Social Capital Markets ° 2016

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CONNEC TI ONS····· ··· 16

We l com e to S OC AP –
w h e re th e g loba l c o mmu nity
u si n g b u si n e ss a s a fo rc e
for soci a l ch a ng e g a the r s to
lis te n to e a ch othe r, a nd to l e a r n,
a n d to g e t thing s do ne !

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CONTENT················ 28
S ES S I ONS·· ············ ··· 34
PA RTNER S · · ··········· ··· 76
TEA M···················· ··· 90
TR A NS PA R ENCY···· ··· 98

WELCOME

WELCOME FROM THE FOUNDERS
Welcome to SOCAP, the conference at the
intersection of money and meaning; the place
where businesses built to solve the biggest
problems meet investors, peers, partners, and
those who help make it happen.
This is our ninth conference, and it’s grown from
600 in 2008 to more than 2,500 people this year.
There are people from more than 60 countries here.
People from impact venture funds, international
development agencies, federal, state, and local
people working on poverty alleviation and climate
change. There are entrepreneurs from around the
world, working on solar power for rural African
villages; financial inclusion and wealth-creation
in marginalized communities around the US from
Oakland to Cincinnati, to Washington, DC and
Baltimore.
There are 150 scholarshipped entrepreneurs
among you; chosen from more than 800
applications by ventures whose business-based
solutions are to problems that used to be just the
domain of non-profits or government agencies.
This is exciting. Rather than businesses creating
problems that then non-profits try to solve, this
is the realm of business as a key driver; the new
powerful engine of actively solving problems, on
purpose, and not just around the edges in their
corporate social responsibility.
The SOCAP world is part of a broader movement
that is taming the market; the market isn’t a force
of nature that forces us to do bad things while
we make money, and then we give money back
to non-profits to fix what we have caused. The
market is a tool that can be tamed and put to work
on problems like climate change and the systemic
risks of wealth disparity.
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When we started, the investors we talked to were
involved in what’s called venture philanthropy:
giving money to non-profit venture-like funds who
would invest in non-profits to solve a problem. We
said, “wait, there is another step you can take; to
a market where your for-profit investments – not
your charity – can go out into the world and do
good on your behalf, and come back to you, at
an attractive financial return and a load of good
done.”
At that point, we were told by many professional
investors that we were crazy. They had two pockets
and that’s what they knew. They had a pocket for
making money: investments where financial return
was the only marker for success. Put money in. And
they had a second pocket they would put some
money into: to give and do good and get none of
it back. Give money out. That pocket would be
emptied, it would all be gone, and the non-profit
would have to come asking for more money – from
the other pocket, that was made in business – to
support the mission.
A non-profit’s mission often is of fixing the
problems created by the short-sightedness of
business – from climate to inequality to systemic
racism. A decade ago, investors told us that what
works is to have two pockets.
We said, “no, we sense something else is happening.
There is a philanthropically-motivated market
at the intersection of giving and investing, that
is motivated by deep convictions to make things
right in the way that has been the exclusive realm
of non-profits. There is a single pocket solution.”
We launched during the 2008 economic disaster
that was created by an untamed financial market.
But that disaster actually worked in our favor. In

2008, the inaugural SOCAP was a flight to hope,
30 days after Lehman Brothers went under and
it seemed like the whole system was at risk of a
meltdown. Bad news was our friend; we were an
alternative.
In the nine years since, our basic premise has
been proven by you; the fact that more and more
of us are showing up every year to be part of the
swirling energetic, hopeful madness that is this
conference. And we who gather here are not just
showing up for inspiration. We are taking home the
knowledge that the value of investing for positive
impact joined at the hip with financial return is
not a fringe phenomenon; it is a key element in
the new economy that is being built in the United
States and in the world. Mutual benefit is real.
Working for the good of all is possible.
Welcome to SOCAP. If it seems overwhelming,
too much to take in, like drinking from a fire
hose sometimes, that’s ok. You are surrounded by
what’s coming next, what’s already real in a lot
of places; the market at the center of money and
meaning. It’s real, it’s big and growing. Enjoy it,
feel the energy, and allow yourself to be part of it.
If you’re a first-timer – as about 30% are every year
– seek out a scholarshipped entrepreneur and get
them to tell you their story. (There’s a full list in
the Entrepreneurs @ SOCAP section.)

there are sessions here just for you, as well. Check
out our opening plenary on Wednesday where
the invitation is to “reflect on your own level of
attention to ‘how’ and ‘why’ in your approach
to impact, and gear up to explore both areas
throughout the conference.”
Welcome to SOCAP – where the global community
using business as a force for social change gathers
to listen to each other, and to learn, and to get
things done, create partnerships, and move deals
forward. This is the place of the possible, it’s the
part of a movement that touches the market
and uses it for movement goals, for justice, and
response to hunger and suffering, and climate
change.
Take it in, enjoy it, include yourself, and look for
the valuable strangers who might be next to you
in the line for coffee, or in the same sessions. The
ones who can become unlikely allies. Welcome to
SOCAP16.

KEVIN JONES
Convener
ROSA LEE HARDEN
Executive Producer

If you’re an old hand, well, you know what to do.
You probably have dozens of meetings set up with
people you might only see once a year, and you
have things to get done. Be sure to also make time
to welcome the newcomers. They may be the ones
you didn’t know you needed to meet.
If you’re a career changer who just can’t be that guy
at that consultancy or investment bank anymore,
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WELCOME FROM MISSION HUB
Mission Hub, the parent company of SOCAP, welcomes you to SOCAP16. Mission Hub’s mission is to connect leading
global innovators to the resources they need in order to accelerate positive impact in the world. And SOCAP helps
achieve that mission on so many levels. We are happy to have you join us, and join with the goal of supporting
entrepreneurs, investors, and innovators who gather here for connections, information, and inspiration on the
journey.
In addition to SOCAP, Mission Hub works to support innovators and investors through our work in Impact Hubs across
the US, and through spreading the SOCAP vision through our new initiative, SOCAP 365.

CO- C REATING LOC AL IM PAC T M OD ELS FOR TH E 21 ST C ENTU RY
To address today’s greatest challenges – from social inequity to climate change, food systems to education – we
must invest in 21st century models that can support sustainable solutions.
As we move toward 2017, Mission Hub – the parent company of SOCAP and Impact Hubs in San Francisco, Berkeley,
New York City, and Washington, DC – will invest in new models for mapping and activating local impact ecosystems
in these three major US markets. We believe that our world’s cities can be significant drivers of year-round impact
by focusing on:

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CONNECTING LOCAL INNOVATORS

FOSTERING CAPACITY-BUILDING

We aim to employ the creative, cultural, and intellectual
capital of a diverse and interdisciplinary community
of local innovators – entrepreneurs, policymakers,
artists, investors, activists, academics, corporates, small
businesses, and citizens – who can cross-pollinate
around shared goals for impact.

We aim to foster capacity-building for the community
of innovators – through community events, workshops,
panels, community labs, mentor sessions, fireside chats,
and more – with a specific focus on driving impact.

PROVIDING SHARED SPACES

INCREASING CAPITAL FLOW

We aim to provide the local community of innovators
with shared spaces to connect, convene, share meals,
exchange opportunities, collaborate, and allow for
serendipity to happen. The shared space aims to
dissolve geographic divides and provide a place-based
center for impact.

We aim to explore the current local flows of capital and
convene local community – on the topics of neighborhood
economics, wealth creation, and innovative finance. Some
of the tools that we are activating include: SOCAP 365 that
drives conversations and connections at the intersection
of money and meaning; “Localize” a national localeconomy event planned for spring 2017; and a marketrate, risk-free CD co-created with Self-Help Credit Union
to bridge the friends and family gap for underrepresented
entrepreneurs.

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I NVEST IN LOC A L I M PACT M O DE LS FO R T H E 2 1 S T C E N T U RY :
By participating in your local impact ecosystem, you’re making an investment in your local community, your local
city, and our collective future. If you don’t live near San Francisco, New York City, or Washington, DC, we encourage
you to seek an Impact Hub (see 85+ global locations at impacthub.net) or a local center for impact in your own
community. Mission Hub offers the following opportunities:
INVEST IN YOUR LOCAL ECOSYSTEM IN 2017:

OPPORTUNITIES FOR YEAR-ROUND LOCAL ENGAGEMENT:

We’re seeking partners in the SF Bay Area, New York City,
and Washington, DC to participate in our 2017 Impact
Forward partner program. By engaging a cross-section
of partners who are aligned and invested in activating
their local impact community, Impact Forward will
map the city’s impact ecosystem to create sustainable
solutions. Your partnership will support a 2017 city
Impact Report, Town Hall meetings, a local scholarship
fund, benefits for your organization, and more.

Engagement opportunities in your local Impact Hub
include: community membership - cohort membership
and sponsorship - organizational membership - local
community space - meeting room space - events
space - office space - coworking and dedicated desks participating in or sponsoring a SOCAP 365 event in your
community - attending or sponsoring “Localize” the new
Neighborhood Economics event in the works for spring
of 2017 - programming consultation - and more.

If you’re interested, please get in touch for more
details:
• in SF, contact Tim Nichols at tim@impacthubsf.com
• in NYC, contact Sam Utne at sam@impacthubnyc.com
• in DC, contact Jan Baker at jan@impacthubdc.com.

Learn more:
San Francisco: impacthubsf.com
New York City: impacthubnyc.com
Washington, DC: impacthubdc.com
Cross-Location Opportunities: missionhub.co

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LIMITED TIME OFFER
For $1,000 receive: (1) SOCAP17 ticket ($1500 value) + (1) year Impact Hub
community membership ($500 value) in SF, Berkeley, NYC, or DC. Purchase
by September 30th directly through any of these Impact Hubs, at the pop-up
Impact Hub at SOCAP16, or online at missionhub.co.
Y O U H E A R D I T H E R E F I R S T ! S O C A P 17 I S O C T O B E R 10-13, 2017.

INTRODUCING SOCAP365
SOCAP 365 EVENTS &
PA RT N E R S I N 2 01 6
INVESTING IN CONSERVATION: ENVIRONMENTAL
INVESTMENTS AND SOCIAL OUTCOMES / JANUARY 2016

CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION YEAR-ROUND
The 2016 launch of SOCAP 365 – an ongoing event series
that brings SOCAP-quality conversations to multiple
cities year-round – has opened great opportunities for
sharing SOCAP with a broader audience. Since its launch,
SOCAP has hosted intimate gatherings of 50-200 people
on topics ranging from scaling inclusive food systems
(Washington, DC), to building infrastructure for African
American wealth (New York City), to investing in forest
conservation and expanding financial inclusion (SF Bay
Area). Together with pilot partners at local Impact Hubs,
each event convenes targeted local networks of impact
investors, social entrepreneurs, conscious corporations,
philanthropists, government agencies, and innovators in
every sector.
As the field of impact investing continues to grow,
SOCAP 365 events will serve as a platform to advance
thought leadership, strengthen valuable local networks,
provide local SOCAP events, and cultivate an ongoing
dialogue at the intersection of money and meaning.

UNLOCKING OUR SUPERPOWERS
FOR GOOD / MARCH 2016

MISSING INFRASTRUCTURE FOR AFRICAN
AMERICAN WEALTH CREATION / APRIL 2016

SCALING WITH AUTHENTICITY: HOW SUSTAINABLE
FOOD BRANDS DRIVE GROWTH + IMPACT / MAY 2016

FOR MORE ON SOCAP 365:

EXPANDING FINANCIAL INCLUSION:
CREATING PRODUCTS WITH DIGNITY, QUALITY,
AND AFFORDABILITY / MAY 2016

• Visit our booth at SOCAP16, located in the pop-up
Impact Hub in Festival Pavilion.
• Check out socap365.com for upcoming events.
• Bring SOCAP 365 to a city near you! Contact us to
learn more about upcoming sponsorship & partner
opportunities.

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE ROUNDTABLES
WITH CLINTON FOUNDATION 20/30 / JUNE 2016

Liz Maxwell, SOCAP 365 Product Manager
liz@socialcapitalmarkets.net | #SOCAP365
INCLUSIVE FOOD SYSTEMS AT SCALE: METRO DC
AS MODEL FOR COMMUNITY + MARKET / JUNE 2016

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CONNECTIONS

CONNECTING @ SOCAP16
Maximize your opportunities for engagement, networking, and collaboration.
We invite you to actively connect with our community of innovators at SOCAP16, and share your experience with the
extended SOCAP community around the world.
ONLINE COMMUNITY

VOLUNTEERS

Ask an Impact Hub Host if you need support!
Accessing Pathable (our online SOCAP networking and
scheduling platform) allows you to:
• create a profile and meet fellow attendees
• view SOCAP16 sessions
• create your personal schedule
• view speaker profiles
• start and join community discussions
• receive real-time event updates
SOCAP16.pathable.com

SOCAP16 welcomes more than 100 volunteers who
will act as your guides to the gathering. Our volunteers
are inquisitive students, career changers, inspiring
entrepreneurs, and knowledgeable social enterprise
staff who are available to answer questions and offer
unique perspectives. Keep an eye out for this year’s red
volunteer t-shirt. (Due to popular demand, volunteers
won’t be the only ones with SOCAP t-shirts this year! A
limited number of stylish grey SOCAP16 t-shirts will be
for sale during the conference wherever drink tickets
are being sold. Grab one before they’re gone.)

Twitter: Include #SOCAP16 in your tweets for a
global audience who is following live. And
follow us at @SOCAPmarkets.

SOCAP SOIRÉE
WEDNESDAY, 6:30PM
At 6:30 on Wednesday night in Festival Pavilion, celebrate the SOCAP community in style.
Again this year, Acre Gourmet is catering our mid-week after-party with heavy hors d’oeuvres
in their delightful specialty – California local flavors. Hang with your SOCAP buddies, and
meet new ones. You won’t want to miss this spread, or this DJ!
DJ Hey Man, aka Darian Rodriguez Heyman, lays down soundtracks for social change. He plays a wide
range of music, specializing in getting everyone dancing regardless of age, with old school Soul and
R&B mixed with Hip Hop and electronic beats, and even some inspiring words from famous speeches.
As the former Executive Director of Craigslist Foundation, and the DJ tent producer and performer at
Power to the Peaceful – an 80,000-person annual concert for peace and social justice in San Francisco –
Hey Man! loves nothing more than inspiring festival and social impact conference attendees.

Facebook: Like something you see or hear at
the event? Tag it with #SOCAP16 and share it
with your friends! We’ll be sharing too. Like us
at facebook.com/SocialCapitalMarkets.
Instagram: Once you pick the right filter for
your SOCAP pics, tag them with #SOCAP16,
and share! Follow us at @SOCAPlive.
COMMUNITY-CURATED DISCUSSIONS
If you’re interested in connecting with a group of
attendees around a specific topic or focus area, or
continuing a Pathable conversation face-to-face, we
invite you to make it happen! Look for one of the Impact
Hub Hosts and ask them for help in finding a time and
location to host your discussion. They’ll help you get it
onto our SOCAP16 Pathable platform, so others can find
you and join the conversation.
We encourage you to reach out via SOCAP16.pathable.
com to others who share your interests, and let them
know about the time you’ve arranged. You can also
arrange a more casual meeting time during breakfast or
lunch in the Impact Hub.

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POP-UP IMPACT HUB @ SOCAP16
Impact Hub is a growing, global human network that’s
leveraging its cultural, creative, and intellectual capital
to solve the increasingly complex and emergent
challenges that our world faces today.
At SOCAP16, we invite you to use the pop-up Impact Hub
space the same way that 15,000+ members utilize Impact
Hubs in 85+ locations around the world each day of the
year: connect with fellow innovators, host meetings,
get work done, relax, and engage in the multiple
opportunities that present themselves in the open space.
The host desk at our pop-up Impact Hub is staffed with
knowledgeable hosts who are available to support your
experience and answer any questions you may have.
Beyond SOCAP16, we heartily encourage you to discover
and join your local Impact Hub community – from
Oakland to Berlin, Tokyo to Moscow. An investment in
Impact Hub membership is an investment in your project,
your local community, your city, and our collective
future! Learn more and see a full list of global Impact
Hub locations at impacthub.net.

