SOCAP Open is a public forum where diverse voices come together for dynamic conversation to advance social capital markets. It is our invitation to you to share your best programming ideas with our conference team and the SOCAP community, and to add your perspective to the mix. The submission period is now closed and judging is in progress; browse the submitted ideas and stay tuned for winning proposals.


Be a part of the event: Volunteer at SOCAP18!

Entrepreneur Scholarship

Browse the SOCAP18 Entrepreneur Scholarship recipients.

SOCAP18 Bush Foundation Scholarship

This scholarship is open to business creators based in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography.


Empower innovative ideas and initiatives to solve global challenges at our 11th annual conference. Sponsor SOCAP18 to join us at the forefront of the purpose-driven impact economy.

SOCAP Entrepreneur Scholarship Program

Do you have a venture that is improving your community—or the world? Have you identified a business model that will make a profit and make a positive impact? Are you running a startup that you want to take to its full potential? Do you want to tap into the energy of SOCAP18—and connect with the world’s leading social entrepreneurs, impact investors and thought leaders?

Every year, SOCAP offers scholarships to promising social entrepreneurs. We want your energy and your ideas at the conference! Past SOCAP entrepreneurs have come from over 35 countries on six continents, representing a wide variety of inspiring and innovative ventures.

The scholarship is an amazing opportunity for social entrepreneurs! Scholarship recipients receive support including:

  • Free SOCAP18 full conference pass (valued at $1495)
  • Free hostel accommodations (limited - prioritized for international entrepreneurs)
  • Impact Accelerator @SOCAP – a pre-conference program just for entrepreneurs
  • Recognition and high visibility in the SOCAP program
  • Mentorship from experienced social impact leaders

SOCAP18 Bush Foundation Scholarship for Social Business Creators

We’re excited to collaborate with the Bush Foundation for a second year to offer a special scholarship opportunity–the SOCAP18 Bush Foundation Scholarship for Social Business Creators. This scholarship is open to business creators based in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography.

The Bush Foundation is based in St. Paul, Minnesota, and encourages individuals and organizations to think bigger and think differently about what is possible in communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota. With the SOCAP18 Bush Foundation Scholarship for Social Business Creators, leaders from these states will have the chance to attend the SOCAP conference, to build valuable connections and stronger networks. We’ll select 25 outstanding business creators who have ideas that will improve their communities and region.

Scholarship recipients will receive the following:

  • Free SOCAP18 full conference pass (valued at $1495)
  • Roundtrip airfare
  • Hotel accommodations

Scholarship Recipients

Volunteer at SOCAP18

Contribute your time and enthusiasm to SOCAP18 to help make our 11th annual convening the most impactful one yet. SOCAP volunteers play a vital role in the success of the conference.

We are looking for 80 to 100 volunteers to perform a variety of integral roles before, during, and immediately following SOCAP18. Students, entrepreneurs, non-profit representatives, professionals who are in career transition, and others who are passionate about building the social capital market are encouraged to apply.

The Commitment

Volunteers are required to sign up for shifts totaling a minimum of 12 hours. (If this is your first SOCAP you are highly encouraged to sign up for no more than 12 hours).

Volunteers must purchase a $200 SOCAP18 volunteer ticket (a discount of $1295 off a full price SOCAP ticket).

Volunteers must agree to complete all assigned tasks.


Attend SOCAP18 sessions, meals, and conference events outside of volunteer shifts.
Volunteers who work 18 or more hours at SOCAP18 will receive a full refund for their ticket.

To Apply

Submit your volunteer application by August 1, 2018. Applications received after this date will be placed on a waitlist, so don’t delay.