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Here I am: A Workshop on Identity-Based Entrepreneurship

Rebecca Kaduru May 14, 2021

Social entrepreneurship has gained widespread acclaim as a tool for addressing social and environmental problems; to achieve this, social entrepreneurs are tasked with navigating the nexus between the oftentimes competing goals of social impact and commercial success. Social psychology identity theories have shown that most people hold multiple identities – e.g., environmentalist, religious person, entrepreneur, devoted family member. At the same time, studies have shown that entrepreneurs with a strong social identity or purpose are more likely than those with purely economic aims to recognize opportunities and create new ventures in service of social impact. 

UpStart will host an interactive session using collaborative technology platforms like Figma or Jamboards to support group attendees in answering key questions about their own identities, and work through a design session as to how to apply these identities towards a socially-driven mission. We will highlight case studies of identity-based entrepreneurship within the Jewish Community, underscore common themes that can strengthen identity-based entrepreneurship, and support participants in identifying how to leverage the power of their identity in their own work. 

Format

Workshop

Meta Themes

  • Equity & Inclusion

  • Social Entrepreneurship

Themes

Social Impact; Identity-based organizing

Purpose and Desired Outcome

To underscore common themes that can strengthen identity-based entrepreneurship, and support participants in identifying how to leverage the power of their identity in their own work. 

Audiences

  • Entrepreneurs

  • Artists & Culture-makers

  • Academia

  • Accelerators & Incubators

Speakers

  • NameTaylor Epstein
  • TitleManaging Director, Learning & Design
  • OrganizationUpStart
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameAngel Alvarez-Mapp
  • TitleDirector of Program & Operations
  • OrganizationJews of Color Initiative
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameJon Adam Ross
  • TitleManaging Director & Founding Artist
  • OrganizationThe In[Heir]itance Project
  • StatusConfirmed
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