University of New Hampshire has secured Muhammad Yunus as keynote speaker for the UNH Social Business and Microfinance Forum to be held September 30 at the university. In addition, Dr. Yunus will be presenting the Social Business Challenge Awards recognizing student entrepreneurs across New Hampshire working to find business solutions to social issues.
The winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Yunus will give the keynote address at the New Hampshire Social Business and Microfinance Forum. Social businesses create innovative solutions to difficult problems such as poverty and climate change. Unlike traditional nonprofit organizations, social businesses aim to be market-based and to fund their operations and growth through earned revenues rather than donations. Social businesses harness the best of market-based approaches, but have a primary social, rather than financial, objective. Social business provides a necessary framework for tackling social issues by combining business know-how with the desire to improve quality of life.
Dr. Yunus recorded this personal invitation to the event, highlighting the importance of social business and its impact around the globe: