Mitch Kapor is fond of saying, “genius is evenly distributed by ZIP Code, but opportunity is not.” So, in 2011 Mitch and his wife, Freada Kapor Klein, set out to tackle this issue by investing in seed stage tech startups closing gaps of access, opportunity, or outcome for low-income communities and communities of color in the US. After more than 100 investments over eight years, Kapor Capital has not only been been able to generate gap-closing social impact, but has done so while achieving financial returns in the top quartile among VC funds of similar size. In this episode, Mitch shares lessons learned from his journey into impact investing and tries to dispel harmful biases still embedded in the VC community.
Spreading Light: An Interview with Seungah Jeong and John Salzinger of MPOWERD on SOCAP’s Money + Meaning Podcast
MPOWERD is an innovative solar light manufacturer recently named one as one of the Real Leaders 100 most impactful companies in the world. Their mission is to sustainably provide clean, safe, and affordable solar lighting to everyone. In this episode of Money + Meaning, host Alex Kravitz interviews Seungah Jeong and John Salzinger about their own journeys to impact and the inspiring ways MPOWERD products are helping people around the globe.
Scholarship Awarded SocEnts Share What They Learned at SOCAP18 We asked all of the SOCAP18 Social Entrepreneur Scholarship recipients to share their top takeaways from the conference. Here were our…
Diversifying Workforce Development and Hiring: LaborX and TechSF on SOCAP’s Money + Meaning Podcast Episode 2.8
Two-thirds of the workforce in the United States lacks a college degree. With many companies and job platforms screening candidates based on education, a significant number of smart, hard-working people are locked out of the job market. In this episode of Money + Meaning, Lindsay Smalling interviews Yscaira Jimenez and Orrian Willis of TechSF about the insights they can offer into this challenge and the details of their innovative partnership, as well as the impacts they are seeing the program create for workers, employers, and communities.
Every year SOCAP receives hundreds of applications from ventures that are creating impressive social and environmental change in communities around the world. From that pool of applicants, we select up to 150 outstanding social enterprises to receive a scholarship for the flagship SOCAP conference in San Francisco on October 22 – 25, 2019.