CPC Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship

F & M, Gettysburg and Dickinson colleges logos

CPC is the Central PA Consortium, comprised of Dickinson, F & M, and Gettysburg Colleges
Saturday, February 25th | Dickinson campus, Allison Hall.

Registration instructions

This is a free event, but registration is required.

Program schedule

  • 11:30 - Box lunches for F&M and Gettysburg attendees; lunch on your own for Dickinson attendees.
  • 12:00 – Conference Begins (Registration)
  • 12:15 – Kickoff Comments
  • 12:30 - Engaged Dialog with Alumni Panel
  • 1:15 - Short break with refreshments
  • 1:30 - Creativity Activity & Intercollegiate Networking
  • 2:00 - Workshops (concurrent faculty and student workshops)
    • Faculty workshop: sharing ideas on research and pedagogy around social entrepreneurship
    • Student workshops (run concurrently; students choose one)
      • a)  Get Grit: Building Skills and Mindsets for Social Entrepreneurs
      • b)  Pitch – students who want to participate in the Pitch Competition form teams and develop their pitch
  • 2:45 – Pitch competition ($ prizes)
  • 3:45 - Pitch awards, and symposium closing (end at 4:00)

Alumni Panel Participants

  • Eddie Carroll (Gettysburg College), Founder and CEO of College Collections LLC
  • Caroline Fortin (Dickinson College), Founder and CEO of Mama Said
  • Ryan McGonigle (Franklin & Marshall College), Director of Global Goals for Soccer Shots Franchising, LLC

Pitch Competition

  • Teams will form and develop their pitches at the symposium. Teams can be comprised of students from just one college, or students across the colleges can come together to form teams.
  • Teams will develop a solution to a compelling social or environmental challenge.
  • Pitches should be a maximum of four minutes.
  • All symposium attendees will vote on the pitches using the Poll Everywhere app for smartphones.
  • Cash prizes – $250 to winning team, $150 to runner-up team


  • Gettysburg
    • Gettysburg Social Entrepreneurship Initiative (SEI)
  • Franklin & Marshall  
    • Department of Business, Organizations & Society
  •  Dickinson
    • Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SINE) Certificate Program
    • Center for Sustainability Education
    • Idea Fund