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Middlebury College to host social entrepreneurship summit

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RIPTON, Vt. (AP) - Academics from across the country are going to be at Middlebury College to learn about ways to encourage young people to be social entrepreneurs.

The conference at Middlebury College begins in earnest Tuesday and runs through Thursday at Middlebury's Breadloaf Campus in Ripton. About 120 people are expected to attend.

Social entrepreneurship is the use of business tools and strategies to bring about the development of innovative solutions to society's most pressing social issues.

Middlebury's Center for Social Entrepreneurship director and economics professor Jon Isham calls it a new form of learning-by-doing. He says that many students are learning how to build lasting solutions to society's toughest challenges.

The conference is the third such event to be hosted by Middlebury.

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