COME WINE DOWN WITH US
THURSDAY, 5:30 - 6:30PM
Join us for an Impact Hub tradition: the Wine Down. Hosted by Impact Hub + SOCAP 365, this
on-site happy hour will also be a special opportunity to connect locally with fellow attendees
from New York City, Washington, DC, and the Bay Area. Located in the Big Top and at the front
of Festival Pavilion. (Additional local meet-ups are encouraged to self-organize via Pathable!
SOCAP16.pathable.com)

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ENTREPRENEURS

ENTREPRENEURS @SOCAP16

I N N O VAT I O N S H O W C A S E

IMPACT ACCELERATOR @ SOCAP

ENTREPRENEUR PITCH SESSIONS

AGUA INC

The entrepreneur experience at SOCAP kicks off
before the opening plenary. We invite more than 150
social entrepreneurs from all over the world to the
Impact Accelerator: a day-long program to support
our scholarshipped social entrepreneurs. The Impact
Accelerator helps entrepreneurs amplify the benefit
they receive from SOCAP and connects them with a
network of peers and mentors that will extend beyond
the conference.

GALLERY 308

Agua Inc provides sustainable,
energy efficient, and cost-effective
water and wastewater treatment
technology to cities in developing
countries.

ENTREPRENEUR PITCH SESSIONS
For the first time at SOCAP, this year, we’ve dedicated
three hours on Wednesday afternoon to hearing from
some of the outstanding social entrepreneurs who
are joining us from around the world. In the sectors of
community development, health, energy, environment,
education, and technology, hear quick pitches (in Gallery
308) from a handful of entrepreneurs in each sector.
Then join them after they pitch in the adjoining Gallery
tent to offer your support, partnership, or mentorship.
See the schedule to the right for details.
#SOCENT CENTRAL
If you are an entrepreneur, want to connect with
entrepreneurs, or are looking for entrepreneur-focused
resources, make your way to the #SOCENT Central
lounge in the Big Top. In this space, you’ll overhear and
join lively conversations about partnerships, scaling,
and problem-solving from the front lines, and find
profiles of our 150+ scholarshipped attendees.
INNOVATION SHOWCASE AND MARKETPLACE
See the impact in front of you! Entrepreneurs featured
in our Innovation Showcase have products and
prototypes of their innovative solutions on-site. You can
also take home a souvenir from SOCAP16. Marketplace
entrepreneurs will be selling products that improve the
environment, communities, and livelihoods.
Visit the ventures in the Big Top to learn more about
the geography where they work, their hurdles to scale,
and the impact they’ve experienced while growing their
venture.

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WEDNESDAY, 2:30*
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND HEALTH
Bruno Aracaty, Colab.re
Gabriela Rocha, Laboratoria México
Brendon Brewster, Veerhouse Voda
Samuel Pressler, Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP)
Carolina Salamanca, Baby Faves Organics
Daniel Josue Nuñez Valdivieso, Nutrishake Andino
Catherine Flatley, Develop Link
Brittany Déjean, AbleThrive
Asher Hasan, NAYA JEEVAN
Sunny Williams, Tiny Docs
WEDNESDAY, 3:45*
ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT
Joaquín Alejandro Víquez Arias, Viogaz
Arine de Bordes, Purasol Vida Natural
Morgan Babbs, Colibri
Jessica De Clerck, Potential Energy
Sebastian Sajoux, Arqlite
Sarah Toumi, Acacias for All
Pedro Delgado, Agua Inc
Patricia Griffin, Inagape Limited
Yvette Ondachi, Ojay Greene
WEDNESDAY, 5:00*
EDUCATION AND TECHNOLOGY
Julio Álvarez, PROMESA
Afzal Habib, Kidogo
John Roberts, InvestED
Cecilia Foxworthy, Torus Teens
Rosario Monteverde, GPSGAY
Marcelo Wilkorwsky, Oincs
Andrés Luongo, allGreenup
Xiaoyuan (Charlene) Ren, MyH2O
Bessie Schwarz, Cloud to Street
*order of pitches within each session is subject to change

ARQLITE

terms of energy-usage and waste
disposal. Smart toilets are remotely
monitored for real-time updates
of various usage parameters and
malfunctioning equipment.
GPSGAY

Arqlite has developed an innovative
proprietary process that transforms
all kind of plastic waste into an
artificial rock used as a replacement
for quarry rock in the construction
industry.

GPSGAY social network and digital
resource is a safe meeting point
for all members of the LGBTQ
community and organizations that
wish to engage with them, providing
relevant content that promotes
social inclusion.

CORAL VITA

KWEMA

Coral Vita restores dying reefs. We
accelerate coral growth up to 50x
natural rates while strengthening
their
resiliency
to
harmful
conditions. By supplying restoration
projects at scale with more diverse,
rapidly grown, and hardier corals,
we can preserve reef health and the
benefits they provide for more than
500 million people globally.

Kwema is the smart-jewelry powered
by community and made for safety.
It works like a panic button. Once
activated it will contact not only
your closest friends and family, but
also other users who are nearest to
your location, so they can provide
help immediately. Kwema empowers
women and helps create safer cities.

DAYONE RESPONSE

LegWorks is a for-profit social
enterprise with a mission to enable
amputees globally to walk with
confidence. We design, manufacture,
and sell innovative, high-performing,
and durable prosthetic devices. We
use tiered pricing to increase access
and distribution of our products to
customers and patients around the
world.

DayOne Response develops and
supplies innovative products for
disaster relief and humanitarian
emergencies. Primarily responding
to the critical need for clean drinking
water, DayOne Response has
deployed the proprietary DayOne
Waterbag in more than 20 countries,
delivering millions of liters of clean
water to families across the globe.
GARV TOILETS BY SNAPEX OVERSEAS
GARV toilets offers end-to-end
Sanitation
Solutions
through
“Stainless Steel Portable Smart
Public Bio-Toilets” that are ecofriendly and self-sustainable in

LEGWORKS

REFLOW
Reflow converts plastic waste into
recycled, community-produced 3D
print filament – the base material
for 3D printers. The sales of our
flagship filament (made in Tanzania)
help build local manufacturing
capability, clean up plastic bottles,

and grow and stabilize the income
and working conditions of waste
collectors.
RORUS INC
We’re making highly effective,
simple water filters by focusing
on user-centered design and using
new nanotechnology. We want
water to be something no one need
worry about. We believe everyone
deserves clean water, and Rorus
exists to make that vision a reality.
VEERHOUSE VODA
Veerhouse Voda is a sustainable
building manufacturer, creating
disaster-resilient houses in Haiti. Our
low-cost building system provides
Haitians with safer buildings,
while creating jobs and improving
energy
efficiency.
Veerhouse’s
EPS
(Expanded
Polystyrene)
manufacturing facility – the only
one in Haiti – produces the materials
used in our buildings and for
distribution to hardware stores.
VIOGAZ
Viogaz offers solutions to convert
organic waste into opportunities
– improving the quality of life of
rural families and the environment
– through making biodigesters
accessible to livestock farmers
in Latin America. Biodigesters –
that transform organic waste into
methane and fertilizer – promise
a real and impactful solution for
climate change, waste management,
and energy access for the developing
world.

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YOUR TICKET:
SPONSORING ENTREPRENEURS
SOCAP sets aside 150 tickets (a tremendous amount of our budget) to provide entrepreneur scholarships. Your ticket,
our many speakers who pay their way to the event, and sponsor contributions all make this financially possible. By
making scholarships available and bringing these on-the-ground entrepreneurs to SOCAP, we create the vibrant mix
of entrepreneurs, investors, and other players that sustain a growing marketplace for impact. We thank you for the
role you play in making this space accessible and inclusive. It is an honor to have you at SOCAP16.
The following are the social entrepreneurs known to have accepted scholarships for attendance to the conference as of
our print deadline for this program book. The most up-to-date list of scholarshipped entrepreneur attendees is available
on our conference site.

MARKETPLACE

SOCAP16 SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

ACACIAS FOR ALL
Acacias
for
All
combats
desertification and dwindling water
resources in Tunisia by introducing
new holistic farming approaches.
Local women are employed in
harvesting acacia gum for luxury
Fair Trade organic food and
cosmetics.
BABY FAVES ORGANICS
Baby Faves Organics is the first
Colombian baby food developed
in response to the gap in Latin
American markets for natural,
organic, safe, and nutritious baby
food. Our formula is 100% fruit
and is free of sugars, salt, artificial
colours and flavours, additives,
and starches and is USDA Organic
certified.
BUREO INC
Bureo designs and manufactures
sustainable
skateboards
and
recycled
sunglasses.
The
products are made through the
team’s initiative, Net Positiva, a
program providing fishermen with
environmentally sound disposal
points for derelict fishing nets.

EU’GENIA SHEA
Eu’Genia Shea is a mother-anddaughter-run
social
enterprise
dedicated to empowering women
in rural Ghana through the sale of
shea butter-based moisturizers.
KULI KULI
Moringa oleifera is a nutrient-rich
superfood that has been used by
indigenous cultures worldwide
for thousands of years. Kuli Kuli’s
delicious Moringa Superfood Bars,
Pure Moringa Powder, and Moringa
Green Energy Shots make it easy for
Americans to get their greens on
the go while planting moringa trees
and supporting women farmers.
LAZLO
Lazlo designs menswear essentials,
and hires ‘returning citizens’ to
manufacture them in Detroit.
From developing the best possible
products
and
implementing
sustainable business practices,
to creating jobs for marginalized
workers, every decision is focused
on developing a profitable model
for clothing as a force for social
change.

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NUTRISHAKE ANDINO
A social enterprise that promotes
a
comprehensive
consumer
movement, we focus on “Food
Today” and “Food for Tomorrow.”
Nutrishake Andino meets an urgent
need by improving the diet of
rural Peruvian communities with
products based on Andean cereals
like Quinoa, Kiwicha, and Tarwi. And
we directly involve the customer in
the financing of NGO projects that
provide land productivity, food
security, and change the lives of
malnourished children over the
passing of the years.
SAHAJAN
Sahajan is an Ayurvedic Organic
Skincare
Company.
Ayurveda,
translated from Sanskrit means
the Science of Life. We endeavour
to create high performing natural
skincare based on the Science of
Ancient India.

Mustapha Abokede / Nigeria / Sunstretch Energy
Solutions Limited
Justine Abuga / Kenya / Eco-Bora Ltd.
Wendell Adjetey / Kenya / Tujenge Africa Foundation
Tambe Harry Agbor / Cameroon /AMIS CAMEROON
Komal Ahmad / USA / Copia
Aleem Ahmed / USA / Love Grain
Peter Akman / USA / RAXAR Technology Corporation
Mark Kebo Akparibo / Ghana / Nayoko Innovations
Ghana
Naa-Sakle Akuete / USA / Eu’Genia Shea
Habiba Ali / Nigeria / Sosai Renewable Energies
Company

Christian Birky / USA / Lazlo
Yostina Boules / Egypt / Taqa Solutions
Brendon Brewster / USA / Veerhouse Voda
Jon Brooks / USA / KOPO, LLC
Michael Buckler / USA / Village X
Alexander Bush / USA / HarvestN
Adam Cahn / USA / Aquatricity
Antionette Carroll / USA / Creative Reaction Lab
Gordon Carver / Tanzania / Silverleaf Academy
Caroline Caselli / USA / Haven Connect
Corinne Clinch / USA / Rorus Inc.
Lisa Curtis / USA / Kuli Kuli

Jacob Allen / USA / pilotED Schools

Kuldeep Dantewadia / India / Reap Benefit

Fabrice Alomo / Cameroon / AMoney

Arine de Bordes / Netherlands / Purasol Vida Natural

Julio Álvarez / Mexico / PROMESA

Jessica De Clerck / Uganda / Potential Energy

Cobby Amoah / Ghana / Peach Health

Brittany Déjean / USA / AbleThrive

Habib Anwar / India / ayzh

Pedro Delgado / USA / Agua Inc

Rubén Arias / Chile / LudiBuk

Matt Dickson / Kenya / Eggpreneur Initiative

Fernando Assunção / Brazil / Mais 60 Saúde

Jonathan Duarte / Colombia / Escala Educación

Morgan Babbs / USA / Colibri

Kody Emmanuel / USA / Serve Africa

Charles Batte / Uganda / MoBFiT

Moses Owoicho Enokela / Nigeria / SonoCare

Kathleen Baumgardner / USA / FoCo Cafe

Jorge Enríquez González / Mexico / Credilikeme

Diego Benitez / Colombia / SiembraViva

Andrew Feldman / USA / De la Gente

ENTREPRENEURS / 23

Wayne Firestone / USA / International Lifeline Fund,
H2O Health Plus
Collette Flanagan / USA / Mothers Against Police
Brutality
Catherine Flatley / Guatemala / Develop Link
Amos Fon / Cameroon / African Dream
Andrew Foote / Kenya / Sanivation
Dmitry Fotiyev / Senegal / Partagria
Cecilia Foxworthy / USA / Torus Teens
Graham Gardner / USA / Civil Labs
Prabhav Garudadhwajan / India / EasyKrishi
Mike Geddes / USA / the third half
Katia Gomez / USA / Educate2Envision International
Jeremy Goodwin / USA / SyncFab

Lin Lu / Cambodia / WaterSHED Ventures

Evin Robinson / USA / New York On Tech

Nat Ware / Australia / 180 Degrees Consulting

Andrés Luongo / Chile / allGreenup

Gabriela Rocha / Mexico / Laboratoria México

Stacie Whisonant / USA / PYT Funds (Pay Your Tuition)

Emily Lutyens / USA / LegWorks

Juan Fermín Rodríguez / Guatemala / Kingo

Marcelo Wilkorwsky / Uruguay / Oincs

Lan Chi Luu / USA / FIn Gourmet Store

Sebastian Sajoux / Argentina / Arqlite

Sunny Williams / USA / Tiny Docs

Gary Mao / USA / TOTO Express, Roots Studio

Carolina Salamanca / Colombia / Baby Faves Organics

Lisa Mattam / Canada / Sahajan

Sage Salvo / USA / Words Liive

Dawit Wolday / Ethiopia / DaZeB Medical Waste
Management Services

Bijan Mawji / Canada / NextBillion

Carmina Santamaria / Chile / Kwema

Henry May / Colombia / CoSchool

Ajmal Sataar / Canada / Inspire Nunavut, CigBins

Jessica Mayberry / India / Video Volunteers

Sawe Edna / Kenya / Biopane-World

Phil Michaels / USA / Tembo Education

Cullen Schwarz / USA / DoneGood

Mayank Midha / India /GARV Toilets by SnapEX
Overseas

Bessie Schwarz / USA / Cloud to Street

Eli Mitchell-Larson / USA / SunFarmer
Rosario Monteverde / Uruguay / GPSGAY
Christine Moseley / USA / Full Harvest

Isabel Sheinman / USA / Library For All

Siddharth Hande / India / Kabadiwalla Connect

Peter Msafiri / Tanzania East Africa Fruits Farm and
Company

Eric Shih / USA / Spendrise

Asher Hasan / Pakistan / Naya Jeevan

Sabrina Mutukisna / USA / The Town Kitchen

Ronan Hayes / Netherlands / Reflow

Eric Nelson / USA / Empower Generation

Yscaira Jimenez / USA / Labor Exchange (LaborX)

Jason Noah / USA / DayOne Response

Lynn Johnson / USA / Spotlight:Girls

José Antonio Nuño / Mexico / Someone Somewhere

Manal Kahi / USA / Eat Offbeat

Daniel Josue Nuñez Valdivieso / Peru / Nutrishake
Andino

Afzal Habib / Kenya / Kidogo

Justin Kahn / USA / TruClinic
Kaushik Kappagantulu / USA / Kheyti
Wala Kasmi / Tunisia / WeCode Land

Winstone Edward Odhiambo / Kenya / Edom
Nutritional Solutions

Akhil Sivanandan / Canada / Green Story
Ira Sockowitz / USA / Learning Games Studios
Sarah Spoto / USA / Oasis Foods
George Srour / USA / Building Tomorrow, Inc.
Dana Stephenson / Canada / Riipen
David Stover / USA / Bureo Inc
Marten Susebeek / Netherlands / Susteq
Mallah Tabot / Cameroon / Ndolo360

Yvette Ondachi / Kenya / Ojay Greene

Jessika Tantisook / USA / Starvation Alley Farms

Justin King / USA / Nwapa Snail Farms

Cuthbert A. Onikute / USA / Infrastructure Systems
Managers / Dechets a l’Or

Sam Teicher / USA / Coral Vita

Kennedy Kitheka / South Africa / Funda

David Paull / USA / Compostwheels, LLC

Waweru Kuria / Kenya / iNuka Pap Limited

Samuel Pressler / USA / Armed Services Arts
Partnership

Laura Kimes / USA / Fresh Coast Capital

Daphne S Leger / Mexico / salauno
Bruno Aracaty / Brazil / Colab.re
Alex Lofton / USA / Landed
Steele Lorenz / USA / MyRain
Lou Louis Koboji / Uganda / Kajo-Keji Health Training
Institute
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Nick Quintong / Kenya / PayGo Energy
Vishnu Raghunathan / India / Lytyfy
Isabel Rauh-Hain / Mexico / Anam
Xiaoyuan (Charlene) Ren / China / MyH2O
John Roberts / USA / InvestED

Dimitri Zakharov / USA / Impact Enterprises
International

Shruti Singhal / India / Sounds of Silence Foundation

Paulina Olsson / Sweden / Peppy Pals

Rubayat Khan / Bangladesh / Jeeon

Daniel Yu / USA / Sokowatch

Arjita Sethi / USA / The School of Games
Rikha Sharma Rani / USA / Solutions Journalism
Network

Samson Gwer / Kenya / Ubuntu-Afya Kiosk

Koushik Yanamandram / India / SustainEarth Energy
Solutions

Montari Seidu / Ghana / Montals Engineering

Travis Moore / USA / TechCongress

Patricia Griffin / Kenya / Inagape Limited

Zoe Wong / USA / Cerplus

Robert Terenzi / Nicaragua / Vega Coffee
Sarah Toumi / Tunisia / Acacias for All
Ugochukwu Stephen Ugwudi / Nigeria / CASPEM Feeds
Deanna Van Buren / USA / Designing Justice +
Designing Spaces
Noobtsaa Vang / USA / Foodhini
Joaquín Alejandro Víquez Arias / Costa Rica / Viogaz
Evans Wadongo / Kenya / GreenWize Energy

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CONTENT

SOCAP16 PROGRAMMING

SOCAP16 THEMES

Curating SOCAP16 has reminded me of the power of networks. Each of us cultivates a network
– knowingly or not – and the incredible range of programming at SOCAP is a result of inspired
individuals reaching out through their web of connections to bring together the best people
they know (or aspire to know better!) to share expertise, experience, and inquiry. Together, that
allows us to create a convening that is far more organic, unpredictable, and inclusive than any
one sector or celebrated set of experts.

Themes are identified early in the year through conversation and listening, and they evolve
as specific sessions add range and depth to the topic. These themes are not boundaries or
suggested tracks to follow – there are many Wildcard sessions that do not fit within these
themes, and also sessions that fit in more than one theme – but rather are beacons to highlight
current areas of activity and innovation within this growing field. We encourage you to explore
across themes, and to follow your curiosity as often as your expertise.

At their best, networks support diversity and access. But they can also be self-reinforcing and
exclusive. The Inclusive Entrepreneurship track shines a light on the darker side of networks,
through sessions that explore the systemic tendency for capital to flow within established
networks of relative privilege and homogeneity. While at SOCAP16, I encourage you to actively
support a cultural shift toward inclusive networks – pause and notice who is around the table,
who is in the conversation, and whether our networks represent the relevant perspectives
needed to create the world we want to live in.
As content within each of the themes comes together, tapping into the robust ecosystems of the
clean energy sector or sustainable food community for instance, I learn names of individuals
and organizations that are new to me. I hope you are surprised and delighted by how many
changemaking organizations you discover in this program book and on Pathable. Digging
deeper on any of the valuable strangers you meet at SOCAP will likely lead you down a rabbit
hole of previously unknown networks. I’m consistently amazed by how much more there is to
discover within this continually evolving space, and the valuable connections yet to be made
across sectors and industries.
SOCAP is a network of networks – thanks to all of you and in service to all of you. I hope you use
it – the curated content, the serendipitous hallway meetings, the view from the picnic benches
– to expand your perspective, build bridges, and activate a new web of possibility.

LINDSAY SMALLING

$
$

I M PA C T I N V E S T I N G
Presented by: Bain Capital Double Impact
Co-Presented by: ImpactAssets, Miller Center
for Social Entrepreneurship, Liquidnet

As impact investing goes mainstream, the field is
navigating a new normal. There are more segmented
conversations to be had – about approaches to impact in
specific asset classes or sectors, and also much broader
conversations to be had, to make values-aligned investing
accessible to a larger audience. Impact metrics have
gone through multiple iterations and are increasingly
important as the diverse marketplace of impact offerings
calls for standards and benchmarks. At SOCAP, founders,
leaders, and practitioners convene with others who are
just finding their way in this evolving field for the most
dynamic conversations in the impact ecosystem.

SPOTLIGHT ON MEASUREMENT AND EVALUATION
Presented by: The Rockefeller Foundation

SOCAP16 will feature a series of five sessions focused on
advancing social impact measurement and evaluation.
Collaboratively curated by the Rockefeller Foundation
team alongside leading measurement and evaluation
practitioners, sessions will explore:
• Evolving Impact Measurement over the Next Decade
• Designing Impact Measurement Frameworks that Improve
Performance and More
• Strengthening Impact Measurement for Social Enterprises:
How to Operationalize Your Strategy
• Approaches to Measuring and Evaluating Impact: Evaluation
Experts’ Perspectives
• Building Out the Social Impact Analyst Profession

SOCAP16 Producer & Curator

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MEANING

CITIES: CENTERS FOR CHANGE

CLEAN ENERGY FOR ALL

COUNTRY CONTEXT

Co-Presented by: Schwab Charitable,
Vodafone, Catholic Relief Services

More than half of the global population lives in cities
and that figure is projected to grow to 66% by 2050. In
addressing the world’s most challenging problems, cities
are a powerful unit of change due to their density of
people, as well as concentrated access to resources and
services. Cities are also incredibly complex, with layers
of economic, political, cultural, and environmental
factors to navigate. Large investments and philanthropic
commitments have been made in the past few years,
with impact in cities as their focus. Conversations
in this track will explore the unique challenges and
opportunities of innovating in cities, and the urgency of
collaborating across stakeholders to increase resilience
and sustainability in urban centers.

Presented by: Autodesk
Co-Presented by: California Clean Energy Fund, Etho
Capital, New Energy Nexus, and Energy Excelerator

The concept of investing for impact resonates across the
world, yet the implementation is uniquely contextual
to each geography. A series of sessions, each focused
on the market landscape and key sectors within a
specific geographic region, will highlight the diversity
of investment opportunities around the world. They will
also provide a forum for more nuanced discussion of
cultural, political, and economic dynamics in play for
investors and entrepreneurs in various regions.

From the very first SOCAP conference, meaning has been
the why that drives how we invest and build companies
for impact. Meaning is a core theme to explore and
highlight each year because it is both individual and
collective, elusive and persistent, and variable across
cultures. With global progress as inspiration, and
global turmoil as an urgent reminder, sessions will
reflect on where we find meaning in our work and how
to integrate the “why” across all of our activities. The
Meaning track at SOCAP16 grounds the conversation in
our interconnectedness and strengthens the resolve to
create the world we want to live in.

I N C LU S I V E E N T R E P R E N E U R S H I P

NEIGHBORHOOD ECONOMICS
A healthy flow of capital among buyers, sellers, makers,
and producers keeps money and value circulating, and
is a very different market dynamic than the relentless
pursuit of growth or the short-term orientation of
quarterly earnings. How might the economy work
better for all people if the markets looked more like
Main Street than Wall Street? When value exchange and
human relationships drive transactions, neighborhood
economics result in investing and giving in a way that
creates community wealth for all.

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The immense opportunity of a 100% clean energy
future is not just replacing dirty fuels and combating
climate change, but also shaping a new global economy
where clean energy is affordable and accessible to
everyone. The worst impacts of climate change will
disproportionately affect the world’s most vulnerable
populations, but investing in a new clean energy
economy will create better economic, health, and
environmental outcomes for all. Join the discussion
on the role of impact capital in leading this massive
systems change, across the lifecycle of development,
commercialization, and deployment to provide clean
energy for all people.

Presented by: Blackstone

Solutions can come from anywhere, because they
spring from our experience and a fresh perspective on
a problem. However, there is a glaring opportunity gap
for many potential entrepreneurs. Creative solutions are
being overlooked because there is not a level playing
field across gender, race, class, and age for sourcing and
supporting great ideas. Taking a hard look at current
inequity in funding, access, and mentorship, and then
taking concrete steps to enable a more inclusive and
representative ecosystem has the potential to unlock
powerful solutions from as yet underrepresented
communities.

OPEN
SOCAP Open is our means of curating communitygenerated content, and crowdsourcing input on sessions
that participants would like to see at SOCAP. Open
sessions may fall within one of our existing content
themes, and will be listed as both. Or they may stand
alone as Open, and as just too good an idea to pass up.
Thanks to all participants for collaborating to make
SOCAP an even richer dialogue!

SUSTAINABLE FOOD & AGRICULTURE
Co-Presented by: Omnivore Partners

WILDCARD
Agriculture is the world’s largest industry and has
deep connections to the global economy. On the farm,
and in the countless global supply chains that rely on
agriculture commodities, there are wide variations in
practice – from sustainable, regenerative management
to harmful operations – all with tremendous impact on
people and precious environmental resources. Within
food systems, SOCAP16 will explore innovative efforts
focused on reducing food waste, sustainably feeding a
growing global population, and raising awareness of
food justice and equitable access to healthy food.

Wildcard sessions are those that don’t particularly
fit within another theme, but are still important or
emerging conversations. Though these topics may be
out-of-the-box or undefined in the sector, we find it’s
important to be responsive to the diversity of interests
within our community. This year, several sessions within
the Wildcard theme are interactive sessions designed
to help attendees leverage the incredible insight and
experience of the community that gathers at SOCAP16.

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SESSIONS

WEDNESDAY breakout by room
FESTIVAL MAIN
STAGE

10:45

$

COWELL THEATER

FIREHOUSE

GALLERY 308

$

Navigating Impact
Investing: the
Pursuit of Clarity
and Simplicity

SOUTHSIDE
THEATER

GALLERY TENT

BATS THEATER

BATS ANNEX

$

Impact Unicorns:
Can We Have Our
Cake and Eat It
Too?

Designing, Funding,
Implementing
and Scaling: How
Do They Come
Together?

The Impact Women
Tell All

Mapping the
Impact Investing
Landscape with
Collaborative Data

12:00
1:15

$

What Will It Take
to Solve Climate
Change? Broad
Challenges and
Innovative Solutions

Investing in Quality
Jobs in Underserved
Communities in the
US and Abroad

#ChooseConnection:
Awakening the
Heart of the
Entrepreneur

Unearthing Impact
Investment: How
Major Institutions
Are Deploying
Capital for Good

Accelerator
Effectiveness
in Developing
Countries

Finance as an
Instrument of
Hope: Investing in
Refugees

Entrepreneur War
Stories

Vodafone Americas
Mobile Fast Pitch

Building Healthy
Communities
through Investments
in Local Economic
Strategies

Donors’ Tinder:
How to Get Donors
to Swipe Right, and
Why They Swipe
Left

The Best Kept
Secret in Impact
Investing: CDFIs
and Quality Job
Creation

Microfinance 3.0 –
Distribution Beyond
Credit

2:30

$

$

$

The Next New
Thing in Silicon
Valley? Global
Development

Collaborative Data
for Social Good –
Just Do It!

Re-Designing the
Economics of the
Creative Ecosystem

Securing Water for
Food Innovations:
Pitch & Picture

The Future of Food:
Feeding the World
with Plants and
Proteins

C235

Taking a Holistic
Approach to
Women’s Economic
Empowerment

Leveraging
Experienced Talent
for Impact

The Importance of
Home: How Can We
Do Anything without
an Affordable Place
to Live?

Climate Resiliency
for Cities: Investing
in Stormwater
Infrastructure
Solutions

Regenerative
Agriculture:
Buzzword or Last
Hope for Reversing
Climate Change?

Accelerating
Inclusivity in HighTech Incubators
and Accelerators

Pathways to
Commercial
Success &
Impact for Social
Enterprises

Co-developing
the Neighborhood
Economy Strategy:
Examples from
Rural Japan

Epiphany
Management: Living
a Life Guided by
Purpose

$

Extinction or
Extension? The Role
of Corporations
& INGOs in Social
Enterprise

You’re Serious
About Impact? Tie
Your Compensation
to It!

Navigating the
Advisory Landscape

$

Impact Investing: a
Discussion on the
State of the Field

Entrepreneur Pitch Sessions:
Community Development and Health

$

Cultivating a Global
Movement: How to
Change the World
and Have Fun

Maximizing
Entrepreneurial
Outcomes for Social Cities
Enterprises, Impact
Investors, and
Philanthropists

Solar + Batteries:
the Next Impact
Investment Frontier

Impact Investing in
Media: Increasing
Impact, Informing
Debate, Catalyzing
Change

Mindfulness,
Compassion, and
Resilience in
Companies for
Social Change

Putting the Impact
in Impact Investing:
How to Maximize
Your Positive
Influence

Mission Locked:
Embedding Mission
from the Start

Crowdfunding for
Impact

Stop Wasting
Time! How to
Create Sustainable
Solutions for the
Circular Economy

Creating FaithBased Investing
Experiences

Structuring
Investment
Vehicles: Lessons
from Leaders in the
Field

Deliciously
Difficult: Building
Better Supply
Chains for Coffee
and Cacao

From 1% to 10% – a
Call to Inclusive
Action

Building an
Inclusive Economy
through Financing
Employee
Ownership

Why We Need
Urban Accelerators
for Thriving
Entrepreneurs and
Neighborhoods

Why Cities? Urban
Environments as
Economic Units,
and Units of Social
Change

The Art of
Community: Making
Change Together

Impact Investing
in Asia

$

3:45

$

Inclusive Food
Systems at Scale

Direct Deals:
Investing in the
Early Stage

Supermodels:
Constructing an
Investment Portfolio
with 100% Impact

Designing Impact
Entrepreneur Pitch Sessions:
Measurement
Energy and Environment
Frameworks that
Improve Performance
and More

Getting It Done:
Finding and
Executing the Impact
Investing Deal That’s
Right for You

5:00

$

C230

$

$

Evolving Impact
Measurement Over
the Next Decade

C210

$

$

Creating an
Equitable Energy
Transition

C205

Investing in
Renewal: New
Orleans, Detroit,
Baltimore

The Real Estate
Revolution:
Development for
Impact

Mainstreaming
Social Change

Capital in
Transition: Scaling
Climate Solutions
across Private and
Public Markets

$

Entrepreneur Pitch Sessions:
Education and Technology

$
IMPACT
INVESTING

MEANING

NEIGHBORHOOD
ECONOMICS

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FOR CHANGE

INCLUSIVE
ENTREPRENEURSHIP

CLEAN ENERGY
FOR ALL

SUSTAINABLE FOOD
AND AGRICULTURE

COUNTRY
CONTEXT

OPEN

WILDCARD

SESSIONS / 35

THURSDAY breakout by room
FESTIVAL MAIN
STAGE

COWELL THEATER

FIREHOUSE

GALLERY 308

SOUTHSIDE
THEATER

GALLERY TENT

11:00

$

Entrepreneur
Ecosystems: Which
Countries Are Best?

BATS THEATER

$

Impactful
Matchmaking: How
Investment Advisors
First Talk Impact
with Clients

Food Waste
Advancing Clean
Innovation:
Energy in the
Designing for Waste Developing World
Reduction

Elevator Pitch!
North America
Venture Showcase

Eight Years Later:
Impact Policy
in the Obama
Administration

Strategically
Sustainable:
Exploring the
Integration of
ESG factors by
Institutional
Investors

Future Finance for
Aging Adults

Fair Trade:
Funding Gaps and
Opportunities in the
Supply Chain, Part II

The Divest-Invest
“Clean Fifteen”:
a Total Portfolio
Approach to FossilFree Investing

$

Family Offices:
On the Move
from Traditional
Investments to
Social Impact

12:15

$

Public-Private
Partnerships:
How Can Cities
Engage Their
Entrepreneurs?

1:30

$

The Runway
Project: Solving
the Early-Stage
Funding Gap for
African American
Entrepreneurs

$

Sync and Swim:
Demystifying
Foundation
Investors and
Building the TwoWay Pipeline

The Toilet
Board Coalition:
Accelerating
Sanitation
Entrepreneurs

2:45

Blended Capital:
Making Impact
Investing Flexible
for Urban Initiatives

Hardware
Technology
Assessment: How to
Get a Good Design
to Market

Pathways to Scaling Investment
Global Health
Terms Workshop:
Innovations
Structuring for
Impact without
Relying on Exits

Valuing Mother
Nature – Measuring
and Monetizing
Ecosystem Services

Designing for
Worldview: Bringing
Clarity to Life
Experience

4:00

Next in Financial
Inclusion: a New
Type of Fund to
Catalyze Inclusive
FinTech

Big Deals: Behind
the Scenes of
Impact Capital

$

For Investors: the
First Crowdfunded
Accelerator for
“Best for the World”
B Corps

Investor
Approaches
to Addressing
Discrimination
in Income and
Employment

$

Am I an
Entrepreneur?
Challenging the
Stereotypes

C210

$

$

Nuts and Bolts of
Impact Investing
into India

Low Money, No
Problem: the
Potential for Tech
to Empower LowIncome Individuals

What Role do an
Investor’s Values
Play in the Impact
Investing Process?

Get Funded – Use
Tax Credits to Raise
Nontraditional
Capital for Your
Project

$

Investment Success
in Clean Energy

C205

$

If We Don’t Want
Gentrification We
Need To...

New Energy Nexus:
Startup-Investor
Connect

Entrepreneurship
in the Age of
#BlackLivesMatter,
Dreamers, and
Occupy

Go Beyond the
Gender Lens:
Investing in
Empowerment of
Women and Girls

Food Climate
Collaborative in
Action

Getting Real around
the Tensions of
Impact

Impact Evaluation
in Food and Ag
Investing

The Fresno Story:
from Desperation
to Innovation

The Frontlines of
Blended Finance:
INGOs Combining
Philanthropic and
Investment Capital

Tried and True or
Shiny and New?

$

Seeding and
Cultivating the
Regenerative
Economy

How AgTech
is Impacting
the World’s
Smallholder
Farmers

Approaches to
Measuring and
Evaluating Impact:
Evaluation Experts’
Perspectives

$

First Time Fund
Managers and
Investment
Structures: from
Concept to Capital
Formation

Don’t Try This at
Home: Develop,
Market, Sell,
and Distribute
Innovative Impact
Products

C235

$

Strengthening
Impact
Measurement
for Social
Enterprises: How
to Operationalize
Your Strategy

$

How Social is
an IPO? Impact
Investors’
Perspective

Powerful Impact
Systems

$

Building Pipelines
and Investing in
Readiness

C230

$

$

$

Building and
Scaling an
Authentic MissionDriven Brand

BATS ANNEX

Invest in the
Youngest,
Fastest-Growing
Business Founder
Demographic in the
US – Latin@s!

Paying for Impact:
How New Kinds
of Incentives are
Boosting Businesses
That Serve the Poor

Measure What
Matters: Unveiling
the New B Impact
Assessment Tool

How Do Money
and Spirit Connect
in Your Life? A
Conversation

$

Mindfulness in
the Workplace
– Scaling
Sustainability

Food Systems for
Urban Resilience

What Can Impact
Investors Learn
from Dirty
Development?

$
IMPACT
INVESTING

MEANING

NEIGHBORHOOD
ECONOMICS

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FOR CHANGE

INCLUSIVE
ENTREPRENEURSHIP

CLEAN ENERGY
FOR ALL

SUSTAINABLE FOOD
AND AGRICULTURE

COUNTRY
CONTEXT

OPEN

WILDCARD

SESSIONS / 37

FRIDAY breakout by room
FESTIVAL MAIN STAGE

COWELL THEATER

FIREHOUSE

GALLERY 308

GALLERY TENT

SOUTHSIDE THEATER

BATS THEATER

BATS ANNEX

C205

C210

8:30

$

A Story of Unreasonable
Collaboration

9:45

$

The Impact of Tech
in Africa: Hype versus
Reality in the Final
Frontier

Pivoting towards
Lessons from Six Years of Solutions Salon:
Abundance: Systems
Social Impact Bonds
Executive Roundtable
Change Starts with Mind
(#1)
Change

Baltimore on the Rise:
Collaborating to Build
an Inclusive Ecosystem
of Change

Urban Ecosystems:
Finding Partners for the
Future of Cities

Investing in Sustainable
Agriculture

Correcting Systemic
Inequalities in the
Workplace

Engaging the Global
Catholic Community
in Impact Investing to
Serve the World’s Poor

$

Investing in India:
a Unique Impact
Landscape

Next Generation Impact
Financing: Investing for
Systems Change

$

Blended Finance: Mixing
Pitchers not Glasses to
Achieve Impact at Scale

Finding Hope: US Cities
as Laboratories and
Units for Change

Unlocking Diversity:
Founders, Funding, and
New Investment Models

Vision Boost for
Changemakers

Building a New
Economy Ecosystem as
3D Chess

11:00

$

How Android Is Eating
Frontier Markets: Mobile
Strategy for Social
Enterprises and the BOP

What Does Equity Look
Like?

Solutions Salon:
Executive Roundtable
(#2)

Ethical Fashion: the
Impact of Socially
Responsible Retail

City Solutions Jam –
What’s Working in Urban
Resilience

Scaling Impact through
Multi-Stakeholder
Collaboration

Best of Cities: How to
Teach All Businesses in
Your City about Impact

Healthcare Social
Enterprise in Emerging
Markets: An Industry in
Formation

$

Investing in Women: Why Unleashing Millennial
It Matters and How to
Investors
Do It Well

Building Out the
Social Impact Analyst
Profession

$
IMPACT
INVESTING

MEANING

NEIGHBORHOOD
ECONOMICS

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CITIES: CENTERS
FOR CHANGE

INCLUSIVE
ENTREPRENEURSHIP

CLEAN ENERGY
FOR ALL

SUSTAINABLE FOOD
AND AGRICULTURE

COUNTRY
CONTEXT

OPEN

WILDCARD

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2 : 0 0 PM

SPECIAL PROGRAM REGISTRATION OPENS

GENERAL REGISTRATION OPENS

REGISTRATION DESK

REGISTRATION DESK

9:00

AM

3:00

PM

7 : 3 0 AM

BREAKFAST
FESTIVAL PAVILION AND BIG TOP

8 : 3 0 AM

PLENARY SESSION
FESTIVAL MAINSTAGE / 120 MINUTE SESSION

IMPACT ACCELERATOR
GENERAL’S RESIDENCE

The Impact Accelerator is specifically designed
for social entrepreneurs, to amplify the benefit
they receive from SOCAP and connect them with
a network of peers and mentors that will extend
beyond the conference.
ACCELERATING THE ACCELERATORS
FIREHOUSE

The teams at the Miller Center for Social
Entrepreneurship, SOCAP, and Conveners.org
have worked together again this year to bring
you a workshop specifically tailored to serve
accelerator leaders. This year we will look at
moving from Collaboration into Action through
better understanding of the impact accelerator
landscape.
NEIGHBORHOOD ECONOMICS @ SOCAP
GALLERY 308

Additional Ticket Required (Walk-up ticket
purchases are available but limited.)
This pre-SOCAP event is being co-sponsored
by SOCAP and Neighborhood Economics, a
non-profit that brings together the nation’s
leading practitioners, entrepreneurs, activists,
and community investors to explore together
creating local economies that create wealth for
all neighborhoods, revive local food systems, and
heal the planet. At Neighborhood Economics @
SOCAP you will meet the people making it happen,
the leaders who are taking the economy back
from Wall Street to Main Street. We are thrilled
to partner with Neighborhood Economics to bring
this first of its kind one-day event to highlight
the new funding tools, the best practices, the
pioneering failures, and the success stories we can
all learn from.

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GETTING THE MOST FROM YOUR SOCAP
EXPERIENCE
FESTIVAL MAIN STAGE / 60 MINUTE SESSION

Whether this is your first SOCAP, or you’ve attended
every year, orient yourself to SOCAP16 with an
overview of this year’s programming and venues,
along with tips on how to maximize your time and
align your activity to get the most out of SOCAP.

4 : 3 0 PM
FROM LOCAL TO GLOBAL
90 MINUTE SESSION / FESTIVAL MAIN STAGE

This session is open to ticket holders of both
Neighborhood Economics and SOCAP16.
As a bridge between Neighborhood Economics
and SOCAP, this plenary session will explore
the connections between local economies and
the global economy. How are the macro-trends
of impact investing and social enterprise being
applied to transform local communities, and how
can effective place-based solutions inform global
approaches to sustainable impact?

6:00

PM

OPENING NIGHT PARTY
OUTSIDE FESTIVAL PAVILION

Join us for a mobile San Francisco tradition –
Off the Grid food truck feast and live music.

1 0 : 4 5 AM

SOCAP16 opens with discussions of both the “how”
and “why” of social capital markets. As impact
investing makes its way into the mainstream, the
underpinnings of implementation and intention
are both equally important. Hear from leaders
in the field who are as rigorous about financial
execution as they are deeply committed to
transforming the role of capital. Reflect on your
own level of attention to “how” and “why” in your
approach to impact, and gear up to explore both
areas throughout the conference.
Rosa Lee Harden / SOCAP
Nick O’Donohoe / Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Nancy Pfund / DBL Partners
Brian Trelstad / Bridges Ventures
Maya Chorengel / Elevar Equity
David Kirkpatrick / SJF Ventures
Matthew Weatherley-White / The CAPROCK Group
Morgan Simon / Pi Investments
Edward Dugger III / Reinventure Capital
Andrea Armeni / Transform Finance
Jed Emerson / Blended Value
Michelle Long / BALLE
Matt Stinchcomb / Etsy.org
Jessica Norwood / The Emerging ChangeMakers
Network
Christen Lien / Musical Artist
Christen Lien (@christenlien) is a rising performer and
storyteller, composer, and recording artist. She's here
to perform "The Escape" from her upcoming concept
album ELPIS, which explores the dark side of Hope. She
recently performed for the White House Summit on the
United State of Women, for His Holiness the 14th Dalai
Lama, for Project Literacy Lab hosted by Unreasonable
Group, and the Nexus Global Youth Summit. As part of
SOCAP16, Christen is giving a full concert at Impact Hub
Oakland this Friday (christenlienoakland.eventbrite.
com), plus offering all SOCAP16 participants a free
download of her first album Battle Cry (christenlien.
bandcamp.com, code: SOCAP16).

$

NAVIGATING IMPACT INVESTING: THE
PURSUIT OF CLARITY AND SIMPLICITY
FESTIVAL MAINSTAGE

Given the increasing complexity and diversity of
the impact investing market, it can be difficult to
navigate for newcomers and current practitioners
alike. In this session we step back and review the
state of play. How far have we come since impact
investments were first classified as impact-first
or finance-first? Why and where are investors
struggling to navigate impact investing? What new
efforts are underway to make the process easier?
Yasemin Saltuk Lamy / Omidyar Network
Debbie McCoy / BlackRock
Nick O’Donohoe / Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Cathy Clark / CASE at Duke

$

IMPACT UNICORNS: CAN WE HAVE
OUR CAKE AND EAT IT TOO?
COWELL THEATER

From the outset, the impact investing field has
worked to dispel the perception of a trade-off
between financial and impact returns. Recent
studies from Cambridge Associates, the Global
Impact Investing Network (GIIN), and Wharton
School of Business indicate market-rate returns
in private equity are achievable. But, what about
impact? Can investors have their cake (financial
returns) and eat it, too (impact returns)? We will
hear from funds and firms that do just that – the
so-called “Impact Unicorns.”
Fran Seegull / ImpactAssets
Maya Chorengel / Elevar Equity
Gil Crawford / MicroVest Capital Management
Nancy Pfund / DBL Partners
Arjan Schütte / Core Innovation Capital
DESIGNING, FUNDING, IMPLEMENTING
AND SCALING: HOW DO THEY COME
TOGETHER?
FIREHOUSE

How might we empower teenagers to take control
of their reproductive health and futures? That
was the question posed between Marie Stopes
International (MSI), IDEO.org, and the Hewlett
Foundation. Through human-centered design,
the Divine Diva Centres were developed. Having

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WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO SOLVE CLIMATE
CHANGE? BROAD CHALLENGES AND
INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS
GALLERY 308

Ready to solve climate change? Where do we
begin? Let’s look at the problem at the macro level
and evaluate all the tools we have to address it,
with an emphasis on the role of innovation and
impact investing and the opportunities out there
to get involved. This panel will bring together
entrepreneurs, investors, and thought leaders to
discuss the myriad opportunities that exist for
joining the struggle against climate change.
Jack Beuttell / Kunoa Cattle Company
Aimee Barnes / Allotrope Partners
Amanda Joy Ravenhill / Center for Carbon Removal
Margret Trilli / Intentional Capital
Holmes Hummel / Clean Energy Works
Jeff Lipton / WaterSmart Software

$

INVESTING IN QUALITY JOBS IN
UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES IN
THE US AND ABROAD

GALLERY TENT

Job creation is a fundamental tool for improving
livelihoods and sustained economic development.
But how does the impact of a job differ from the
impact of a quality job? And what approaches
have proven scalable in creating quality jobs for
the “ultra poor” or “low-and-moderate income”
in both developed and emerging markets? Learn
what is required beyond a paycheck to create a
quality job, and hear from organizations holding
a high bar for sustainable impact through job
creation.
Mary Jo Cook / Pacific Community Ventures
Bulbul Gupta / Medora Ventures

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Kate Cochran / Upaya Social Ventures
Jonathan Hall / Uber
#CHOOSECONNECTION: AWAKENING
THE HEART OF THE ENTREPRENEUR
SOUTHSIDE THEATER

Donella Meadows called the highest lever for
systems change, “the mindset out of which the
system arises”. We build economic systems that
support our beliefs about who we are – and we
will not build a new economy without tapping into
a deeper level of our humanity. It is our right and
even our responsibility as business and investment
leaders to imagine the beloved community, and to
cultivate inside ourselves a shift from “me” to “we.”
Konda Mason / Impact Hub Oakland
Michelle Long / BALLE
Jessica Norwood / Emerging Change
Matt Stinchcomb / Etsy.org
UNEARTHING IMPACT INVESTMENT:
HOW MAJOR INSTITUTIONS ARE
DEPLOYING CAPITAL FOR GOOD
BATS THEATER

Ever wonder if major institutions – from Fortune
500 companies to INGOs to private equity firms –
are investing for impact? This panel will highlight
the ways organizations that we don’t normally
think of as impact investors are leveraging
their assets and capital – all with the purpose
of covering their bottom line while doing good.
Through this conversation, we hope to expand the
way we identify opportunities to scale impact in
our day-to-day constraints.
Alice Gugelev / Global Development Incubator
Vicky Bindra / Visa Inc.
Wellington Pak / FHI 360
Joan Larrea / Convergence
James Gifford / Tau Investment Management
ACCELERATOR EFFECTIVENESS IN
DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
BATS ANNEX

Entrepreneurs looking to grow their businesses
frequently turn to accelerator programs for
support. But are these programs effective? This
panel addresses critical questions about what is
and is not working for accelerators in developing
countries. Panelists – referencing research
from the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative,

Technoserve (Latin America), and InfoDev (Africa)
– will host small group discussions about the
interplay between accelerator program choices,
ecosystem conditions, and entrepreneurial
outcomes, while sharing findings and insights.
Genevieve Edens / Aspen Network of
Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)
Abby Davidson / Aspen Network of Development
Entrepreneurs (ANDE)
Oscar Artiga / TechnoServe
Daina Ruback / Fordham University
Kristóf Rácz / Enclude
Sönke Buschmann / Enclude
Ross Baird / Village Capital
FINANCE AS AN INSTRUMENT OF
HOPE: INVESTING IN REFUGEES
C205

Today’s refugee crises have displaced
$
more than 65 million people, and are
straining the capacity of governments
and humanitarian organizations to meet
immediate needs, as well as build long-term
resilience. This session explores whether emerging
international development tools can be applied to
the refugee context to build long-term and broadbased prosperity. Speakers will examine various
approaches including social entrepreneurship and
innovative finance such as crowdfunding, impact
investing, and humanitarian impact bonds.
John Kluge / Lewis Institute for Social Innovation,
Babson College
Christine Mahoney / University of Virginia
Georgia Levenson Keohane / Pershing Square
Foundation
Andrew Billo / UN Office for the Coordination of
Humanitarian Affairs
TAKING A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO
WOMEN’S ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT
C210

Women’s economic empowerment programs
have traditionally been focused on business
skills development and financial inclusion
mechanisms. However, a focus on soft-skills and
cultural barriers is equally, if not more, important
to provide the long term changes that empower
women. Therefore, taking a holistic and inclusive
approach to gender is critical to the success of
programs, in order to engage men to think on the
gender assumptions, and fundamentally change a

male-dominated culture.
Katia Dumont / Aspen Network of Development
Entrepreneurs (ANDE)
Rebecca Fries / Value for Women
Maria Denise Duarte / Agora Partnerships
Alicia Robinson / Oxfam America
LEVERAGING EXPERIENCED TALENT
FOR IMPACT
C230

There is a growing cadre of senior leaders finding their
way to encore careers. In their second or third act,
many are seeking impact roles – as advisors, funders,
founders, board members, and full- or part-time staff
on intergenerational teams. This session will explore
the unique role of seasoned professionals in social
enterprise, impact investing, and mission-driven
organizations, and how to best leverage the wave of
experienced talent gravitating to this space.
Ann MacDougall / Encore.org
Phil Pizzo / Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute
Veronika Scott / The Empowerment Plan
Jim Bildner / Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
Belinda Stubblefield / Year Up
THE IMPORTANCE OF HOME: HOW
CAN WE DO ANYTHING WITHOUT AN
AFFORDABLE PLACE TO LIVE?
C235

Half of all US residents sacrifice health,
education, safety, or financial security to
pay for housing. High quality affordable housing is
the foundational element for brighter educational
and economic futures and healthier lives. Learn
how investments in affordable housing are more
critical than ever and offer high impact, low risk,
and reasonable returns; how new entrepreneurial
models are helping to address the crisis; and how
impact investors can find reliable partners with
whom to invest.
Merilyn Rovira / The Community Development Trust
Jim Baek / Deutsche Bank
Debbie Campbell / Community Housing Capital
Christine Looney / Ford Foundation
Matthew Patsky / Trillium Asset Management

12:00PM - 2:00PM

LUNCH WILL BE SERVED IN
FESTIVAL PAVILION & THE BIG TOP

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opened and operated Centres in Lusaka, Zambia
the team partnered with ICSF to scale the Diva’s
impact further. Learn about the challenges, lessons,
and future in designing, funding, implementing,
and scaling the Diva Centres.
Margot Fahnestock / Hewlett Foundation
Michelle Kreger / IDEO.org
Pam Norick / Marie Stopes International USA
Peter Schaffler / Marie Stopes International Zambia
Cho Kim / International Centre for Social
Franchising (ICSF)
Greg Coussa / International Centre for Social
Franchising (ICSF)

W E D N E S D AY 1 4 S E P T E M B E R

PA R A LLE L S E S S I O N S
THE IMPACT WOMEN TELL ALL
COWELL THEATER

Are we improving our gender diversity in investment
decision-makers and Board representation? What
advantages do female impact investors have over
their male counterparts? What obstacles still exist
for aspiring female fund managers and investors?
What might the traditional venture capital
community learn from the female leadership
perspective in impact investing? Come hear from
a panel of women impact investors about how
the landscape is changing for them in impact and
beyond.
Cody Nystrom / SJF Ventures
Fran Seegull / ImpactAssets
Tasha Seitz / Impact Engine
Johanna Posada / Elevar Equity
Nancy Pfund / DBL Partners
Stephanie Nieman / SJF Ventures

$

MAPPING THE IMPACT INVESTING
LANDSCAPE WITH COLLABORATIVE DATA
(PART 1)

FIREHOUSE

As the impact investing field matures and data
needs become more refined, tools are emerging
for pipeline development, due diligence, reporting,
and matchmaking. A collaborative data effort is
fostering accessibility, reliability, and innovation,
and is empowering investors, consumers, and
entrepreneurs to make socially-responsible
decisions. Join the conversation on open data
for social good – hear from platform creators,
test their tools, identify the gaps, and prepare for
session two – Collaborative Data for Social Good –
a workshop geared to create real API connections.
Sheila Herrling / Case Foundation
David Bank / ImpactSpace
Zuleyma Bebell / ImpactSpace
Hardik Savalia / B Lab
Jeff Tuller / Sphaera
Audrey Selian / Artha Initiative

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ENTREPRENEUR WAR STORIES
GALLERY 308

Every entrepreneur goes through a
period in their company’s growth that has the
potential to make or break the company. This
pivotal moment causes every leader to question
their strategy, leadership, and future. Ultimately,
they find the solution through focusing on their
personal sense of purpose, vision, and values that
drive them forward. Four entrepreneurs will share
their war story of how their most challenging
moments became a turning point that crystallized
their company’s “why.”
Vince Siciliano / New Resource Bank
Sue Conley / Cowgirl Creamery
Danny Kennedy / CalCEF
Karen Salinger / Veritable Vegetable
VODAFONE AMERICAS MOBILE FAST
PITCH
GALLERY TENT

It’s a tradition at SOCAP for Vodafone Americas
Foundation to bring mobile technology innovation
from around the world, driving a movement to
create social change at scale through mobile
technology solutions. See and hear cuttingedge social entrepreneurs who leverage mobile
technology, presenting innovative solutions to
some of the world’s most pressing problems.
Iva Černá / R-ITAREPS
Zdeněk Míkovec / Naviterier
Monika Koťarová / Better Place
Mallah Tabot / Ndolo360
Waweru Kuria / iNuka Pap
Phil Michaels / Tembo Education
Cobby Amoah / Peach Health
BUILDING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES
THROUGH INVESTMENTS IN LOCAL
ECONOMIC STRATEGIES
SOUTHSIDE THEATER

Over the past several decades, studies have shown
that up to 80% of human health is determined by
social factors such as income, housing quality, and
education, rather than just by the availability or
quality of medical care. In response, investments
are now being directed toward prevention at the
community level and new strategic alliances are
emerging. From the national to neighborhood
level, we’ll explore new drivers and tactics for
investing in population health.

Leslie Lindo / BALLE
Tyler Norris / Kaiser Permanente
Jose Corona / City of Oakland
Colby Dailey / Build Healthy Places Network
DONORS’ TINDER: HOW TO GET
DONORS TO SWIPE RIGHT, AND WHY
THEY SWIPE LEFT
BATS THEATER

Go behind the scenes of selecting which
development innovations to fund. Are there magic
words? Why do some innovators seem to be darlings
and some can’t get a dime? Learn how donors,
investors, and funders are collecting business
intelligence in order to decide who to fund, who to
keep funding, and when to stop funding. See how
development is being democratized to be inclusive
and give more innovators and entrepreneurs a fair
shot.
Alexis Bonnell / USAID
Daryl Edwards / Embassy of Australia
Jude O’Reilley / Skoll Foundation
Michael MacHarg / Mercy Corps
Jonathan Hera / Grand Challenges Canada
Sunita Grote / UNICEF
Rebekah Neal / Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
THE BEST KEPT SECRET IN IMPACT
INVESTING: CDFIS AND QUALITY JOB
CREATION
BATS ANNEX

How can we address rising income inequality?
Quality job creation. Community Development
Financial Institutions (CDFIs) have invested more
than $35 billion in underserved communities, yet
remain one of the best kept secrets in impact
investing. Hear from CDFIs committed to this issue,
and explore recent research. You’ll gain a deeper
understanding of what comprises a quality job,
quality job impact measurement, and how you can
help drive job creation that is good for workers,
businesses, and communities.
Tom Woelfel / Pacific Community Ventures
Donna Fabiani / Opportunity Finance Network
Michael Jeans / Growth Opportunity Partners
Maggie Kirby / CRAFT3
Liz Rogers / Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI)
Sean Murphy / ICA Fund Good Jobs

$

MICROFINANCE 3.0 –
DISTRIBUTION BEYOND CREDIT
C205

In a new era for microfinance institutions, the
practice is evolving by broadening the offering of
services and products that serve the poor. MFIs are
leveraging their inherent distribution strengths to
deliver new products and services to underserved
populations around the world. From water filtration
devices to solar lanterns, forward thinking MFIs
and social enterprises are working together to
change the face of “last mile” distribution. Various
distribution partnership models will be discussed.
Ami Dalal / FINCA International
Anish Thakkar / Greenlight Planet
Caroline Vance / Deutsche Bank

$

CLIMATE RESILIENCY FOR CITIES:
INVESTING IN STORMWATER
INFRASTRUCTURE SOLUTIONS

C210

Stormwater is the fastest growing source of
freshwater pollution in cities. Due to our changing
climate, major storm events are becoming more
frequent and severe, polluting our waterways
and negatively impacting communities. Because
of limited financial resources, municipalities are
struggling to meet federally-mandated water
quality goals to address the cause of this pollution.
Fortunately, technology and green infrastructure
solutions that leverage private capital can help cities
become more resilient, sustainable, and livable.
Alisa Valderrama / Natural Resources Defense
Council (NRDC)
Sarah Vared / MissionPoint Partners
Taryn Goodman / NatureVest at The Nature
Conservancy
Toni Johnson / F.B. Heron Foundation
REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE:
BUZZWORD OR LAST HOPE FOR
REVERSING CLIMATE CHANGE?
C230

There’s a lot of hype around Regenerative
Agriculture. It is touted as the great hope for
adapting our agro-business models to cope with
and reverse climate change, a method for growing
nutrient rich foods, and as a model that goes
beyond Fair Trade. But beyond the hype, what
is regenerative agriculture, and who is really
doing it? Hear from investors and businesses that

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ACCELERATING INCLUSIVITY IN
HIGH-TECH INCUBATORS AND
ACCELERATORS
C235

Why
are
minorities
and
women
still
underrepresented in incubators and accelerators?
In this session we’ll tackle the issues and barriers
to women and minority entrepreneurs in hightech incubators and accelerators. The research
of Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC)
– supported by JPMorgan Chase – will ground
the discussion, focused on effective strategies to
increase participation rates and lessons learned
from two incubator and accelerator leaders.
Georgette Bhathena / Global Philanthropy at
JPMorgan Chase
Kim Zeuli / Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC)
Marcus Carey / Groundwork.vc
Ben Johnson / BioSTL

1 : 1 5 PM

PA R A LLE L S E S S I O N S
CREATING AN EQUITABLE ENERGY
TRANSITION
FESTIVAL MAINSTAGE

The US Clean Energy Transition is the biggest
transformation of our economy this century. How
do we ensure an inclusive energy transition that
lifts all boats? While replacing dirty fuels and
combatting climate change, we have a catalytic
opportunity to also ensure that disadvantaged
populations and communities of color fully benefit
from, and economically participate in the clean
energy economy.
Sherri Pittman / California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF)
Vien Truong / Green for All
Miya Yoshitani / APEN
Denise Fairchild / Emerald Cities Collaborative
Alvaro Sanchez / Greenlining Institute

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$

THE NEXT NEW THING IN SILICON
VALLEY? GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT
COWELL THEATER

Silicon Valley has a “problem” problem: too many
startups chasing too-small problems. Now, Sand
Hill Road VCs and tech entrepreneurs are climbing
aboard the global economy’s next big growth train:
lifting up the world’s poorest 4.5 billion people.
Clean water, food security, quality education,
financial services – big challenges mean big
opportunities to use innovation and technology
to deliver sustainable, inclusive prosperity for the
21st century. Come join this session exploring the
implications of a changing Silicon Valley.
Julie Hanna / Kiva
David Bank / ImpactAlpha
Sheel Tyle / New Enterprise Associates

$

COLLABORATIVE DATA FOR SOCIAL
GOOD – JUST DO IT! (PART 2)
FIREHOUSE

How do we build the new infrastructure for
accelerating change? This workshop is for all
who are serious about continuing the work on a
Social Data Commons (SODA) that was started
at SOCAP15, and working together to build the
connective infrastructure needed for mobilizing,
sharing, and accelerating the flow of data, deals,
and capital. The workshop attendees will share
progress-to-date, and discuss how, together it’s
possible to create a more connected and efficient
infrastructure. This is a continuation of the session
just prior to it in the same room: Mapping the
Impact Investing Landscape with Collaborative
Data.
Jeff Tuller / Sphaera
Audrey Selian / Artha Initiative
Astrid Scholz / Sphaera
Alexis Bonnell / USAID
Alf Martin Johansen / Induct Software
Zuleyma Bebell / ImpactSpace
Avary Kent / Conveners.org

RE-DESIGNING THE ECONOMICS OF
THE CREATIVE ECOSYSTEM
GALLERY 308

In 2015, the National Endowment for the Arts
launched Creativity Connects to show how the
creative ecosystem enriches various facets of life
in the US. Bringing research and recommendations
from that effort to SOCAP, this esteemed panel
will share insights that bridge to impact investing.
Structural inequities within the creative ecosystem
mirror society more broadly, and there are
opportunities to re-think economic models and
better deploy contributions of artists to benefit
broad societal health and well-being.
Marcy Hinand / M Hinand Consulting
Jason Schupbach / National Endowment for the Arts
Sammy Hoi / Maryland Institute College of Art
Maria Rosario Jackson / Kresge Foundation,
National Council on the Arts
SECURING WATER FOR FOOD
INNOVATIONS: PITCH & PICTURE
GALLERY TENT

Water and agriculture technology innovators in
emerging markets have taken off in recent years
and are growing towards reaching smallholder
farmers globally. Securing Water for Food: A
Grand Challenge for Development (SWFF) has
identified game-changing solutions that produce
more food using less water. This session features
presentations by several SWFF winners achieving
significant development impact. The session will
also focus on the common barriers that all of the
innovators face on their path to scale.
Ku McMahan / USAID
Kevan Hayes / The Kaizen Company
Pratap Thapa / aQysta
Nazmul Chowdhury / Practical Action Bangladesh
Claire Reid / Reel Gardening
Khanjan Mehta / Penn State University
Zach Gray / Adaptive Symbiotic Technologies
Liisa Petrykowska / Ignitia AB
Steele Lorenz / MyRain
Vianney Tumwesige / Green Heat Uganda

THE FUTURE OF FOOD: FEEDING THE
WORLD WITH PLANTS AND PROTEINS
SOUTHSIDE THEATER

One of the hottest topics in health and
sustainability revolves around how to feed a
growing population while protecting the planet
we rely on. At the fore of this conversation are
entrepreneurs and investors leading the charge
to develop new plant-based and cultured proteins
that could have dramatic implications on the wellbeing of the Earth and her inhabitants. Join us for
this cutting edge and thought-provoking talk on
the future of food.
David Benzaquen / PlantBased Solutions
Gilonne d’Origny / New Harvest
Ryan Pandya / Perfect Day
David Lee / Impossible Foods
T.K. Pillan / Powerplant Ventures
Seth Goldman / Beyond Meat
EXTINCTION OR EXTENSION? THE
ROLE OF CORPORATIONS & INGOS IN
SOCIAL ENTERPRISE
BATS THEATER

Will existing corporations and INGOs be out
paced by social enterprises? Or can mutually
beneficial partnerships be built to capitalize on
respective strengths? Bringing in perspectives
from institutions and social enterprises, we will
discuss the potential that partnerships between
unlikely institutions can have, and whether digital
technology can be a key enabler. We will explore
how social enterprises can engage with existing
players to increase scale, while staying true to
their core business and mission.
Ryan Johnson / Accenture Development Partnerships
Jitendra Kavathekar / Accenture Open Innovation
Wendy Gonzalez / Samasource
Lewis Hower / Village Capital
Marilia Bezerra / CARE Enterprises
Kevin Connolly / Affordable Access Initiatives at
Microsoft

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are rallying behind regenerative ag due to its
unparalleled potential to reverse climate change.
Ariel Greenwood / Circle A Beef
Sarah Kraft / Padma Food and Beverage
Jesse Smith / Regenerative Capital
Robbie Vitrano / Good Spread
Gregory Landua / Terra Genesis International

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BATS ANNEX

Traditional fund managers seek financial returns
and are rewarded for achieving those returns.
Impact fund managers seek both financial and
social returns, yet are largely compensated based
on just their financial performance. This session
explores the case for tying a fund manager’s
returns to their actual impact and presents three
concrete cases of fund managers who have done
so.
Harlan Mandel / Media Development Investment
Fund
Júlia Profeta / Vox Capital
Andrea Armeni / Transform Finance Investor Network
Kathleen Utecht / Core Innovation Capital

$

NAVIGATING THE ADVISORY
LANDSCAPE
C205

Capital doesn’t flow by itself. It requires
strategic thinking, long-term planning, and open
communication on the part of investors, advisors,
and managers alike. Join this conversation on the
advisory landscape related to impact investing.
We’ll discuss the advantages and challenges in
advisory relationships, and why, when, and how it
might make sense to take a DIY approach. Hear
from advisors and clients as they navigate new
ways to work together to drive more capital into
impact.
Kate Starr / Flat World Partners
Jennifer Kenning / Align Impact
Charly Kleissner / KL Felicitas Foundation
Kristin Hull / Green Alpha Advisors
Beth Haddock / Warburton Advisors
PATHWAYS TO COMMERCIAL SUCCESS
& IMPACT FOR SOCIAL ENTERPRISES
C210

How can social enterprises access capital beyond
the limited sources currently available? What are
effective models for commercial success for social
enterprises? Our conversation will explore paths
social enterprises can take to grow into scaled,
impactful, profitable enterprises. Join us to explore
exit options that work well for all stakeholders. We
will consider new avenues to liquidity for social
enterprises and impact investors via innovations
such as the Social Stock Exchange.

