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EPCON: The Engaged Philanthropy Conference

Social Venture Partners

Thursday, August 23, 2012 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT)

EPCON: The Engaged Philanthropy Conference

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***NOTE: Online registration will close at 9 am on Friday, August 17th. You will have to register onsite if you do not register online by this date.***


"The Power of Entrepreneurship for Social Change"
August 23, 2012


EPCON: The Engaged Philanthropy Conference has a simple, yet powerful formula – to accelerate the pace of social innovation in Minnesota by bringing together our most innovative social entrepreneurs with social investors to create solutions to our pressing social problems.

Social Venture Partners (SVP) Minnesota is a venture philanthropy organization made up of business entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, and professionals that invest their financial, intellectual, and social capital in the people and organizations that are creating solutions to Minnesota’s social problems. 2012 is the fifth year that SVP Minnesota has hosted the conference as part of its mission of advancing social innovation and social entrepreneurship in Minnesota. The major components of the EPCON program are:

            The Mosaic Social Entrepreneurs Cup, a competition to seek out, support, and promote Minnesota’s most innovative and effective social entrepreneurs and the organizations they lead. The Mosaic Social Entrepreneurs Cup first place winner earns cash and service prizes totaling $50,000 and advances to compete with other divisional winners for the Minnesota Cup Grand Prize.

            The Engaged Philanthropist Award. 2010 was the inaugural year for this award as winner Winston Wallin set the bar high for future recipients. The award recognizes individual philanthropists who invest not only their money, but also their time and talents in the nonprofit organizations they support.

            An inspiring and challenging keynote speaker. This year we are proud to present Timothy F. C. Knowles, who serves as the John Dewey Director and Clinical Professor at The University of Chicago Urban Education Institute (UEI).  Mr. Knowles has written and spoken extensively on topics of school leadership, teacher quality, school reform, and accountability in public schools.

Social Venture Partners Minnesota believes that our community’s social needs are far bigger than any one nonprofit, foundation, institution, or even government can take on alone.  Whatever the social problem we face, be it education, the environment, or poverty the solutions lie in the power of the network. At EPCON we will connect leaders from across business, government, nonprofits, and philanthropy.

There is no other event in Minnesota that brings together this cross-sector crowd of nonprofit leaders, foundation executives, individual philanthropists, business entrepreneurs, and government policy makers around the message of social innovation and community building. The common thread among conference attendees is that they are thought leaders in their respective fields and interested in working across sectors to build stronger communities. The breakdown of attendees from previous conferences, by sector, is 25% business, 35% foundations, and 40% nonprofits.


4:00-5:00   Registration & Networking

5:00-5:30   Welcome & Opening Remarks

5:30-6:15   Mosaic Social Entrepreneurs Cup finalist presentations 

6:15-6:35   Engaged Philanthropist Awards Presentation

6:35-7:15   Entrepreneurship in Education

                     - Keynote speaker Tim Knowles

7:15-7:30   Mosaic Social Entrepreneurs Cup Awards Presentation

7:30            Closing Remarks & Cocktail Reception


For more information on EPCON: The Engaged Philanthropy Conference, please visit the website and see what past participants are saying!

For assitance or questions about registration, please contact Jenni Olson at


Have questions about EPCON: The Engaged Philanthropy Conference? Contact Social Venture Partners

When & Where

Minneapolis Hyatt Regency
1300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Thursday, August 23, 2012 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT)

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Social Venture Partners


We are people for whom improving our community is part of our life's journey - whether we work in the nonprofit or corporate world.

We are volunteers, parents, community leaders, philanthropists - a global network of local partners connecting passion and purpose. 

We see the chasm between the challenges we face today as a society, and the scale at which we are engaging those challenges.

And we're ready to cross that chasm. Together.

We believe that nothing truly great is accomplished alone.  Every person in our network has something to teach AND something to learn. We are never satisfied, never settled.  We know we have more to give, and that more needs to be done.

Most importantly, we believe it can be.

Where others see insurmountable problems, we see potential.

To learn more about SVP or to become a partner contact Pam Langseth at plangseth@svpmn.org.

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