SOCAP 2020

About The Organization

SOCAP (Social Capital Markets) is in the vanguard of the emerging global impact economy —  convening ideas and capital to catalyze world change. We are a network of investors, entrepreneurs, and social impact leaders addressing the world’s toughest challenges through market-based solutions. For more than ten years, we have achieved our goals through a series of events, initiatives, and partnerships that leverage the power and effectiveness of collaboration.

Our world-renowned conference series is dedicated to increasing the flow of capital toward social good. SOCAP’s flagship event each fall in San Francisco is the leading gathering for impact investors and social entrepreneurs. We take a unique approach that emphasizes cross-sector convening and gathers voices across a broad spectrum to achieve unexpected yet impactful connections. From the leading edge to established players, SOCAP brings together global innovators, investors, foundations, governments, institutions, and social entrepreneurs to build the world we want to leave to future generations. We actively seek out opportunities to accelerate the market at the intersection of money and meaning and, in pursuit of that goal, have convened more than 20,000 people since our first event in 2008.

In addition to the annual SOCAP conference, we offer year-round events to continue important conversations around money and meaning via SOCAP 365. Sign-up for our newsletter to get updates about local events in your area to make connections, gain inspiration, and create a more sustainable economy for all.


Net Impact Conference 2019

Each year, Net Impact convenes students and professionals from around the world to learn from changemakers in fields like corporate sustainability, social entrepreneurship, and impact investing.

It’s also a great opportunity to network with social impact leaders, gain new skills, and leave with tangible next steps to create positive social and environmental change through their careers.

Attendees find this conference inspirational and indispensable, and you will too! We are eager to talk with you about early registration and group discounts for your institution.

Want to know more? Check out the 2018 conference highlights on photostream on Flickr and keynotes on YouTube. Review the 2018 conference program to get a sense of what the conference offers.


The Klosters Forum: Opening Minds

About Us

The Klosters Forum is a new platform that brings together disruptive and inspirational minds to tackle some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. We offer a neutral platform to foster and encourage more innovative and outcome orientated collaborations in an intimate setting.

Our Mission

Our mission is to convene and connect relevant, impactful and committed stakeholders, raise awareness of each defined issue, inform participants and inspire them to solve each specific challenge.

We aim to focus on solutions. The purpose of the Forum is to provide time and space for participants to retreat as a focused working group. By promoting the sharing and discussion of insights and challenges from participants’ respective fields, the Forum will enable the collaboration between organizations needed to create innovative solutions and partnerships and to avoid duplication of work.

Furthermore, our platform helps bridge communities of impact investment and social entrepreneurship for dialogue and collaborative problem-solving.


2019 Global Social Venture Competition: Application Deadline Dec 3

Calling all social entrepreneurs! Applications for the 2019 Global Social Venture Competition are now open. If you have an early-stage startup aiming to make a difference in the world using technology for good, apply to compete in the 2019 competition. All entries are reviewed by leading experts in the fields of social entrepreneurship, innovation, and impact investing. Top teams from across the globe will compete for $80,000 at the Global Finals at UC Berkeley, April 3-5, 2019, so apply by December 3rd to turn your idea into impact. Learn more at www.gsvc.org.


Social Enterprise Summit 2018

Attend with renowned social entrepreneurship leaders
With over 10 years of experience in promoting and supporting the development of social entrepreneurship and social innovation, SES understands what social innovators need, how to be more effective, and how to explore opportunities. Every year, we invite global, regional and local speakers to address the summit covering on the topics of social issues, social entrepreneurship, social innovation and the corresponding trends.

Explore future opportunities
The summit provides abundant opportunities to meet and interact with other international, regional and local social entrepreneurs; discuss the growth and development; explore the collaboration.

Plan short and long-term strategies for business growth
You will find new ideas and simulations from our keynote speeches, thematic and symposium sessions, workshops, tours and other activities. The new inspirations could be applicable to your businesses forming short and long-term strategies. Moreover, You will find the solutions to "business for social good": social enterprises , B Corps, creating shared values and so on.

Stay tuned to up-to-date news
The summit provides you with the latest news, practical cases and academic researches of the latest trends, strategies and insights on social entrepreneurship and social innovation.


