Day 2 Academic Day

Participants in Social Entrepreneurship Festival

On Wednesday 20 June, Utrecht University hosts the Academic day, providing you with new knowledge on social entrepreneurship covering different academic perspectives. This day will combine state-of-the-art academic insights in keynote lectures (morning session) with hands-on paper development sessions for PhD students, research master students and other academics on the topic of social entrepreneurship (afternoon session).

Confirmed speakers are:

  • Ute Stephan, Professor at Aston Business School and the Director of the Aston Centre for Research into International Entrepreneurship and Business
  • Joost de Laat, Professor at the Utrecht University Centre for Global Challenges and the Utrecht School of Economics
  • Niels Bosma, Associate Professor at Utrecht University School of Economics and cofounder of the Social Entrepreneurship Initiative

Day 2, Academic Day is full.

It is however possible, to get on the wait list. Please send an e-mail to the Utrecht University Social Entrepreneurship Initiative:

European Social Business Forum 2016 (foto: Jan Willem Groen)
Earlier edition of the Social Entrepreneurship Festival

Programme SEF 2018 20th June Academic workshop

Stay tuned for more updates on our programme!

09:00 – 12:15 Morning programme

09:00 Welcome & Coffee

09:30 Opening and welcome address by Erik Stam,  future Head of the Utrecht University School of Economics 

09:45 Keynote - Social Entrepreneurship and Social Inclusion: Between Fact and Fiction by Ute Stephan

Professor at Aston Business School and the Director of the Aston Centre for Research into International Entrepreneurship and Business.

Social enterprises are organizations that address societal challenges by engaging in commercial activities. Social enterprise are now active in nearly all sectors of our economy from those working to reintegrate ex-offenders to build homes or provide logistics services, to those using the strengths of individuals with autism to provide IT consultancy services, from enterprises creating mobile phones without conflict minerals, to ethical banks.

These intriguing examples of social enterprises have been rightly lauded for introducing innovative solutions to tackle social inequalities. But is this true of social enterprise in general? What strategies do social enterprises use to address inequalities? In this talk Ute Stephan adopts an evidence-based perspective and summarizes what we know about how social enterprises can and cannot contribute to social inclusion. Ute Stephan will reflect on how socially inclusive social entrepreneurship is in terms who becomes a social entrepreneur, the contexts that enable social entrepreneurship, and present insights from a review of over 20 years of evidence on the strategies social enterprises use to simulate positive social change.

10:45 – 11:15 Coffee Break

11:15 Keynote - Social Entrepreneurship: What Can We Learn Using Field Experiments? by Joost de Laat

Professor at the Utrecht University Centre for Global Challenges (UGlobe) and the Utrecht School of Economics. 

The past decade has seen a rapid rise in the use of field experiments by economists, particularly in low- and middle-income countries but increasingly also in rich countries. This presentation explores this rise, with a focus on drawing from experimental research that addresses key constraints to small- and medium enterprises. What do these experiments look like in practice? What types of research questions posed in this literature can help us understand constraints to social enterprises? What types of research questions are perhaps unique to social enterprises? And, what might be the scope for field experiments to help us understand key constraints to social enterprise development and growth?

12:15 Utrecht Centre for Entrepreneurship presented by Jelle Kok

The Centre for Entrepreneurship connects all activities on entrepreneurship education and research at Utrecht University. We believe in supporting ‘entrepreneurship to make a difference’, where the university becomes an empowering environment that supports students and staff to creatively pursue new opportunities, possibilities and innovations. As a centre of expertise, we encourage the development of relevant courses, programmes and co-curriculair activities and provide information and inspiration

12:30 Closing remarks by Erik Stam


14:30 – 17:00 Afternoon programme

In the afternoon you can join Academic paper development sessions led by Niels Bosma. For participation in this event, it is required to submit a paper in progress and to review two other submissions. There will be a limited number of spots available for young researchers without submitting a paper in progress. If you’re interested in joining the paper development workshop, please submit your paper before 8 June. Information on the submission will follow by email after registration. Further questions can be directed to:

14:30 – 16:45 Academics Paper Development Sessions by Niels Bosma

Associate Professor at Utrecht University and co-founder of the Social Entrepreneurship Initiative

16:45 – 17:00 Closing session