The Social Innovation Forum

at the University of Lausanne

 

The Social Innovation Forum at the University of Lausanne

Social Innovation Forum

1st edition – 11th may 2022 at 16:15

In order to achieve the 2030 agenda set by the United Nations, the need for social innovation is more urgent than ever. Social innovation goes beyond the traditional domain of non-profit organizations and NGOs. In recent years, we have witnessed the emergence of social entrepreneurs who are finding innovative answers and models to respond to these increasingly complex and systemic social and environmental challenges.

The objective of this forum, organized by the HUB Entrepreneurship and Innovation of UNIL, is to make social innovation known to our community of students, researchers, collaborators and graduates – the principles, the issues and the functioning of social innovation, as well as its diversity and collaborative richness. It will answer the following questions :

  • Why do we need social entrepreneurs who challenge systems deeply ?
  • How to find solutions to complex social and environmental issues for which there is no viable economic model ?
  • How can the private and public sectors work together to support these social entrepreneurs and who are these actors in our region ?

This forum is also an opportunity to inspire by example by bringing together recognized social entrepreneurs and some younger ones who started their project during their studies at UNIL. Finally, it is an opportunity to bring our community together around a theme that affects all faculties and fields.

The speakers of the Forum

François Bonnici

François Bonnici

Director at the Schwab Foundation & Head of Social Innovation at the WEF

Emilie Romon

Emilie Romon

Co-director at Ashoka Switzerland

Alain Werner

Alain Werner

Founder of Civitas Maxima & Ashoka Fellow

Caroline Kant

Caroline Kant

Founder of EspeRare & Ashoka Fellow

Thomas Verduyn

Thomas Verduyn

Co-founder of Légumes Perchés

Camille Mottier

Camille Mottier

Co-founder of Musée à l'emporter

Quentin Kany

Quentin Kany

Co-founder of Wepot

Stefania Avanzini

Stefania Avanzini

Co-director at Ashoka Switzerland

Thierry Renaud

Thierry Renaud

Director Impact & Sustainability at Fondation MAVA

Inès Burrus

Inès Burrus

Social entrepreneur and head of Philanthropy for UNIL

Felix Stähli

Felix Stähli

Co-founder of Impact Hub Lausanne & Geneva

Julien Guex

Julien Guex

Managing Director at FIT & Assistant Director at CVCI

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