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Elevating Impact 2016
8am - 5pm February 5, 2016
Lincoln Hall Theater, Portland State University 


About the Summit 

From garages to corporate offices, you will find pragmatic, creative people designing new solutions to pressing social and environmental issues and creating value for their companies, communities, and society at large. These social entrepreneurs are finding new ways to make a difference while changing how business is done. 

The 2016 Elevating Impact Summit, brought to you by Impact Entrepreneurs at Portland State University, exposes attendees to powerful entrepreneurial approaches to creating change locally and globally, and celebrates social entrepreneurship and social innovation across a diverse set of stakeholders. Attendees will carry new knowledge, connections, and energy into the broader social business ecosystem as they interact with individuals and groups who are unleashing the power of business for social impact. 

The Elevating Impact Summit brings together over 300 entrepreneurs and founders, business and nonprofit professionals, students, academics, government officials and investors for a day of inspiring lectures, panels, presentations and awards. From pitches by the region’s emerging social entrepreneurs to speeches from the country’s thought leaders on social innovation, the Elevating Impact Summit is an event celebrating and sharing new approaches to generating social and environmental impact across business, social, public, and academic sectors.

Past year highlights include:

  • keynotes by globally renowned social entrepreneurs Victoria Hale, Founder of One World Health and Medicines 360, Marc Freedman, Founder of, Kat Taylor, Co-founder of Beneficial State Bank, Eric Dawson, Founder of Peace First, and Kate Brown, Governor of Oregon. 
  • Sponsorships by allied organizations and businesses including Portland State University’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Ater Wynne LLP, Mercy Corps Northwest, Beneficial State Bank, and many others. 
  • Participation from more than 300 students and professionals across sectors in attendance. 

Social innovation: a novel solution to a social problem that is more effective, efficient, sustainable or just than existing solutions and for which the value created accrues primarily to society as a whole rather than private individuals. 

— James A. Phills Jr., Kriss Dieglmeier and Dale T. Miller. 

We caught the last Elevating Impact Summit on film: