Social Venture Circle 2020


Social Venture Circle (SVC) is a membership network that equips entrepreneurs, impact investors, and capacity-builders with connections, money, and expertise in order to build businesses that drive the NEXT economy: one that is regenerative, equitable and prosperous for all. Join us and hundreds of your peers December 2-4 in Berkeley, CA for SVC’s annual convening of business leaders and impact investors.

For over 30 years, high-impact business leaders, social entrepreneurs, and impact investors have convened at SVC conferences to have authentic conversations with values-aligned peers and get deals done. SVC’s unique conference experience creates an environment where the real challenges, insights, and best practices of leading mission-driven businesses and engaging in impact investing can be discussed and put into action. SVC conferences facilitate peer-to-peer relationship building and create a community where attendees can enhance their leadership, improve their businesses, build their portfolios, and expand their impact.

At SVC 2020, expect:

  • Facilitated and open networking opportunities
  • Interactive discussions and proactive, action-oriented dialogue among peers
  • Opportunities to meet select early-stage social entrepreneurs raising capital, and begin the due diligence process onsite with other impact investors
  • Sessions that offer key takeaways and practical advice on best practices for social enterprises and impact investors
  • Inspiring and experiential presentations from innovative leaders on the future of mission-driven business
  • A deep cultural foundation that welcomes values-aligned business leaders and investors from a wide range of perspectives

Learn more about the conference, including speakers and program features, at

Note: The conference will begin Wednesday, December 2 and run through Friday, December 4 with the likelihood of additional local activities held Saturday, December 5. We recommend reserving a hotel room for at least three total nights, December 2-4, departing on December 5. If you plan to attend our national pitch event or any morning workshops, we suggest rerving the night of December 1 as well. We will hold a closing circle the morning of December 5 for all of those able to attend.

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Sustainability Commitment

SVC is committed to hosting an event that is as close to zero waste as possible and will be working with Inward Point in 2020 to achieve our sustainability goals. We will share more specific details as the event comes together regarding this commitment and aim to be as transparent as possible in this process to create an event that reflects the values our members and attendees hold.



Since its inception in 2014, Sankalp Africa has become one of the region's leading events for social entrepreneurship and impact investing.

The Africa summit witnesses hundreds of game-changing social entrepreneurs interact with investors and ecosystem builders every year.

Join us for the Sankalp Africa Summit 2020 Edition!

Foro Latinoamericano de Inversion de Impacto (FLII) 2020


The Latin American Impact Investing Forum (Foro Latinoamericano de Inversión de Impacto), organized by New Ventures, has positioned itself as the most important gathering of social entrepreneurship and impact investing in Latin America. Since 2011, the FLII brings together the main actors from different sectors across the region: impact companies, corporates, investment funds, foundations, NGO's, business schools, and change makers from all around the world who come together to create innovative solutions to solve the most pressing social and environmental issues.

Social Venture Circle's 2019 Conference

A Convening of Business Leaders & Impact Investors

ONE WORLD: Innovations in Corporate Social Impact Summit

A fantastic line-up of corporate professionals will offer insight into the various initiatives underway at their organizations geared at increasing corporate social and environmental impact. With many activities now extending far beyond traditional corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts, the primary goals of this event are to educate participants about the practical programs and initiatives achieving success and generating maximum impact through an in-depth program of talks, panel discussions and peer-to-peer networking.

Focus - This program is focused on corporate initiatives where both financial and social goals are achieved simultaneously.
Participants - Attendees across a variety of corporate functions: Executive Office, Product and Service Line Leaders, Finance, Marketing & Sales, HR and Operations.
Local - The program is designed for companies based in the Bay Area to build the community of local professionals working toward a common cause.

COHERENCE COLLABORATIVE: Wisdom Quest for Leaders: A Retreat to Connect, Regenerate, and Create Impact

Now more than ever, business leaders and professionals are choosing to make financial, social and environmental accountability a priority at work and at home. Whether you are someone who is already an active part of this shift or looking for the inspiration and support to begin to take those first steps, Wisdom Quest for Leaders is about creating a foundation to help leaders implement change in their organization, industries, and/or communities.

Join like-minded business leaders and professionals at the beautiful Garrison Institute for two and a half days of group convening, peer-to-peer interactive activities, networking, discussions, gentle physical movement, relaxation, writing, contemplation, and time spent in nature during Hudson Valley's peak foliage color season. Conducted by leading experts, the goal of this journey is to share with you the tools to align your day-to-day performance and that of your organization with your socially conscious priorities.

As a business leader, you are in a unique position to effectuate significant change in your business and your community. Be inspired, create positive social impact, and inspire others!

Whether you are an entrepreneur, CEO, COO, impact investor, activist, public servant, director of a for-profit or nonprofit organization, or of an economic development agency, this retreat is for you.


Each year, Segal Family Foundation gathers our community of creative collaborators: representatives from our 200 grantee partners, numerous philanthropists, and other service providers to celebrate, learn, and network together in the hopes of building new relationships and rekindling existing partnerships.

SHIFTING PATTERNS: Building Effective Teams for Social Impact

With increased demands for bold solutions to urgent problems, high expectations for impact, and limited resources, we can end up taking our relationships with co-workers for granted. However, it's the quality of these relationships that ultimately determines our success.

Building Effective Teams for Social Impact is a 5-month program, based in Washington, DC, which is designed for nonprofit, social enterprise, and socially responsible business leaders who want to find out what's really getting in the way of effective teamwork and develop the skills to collaboratively solve these challenges.