SOCAP18

SOCAP is the world’s leading conference activating the capital markets to drive positive social and environmental impact – convening the marketplace at the intersection of money and meaning. The conference brings together impact investors, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, business leaders and other innovators from across the world in a unique cross-sector approach to catalyze collaboration for change. Kicking off a new decade of impact at SOCAP18, we have gathered over 20,000 people in the past ten years to accelerate the flow of capital for good.


ANDE SGB Investing Orientation Training

The ANDE SGB Investing Orientation Training is a two-day comprehensive overview of the small and growing business sector with a focus on how to make impact investments in emerging market enterprises. The agenda will include sessions on: financial models, doing deals, impact investing, sector analysis, business plans, case studies, social entrepreneurship 101, and more!

Geared towards new hires, summer associates, and those new to the sector, 300+ individuals have participated in this training over the past five years.

Tuition* (flat, non-refundable):
$300 for ANDE members
$500 for non-ANDE members

The tuition fee includes breakfast and lunch both days, and all relevant materials. In addition, we invite you to a NYC Networking Happy Hour on June 19th after the first day of training. Location is TBD, but it will be walking distance to the daytime training venue.


3 Principles for Collaboration and Impact at #EGSummit2017

Every fall, Echoing Green gathers world-class social entrepreneurs for several days of leadership workshops, productive cross-sector dialogues, and to provide space to recharge before they return to their crucial work. In our 30th anniversary year, the October 2017 All Fellows Conference brought us to San Francisco, where we visited local social enterprises and also hosted the inaugural Echoing Green Summit. The Summit convened more than 400 guests–including Echoing Green Fellows, other social change leaders, philanthropists, investors, and civic leaders–to engage in timely dialogues concerning what’s next for social innovation.

The San Francisco Bay Area is a bountiful ecosystem for social change with deep potential to influence progress all over the world. Many Echoing Green Fellows are working in Oakland, San Francisco, Berkeley, and beyond, in a region with an extensive history of activism and opportunity. This landscape is open for innovation and, in large part due to the wealth generated by the tech industry, is a place where philanthropy and impact investment are consistent points of conversation. As we consider the future of social entrepreneurship, how funding is accessed plays a critical role in which organizations, leaders, and approaches thrive. We can’t have conversations about funding without also surfacing the contexts in which social change is happening. The conference created an opportunity to dissect how key issues–including responding to and anticipating climate change, growing human rights movements, and 21st-century leadership–are impacting the outlook of the field.

In a time when new questions seem to arise daily about how best to dismantle structural barriers and social inequities, there's much to learn about how to make progress by reflecting on our beginnings. During the Summit, we presented the inaugural Echoing Impact award to honor the innumerable contributions of Chuck Feeney, founder of General Atlantic, Atlantic Philanthropies, and businessman who pioneered the duty-free industry. His philanthropic philosophy–giving while living–has inspired other philanthropists and resulted in $8B of investments through Atlantic Philanthropies to address intractable issues worldwide. Through his example of trusting in the promise of people to lead the way toward progress, and his early investment in Echoing Green, his legacy extends through the Echoing Green community and beyond. Governor of California Jerry Brown; Amit Chandra, managing director of Bain Capital; Chris Oechsli, president of Atlantic Philanthropies; Steve Denning, chairman of General Atlantic; David Hodgson, managing director of General Atlantic and Echoing Green Board co-Chair; Josefina Alvarado Mena ’96, CEO of Safe Passages; and Alan Khazei ‘91, co-founder of City Year and founder of Be The Change each shared reflections on how Mr. Feeney has influenced their own impact in the world.

Mr. Feeney was presented with the Echoing Impact Award to highlight his commitment to social progress, and the echoing effect and impact that his work has had across generations, countries, and the world.

So what’s next for social innovation? Where do we go from here? As Echoing Green President Cheryl Dorsey noted, “one of the benefits of identifying tomorrow’s transformative leaders today is not only access to emerging trends in the sector but also the ability to see through their eyes the world as it could be rather than the world as it is.” From this vantage point, there are three major takeaways Echoing Green will continue to carry forward into our next decade:

Build Community with Intention

In addition to forming partnerships with field-building partners to inform programming and spread the word about this year’s conference, Echoing Green’s community truly goes back to the beginning. Fellows from nearly every Fellowship class attended the conference, bringing their wisdom to their conversations while also learning from our newest classes and partners. (Check out this blog post for more of our reflections on community.)

