an sbn initiative

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Sandy Tribendis, Office Assistant
215-922-7400 ext. 108

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 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 Highlights:

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

  • Marketing Breakout Sessions: Specific sessions to better service your business’ needs.

  • Business Resource Expo: Exhibitors and sponsors offer information and resources from banks, service-based organizations, and more!

  • Coaching and Mentoring Sessions: 1-on-1 business advice from a professional coach.

  • Social Media Help Desk: Learn how to increase your followers and heighten your brand on social media.

  • Featured speakers: Inspiring lectures from professionals within the SBN community.

“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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