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Bobby Fishkin / Reframe It
Tomás Carruthers / Social Stock Exchange
Lina Constantinovici / StartupNectar
Natalie Nasseri / KZoom
Kavita Gupta / WeMynd
CO-DEVELOPING THE NEIGHBORHOOD
ECONOMY STRATEGY: EXAMPLES FROM
RURAL JAPAN
C230

Welcome practitioners from Japan who are engaged
in building up their local economy in rural areas of
the country. We will discuss the cases of Ueda City
(Nagano Prefecture), Fukushima (reconstruction
area from the 2011 tsunami), Nagano and Gujo
– learning from entrepreneurs, corporations,
and a researcher – to discuss progress as well as
struggles. Topics will cover: funding, nation-wide
and municipal governments’ policies, a culture of
entrepreneurship, geographical conditions, and
engagement from big corporations.
Ryo Tateishi / Mitsubishi Corporation
Nozomi Torii / VALUE BOOKS Co., Ltd.
Misaki Iwai / Impact Hub Tokyo
So Sasaki / Keio University

2 : 3 0 PM

PA R A LLE L S E S S I O N S
$

EVOLVING IMPACT MEASUREMENT
OVER THE NEXT DECADE
FESTIVAL MAINSTAGE

If impact measurement is indeed central to impact
investing, then why do our current approaches and
solutions remain inadequate? A panel of impact
investing pioneers will share their journeys and
lessons in impact measurement, and describe the
solutions and tools they are building. This session
will also discuss the potential for the field to
deliver on the promise of impact.
Karim Harji / Purpose Capital
Sasha Dichter / Acumen Fund
Paul DiLeo / Grassroots Capital Management
Kelly McCarthy / GllN (Global Impact Investing
Network)
Jim Fruchterman / Benetech

$

IMPACT INVESTING: A DISCUSSION ON
THE STATE OF THE FIELD
COWELL THEATER

EPIPHANY MANAGEMENT:
LIVING A LIFE GUIDED BY PURPOSE
C235

Participants will be facilitated through an
experience to illuminate real and perceived
obstacles to living more on purpose while also
exploring strategies to move effectively in that
direction. By sourcing the wisdom and experience
from the group, we will together harvest the
stories, principles, and insights that support the
effective crossing of this threshold.
Matthew Abrams / Mycelium
Dana Pearlman / The Lotus
Kathia Laszlo / Magenta Wisdom

Impact investing is on a roll. From mainstream
wealth platforms entering the field to fund
managers raising third and fourth funds to
major policy announcements from the IRS and
Department of Labor, more capital is flowing into
the market. However, access to capital is still
impeded for impact entrepreneurs, especially
early-stage ventures and those run by women and
minority entrepreneurs. Join us for an overview of
the state of the field – an annual SOCAP favorite!
Fran Seegull / ImpactAssets
Julia Sze / Arabella Advisors
Cathy Clark / CASE at Duke

role of capital in bringing these ideas to scale.
Examples from DC and Oakland show possibilities
for developing inclusive regional food systems.
Kevin Jones / SOCAP Convener
Lindsay Smith / Metropolitan Washington Council
of Governments
Olivia Rebanal / Capital Impact Partners
Tom McDougall / 4P Foods
Ronnie Webb / The Green Scheme
Dana Harvey / Mandela MarketPlace
ENTREPRENEUR PITCH SESSIONS:
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND
HEALTH
GALLERY 308

For the first time at SOCAP, this year we’ve
dedicated three hours to hearing from some of the
outstanding social entrepreneurs joining us from
around the world. Hear inspiring and energetic
pitches from entrepreneurs in the sectors of
community development and health, then join
them after they pitch in the adjoining Gallery tent
to offer your support, partnership, or mentorship.
Check the schedule on page 18 for full pitch
session details.
Bruno Aracaty / Colab.re
Gabriela Rocha / Laboratoria México
Brendon Brewster / Veerhouse Voda
Samuel Pressler / Armed Services Arts Partnership
(ASAP)
Carolina Salamanca / Baby Faves Organics
Daniel Josue Nuñez Valdivieso / Nutrishake Andino
Catherine Flatley / Develop Link
Brittany Déjean / AbleThrive
Asher Hasan / Naya Jeevan
Sunny Williams / Tiny Docs
ENTREPRENEUR PITCH SESSIONS:
CONNECT AND SUPPORT
GALLERY TENT

INCLUSIVE FOOD SYSTEMS AT SCALE
FIREHOUSE

Distribution of nutritious, affordable, local food
is a challenge for many US cities. Community
input is central to inclusive design, and innovative
financing is needed to bridge the market for
sustainable solutions to mature and thrive. Join
us for a dynamic conversation exploring creative
solutions by leading local contributors on the

After entrepreneurs pitch in Gallery 308, they will
head over to the Gallery Tent where attendees are
invited to learn more about the ventures, and offer
advice, support, or partnership.

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YOU’RE SERIOUS ABOUT IMPACT?
TIE YOUR COMPENSATION TO IT!

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SOUTHSIDE THEATER

A global movement is happening, led by Certified
B Corporations, 2,000 strong, operating in more
than 50 countries, and representing 130 industries.
Its growth is powered by the integrity of social
and environmental performance standards, and
vitality of communities. Hear from two hubs of
international growth on how they took the B Corp
idea and ran with it in creative and fun ways –
while maintaining its integrity – as they expand a
global movement to their regions.
Ben Anderson / B Lab
Alicia Darvall / B Lab Australia & New Zealand
Camila Matos / Sistema B Brasil
Sérgio Serapião / 60 + Lab
MAXIMIZING OUTCOMES FOR SOCIAL
ENTERPRISES, IMPACT INVESTORS,
AND PHILANTHROPISTS
BATS THEATER

Measuring impact is challenging but – when done
thoughtfully – can strengthen program efficacy
and promote decisions about funding. With areas
to measure impact, there is a need to be specific
and specialized. Simultaneously, the more we
specialize, the greater potential to miss catalytic
opportunities to align impact. This panel discusses
the value of specialization and standardization,
the importance of measuring impact in decision
making for funders, and what steps the field could
consider to foster cross-sector collaboration.
Colby Dailey / Build Healthy Places Network
Michele Demers / Boundless Impact Investing
James Gifford / TAU Investment Management
Jack Robinson / Sorenson Impact Center
ENTREPRENEURIAL CITIES
BATS ANNEX

Cities are dense aggregations of resources: people,
money, power, infrastructure, ideas, and more.
How resources get organized and deployed is one
question. Who benefits from their deployment is
another question. But the most important question
of who is organizing and deploying resources,
is perhaps the least examined of all. This panel
will start by asking: who is organizing different
resources in urban areas, what is their agenda, and

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how might outsiders support that?
Oscar Abello / Next City
Myung Lee / Cities of Service
Aaron Tanaka / Boston Ujima Project
Christopher Mitchell / Institute for Local SelfReliance (ILSR)
Melissa Hoover / Democracy at Work Institute
SOLAR + BATTERIES: THE NEXT IMPACT
INVESTMENT FRONTIER
C205

Batteries are big business! To electrify
$
our vehicle fleet and smooth renewable
energy coming into the electricity grid,
we need many more megawatts of energy storage
to be manufactured annually. Storage has the
potential to provide a huge opportunity for impact
investors to do something important on climate
while getting great returns. What companies or
technologies are coming online? What will break
through to be bigger than Tesla?
Venkat Srinivasan / Lawrence Berkeley National
Laboratory
Joshua Posamentier / Prelude Ventures
Janice Lin / California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA)
Alex Luce / CalCharge
Danny Kennedy / California Clean Energy Fund
(CalCEF)
IMPACT INVESTING IN MEDIA:
INCREASING IMPACT, INFORMING
DEBATE, CATALYZING CHANGE
C210

From Watergate to the Panama Papers, quality
media delivers impact on a local, national, and
global scale. As independent media emerges
as an important theme in impact investing, the
intersection of communications and tech is
providing opportunities for innovative media to
disrupt politics, deepen community impact, and
catalyze change at home and abroad. How can
social investors help private and public media
deepen their impact, amplify local voices and
connect with more people?
Harlan Mandel / Media Development Investment
Fund
Christie George / New Media Ventures
Erik Langner / Public Media Company
Ben Wirz / Knight Enterprise Fund

MINDFULNESS, COMPASSION, AND
RESILIENCE IN COMPANIES FOR
SOCIAL CHANGE
C230

Impact Investors: Learn how companies like
Facebook, Starbucks, SalesForce and Ford are
creating mindful and compassionate cultures,
and how this could create massive positive
social impact, while generating healthy returns.
Social Entrepreneurs: Learn about Aligned
Entrepreneurship and the steps that could take
your business to the next level.
Cory Smith / Wisdom Labs

$

PUTTING THE IMPACT IN IMPACT
INVESTING: HOW TO MAXIMIZE YOUR
POSITIVE INFLUENCE

C235

There is an ongoing debate on trade-off between
social and financial returns in impact investing.
These frames often assume that the primary
goal of impact investing is to maximize profit.
In this panel, we will explore this question from
the opposite direction. Meet funders who seek
to maximize impact. Why do they do it? How is it
working? Come hear our panelists talk about their
experience, and the tools that can help bridge the
gap between philanthropy and investment.
Caroline Bressan / Open Road Alliance
Min Pease / Echoing Green
Cristi Hegranes / Global Press Institute (GPI)
Scott Beale / Atlas Corps

4:00PM - 6:00PM

COME GRAB YOUR FREE ICE CREAM
CONE FROM THE BEN & JERRY'S COW
MOBILE IN FRONT OF FIREHOUSE

3 : 4 5 PM

PA R A LLE L S E S S I O N S
$

DIRECT DEALS: INVESTING IN THE
EARLY STAGE
FESTIVAL MAINSTAGE

How are investors thinking about and making high
impact, catalytic, early-stage direct investments?
This session will discuss the current landscape
of direct investments, share strategies that have

helped and hindered putting capital to work, and
offer insights into getting started.
Andy Lower / ADAP Capital
Ron Boehm / Boma Investments
Bonny Moellenbrock / Investors’ Circle
Tasha Seitz / Impact Engine
Julia Sze / Arabella Advisors

$

SUPERMODELS: CONSTRUCTING
AN INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO
WITH 100% IMPACT

COWELL THEATER

Recent work in building and modeling impact
investment now allows us to move from
sharing examples to some actual choices and
considerations in building a broad-asset investment
portfolio. Pioneers in this work are sharing their
investment selections and results, allowing you a
much clearer picture on how to get started. Come
build your own portfolio as you listen to early and
brave investors who have committed to a 100%
impact portfolio. A practicum for practitioners!
John Kohler / Miller Center for Social
Entrepreneurship
Eva Yazhari / Beyond Capital Fund
Charly Kleissner / KL Felicitas Foundation
Brendan Maher / Heron Foundation

$

DESIGNING IMPACT MEASUREMENT
FRAMEWORKS THAT IMPROVE
PERFORMANCE AND MORE

FIREHOUSE

As demand for impact evidence grows, new
measurement frameworks are being developed
and applied. This panel will describe how these
frameworks can be applied to provide impact as
well as improve performance. It will also unpack
some of the core issues around defining the value
of measurement, and the top-of-mind barriers
and challenges to creating a data culture that
values impact measurement and financial returns
equally.
Karim Harji / Purpose Capital
Tom Woelfel / Pacific Community Ventures
Will Morgan / Sonen Capital
Allison Spector / Global Impact Investing Network
Masha Lisak / Omidyar Network

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CULTIVATING A GLOBAL MOVEMENT:
HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD AND
HAVE FUN

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GALLERY 308

For the first time at SOCAP, this year we’ve
dedicated three hours to hearing from some of the
outstanding social entrepreneurs joining us from
around the world. Hear inspiring and energetic
pitches from entrepreneurs in the sectors of energy
and environment, then join them after they pitch
in the adjoining Gallery tent to offer your support,
partnership, or mentorship. Check the schedule on
page 18 for full pitch session details.
Joaquín Alejandro Víquez Arias / Viogaz
Arine de Bordes / Purasol Vida Natural
Morgan Babbs / Colibri
Jessica De Clerck / Potential Energy
Sebastian Sajoux / Arqlite
Sarah Toumi / Acacias for All
Pedro Delgado / Agua Inc
Patricia Griffin / Inagape Limited
Yvette Ondachi / Ojay Greene
ENTREPRENEUR PITCH SESSIONS:
CONNECT AND SUPPORT
GALLERY TENT

After entrepreneurs pitch in Gallery 308, they will
head over to the Gallery Tent where attendees are
invited to learn more about the ventures, and offer
advice, support, or partnership.
GETTING IT DONE: FINDING AND
EXECUTING THE IMPACT INVESTING
DEAL THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU

MISSION LOCKED: EMBEDDING
MISSION FROM THE START
BATS THEATER

Two pioneers in the adoption of the benefit
corporation model share how they launched new
ventures that began as mission-aligned startups.
Hear from panelists on how their previous
experiences led them to found new ventures that
protect their mission and give their directors more
flexibility and freedom.
Victoria Fiore / Plum Organics
Adam Lowry / Ripple Foods
Megan Shea / The Soulfull Project

CROWDFUNDING FOR IMPACT
BATS ANNEX

Technology is upending every aspect of the finance
world, and nowhere more so than investing.
Recently, a new kind of investment crowdfunding
has arisen, where everyday investors can act
as angel investors. Can this new approach be
harnessed for good? Or are we creating new ways
to speculate? So far, it’s been more of the latter.
But a new crop of investment platforms is putting
social impact front and center. Come hear how
they are bringing impact investing to the masses.
Amy Cortese / Locavesting.com
Kendrick Nguyen / Republic
Jase Wilson / Neighborly
John Katovich / Cutting Edge Capital
Eve Picker / Small Change

SOUTHSIDE THEATER

This session will offer transparency into impact
investing by openly discussing how deals are
sourced, what investors look for in entrepreneurs
and companies, and how investors acknowledge
and overcome implicit bias. The panel will describe
deals they’re proud of, what due diligence process
entails, and how they fit with their organizational
goals. Participants will gain insight into specific
deal making approaches, the way portfolios are
structured, and will see how accessible this space
really is.
Kristin Hull / Nia Global Solutions
Christie George / New Media Ventures
Daryn Dodson / Calvert Foundation

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STOP WASTING TIME! HOW TO CREATE
SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS FOR THE
CIRCULAR ECONOMY

CREATING FAITH-BASED
INVESTING EXPERIENCES
C210

While 67% of millennials believe that their investment
decisions are a way to express their values, impact
investing as a meaningful personal practice is in
its infancy and requires ongoing innovation. One
perhaps unlikely source of innovation and inspiration
may be religion. Religious institutions have millennia
of experience in building communities and facilitating
values-based dialogue. In this panel, Christian, Muslim,
and Jewish faith-based investment professionals will
discuss their approach to incorporating values into
investment decisions.
Avi Deutsch / LAVAN
Joy Anderson / Criterion Institute
Rosemary Feerick / Harvest Time
Umar Moghul / Attorney
STRUCTURING INVESTMENT VEHICLES:
LESSONS FROM LEADERS IN THE FIELD
C230

Establishing the appropriate structure to align
the intended risk-return profile with social and
environmental considerations is complicated.
During this session, you will hear from the
experience of three distinct impact investors
discussing strategies and challenges to setting
up and managing a diverse range of impact
investment vehicles. Among other topics, the panel
will address dynamics of investment committees,
integrating reporting obligations, economic
requirements, and operating in emerging markets.
Eliza Golden / Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Peter O’Driscoll / Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Catherine Godschalk / Calvert Foundation
Ted Levinson / Beneficial Returns
Jane Bieneman / Tideline

