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5th Social Business Day focuses on Turning Unemployment into Entrepreneurship

The 5th annual Social Business Day organized by Yunus Centre will be held on June 28, 2014 on the theme of “We Are Not Job-Seekers, We Are Job-Givers– Turning Unemployment into Entrepreneurship” at Radisson Blu Water Garden Hotel, Dhaka.

As before, the gathering is an opportunity to meet, connect, discuss and collaborate with the global social business community with the purpose of developing effective solutions to solve society’s most pressing problems. The focus of this year’s day is on tackling youth unemployment through social business.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus will host the event and Kerry Kennedy, President of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights will join the opening of Social Business Day as Keynote Speaker.


The event will also be attended by more than 1,000 participants, among them, 275 international participants from 31 countries including Andrea Jung, President and CEO, Grameen America (former global CEO of Avon),  two delegations comprising 46 members from China, a 43 member delegation led by Danone Communities from France, a 15-delegation led by Grameen Credit Agricole, a 30-member delegation from Taiwan, high-level representatives from NABARD, Tata Steel, Bajaj group from India, among many others.

A social business design lab session will be held during the event where social businesses from five countries will be presented. There will be a Social Business Marketplace showcasing social businesses from around the world.

A highlight of the day will be special circus performance by Phare Social Business Circus from Cambodia which trains street children to become modern circus artists.

There are six concurrent panel sessions organized that include “Academic World: What’s coming up next,” “Fighting Unemployment with Social Business: Nobin Udyokta Initiatives of Grameen Companies”, “Innovative Financing for Social Business: Example of Crowd Funding, Loan Guarantees and Others”, “Social Business Pedia”, “Introducing Some Interesting Social Business around the World” and “Social Business in Marketing”.


The audience will hear from global social business leaders during the opening and closing plenary of the program.


On 2 July 2014, additional events around Social Business Day will be organized including Social Business Academia event by Dhaka International University, Social Business and Youth by Eastern University and Social Business Youth Summit by Social Business Youth Network (SBYN). Nobel Laureate Professor Yunus will be the keynote speaker of these events.


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