School of Business and Economics


13 March 2018

Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Workshop

About this event

The International Business, Strategy and Innovation (IBSI) group is hosting a Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SIE) Workshop. The aim of the event is to provide a platform for sharing research experiences and learning from key stakeholders. The workshop will showcase the global research activities of the IBSI group as well as feature presentations from social entrepreneurs and investors working on a range of complex problems in finance, education, logistics, migration, tourism and healthcare. The workshop will facilitate an open discussion on improving scholarship-practice alignment and highlight exciting new opportunities for conducting impactful SIE research.  




Registration (Foyer area, Brockington Building)


M.N. Ravishankar, Professor of Globalisation and Emerging Markets, Loughborough University

A roadmap for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship research


Session 1: Talks 1-2 (Chair – Michelle Richey, Loughborough University)

Danyal Sattar, Head of Social Investment, Joseph Rowntree Foundation UK

How do investors evaluate a social enterprise?

Charlie Fraser, CEO and Founder, TERN UK

How to build a sustainable social enterprise?


Coffee break


Session 2: Talks 3-4 (Chair - Andrea Lagna, Loughborough University)

Michelle Aitken, Loughborough University

Reflections on managing a social enterprise in Guatemala  

Raja Pappu, COO,  CareAxes UK

Planning for social innovations: A returnee entrepreneur’s viewpoint




Session 3: Talks 5-6 (Chair – M.N. Ravishankar, Loughborough University)

Mithun Srivatsa, CEO, Blow Horn

Solving intra-city logistics problems and generating social impact

Rangan Varadan, CEO, Micrograam and CEO, Billion Loans

Enabling income generating opportunities for the rural poor via social innovations


Coffee Break


Session 4: Talks 7-9 (Chair – Jade Brooks, Loughborough University)

Andrei Gurca, NEOMA Business School

Social enterprises as intermediaries for (more) inclusive markets

Anand Sankar, Founder, Kalap Trust

Charity versus for-profit: The founder’s dilemma

Arun Harish, Founder, UTSAAH UK

Mobilising resources to support social enterprises

16:30 - 16:40

Closing remarks and next steps:  M.N. Ravishankar and Michelle Richey