Embrace What You Don’t Know (Yet)

The All Fellows Conference and Summit brought together leaders from different geographies, issue area focus, perspective, and more–and all that diversity is invaluable to progress. By entering into this space willing to learn while also valuing and offering your own perspective to conversations you might not have in daily life, the opportunities to co-design new solutions or iterate on old thinking can have compounding returns on our work.

Name Those Persistent Issues You Notice

As Cheryl Dorsey noted during her remarks, part of progress is embracing making the path by walking. Sometimes, along that path we are also required to have tough conversations for the sake of fixing broken systems and achieving the change we wish to see. While we know it’s not enough to just talk about the issues faced on the path to achieving dramatic social progress, it’s an essential component of taking informed action to address them.

This post originally appeared in the Echoing Green Blog and is republished here with permission.


Top 3 Tips for Successful Funding Applications

Ever wondered how to give your funding application the best chance of success? Of course you have! Securing funding is an essential part of launching and growing a successful social business, but doing so can be time consuming and can distract you from having the impact you have set out to create. So, if you are going to invest the time in securing funding you want to ensure your time is well spent and that your application has the best chance of success.

I have worked across Government, Corporate and non-profit sectors for the last 20 years. Throughout my career I have both submitted and reviewed thousands of funding applications and been a part of many Selection Panels making decisions about where to allocate funding—most recently as part of the Selection Panel for Dreamstarter by ING.

Here are my top three tips for what it takes to be successful in your funding application.

Selection Criteria Is There for a Reason

Far too often I read funding applications whose proposals clearly do not meet the selection criteria. It is frustrating because I know these applicants have spent their time applying for funding that they have little chance of receiving and the last thing we want to do as funders is waste the time of the very organisations we are trying to support.

My recommendation: Listen to what the funder is saying they are looking for. Does your proposal meet that criteria? If not, you are better to focus your time and energy on applying for funding that you have a stronger alignment with. You will not only have greater likelihood of success but the resulting partnership is more likely to be of benefit to your organisation in the long term.

Put Yourself in the Funder’s Shoes

When you are passionate about your cause and your business it can be hard to step out of your bubble and see things from a different perspective. Most funding these days takes the form of some kind of partnership and a partnership is most successful when it is mutually beneficial.

My recommendation: Consider why the funder may have established this funding program. What do they want to achieve from this funding? What do they want this program to say about them? How could your organisation help them with that? Once you have an idea of why they may have established this funding program, consider how your proposal will help that organisation achieve that objective and find a way to articulate that in your application.

Be Clear & Concise

The person or panel reading your funding application will likely be reading hundreds. They want to quickly and easily understand what you do, what the funding will allow you to achieve, the impact that will make and why your organisation is the best choice to create that impact. Many times I have read, and reread funding applications and been no clearer about what the organisation does, the impact it is seeking to create or what it is actually asking for. Many use jargon or specialised references while other submissions assume the impact of the problem it addresses is commonly understood and/or the impact of the applicant’s solution to the problem is obvious.

My recommendation: Always have a top line (1 or 2 sentence) response that succinctly answers the question. You don’t want to the person reviewing your application to have to read between the lines or search for your answer among paragraphs of detail.

Once you have succinctly answered the question, then you can go into a little more detail below that to further illustrate or provide supporting evidence but always keep this brief.

This post originally appeared in Social Change Central and is republished here with permission; it was written by Shannon Carruth, ING’s Sustainability & Community Impact Manager who leads ING’s award-winning Dreamstarter program.


New Book: The Innovation Blind Spot

According to Village Capital CEO Ross Baird, "Humankind has never been wealthier, yet most people, places, and industries feel entirely left out." He wrote a book to find out why. Baird's new book, The Innovation Blind Spot: Why We Back the Wrong Ideas — and What to Do About It, includes a foreword from AOL co-founder Steve Case and stories of dozens of entrepreneurs and investors that speak to what can be done to ensure that entrepreneurship lives up to its promise of being able to change the world. Take a sneak peek of Baird's new book, which is set to launch on September 12. Click on the image below to read the book's first chapter, entitled "What Happened to the American Dream?” — shared here with permission — and pre-order the book before its release date to receive a 50% pre-order discount.