Holding Each Other Accountable

At a recent dialogue Echoing Green hosted on the future of social entrepreneurship, attendees grappled with our central question: whether social entrepreneurship is still a relevant mechanism for social change today. For Echoing Green, where we view social entrepreneurship as a force that operates at the intersection of social innovation and social justice, the answer is yes. There are many ways to define social entrepreneurship, but where the boundaries between the business, government, and social sectors can be blurred in service of ideas that create new, shared value is where we believe there exists a crucial role for leaders with purpose, committed to addressing inequality and systems that disadvantage communities over generations and threaten the ability of people to thrive in the future.

Over our 30-year history is a multiplicity of moments where inequality is reinforced by systems and institutions. What is the role of social entrepreneurship in those moments? In part, its role is to be wielded by leaders, close to the injustices they want to address, who understand that their work crosses fictional boundaries. Among Echoing Green’s community of Fellows are people who are addressing disparities in education, racism in policing, climate vulnerability from the United States to the Himalayas, and confronting preventable death in healthcare. They, along with their peers, know that their work cannot be approached in silos.

Of course, systems intersect in ways that have consequences across discipline and sector that reinforce inequities. Health care outcomes are often issues of economic and racial justice; in U.S. communities where education is underfunded, they are likely to be over-policed; and climate vulnerability can be tied to agricultural progress, policy determinations of other countries (see the United States' Federal government determination to leave the Paris accords), race, nationality…the list goes on. There are plenty more intersections among these issues and the work of our other Fellows. Within Echoing Green’s community of leaders, supporters, funders, and advisors are people who seek to understand these intersections and do their part to create and support solutions. This speaks to the continued relevance of this field, but more importantly, to the importance of widening the tent to bring more perspectives and actors to the table.

It’s important to us that people can come together across disciplines to exchange ideas, learn from one another, and bring their full selves as they pursue their work. Beyond this, we know how important it is that, when our community convenes, they have space to not only consider who all the stakeholders are in their work but also to understand how power and agency play a role in achieving equitable outcomes. If we acknowledge that the issues are intersectional, and we value our community for their ability to draw wisdom from one another, make connections across geographies and communities, and to be accountable to themselves and those directly affected by the work, Echoing Green’s continued commitment to working alongside more, diverse voices will only strengthen our work.

The Takeaway: Access does not equal participation or inclusion. It’s not enough to bring people together. Our community holds itself–including Echoing Green–accountable to taking action with what we learn.

People from all walks–including social entrepreneurs, community partners and stakeholders, funders, business leaders–have unique roles to play to deepen and grow social impact. When we consider the present and future of social entrepreneurship, we know that justice and agency are important for the communities directly impacted by the work, and also for the leaders themselves. Knowing this, how do we construct programming for our ecosystem? And how do we think about those experiences across perspectives? And, what happens after they leave: What is our role to play knowing that for some, after exchanging ideas and learning at a conference, a retreat, or a community of practice, they leave only to face bias-driven barriers to operationalizing their ideas? The pursuit of these answers is part of our accountability to the social entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Echoing Green is privileged to have a community that is unafraid to exchange feedback and holds one another, and us, accountable to working in partnership and collaboratively. As a leadership development organization that views our community as our most valuable partner in creating the world we want to see, it’s also important that we amplify voices, do our part to contribute to the conditions that will help our global community of Fellows to thrive, and most importantly, remain accountable to those directly affected by the work we do. As TandemED co-founders Dorian Burton (also of William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust) and Brian Barnes (and of the Tennessee Achievement School District) urge in their must-read article, "Shifting Philanthropy from Charity to Justice", "…we must acknowledge advantages, privileges, and power dynamics, and approach our work alongside individuals to fix or replace broken systems."

Here’s what’s next

We know that leaders who are unflinchingly committed to bringing new thinking to how the world’s injustices are addressed  will lead to meaningful and lasting change. They cannot have this impact alone and it will be much harder if they are not an active voice at tables where decisions concerning policies, funding, and partnerships are made. On that note, we’re excited to ring in our 30th year with our 2017 class of Echoing Green Fellows.

“Find the people in your community who are doing powerful work already and figure out how to tie those various threads together. I’ve been lucky to work alongside a group of people who were all thinking about this together and we all came from different sides of the community. We were all doing little pieces of the work, and what we’ve done is knit our work together to create a stronger whole.” - Lela Klein '17, founder of the Greater Dayton Union Co-op Initiative

These 36 transformational leaders may be in early days with their organizations but, much like the larger Fellow community they join, they are positioned to embody their leadership and impact for a lifetime. Their promise is not just in their innovative approaches across a range of issues – it’s in how they view the role of collaboration, agency, and power in their work. We look forward to collaborating with each of these leaders to take action on creating a stronger whole as we support their journey along the way.

This post originally appeared in the Echoing Green blog and is republished here with permission. 2017 is Echoing Green’s 30th year. To mark this milestone anniversary, every month they are taking stock of lessons learned, sharing how these perspectives inform their work and the field at large, and ways they’re applying these lessons to help contribute to more social transformation over the next 30 years. Read the full series here

SKOLL: World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship


Each year, nearly 1,000 of the world’s most influential social entrepreneurs, key thought leaders, and strategic partners gather at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School to exchange ideas, solutions, and information.

Join  top innovators from more than 60 countries who come together for the Skoll World Forum in Oxford, England for three days of debate, discussion, networking, and design to accelerate entrepreneurial solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. This year’s theme, Fierce Compassion, will explore how effective change agents simultaneously embrace the dual, often opposing qualities of deep distress—over an unjust status quo—and deep compassion for those suffering from poverty, conflict, and injustice. Joining us during this pivotal time of challenge and hope, His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the embodiment of fierce compassion and commitment to the promotion of basic human values and peace worldwide.

The Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship is the premier international platform for advancing entrepreneurial approaches and solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. Our mission is to accelerate the impact of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs by uniting them with essential partners in a collaborative pursuit of learning, leverage, and large-scale social change.