SOCAP OPEN is now closed. Thank you to everyone for participating and helping build a great SOCAP13. See the 2013 winners below! The top 23 entries are all coming through to SOCAP.
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Mitra Ardron, Lumeter Networks

How do we plan on scaling social enterprise if everyone develops everything “Soup to Nuts”. As the ecosystem grows we are seeing the emergence of Social Enterprises that provide a critical component of the value chain for other SE’s. Often these B2B companies face a set of …

collaboration, global, innovation, international, systems thinking, technology
Vibeke Helder, Enviu

Did you know that in some hospitals checks for breast cancer are done by blind people? The reason is because the sense in their fingers is well developed, which enables earlier cancer detection. This is just one of the many examples of creative healthcare business solutions, shared …

collaboration, community, creativity, crowdsourcing, entrepreneurship, health, innovation, international
Erin Jones, Pave

This panel will bring together individuals pioneering a type of investment that has no legal precedent — investment in people. Panelists will explore the legal and financial sides of this innovative social-financial agreement. How can investment in a person address high levels of student debt and unemployment …

collaboration, collaborative consumption, community, creativity, crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, entrepreneurship, innovation, investing, new economy, technology
Kathryn Ebner, Pave

The financial transaction on true peer-to-peer platforms can be a gateway to personal and community level benefits that transcend the simple exchange of money. On a personal level, peer-to-peer platforms connect people based on passions, with the potential to align them to have greater good in the …

collaboration, collaborative consumption, community, creativity, crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, entrepreneurship, innovation, investing, new economy, sharing, technology
Garrett Melby, GoodCompany Funding

Garrett Melby shares the story of his journey from Wall Street financial engineering for Enron, through the heights of venture investing in the internet bubble to the founding of GoodCompany Ventures and the invention of a new model for impact investing. Social entrepreneurs are reinventing innovation but …

entrepreneurship, innovation, investing, new economy, non-profit, philanthropy, sustainability, systems thinking, technology
Zoe Selzer, GoodCompany

Winner of $1 million prize in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayor’s Challenge, the Philadelphia Social Enterprise Partnership represents a new public/private partnership for harnessing social enterprise to address urban problems. Principals from Good Company, the Wharton Social Impact Initiative and the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics will unveil …

collaboration, community, corporate, creativity, development, Education, entrepreneurship, food, government, health, innovation, investing, new economy, policy, poverty, sustainability, systems thinking, technology, water
David Helvarg, Blue Frontier

The Multi-Trillion dollar ecosystem services provided by the world’s ocean (including over half the oxygen we consume) are at risk from a series of cascading disasters including overfishing, pollution, coastal sprawl and climate change. In California many of these issues are being effectively addressed through a combination …

blue economy, California, climate change, innovation, investment, ports, recreation, science
Derrick Rhayn, Rhayn Collaborative Consulting

The emerging paradigm of networks couldn’t be more perfectly timed, given that the Age of Crisis is upon us. While the utility of networks is still in its infancy, the paradigm is fueling an unprecedented period of social innovation, with cooperation and reciprocity as the driving values. …

collaboration, community, creativity, innovation, new economy, philanthropy, sharing, systems thinking
Laura Ross-Perry, WiserEarth

Today, activists for social and environmental change inhabit two very different spheres. The first is the virtual sphere, where individuals from all over the world come together to think about broader issues and themes of global concern. The second is the physical world, where activists tackle local …

activism, collaboration, community, creativity, Data, development, Education, entrepreneurship, environment, global, innovation, international, local, Media, new economy, non-profit, sharing, social media, sustainability, technology, youth
Christie George, New Media Ventures

The good economy is all around us and yet, we still seem to preaching to the choir. How can impact investments specifically in technology and media help amplify the work of social enterprises and good economy actors that have the potential to change the world — if …

branding, collaboration, creativity, crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, design, entrepreneurship, film, innovation, investing, marketing, Media, new economy, non-profit, philanthropy, social media, technology
Colin Mutchler, Louder

Distributed networks are transforming the supply chain for the creation, distribution and promotion of media. While traditional sources of media that matter struggle to find large audiences, certain stories and content are being shared and promoted through new innovative platforms to reach millions of people across diverse …

activism, collaboration, collaborative consumption, crowdfunding, design, Education, marketing, Media, new economy, social media, technology
Jane Byrd, Gradient Capital (a Natural Logic company)

How we can use the financial leverage of private equity, the management leverage of worker ownership, and the business leverage of “lean and green” enterprise to grow prosperous, resilient, sustainable businesses and regional economies?

activism, collaboration, collaborative consumption, community, corporate, crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, design, development, DIY, due diligence, energy, entrepreneurship, environment, food, global, innovation, investing, local, measurement, new economy, placemaking, policy, sharing, social media, sustainability, systems thinking, technology, water
Gil Friend, Natural Logic, Inc.

