Save the Date for the 2021 Social Entrepreneurship Summit: February 18th, 2021

The Social Entrepreneurship Summit is the premier social impact focused event at Temple University, highlighting successful Temple entrepreneurs in this space and addressing important social issues at Temple, in the region, and around the world. The Summit consists of three events:

1. The Changemaker Challenge, a competition which offers mentoring, resources, and seed funding to ideas and ventures in the social impact space with an aim of creating positive change in the world. The Challenge is open to all Temple University students, alumni, faculty and staff. Submissions for this year’s challenge are due on Wednesday, January 27th at 11:59pm. Click here to register to participate in The 2021 Changemaker Challenge.

2. The Changemakers in Action showcase highlights clubs and organizations at Temple University that are part of creating positive social change.

3. The Social Entrepreneurship Summit speaker event features prominent individuals and panels who discuss important, relevant social issues.

Previous Changemaker Challenge Winners

Grand Prize

Natasha Graves, Fox School of Business & Management ‘18


Undergraduate Track

TiP the LLC
Nick Lagnese, College of Engineering ‘20


Zolo Market
Emma Blosfelds, Fox School of Business & Management ‘20


Mia Mangosong, Fox School of Business & Management ’22


Upper Track

Kourtney Thompson, Fox School of Business & Management ‘21


People’s Choice

John Hallenbeck, Fox School of Business & Management ‘20

Undergraduate Track

Khai Nguyen, College of Science and Technology ‘21

Earth Cycle
James Seykot, Klein College of Media and Communications ‘19

Pooja Rampabhu, Fox School of Business ‘21

Organic Oasis
Alexa Gingerich, College of Liberal Arts ‘18

Project Green
Christopher Christensen, Fox School of Business

The ReTired Project
Luke Moran, University Studies ‘22

Abigail Misbin, Fox School of Business ‘21

Upper Track

Rachel Cox, Fox School of Business ‘18

Building Relationships in Communities (BRIC)
Veronica Ayala-Flores, Tyler School of Art ‘16

Dwell City, LLC
Ijanae Jackson, Fox School of Business ‘20

Joseph Peters, Tyler School of Art

Let’s Dance
Christina Castro-Tauser, School of Theater, Film, & Media Arts ‘18

Nebula Talent Group
Will Bubenik, School of Sport, Tourism, & Hospitality Management ‘18

Previous Social Entrepreneurship Summit Topics and Speakers

Fresh Food Meets Conscious Capitalism: Innovating for Impact

Erik Oberholtzer
Co-Founder, Tender Greens

Top Down vs. Bottom Up: Where Does the Real Impact Lie in Social Entrepreneurship?

Anand Giridharadas
New York Times bestselling author of Winner Takes All and former foreign correspondent and columnist for The New York Times

The Evolving Landscape of Social Entrepreneurship

Craig Snyder
President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Philadelphia

John Moore
Executive Chairman, ImpactPHL

Bart Houlahan
Cofounder, BLab

Dana Spain
Social Entrepreneur and Philanthropist
Managing Partner, McSpain Properties

Tiffanie Stanard
Founder/CEO, Stimulus