Summit ’19 – The National Conference for Social Entrepreneurs

Social enterprise’s premier, national convening: Summit ’19 in Chicago, IL 

Social Enterprise Alliance empowers social enterprises with the tools and resources they need to succeed, and works to foster a social enterprise ecosystem in which they can thrive. Since our founding, we have convened the robust social enterprise field – practitioners, enthusiasts, experts, funders and more – at the Summit.

Summit is the ultimate national gathering for social enterprises in the United States. Every once in a while it’s necessary to hit pause on the day-to-day operations, come together and find new inspiration and direction for our work. That’s what makes our bi-annual Summit so essential, it’s a place to reconnect and re-energize.

Summit '17 social enterprise conference images and drone images of Chicago Navy Pier.

Summit has been a fixture in the sector since Social Enterprise Alliance first opened its doors in 1998. What started as just an annual conference became an intimate membership community with capacity-building programs, awareness initiatives and access to business resources year-round.

This September, we’ll gather in Chicago for Summit ’19.

This year we’ll gather in the heart of downtown Chicago for three days of networking, exploring best practices and enjoying candid discussion on the future of the social enterprise.

Chicago is the perfect backdrop for Summit this year; it was recently named one of the country’s best cities to visit and is known for its art, food and architecture. Aside from its cultural allure, it is a hub for social enterprise, home to the celebrated procurement initiative that incentivizes government purchasing of social enterprise products as well as leading social enterprises such as Cara | Cleanslate, New Moms | Bright Endeavors, CAUSEGEAR, RefuSHE, South Side Prints and dozens more.

 Join us on September 9th -11th at the Radisson Blu Hotel, and enjoy expert-lead panel discussions on all aspects of social enterprise, like marketing, sales, capital and procurement.

You’ll also have the chance to tour local social enterprises and shop their products at our social impact marketplace, all at the center of a city known for its art and culture.

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago in September!

Want to know more about past Summits? Check out this recap of Summit ’17 on our blog. You can find photos of the event, footage of our opening plenary and a link to our SEA podcast series, featuring an interview with Steph Speirs of Solstice, live recorded at Summit ‘17!

Need accommodations? Summit ’19 takes place at the stunning Radisson Blu hotel, and we’ve got a special rate on lodging for Summit participants. Book your room using code SEASUM for the SEA discount.

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