Brown will host the Social Enterprise Economic Ecosystem Development (SEEED) Summit on April 25 and 26, 2014. SEEED will bring together social ventures, practitioners, business leaders, academics, impact investors, students, and policymakers from across the country to discuss ways to build a social enterprise ecosystem that can drive economic development. Friday's events will also include the Buy with Heart Marketplace, featuring products from local social ventures. 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — The 2014 Social Enterprise Economic Ecosystem Development (SEEED) Summit will take place at Brown University on April 25 and 26, 2014. The conference will bring together social ventures, practitioners, business leaders, academics, impact investors, students and policymakers from across the country to discuss ways to build a social enterprise ecosystem that can drive economic development. Last year, SEEED attracted almost 500 participants to Providence, and organizers expect a similar turnout for this year's event.

Keynote speakers will include Ira Magaziner, chief executive officer and vice chairman of the Clinton Health Access Initiative; Brown University President Christina Paxson; Gina Raimondo, Rhode Island general treasurer; Robert Kaplan co-chairman of Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, a global venture philanthropy firm; Jeffrey Hollender, co-founder of Seventh Generation; Dennis Whittle, co-founder of Global Giving, and Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International.

Friday's events will also include the Buy with Heart Marketplace, where local social ventures to promote, showcase, and sell their products and services, including artwork, clothing, accessories, bags/purses, food, and more. The marketplace, which is free and open to the public, will take place from noon to 3 p.m. in the Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center, Kaspar Multipurpose Room. 

A full schedule of speakers and workshops, as well as registration information, is available online.

The conference is a collaboration between Social Enterprise Greenhouse, the Social Innovation Initiative at Brown University, Worldways Social Marketing, and the SEEED at Brown student group.

What
The 2014 Social Enterprise Economic Ecosystem Development (SEEED) Summit, which will bring together stakeholders and experts from across the country to discuss ways to build a social enterprise ecosystem that can drive economic development.

Who
Ira Magaziner, chief executive officer and vice chairman of the Clinton Health Access Initiative
Christina Paxson, president of Brown University
Gina Raimondo, Rhode Island general treasurer
Robert Kaplan, co-chairman of Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, a global venture philanthropy firm
Jeffrey Hollender, co-founder of Seventh Generation
Dennis Whittle, co-founder of Global Giving 
Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International

When
Friday and Saturday, April 25–26, 2014

Where
Brown University
Both days begin with registration and presentations in the Salomon Center for Teaching, located on the College Green.
Times and venues of all presentation are available online.