Social Entrepreneurship Boot Camp from UA, Innovation Hub Is July 17

June 17, 2015

The UA's Winthrop Rockefeller Institute on Petit Jean Mountain is hosting a social entrepreneurship boot camp on July 17.

The event is a partnership between WRI, the UA's Clinton School of Public Service, the UA Office of Entrepreneurship at the flagship campus in Fayetteville and the Innovation Hub.

Social entrepreneurship, you say? Why, that's right up the alley of IA partner Noble Impact (which recently added Erica Swallow to its team).

Noble co-founder Steve Clark will provide the keynote address Friday, July 17, at 7 p.m. More below from WRI: 

Steve Clark interview to open Social Entrepreneurship Boot Camp
PETIT JEAN MOUNTAIN, Ark. (June 17, 2015) — Steve Clark, co-founder of Noble Impact, will deliver the keynote address of the Social Entrepreneurship Boot Camp at 7 p.m. Friday, July 17, at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute.

The format of the address will be an interview of Clark conducted by Roby Brock, editor of Talk Business and Politics.

Admission to the keynote address is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required. Dinner will be available for purchase at the River Rock Grill prior to the event, beginning at 5 p.m.

The Social Entrepreneurship Boot Camp is being held as a partnership between the Institute, the Clinton School of Public Service, the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub and the Office of Entrepreneurship at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. The weekend-long event will provide training and mentorship for teams of aspiring social entrepreneurs who went through a competitive selection process to be considered for the boot camp.

“Our desire for the boot camp is to equip these teams of social entrepreneurs with skills and knowledge that will lead to successful social enterprise ventures,” said Dr. Marta Loyd, executive director of the Institute. “By opening the keynote address to the public, we hope to further spark interest in social entrepreneurship as a topic. It’s a powerful concept, and one we think can have a substantial impact on both economic development and efforts to solve social problems in Arkansas.”

In addition to co-founding Noble Impact, a social entrepreneurship program for high school students, Clark is well known as the founder of Propak, Inc., a supply-chain management company, and as co-founder of Rockfish, a digital innovation firm.

“Social entrepreneurship is an opportunity for individuals and organizations to scale their impact," Clark said. “This boot camp is an opportunity to bring together Arkansas’ entrepreneurial and philanthropic communities to pursue sustainable solutions to the problems our communities face.”

To register for the event, go to and click on the link for registration.

About the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute
In 2005, the University of Arkansas System established the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute with a grant from the Winthrop Rockefeller Charitable Trust. By integrating the resources and expertise of the University of Arkansas System with the legacy and ideas of Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller, this educational institute and conference center creates an atmosphere where collaboration and change can thrive.

Program areas include Agriculture, Arts and Humanities, Civic Engagement, Economic Development, and Health. To learn more, call 501-727-5435.

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