UNITE FOR SIGHT: Global Health and Innovation Conference

The Global Health & Innovation Conference (#GHIC) is the world's leading and largest global health conference as well as the largest social entrepreneurship conference, with 2,200 professionals and students from all 50 states and more than 55 countries. This must-attend, thought-leading conference convenes leaders, changemakers, and participants from all sectors of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship.


"Open" is an annual gathering of practitioners of technology entrepreneurship in higher education.

VentureWell is dedicated to fostering an emerging generation of young inventors and entrepreneurs driven to improve life for people and the planet. Our Open conferences gather together engaged faculty and university students from across multiple disciplines to share stories, start new collaborations and learn best practices in the rapidly growing field of technology entrepreneurship education.

INVESTOR'S CIRCLE: Beyond the Pitch: Denver

Investor's Circle (IC) hosts national Beyond the Pitch events three times per year in different cities around the country.

BTP events are full-day, impact-oriented pitch events that include 10-12 companies and an audience of angel investors, family offices, foundations, and early-stage funds. These events take place in different cities are and open to companies and investors from all over the country.

The itinerary for these events typically includes company pitches and Q&A, company showcases and demos, informative entrepreneur workshops, a due diligence kick-off, and a networking reception as well as breakfast and lunch.

IC seeks companies with products, services, or platforms that are addressing urban challenges, including but not limited to the following areas:

• Education
• Energy
• Environment
• Financial Assess and Inclusion
• Financial Security
• Food
• Jobs
• Healthcare
• Housing
• Infastructure
• Natural Resources
• Safety and Security
• Shelter
• Transportation
• Waste
• Water

If selected to join the IC Entrepreneur Community, you will receive the following benefits:

• Visibility on IC's secure online deal platform where members regularly search and locate investment opportunities
• One-on-one pre-event coaching from expert IC staff, including practice pitches with ongoing feedback on the content and delivery of your pitch deck
• Elevator pitch training session with Esther Campi, a leading expert and trusted adviser to America's top leaders (from Fortune 500 CEOs to U.S. senators)
• GIIRS (Global Impact Investing Rating System) rating and assessment from B Lab, the gold standard for impact measurement
• Engagement and participation in a live BTP event with our audience of angel investors, family offices, foundations, and early-stage funds including:
- Pitch: Present your company and investment opportunity followed by Q&A
- Demo: Dedicated time and table to showcase your product or service
- Network: Exclusive opportunities to engage with investors throughout the event
• Informative workshops from leading service providers on pressing needs facing entrepreneurs
• IC-facilitated due diligence if there is investor interest including:
- Schedule communication and logistics
- Facilitate conversations and follow up
- Assist with information and data requests from investors
• Collaborate and engage with like-minded social entrepreneurs

Accelerating the Accelerators @ SOCAP14

The Conveners team co-hosted their first Accelerating the Accelerators session at SOCAP14.  We were thrilled at the level of energy and engagement during the event and are very excited about the next steps for the community.

It was incredible to work with a community that as one member put it “showed strong social cohesion”.  We were able to identify the signals of success including:

  • Increased program collaboration
  • A clear path for entrepreneur referrals
  • Understanding the process of maturation from cohort participants into mentors
  • Scaling our programs geographically and better understanding the criteria for successful organic expansion
  • How to best curate rich local ecosystems of mentorship and entrepreneurial support

Our shared motivation for serving entrepreneurs led to the desire for “One Voice for Advocation” as we see the accelerator sector maturing and our one-off attempts at collaboration failing to address the scale of the challenges we face.

It is time for “Good Enough!” as members of the community step up to take responsibility for Collective Impact Projects to achieve what no organization can do on its own.

1. Put Faces to Names

Conveners.org through the Accelerating the Accelerators program has offered to host another Accelerating the Accelerators workshop roughly 6 months after our meeting at SOCAP, please stay tuned for more information.  The agenda for this meeting will be dictated by the progress of each working group on their Collective Impact Project, and the responses of the community to a survey of what would be the

2. Resource Library – Calling all resources!

  • Do you have a best practice sheet for investment readiness that would knock the socks off your fellow accelerator leaders?
  • What about an incredible study on the entrepreneur landscape in E. Africa?
  • Say, I bet you have a new research report coming out that you want the community to read.

If you have any resources that you would like to share with the community, please email them to Arjita@conveners.org.  We will be promoting resources in our Cross Promotion Bulletins each month.  We already have some great resources that were volunteered during the AtA Session.

3. Collective Impact Projects (Follow up conference calls)

There were a couple of working groups that emerged from the session.  Avary will be working with the leaders of those groups in September to set up the calls for clear action and follow through using the Collective Impact Project program resource from Conveners.org.  We will plan on having 2 calls over the next 4 months for each CIP.

The current participants include:

Effective Cross Promotion – CIP

How do we cross promote effectively?

Loic – NESsT

Sean – Unreasonable
Megan – Points of Light
Ian – Mentor Capital Network
Ana – New Ventures Mexico
Florence – Vital Voices
Cassandra – GSBI

Breaking Systemic Barriers – CIP

How do we address the systemic barriers that hold back our entrepreneurs and ourselves from reaching true sustainability?

Seema Patel – USAID

Loic – NESsT
Sean – Unreasonable
Janine – NCIIA
Mentor Capital Network representative
Points of Light Representative

Clearing the Path for the Entrepreneur – CIP

Creating a flow chart to better understand what a healthy path through the accelerator ecosystem looks like vs. an unhealthy path.

Ian – Mentor Capital Network

Andy – GSBI
Avary – Conveners.org