C205

Food waste is estimated to be a yearly global cost
into billions; recycling rates are stagnant, landfills
are overburdened and oceans are projected to have
more plastic than fish by 2050. These problems can
be solved yet remain deeply entrenched. Panelists
will discuss barriers for companies trying to solve
problems associated with food and inorganic
waste, resource utilization, and the role consumers,
producers, and financial markets have in engendering
scalable solutions for the circular economy.
Sarah Vared / MissionPoint Partners
Brian Dawson / HarvestPort
Andrew Falcon / Full Cycle Bioplastics

DELICIOUSLY DIFFICULT: BUILDING
BETTER SUPPLY CHAINS FOR COFFEE
AND CACAO
C235

Coffee and chocolate are the most universal
of languages; broadly loved, but widely
misunderstood. Where do they come from, and
how do they get from there to our tables? Being a
farmer of cacao or coffee has become increasingly
difficult; and while demand for ethically-sourced
consumer goods skyrockets, prices decrease or
stagnate for farmers.This panel will explore the

work being done in Latin America to strengthen
the foundation of these supply chains.
Beth Bafford / Calvert Foundation
Rob Terenzi / Vega Coffee
Emily Stone / Uncommon Cacao
Rachel Serotta / Root Capital

5 : 0 0 PM

PA R A LLE L S E S S I O N S
INVESTING IN RENEWAL: NEW
ORLEANS, DETROIT, BALTIMORE
FESTIVAL MAIN STAGE

Highlighting strategies for renewal and growth,
we’ll follow the progress of US cities that
have suffered from environmental, social, and
economic distress over the past decade. We’ll
hear case studies from Detroit’s Shinola and
Baltimore’s Under Armour on the important role
businesses can play in rebuilding city economies
and social fabric. Learn how a startup incubator in
New Orleans is affecting greater equity for lower
income communities.
Rob Lalka / Propeller: A Force for Social
Innovation
Bridget Russo / Shinola
Demian Costa / Sagamore Ventures
Julia Sze / Arabella Advisors
THE REAL ESTATE REVOLUTION:
DEVELOPMENT FOR IMPACT
COWELL THEATER

The world’s largest passive house project is
underway in Kansas City, saving more than 90% in
energy usage. Fundrise is changing the way real
estate is funded, allowing anyone with $1000 to
invest. Affordable housing is going green, while a
new generation of developers is pursuing triplebottom line results. This session will explore
the working edge of mission-led real estate
development and the expanding opportunities for
social impact from the building to the city scale.
William Shutkin / Zocalo Community Development
Baye Adofo-Wilson / Economic and Housing
Development, City of Newark
Margaret Anadu / Urban Investment Group at
Goldman Sachs
Jonathan Arnold / Arnold Development Group

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ENTREPRENEUR PITCH SESSIONS:
ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT

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CAPITAL IN TRANSITION: SCALING
CLIMATE SOLUTIONS ACROSS PRIVATE
AND PUBLIC MARKETS

In order to produce the change we all desire,
social change must be part of the common and
collective conscious … not categorized as separate.
This panel will focus on platforms and media that
endeavor to mainstream the conversations and
solutions that catalyze social impact. The panel
members will refer to their personal experiences,
as well as their engagement with the world’s first
impact investing TV show, “The Real Deal.”
Divyansh Bajpai / Indi.com
Audrey Selian / Rianta Capital Zurich
Anuj Sharma / ASCo
Shikha Devi Uberoi / Impact Media 360
Lindsay Clinton / Intellecap
ENTREPRENEUR PITCH SESSIONS:
EDUCATION AND TECHNOLOGY
GALLERY 308

For the first time at SOCAP, this year we’ve
dedicated three hours to hearing from some of the
outstanding social entrepreneurs joining us from
around the world. Hear inspiring and energetic
pitches from entrepreneurs in the sectors of
education and technology, then join them after
they pitch in the adjoining Gallery tent to offer
your support, partnership, or mentorship. Check the
schedule on page 18 for full pitch session details.
Julio Alvarez / PROMESA
Afzal Habib / Kidogo
John Roberts / InvestED
Cecilia Foxworthy / Torus Teens
Rosario Monteverde / GPSGAY
Marcelo Wilkorwsky / Oincs
Andrés Luongo / allGreenup
Xiaoyuan (Charlene) Ren / MyH2O
Bessie Schwarz / Cloud to Street
ENTREPRENEUR PITCH SESSIONS:
CONNECT AND SUPPORT
GALLERY TENT

After entrepreneurs pitch in Gallery 308, they will
head over to the Gallery Tent where attendees are
invited to learn more about the ventures, and offer
advice, support, or partnership.

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$

SOUTHSIDE THEATER

What investment opportunities exist
to solve the most pressing climate
challenges? With trillions of dollars being pledged
to divest from extractive industries toward more
regenerative investment opportunities: how do we
accelerate these pledges to active investments
across public and private markets? This panel
brings together investors and business leaders
with experience deploying and raising capital
to discuss gaps, opportunities, and examples of
accelerating investment in climate solutions.
Ian Monroe / Etho Capital
Brenden Millstein / Carbon Lighthouse
Catha Groot / Radicle Impact Partners
Kristin Hull / Green Alpha Advisors
Katie Hoffman / Resilience Collaborative (ResCo, LLC)
FROM 1% TO 10% – A CALL TO
INCLUSIVE ACTION
BATS THEATER

The stats on the lack of minority investing are
staggeringly low: less than 1% of venture capital
funding goes to entrepreneurs of color. To
encourage taking steps towards a more inclusive
investing ecosystem, the National Venture Capital
Association (NVCA) has convened 40 of the top
venture capital firms in the country and created
a pledge for change. With accountability and a
plan, how impactful could 10% of venture dollars
be to catalyzing entrepreneurs of color and their
communities?
Jan Baker / Impact Hub DC
Stacie Whisonant / PYT Funds
Edward Dugger III / Reinventure Capital
BUILDING AN INCLUSIVE ECONOMY
THROUGH FINANCING EMPLOYEE
OWNERSHIP
BATS ANNEX

By aligning the interests of businesses and
workers, employee ownership is the next big idea
for realizing the American Dream and building an
inclusive economy. As baby boomer retirement
hits the M&A market, impact investors are poised
to lead a massive transition of privately held
companies to employee ownership. We’ll discuss
innovative financing models for taking employee

ownership to scale and explore ways for impact
investors to capitalize on this huge, untapped
market opportunity.
Marjorie Kelly / The Democracy Collaborative
Casey Verbeck / Veris Wealth Partners
Ian Mohler / Mosaic Capital Partners
WHY WE NEED URBAN ACCELERATORS
FOR THRIVING ENTREPRENEURS AND
NEIGHBORHOODS
C205

In the United States, it can be incredibly difficult
to start a business – even more so for minorities
living in disadvantaged communities. However,
organizations across the country have begun
to identify solutions that are accelerating the
possibility of success in neighborhoods that have
historically had a disinvestment of opportunity.
Join with pioneering experts to discover fresh
ideas for solutions that are beginning to take
root in America’s most promising yet challenged
communities.
Derrick Braziel / MORTAR
Teju Ravilochan / Unreasonable Institute
Eric Kornacki / Re:Vision
Laurin Hodge / Mission: Launch
WHY CITIES? URBAN ENVIRONMENTS AS
ECONOMIC UNITS, AND UNITS OF
SOCIAL CHANGE
C210

Cities are political and economic units where
change happens – for better or for worse – and
where decisions have ripple effects across the
many facets of community and civic life. This makes
them natural labs for innovative approaches,
and for solutions that integrate across social,
economic, and environmental dimensions. Hear
from practitioners who are working with cities as
units of change, and are making deliberate use
of synergistic effects to create co-benefits for
community resilience.
Kevin Jones / Neighborhood Economics
Josh Alpert / C40
Chris Benner / Institute for New Economic Thinking
Cole Roberts / Arup
Astrid Scholz / Sphaera

THE ART OF COMMUNITY: MAKING
CHANGE TOGETHER
C230

Every leader builds a community of stakeholders
(investors, donors, employees, members, etc.) on
which they depend. When leaders know how to
create a robust and committed community, they
can harness relationships that pull organizations
through challenging times. This conversation
introduces principles from the realm of spiritual
tradition to help leaders build loyalty, strengthen
identity, and create meaning within their
community – whether it be a spiritual organization,
a startup, or a community group.
Charles Vogl / Charles Vogl Consulting
Marcus Graham / TwitchTV
Gabriel Grant / Byron Fellowship
Calgary Brown / Impact Hub Oakland
IMPACT INVESTING IN ASIA
C235

What are the challenges and opportunities for
social investment in Asian countries today? This
session will cover the current venture philanthropy
and impact investment landscape through a set of
case studies presented by investors from China,
Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, and the US. Join us for a
discussion about the unique investment practices,
approaches, and participants in these countries.
Learn how both local and foreign investors can
most effectively participate in those countries.
Xin Hu / Leping Social Entrepreneur Foundation
So Sasaki / Keio University
Doug Duckjun Lee / D3 Jubilee
Tat Lam / Shanzhai City
Shalaka Joshi / Toniic

6 : 3 0 PM

SOCAP SOIRÉE
FESTIVAL PAVILION

On Wednesday night, celebrate the SOCAP
community in style. Acre Gourmet is catering with
heavy hors d’oeuvres in California local flavors.
And DJ Hey Man is spinning soundtracks for social
change. Hang with your SOCAP buddies, and meet
new ones. You won’t want to miss this DJ or this
spread!

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MAINSTREAMING SOCIAL CHANGE
FIREHOUSE

PLENARY SESSION
FESTIVAL MAINSTAGE / 120 MINUTE SESSION

In the past, cleantech may have been the domain
of traditional venture capitalists, equity and
inclusion the work of activists, and sustainable
supply chains a conversation among good
corporate citizens. But today these are all areas
where impact investing and social enterprise have
a role to play. Hear from leaders carving out new
roles for established organizations, and emerging
voices calling for a break from old patterns.
Kevin Jones / SOCAP
Deval Patrick / Bain Capital
Jim Shelton / Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Ross Baird / Village Capital
Ashara Ekundayo / Impact Hub Oakland
Devita Davison / Hopeful Harvest
Stephen Ozoigbo / African Technology Foundation
Monique Villa / Thomson Reuters Foundation
Reuben Teague / Prudential Financial
Rick Ridgeway / Patagonia
Garima Sahai / Svadha WASH Pvt Ltd
Rachel Pritzker / Pritzker Innovation Fund
Dawn Lippert / Energy Excelerator

11:00

AM

PA R A LLE L S E S S I O N S
ENTREPRENEUR ECOSYSTEMS: WHICH
COUNTRIES ARE BEST?
FESTIVAL MAINSTAGE

With social entrepreneurship growing rapidly, which
countries are actively encouraging businesses that
are creating positive social change – and which
nations are lagging behind? The Thomson Reuters
Foundation teamed up with Deutsche Bank, UnLtd,
and the Global Social Entrepreneurship Network for
the world’s first experts’ poll on the best countries
for social entrepreneurs. Join us for a dynamic
discussion on the emerging hotspots, the hurdles
facing innovators, and the countries where women
are most active.
Li Ding / Non-Profit Incubator
Monique Villa / Thomson Reuters Foundation
Katharine Danton / UnLtd
William Koenig / Deutsche Bank Labs Silicon Valley

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$

IMPACTFUL MATCHMAKING: HOW
INVESTMENT ADVISORS FIRST TALK
IMPACT WITH CLIENTS

COWELL THEATER

The early interactions between investors and their
advisors are critical – particularly given that many
more people express interest in impact investing
than actually move to action. What happens when
clients first talk about impact investing with their
advisors, or their peers? Do we have the right
language, data, and tools to help investors quickly
understand what it means to have impact through
investment, and to find the right product match?
Rehana Nathoo / Case Foundation
Matthew Weatherley-White / The CAPROCK Group
Fran Seegull / ImpactAssets
Jessica Matthews / Cambridge Associates
Hilary Irby / Morgan Stanley
Ben Thornley / Tideline
FOOD WASTE INNOVATION:
DESIGNING FOR WASTE REDUCTION
FIREHOUSE

Did you know 30-40% of the food we produce
every year is wasted? Join IDEO’s open innovation
community, OpenIDEO as we explore innovation in
the food space. How might we dramatically reduce
waste by transforming our relationship with food?
Join us for this interactive session where we will
walk through the Human-Centered Design process
– from Research to Iteration to Prototyping. We
look forward to designing with you!
Matthew Ridenour / OpenIDEO
Luisa Covaria / OpenIDEO
ADVANCING CLEAN ENERGY IN THE
DEVELOPING WORLD
GALLERY 308

The battle against climate change will
be determined by how Africa and Asia
are electrified in the next ten years.
Advancing clean energy in developing markets is
complex with challenging problems in every new
town. However, there are also many creative
solutions – with the need (and opportunity) for still
more. This panel will explore the current state of
the market and discuss what challenges and
investment opportunities exist for advancing clean
energy in the developing world.
Danny Kennedy / California Clean Energy Fund
(CalCEF)

Kristina Skierka / Power for All
Paul Makumbe / Sunergise
Justin Guay / Packard Foundation
Karthik Chandrasekar / Sangam Ventures
Alexia Kelly / Allotrope Partners
ELEVATOR PITCH! NORTH AMERICA
VENTURE SHOWCASE

investment, including discussing the concepts
of “second” and “next generation stewardship,”
“legacy,” and sustainable returns.
Anthony Murphy / Prime Advocates
David Chen / Equilibrium Capital
Stephanie Cordes / Cordes Foundation
Greg Neichin / Ceniarth LLC
Lisa Kleissner / KL Felicitas Foundation

GALLERY TENT

Join us as some of North America’s top impact
ventures pitch to leading investors at SOCAP16.
Ten high-growth, world-changing, impact ventures
in health, cleantech, and social technology from
the SVX network in Canada, the US, and Mexico
will deliver 90-second elevator pitches to impact
judges and a live SOCAP audience as they seek
partners, investors, and advisors to scale their
venture. Both judges and delegates will play a part
in selecting the pitch winner!
Adam Spence / Social Venture Connexion (SVX)
Laura Ortiz Montemayor / SVX Mexico
John Katovich / Cutting Edge Capital
Sandra Odendahl / Royal Bank of Canada
Rodolfo Dieck / Promotora Social México
Peter McCrea / American Endowment Foundation

$

EIGHT YEARS LATER: IMPACT POLICY
IN THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

$

NUTS AND BOLTS OF IMPACT
INVESTING INTO INDIA
BATS ANNEX

A panel consisting of impact investors
and consultants will evaluate the
following questions: What are some of
the transactional practices of investing into India,
and the learning India offers to scale investments
globally? What are some of the typical investment
terms being negotiated by impact investors? What
are the key transactional processes of evaluating
and closing deals in India? What has been the
experience of impact investors in relation to
corporate governance processes in social
enterprises?
Bruce Campbell / Blue Dot Advocates
Audrey Selian / Rianta Capital Zurich
Victoria Fram / VilCap Investments
Pankaj Jain / Impact Law Ventures
Jinesh Shah / Omnivore Partners

SOUTHSIDE THEATER

From 2009 to 2016, impact investing has seen a
meteoric rise; from economic theory to emerging
industry. But how did we get to here? What role did
policy play, and what work is left to do? We’ll hear
from some of the unsung heroes of impact policy
in the Obama Administration. We’ll talk about the
progress that’s been made, the process behind the
progress, and the potential policy roadmap ahead.
Rob Lalka / Propeller
Jess Yuen / Bernie Sanders 2016
Divya Kumaraiah / Beeck Center
Mark Newberg / Womble Carlyle
FAMILY OFFICES: ON THE MOVE FROM
TRADITIONAL INVESTMENTS TO
SOCIAL IMPACT
BATS THEATER

Family Offices have begun to look to social impact
investment as a route to improve the legacy left to
future generations. This panel will explore why and
how Family Offices are engaging in social impact

$

LOW MONEY, NO PROBLEM: THE
POTENTIAL FOR TECH TO EMPOWER
LOW-INCOME INDIVIDUALS

C205

The vast majority of financial products and
services aren’t designed with the needs of lowincome communities in mind. But a burgeoning
crop of FinTech innovators working at home and
abroad are flipping the script, placing the human
at the center of design. IDEO.org studio lead
Shalu Umapathy will lead a discussion with three
industry leaders on leveraging new technologies
to better serve people of all income levels.
Shalu Umapathy / IDEO.org
David Kim / Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Ben Knelman / Juntos
Ram Palaniappan / Activehours

