One of the largest social enterprise conferences to take place

Katie Alcott of Frank Water

Katie Alcott of Frank Water

Students at the University of Bristol are organising one of the largest student-led social enterprise conferences ever seen

Among the world-class speakers at RISE 2013 is Liam Black, the former Chief Executive of Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, who will be inspiring people to run a business with social change – not profit – at its core.

He’s joined by Katie Alcott, the founder of charity FRANK Water, which sells ethical bottled water to fund safe drinking water projects in developing countries.

Bristol was recently named, along with Plymouth, as one of the UK’s first Social Enterprise Cities by Social Enterprise UK.

The city is home to over 600 social enterprises, employing close to 11,000 people with an annual turnover of over £378 million.

RISE 2013 will take place on November 23 2013 and is organised by Inc. and Bristol Hub.

Ollie Yorke, the Managing Director if Inc. – the University of Bristol Enterprise Society, comments: “Students are very much part of Bristol’s burgeoning reputation as a city which is passionate about social enterprise.

“We hope the conference will attract a wide range of people who share this passion and would like to debate, exchange and launch new ideas with like-minded people.

“We’re really excited to have such highly-regarded speakers who will hopefully inspire budding social entrepreneurs and raise awareness of social enterprise as both a viable business model and fulfilling career choice.”

Tickets cost £5 for students, £20 for Bristol University staff and £25 for everyone else. They are available via the RISE 2013 website: