throughout SVI, you can stop by the help desk to sign up for a Twitter account, get messaging tips, and learn how to increase your followers

  • Breakout Sessions: Offered each afternoon of SVI including a dynamic session, Applied strategies to business challenges with Philadelphia University

  • Featured speakers: Michael Pearson of Union Packaging and Judy Wicks, Author of Good Morning, Beautiful Business

“The SVI team has created a non-judgmental space for entrepreneurs sharing a passion for sustainability to be honest and vulnerable and in essence instill great and inspiring strength.”  - 2012 SVI Attendee




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