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The Elevating Impact Summit, brought to you by Impact Entrepreneurs at Portland State University, is a celebration of new approaches to generating social impact across business, social, public, and academic sectors. This event features a dynamic day of interactive discussion and learning sessions, inspiring speakers, first-hand accounts from social entrepreneurs and innovators, and opportunities to connect with a diverse audience of business professionals, cutting edge entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and students all working to realize the full potential of social innovation.

The 2014 Summit celebrates lifelong innovators, bold and boundless. They are resilient and authentic. The changes they make in their communities ripple around the world. From bright young innovators to experienced champions, they identify problems and have the creative confidence to act. They astonish and inspire us. The Elevating Impact Summit brings a few of these changemakers to the Portland stage. 


About Impact Entrepreneurs

Based in Portland State University’s School of Business, Impact entrepreneurs is a network of individuals and organizations committed to fostering economic, social, and ecological prosperity through entrepreneurial action. Impact Entrepreneurs delivers local and global initiatives that advance its mission to unleash the power of business for social impact. Programs include Social enterprise Field Studies, a life-changing, intercultural practicum for graduate students and community members; the entrepreneurial Leadership Program, delivering business education and social innovation leadership training to organizations in the U.S. and worldwide; and the Social Innovation Incubator, with tracks for both startups and established social enterprises. Impact entrepreneurs’ programs have been recognized in national media including Fast Company and Forbes.

About Portland State University

Portland State University’s mission is to enhance the intellectual, social, cultural, and economic qualities of urban life by providing access throughout the lifespan to a quality liberal education for undergraduates and an appropriate array of professional and graduate programs especially relevant to metropolitan areas. The university conducts research and community service that support a high quality educational environment and reflect issues important to the region. It actively promotes the development of a network of educational institutions to serve the community.

A recognized leader in entrepreneurship for impact (social entrepreneurship), Portland State University is a hub for innovation that changes lives and the health of our communities. PSU is a member institution of the Ashoka U Changemaker Campus Consortium and the Clinton Global Initiative.