Social Enterprise Boot Camp
November 16-17th, 2012
Terms of Reference
Thank you for agreeing to participate in the Social Enterprise Boot Camp 2012 (herein
know as Boot Camp or SEB), as our Saturday keynote speaker. We are very excited
to have you on board and to learn from your experiences as an expert in the field. This
document serves to explain the purpose and format of the Boot Camp, and outlines the
responsibilities of session speakers.
Purpose of the Boot Camp
Over the last decade, social entrepreneurship has attracted growing interest as an
innovative and financially sustainable tool to solve a wide range of social problems.
While business schools such as Columbia, Harvard, Stanford, Cornell, University of
Michigan, and NYU have been leading the proliferation of curriculums and resources
in social entrepreneurship, there is increasing interest outside of the business school
community. Students from diverse disciplines such as public policy, nonprofit
management, international development, social work, and education now see social
entrepreneurship as integral in advancing their social missions.
Many students in these non-business programs, however, feel that they are not qualified
to start their own enterprises because they have not learned certain skills such as writing
a business plan or raising capital. Unfortunately, there are not many courses or training
opportunities to capture this new and growing demand. To fill this gap, we are reaching
out to leading social entrepreneurs and expert practitioners like you to teach essential
skills in social entrepreneurship to students and young professionals at the Boot Camp.
This will be an opportunity to make a tremendous impact on the future of nonprofit,
government and social enterprise leaders.
In partnership with Bridge, a student group at the Wagner Graduate School of Public
Service at New York University, the Design for Social Innovation Master’s Program at
the School of Visual Arts, and SIPA Net Impact at Columbia University, the Boot Camp
will take place over two days: Friday, November 16th at SVA’s Design for Social
Innovation headquarters, and Saturday, November 17th at the Kimmel Center at
NYU. There will four 1hr 30min sessions within each of the following topics: Legal/
Structure, Finance, Design, and Impact. Each topic will have two advance and two
beginner sessions, which will primarily target non-business school students and young
professionals. In addition, there will be one keynote speaker on Saturday night.
have as a group audience for the keynote address; the smaller group sessions will be
between 30-40 participants to ensure they are interactive between the speakers and the
Please arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled speaking time, and plan to stay at
least 15 minutes after.
We understand that your time is extremely valuable and we appreciate your participation
in the Boot Camp as a keynote/session speaker. This is, however, a student-led initiative
with budgetary constraints. We will charge the Boot Camp participants a registration
fee to cover basic expenses but we plan to keep the fee affordable for our participants,
especially for students. We believe the impact you will be making to educate aspiring
social entrepreneurs will go beyond any financial compensation.
As a keynote/session speaker, you are welcome to attend other sessions in the Boot
Camp and special events such as the Networking and Pitch Competition for free. This
will be an excellent opportunity for continued education and networking with other
leaders in social entrepreneurship.
Any curriculum material developed for the Boot Camp will belong to the Boot Camp and
will be made freely available to the Boot Camp participants during and after the Boot
Camp. If you plan to include in the curriculum any information not to be made public,
please let us know and we will make any necessary changes prior to distribution.
Individual participants will be asked to refrain from recording the sessions. Sessions,
however, may be recorded or videotaped by the Boot Camp organizers. Copyrights
of such material will belong to the Boot Camp and will be reproduced with speaker’s
By signing below, I hereby indicate that I understand my responsibilities as a Keynote/
Session speaker. I have also designated an alternative speaker below, who will lead my
sessions if I am not able to speak at the Boot Camp due to an unforeseen circumstance.
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Printed Name of Speaker