We seek “scale”: for scale of impact, for economies of scale. Small, local efforts can seem too slow and too limited when so much is at stake. But the impacts and economies we seek are not only achievable through rapid, unbounded growth and large global enterprise (which …

collaboration, entrepreneurship, innovation, investing, social media, sustainability, systems thinking, technology
Bart Lacroix, AmLab

With IRIS, GIIRS, and PULSE, impact enterprises can track their impact, and impact investors can evaluate their investee, portfolio, and fund performance. But what if there were an open, mobile-enabled tool that not only bridged the gap between narrative and numbers, but invited everyone in the impact …

crowdsourcing, Data, development, innovation, measurement, technology
Eliza Golden & Rene Kathawala, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

The panel will focus on the legal issues framing a broad range of social impact transactions, from structuring considerations for social enterprises to maximize investor appeal, to navigating the regulatory webs of equity crowdfunding, to structuring complex financing vehicles for innovative impact transactions. Sub-topics may include: 1) …

corporate, crowdfunding, innovation, investing, new economy, policy, systems thinking
Tayo Akinyemi, AfriLabs

Across Africa, in large cities from Cairo to Johannesburg and Nairobi, technology innovation hubs are mushrooming around the continent and are playing a central role in the fledgling tech and entrepreneurial scenes in Africa. The hubs serve as incubators and meeting places for the local technology community, …

Africa, BOP, Business Incubation, Employment, entrepreneurship, impact investment, Inclusive Growth, innovation
Michael Bell, The Nature Conservancy

Over 45 million people worldwide depend on wild capture fisheries for their livelihoods. Improvements to fisheries management could save the world economy more than $50 billion annually. In this panel we’ll bring together a community leader, a fisherman, and a conservation practitioner to advance the growing dialogue …

collaboration, community, environment, innovation, local, non-profit, oceans, philanthropy, sustainability, technology
Betsy Hoover, 270 Strategies

A two hour workshop that introduces the strategy that helped Obama mobilize millions to win not once but twice. This session will be led by top organizing strategist Betsy Hoover who ran the 2012 Obama campaign’s online organizing department. Coming out of this session, participants will have …

activism, campaigns, collaboration, community, Data, design, government, innovation, marketing, mobilizing, new economy, Obama, organizing, social media
Suzanne Smith, Flywheel: Social Enterprise Hub

As the number of social enterprises grows exponentially, so does the number of organizations being launched to support them. Although there were a few early pioneers – REDF, ENP and NEsST, all founded in 1997 – most of the social enterprise support organizations have emerged only in …

community, ecosystems, innovation, marketplace, nonprofits, place-based innovation, policy, social enterprise
Beth Strachan, Metropolitan Group

How can we galvanize public opinion to develop social capital? How can we create new and lasting community expectations that shape the way people act, think and behave? How can we build deeper understanding and ownership of social issues? This session will examine Public Will Building, a …

activism, community, corporate, creativity, government, innovation, marketing, measurement, Media, non-profit, philanthropy, policy, social media, systems thinking
Chuck Slaughter, Founder & CEO, Living Goods , Living Goods

Can healthcare in the developing world be transformed by the management methods that drove McDonalds to sell over 50 million hamburgers a day? Franchising may be a dirty word in developed markets, but its benefits of quality control, brand recognition, standarization, cost control, and efficiencies achieved through …

BOP, branding, development, entrepreneurship, environment, global, health, innovation, international, marketing, non-profit, poverty, sustainability, systems thinking
Hiroyuki Hatashima, World Bank Group

How can impact investors and social entrepreneurs measure comprehensive development returns? How can the collected data be used to improve future performance? This session presents decades of experience in the monitoring and evaluation systems of the private sector arms of the World Bank Group. Panelists will discuss …

BOP, development, entrepreneurship, environmental, ifc, impact, investing, measurement, poverty, results, world bank
Jen Tweddell, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

In a recent Stanford Social Innovation Review article Monitor Group and Acumen Fund explore solutions for bridging the Pioneer Gap – the dearth of impact investors willing to invest in early stage businesses, preferring instead to invest once commercial viability has been established. They suggest enterprise philanthropy, …

entrepreneurship, investing, philanthropy, sustainability
Leticia Gasca, Fuck Up Nights

People always talk about success stories, but most entrepreneurs don’t create the perfect company first time round. That is why we learn more from their failure than from their success. Four entrepreneurs will share in 10 images (40 seconds each) their failure: what was their original business …

activism, collaboration, collaborative consumption, community, creativity, crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, Education, entrepreneurship, global, innovation, international, investing, local, sharing, systems thinking, youth
Melinda Cheel, RSF Social Finance

To meet the needs of social enterprises and effect positive social and environmental change, RSF Social Finance is taking an integrated capital approach to financing that focuses on the coordinated use of investments, loans, and grants. We’ll discuss what’s driving this innovative approach, current projects, and lessons …

entrepreneurship, innovation, philanthropy
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Important 2015 Dates
  • June 7th: Final day to submit an idea.
  • June 8th – June 19th: Commenting and voting period. All sessions open for voting.
  • June 20th – June 29th: Judging panel and final selection by SOCAP15 Content Team.
  • June 30th: Winning sessions announced to session organizers.