Social Business earth attends the Global Entrepreneurship Forum in Riyadh

On Nov. 3 and 4 Social Business Earth (SBE) was invited to speak in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia at the Global Entrepreneurship Forum (GEF), an annual event that gathers international leaders in business and entrepreneurship in one location for the purpose of sharing insights, exchanging best practices, and generating exposure for the latest trends and innovations in the global community of entrepreneurs. The Centennial Fund (TCF) launched this initiative in 2011 as an extension of the annual HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah International Award for Entrepreneurship.

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The theme of this year’s forum is Innovation in Social Enterprise, as the GEF explores the viability of solving a variety of social issues, both locally and globally, through the vehicle of entrepreneurship.

In contrast to typical entrepreneurs who focus primarily upon their financial bottom line, social entrepreneurs take a wider world view into account and focus on a triple bottom line (TBL) of planet, people, and profits. The principles of social enterprise can thus be applied to organizations of varying sizes and structures. As a result of this broader societal focus, social enterprise is often associated with charities, non-profits, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), though the impact of social enterprise extends far beyond these sectors.

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SBE’s CEO Samantha Caccamo was invited to speak on social business during the opening session on “International Experiences in Social Enterprises”. Her presentation emphasized the importance of educating youth in social business through new programs and workshops at academic level that will encourage young students to tackle society’s challenges and become tomorrow’s social entrepreneurs. In addition, she discussed the social businesses that SBE launched in Slovakia, Africa and other parts of the world. Ms. Caccamo was part of a group of international speakers who all shared their experiences in social entrepreneurship.

At the end of the event Ms. Caccamo was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for her contribution in supporting social entrepreneurship and SME development from Prince Abdulaziz Al-Mutairi, General Manager of the Centennial Fund. The event was a special occasion to share innovative entrepreneurial ideas and creativity from all corners of the globe.

SBE is grateful to the Centennial Fund for its warm and kind hospitality.

For more information on The Centennial Fund and the speakers please visit http://www.gef.org.sa/en/speakers/
SBE was featured in the Arab News, a national newspaper in Saudi Arabia, in an article covering the event. To read the news please visit http://www.arabnews.com/economy/news/830176

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