What happens at the RISE Conference in Austin?


I see that the RISE conference is happening in Austin on March 7-11, 2011. Their website seems a little light on details about the sessions, though.

Can anybody who has attended in the past share some specifics about what actually happens at the conference? Is it worth attending?

I also noticed that RISE is scheduled right before SXSW. Is there any synergy between the two events?


asked Feb 1 '11 at 07:59
Brandon King
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Hosts get to choose their own topics for their sessions, depending on their area of expertise. Just to name of few of last year's (there were about 250):

  • "Social Investing, Social Entrepreneurship and Social Profit"
  • "Build a NonProfit that Lasts"
  • "Top 10 Legal Mistakes Made by Entrepreneurs"
  • "Integrating Social Media Into Your Marketing Plan"
  • "Don't Quit Your Day Job: And Other Fairy Tales My Mother Told Me"
  • "Google, Yelp, FourSquare and More"
  • "Create or Die. The Art of Entrepreneurship"

We try to make it easier on participants by having session tracks - for example, if they are mainly interested in optimizing social media for their start-up, they can register to attend only related sessions.

Some of the tracks we have so far include:

  • Multicultural
  • Bootstrapping
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Technology
  • Health
  • Women Entrepreneurs

Along with several high-profile Keynote speakers, there are competitions and funding events throughout the week: a Funding Forum, Fast Pitch, and non-profit Fast Pitch.

RISE is not affiliated with SXSW.

I hope this answered your question!

answered Feb 2 '11 at 03:53
Nicole Conser
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