Social Business and Microcredit Forum

Hosted by The University System of Georgia

October 17, 2011


Focusing on Youth Entrepreneurship, Economic Development, and Helping Communities in Georgia

The University System of Georgia is pleased to announce the Georgia Social Business and Microcredit Forum to be held on October 17, 2011 at the Georgia Tech Robert Ferst Center. The forum is part of the University System’s statewide economic development partnership efforts with other Georgia entities. The 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of the microcredit concept, Professor Muhammad Yunus will be the keynote speaker. Professor Yunus is known worldwide as the “Father of Microcredit”.

The conference has been organized to bring together economic development interests from all regions of the state to hear Professor Yunus’ social business concept of combining business know-how with the desire to improve quality of life. In addition college student teams from across Georgia will be challenged to develop business solutions to pressing local and state issues. Their application of these ideas will be judged and winners announced at the end of the day-long conference.

The Forum is organized in collaboration with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, Georgia Department of Education, Georgia Department of Human Resources, Georgia Department of Economic Development, Georgia Independent College Association, Technical College System of Georgia, Georgia Student Finance Commission, Department of Early Care and Learning, Governor’s Office of Student Achievement, Georgia Professional Standards Commission, Georgia Economic Developers Association, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta, TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs), Yunus Creative Lab, and others.


  • OFC Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program
  • Dr. Mohammad Bhuiyan & Shamima Amin (Methu)
  • Dr. Fazlur and Jahanara Rahman
  • TiE-Atlanta
  • Tarver Jackson Foundation
  • Renaissance Red Foundation
  • Norman Macrae Foundation
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Georgia Gwinnett College