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T H U R S D AY 1 5 S E P T E M B E R

8 : 3 0 AM

T H U R S D AY 1 5 S E P T E M B E R

C210

As the demand for impact evidence grows, so does
the demand for cost-effective approaches focused
on household-level changes. How can practitioners
operationalize right-sized approaches that are
informative about breadth of scale and depth
of social impact? Even further, what approaches
support course correction decision-making,
business model redesign and decisions to scale?
This session’s speakers will share their experiences
about specific approaches and suggest what you
need to think about in your process.
Karim Harji / Purpose Capital
Jim Fruchterman / Benetech
Sasha Dichter / Acumen Fund
Genevieve Edens / Aspen Network of
Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)
Anna Kanze / Grassroots Capital Management

$

GO BEYOND THE GENDER LENS:
INVESTING IN EMPOWERMENT OF
WOMEN AND GIRLS

C230

This session will focus on opportunities to deploy
capital beyond the gender lens, investing in
support of women and girls both domestically
and internationally. Our panelists are pioneers
in the field with experience in supporting women
entrepreneurs, women-led businesses, and
industries that provide products and services
benefiting women and girls. They will share
their experiences in a frank and action-oriented
discussion with plenty of time for Q & A.
Suzanne Biegel / Catalyst at Large
Jenny Kassan / Attorney
Najada Kumbuli / Calvert Foundation
Julia Sze / Arabella Advisors
FOOD CLIMATE COLLABORATIVE
IN ACTION
C235

Food manufacturers, retailers, distributors, and
suppliers are leveraging the collective power of
the natural foods industry and teaming up to take
bold action to reverse climate change. OSC² (One
Step Closer to an Organic Sustainable Community)
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leaders – is developing a networked approach to
inspire action and recognize businesses doing the
right thing. Learn how sustainable food leaders
are deepening their commitments, expanding
partnerships, and sharing best practices.
Lara Dickinson / OSC² & Pluot Consulting
Pierric Jammes / Pur Projet
Ahmed Rahim / Numi Organic Tea
Mathieu Senard / Alter Eco Americas

12:00PM - 2:00PM

LUNCH WILL BE SERVED IN
FESTIVAL PAVILION & THE BIG TOP

that prevent elder financial exploitation, and
encourage advance planning and informed
financial decision-making in the later years of
life are needed. In this workshop, we’ll use design
thinking to develop solutions that support finance
for aging adults.
Jason Rissman / OpenIDEO
Scott Shigeoka / OpenIDEO
PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS:
HOW CAN CITIES ENGAGE THEIR
ENTREPRENEURS?
GALLERY 308

1 2 : 1 5 PM

PA R A LLE L S E S S I O N S
STRATEGICALLY SUSTAINABLE:
EXPLORING THE INTEGRATION OF ESG
FACTORS BY INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
COWELL THEATER

According to a PwC study, 89% of global
institutional investors are “very likely” to request
information on sustainability topics from the
companies in which they invest. Now more
than ever, the institutional investor community
is focused on strategically integrating ESG
(Environmental, Social, and Governance) factors
into investment decision-making. Join this very
knowledgeable panel to learn how and why some
of the largest institutional investors in the world
are prioritizing sustainability information in their
investment strategies.
Janine Guillot / SASB
Kevin Brennan / Equilibrium Capital
Tim Coffin / Breckinridge Capital Advisors
Derek Bingham / Goldman Sachs
Debbie McCoy / BlackRock
FUTURE FINANCE FOR AGING ADULTS
FIREHOUSE

Three out of five American families with someone
65 years or older have no retirement savings. As
financial services become more technologically
complicated and directed towards younger
generations they threaten to further leave older
adults behind. Technology-appropriate solutions

Entrepreneurs are driving change in cities.
Traditional
industries
like
hospitality,
transportation, and education are facing
significant disruption. The challenge facing
cities is how to encourage and support these
entrepreneurs while balancing the needs of their
residents. In addition to the policy makers, what
role should private industry play to support these
entrepreneurs? Panelists will share their insights
on the best practices and lessons learned from
their work supporting these civic entrepreneurs.
Tony Tolentino / Blackstone Charitable Foundation
Clara Brenner / Tumml & Urban Innovation Fund
Jeremy Goldberg / San Francisco Mayor’s Office
of Civic Innovation
Matt Weinberg / US Small Business
Administration’s Office of Investment and
Innovation (OII)
Monique Woodard / 500 Startups & Black Founders
FAIR TRADE: FUNDING GAPS AND
OPPORTUNITIES IN THE SUPPLY
CHAIN, PART II
GALLERY TENT

At SOCAP15, RSF Social Finance and partners
explored the challenges and opportunities in
building sustainable supply chains. Previous
panelists proposed that establishing trusting
relationships between funders and entrepreneurs
can give rise to needed capital for high-integrity
companies. Since then, RSF used the concept of
“trust underwriting” to fund the supply chains
of three social enterprises. Panelists will share
gained insights into the structures and processes
involved in these projects, and how to make them
succeed.
Kate Danaher / RSF Social Finance
Scott Leonard / Indigenous Designs

Carlos Pierre / Kiva.org

$

THE DIVEST-INVEST “CLEAN FIFTEEN”: A
TOTAL PORTFOLIO APPROACH TO
FOSSIL-FREE INVESTING

SOUTHSIDE THEATER

As the fossil-fuel divestment movement continues
to grow, investors are increasingly seeking ways
to invest proactively in fossil-free investment
solutions that also have positive impact. This
panel takes a total portfolio approach to fossilfree investing, by exploring 15 ready-to-go
opportunities to “divest-invest” across five major
asset classes – from public equities and fixed
income, to private equity and venture capital,
private debt, and real assets such as farmland,
timberland, and real estate.
Ellen Friedman / Compton Foundation
Josh Humphreys / Croatan Institute
Michael Lear / Athena Capital Advisors
Mary Ellen Zellerbach / Martin Investment
Management
INVESTMENT SUCCESS IN
CLEAN ENERGY
BATS THEATER

What does success looks like in clean
$
energy investing? This panel will pit
seasoned and jaded venture investors –
who have gone through cleantech 1.0 circa 2006
– to dialogue with a new wave of clean energy 2.0
investors looking to create broader value and
returns with patient capital.
Dawn Lippert / Energy Excelerator
Puon Penn / Wells Fargo
Charlie Finnie / EFW Partners
Deepa Lounsbury / California Sustainable Energy
Entrepreneur Development (CalSEED)
Geoff Eisenberg / Ecosystem Integrity Fund
WHAT ROLE DO AN INVESTOR’S
VALUES PLAY IN THE IMPACT
INVESTING PROCESS?
BATS ANNEX

Often, the first step in impact investing is to define
our values; but this is easier said than done. There
is power in clarifying what motivates us deeply
and gives direction to our lives and our decision
making. In this interactive workshop, impact
investors and advisors will explore how values

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STRENGTHENING IMPACT
MEASUREMENT FOR SOCIAL
ENTERPRISES: HOW TO
OPERATIONALIZE YOUR STRATEGY

$

T H U R S D AY 1 5 S E P T E M B E R

$

GET FUNDED – USE TAX CREDITS TO
RAISE NONTRADITIONAL CAPITAL FOR
YOUR PROJECT

C205

New Markets Tax Credits incentivize investors
to provide capital to projects located in lowincome communities and that benefit low-income
populations. The credits have been instrumental
in supporting private investment in a wide range
of businesses and ventures in impoverished
communities. This panel will provide insight about
how you can use this nontraditional financing
source to raise capital for your next project from
the point of view of those actively participating in
the program.
Julie Treppa / Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP
Maria Bustria-Glickman / U.S. Bancorp
James N. Badgley / CBO Financial, Inc.
Sue Doroff / Western Rivers Conservancy

$

GETTING REAL AROUND THE
TENSIONS OF IMPACT
C210

Demonstrating positive impact without conceding
return has been the goal of many impact investors
determined to bring a more sustainable investing
approach to the mainstream. But does that
objective miss the point? Does it reinforce existing
market expectations for growth and profit that
are extractive, and reward short-term thinking?
Dig into tensions of whether impact investing is
looking to be validated by traditional markets, or
looking to revolutionize investing with a holistic
understanding of long-term value.
Andrea Armeni / Transform Finance
Morgan Simon / Pi Investments
IMPACT EVALUATION IN FOOD AND AG
INVESTING
C230

Food waste solutions, sustainable agriculture, and
food security are all growth industries that are
changing the way we eat and interact with our food

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systems.How do impact investors decide where to
place funds? Industry specific impact evaluation
can help an investor both analyze an industry
and potential investment, as well as demonstrate
actual material outcomes. This session will explore
how impact investors are strategically placing
capital to fill critical financing gaps and move the
best solutions to market.
Veronica Olazabal / The Rockefeller Foundation
David Kolsrud / The Funding Farm
Eileen Hyde / Walmart Foundation
Michele Demers / Boundless Impact Investing
THE FRESNO STORY: FROM
DESPERATION TO INNOVATION
C235

Fresno has a past – one plagued with unshakable
poverty, low educational attainment, a lack of
diversified economy, serious environmental
challenges, and social turmoil. But in the last
decade a new generation of social entrepreneurs
has arisen, forming innovative, cross-sector
alliances. They’re solving water challenges,
creating jobs, incubating new businesses, and
launching social enterprises employing people
with barriers. Progress in tech education and food
innovation is blooming, and a city is learning the
strength and beauty of its soul.
Ivan Gonzalez / Coach for Social Enterprises
Ashley Swearengin / Mayor of Fresno, California
Irma Olguin, Jr. / Bitwise Industries
Randy White / Center for Community Transformation
Craig Scharton / Fulton Street Investors

1 : 3 0 PM

PA R A LLE L S E S S I O N S
THE RUNWAY PROJECT: SOLVING THE
EARLY-STAGE FUNDING GAP FOR
AFRICAN AMERICAN ENTREPRENEURS
FESTIVAL MAINSTAGE

Starting a new business? The first step is raising
money from friends and family, right? So, what
happens when your friends and family don’t have
money to lend? This is the reality for so many African
American startups. The Runway Project – along
with the organization, Neighborhood Economics
– is working to solve this problem. This panel will

dive into how to bring friends-and-family-money to
the brilliant African American entrepreneurs with
great ideas, but lack access to capital.
Jessica Norwood / Emerging Change
Kevin Jones / SOCAP Convener
Konda Mason / Impact Hub Oakland

$

SYNC AND SWIM: DEMYSTIFYING
FOUNDATION INVESTORS AND
BUILDING THE TWO-WAY PIPELINE

COWELL THEATER

Are you a socially-oriented enterprise looking for
foundation capital to fuel your work? Wondering
why they work differently than typical VCs? This
session features foundation leaders revealing: the
best approaches to take, how they source deals,
and the misfires to avoid. Likewise, successful
investees provide tips on how they have engaged
with foundations to build not only their pipeline
of capital but the kind of relationships that stick
long-term.
Jennifer Pryce / Calvert Foundation
Gayle Jennings-O’Byrne / Maya Ventures Partners
John Duong / Lumina Foundation
Neeraj Aggarwal, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
Melanie Audette / Mission Investors Exchange
Sam Fankuchen / Golden
THE TOILET BOARD COALITION:
ACCELERATING SANITATION
ENTREPRENEURS
FIREHOUSE

Sanitation is the opportunity of the decade.
The Toilet Board Coalition is accelerating next
generation sanitation entrepreneurs through
mentorship,
collaboration,
and
corporate
investment to deliver innovative products and
services to provide sanitation for all. In this
workshop we will explore how large and small
players can come together to solve the world’s
sanitation crises by empowering entrepreneurship
and impactful business solutions.
Please check SOCAP16.pathable.com for the
session’s speaker lineup.
PATHWAYS TO SCALING GLOBAL
HEALTH INNOVATIONS
GALLERY 308

Should I start a company or license my technology?
Do I need partners? How do I find the right ones?

These questions often discourage innovators
early on. Who you work with, how, and when are
critical decisions. Understanding your options
early increases chances for success. Join pharma
and medtech experts in innovation systems, and
innovators at various development stages to learn
about different scaling experiences, and get the
new Pathways to Scale Toolkit.
Wendy Taylor / USAID
Cathy Clark / Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator
at Duke (SEAD)
Janeen Uzzell / GE Global Research
Beth Kolko / Shift Labs

$

INVESTMENT TERMS WORKSHOP:
STRUCTURING FOR IMPACT
WITHOUT RELYING ON EXITS

GALLERY TENT

This interactive workshop is designed for social
impact companies and impact investors interested
in alternative investment structures that leverage
company revenue to repay investors (rather
than relying on an IPO or acquisition). A panel of
experienced impact investors and attorneys will
introduce an online library of impact investing
legal terms, that participants will then use to
prepare a custom financing term sheet designed to
preserve social mission while leveraging revenues
to repay investors.
Bruce Campbell / Blue Dot Advocates
Victoria Fram / VilCap Investments
Luni Libes / Fledge
Aner Ben-Ami / Pi Investments
DESIGNING FOR WORLDVIEW: BRINGING
CLARITY TO LIFE EXPERIENCE
SOUTHSIDE THEATER

How does your life experience shape your view
of the world, your interactions, and the products
and services you’re designing and funding? This
interactive workshop applies the problem-solving
power of human-centered design to the challenge
of building awareness of unconscious bias.
Through a design challenge, participants leave
with a prototype that will help their creativity and
leadership. This workshop has been generating
rave reviews from tech companies, Venture Capital
firms, non-profits, and philanthropic organizations.
Amy Lazarus / InclusionVentures
Emi Kolawole / Hasso Plattner Institute of Design
at Stanford (The d.School)

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influence investment behavior and the complexity
involved in incorporating values into the impact
investing process. Participation is encouraged as
various tools and exercises will be employed.
Julie Hammerman / JLens Investor Network
Rebecca Trobe / Impact Coaching & Consulting

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BIG DEALS: BEHIND THE SCENES
OF IMPACT CAPITAL
BATS THEATER

More impact products are coming to market but,
while we often see the products launch, we rarely
get to look behind the scenes. This panel will
explore the untold stories of the work, struggle,
and impetus behind major investment product
rollouts in the industry. We’ll focus on the why
and how; the unseen grind of driving change for
good across asset classes and institutions, gaining
a deeper appreciation for just how impressive
change can be.
Fran Seegull / Impact Assets
Dave Chen / Equilibrium Capital
Bindu Dhaliwal / BMO Financial Group
Jamie Rantanen / Deutsche Bank
Mark Newberg / Womble Carlyle
SEEDING AND CULTIVATING
THE REGENERATIVE ECONOMY
BATS ANNEX

There is a new economic movement afoot – one
that works to value and re-generate capital assets.
The regenerative paradigm draws from emerging
trends such as natural capitalism, circular
economics, and sharing economies. This panel will
explore how regenerative economic principles
are being applied to restore society, in the name
of creating ecological, social, and economic
prosperity. Additionally, panelists will discuss how
a new class of innovators are building companies
that support regenerative economics.
Stu Fram / RSF Social Finance
Lina Constantinovici / Innovation 4.4
Katherine Collins / Honeybee Capital
Jim Frey / Resource Recycling Systems
Kevin Irby / Armonia
Beth Rattner / Biomimicry Institute
HOW AGTECH IS IMPACTING THE
WORLD’S SMALLHOLDER FARMERS
C205

There are approximately 500 million smallholder
farms globally, supporting upwards of 2 billion
people. These farmers cultivate fewer than 5
acres of land each, but produce around 80% of the

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$

APPROACHES TO MEASURING AND
EVALUATING IMPACT: EVALUATION
EXPERTS’ PERSPECTIVES

C210

The evaluation profession began during the 1950s,
in the scientific tradition of experimental designs
and RCTs (randomized control trials). Since then,
the field has evolved, where multiple evaluation
strategies are now recognized as rigorous for
monitoring progress, providing accountability,
and supporting learning and decision making.
This panel will review the leading approaches
and practices of evaluators, and how they can be
adapted and applied for impact investing.
Veronica Olazabal / The Rockefeller Foundation
John Gargani / Gargani + Company
Julia Coffman / Center for Evaluation Innovation
Ted Jackson / ET Jackson & Associates
THE FRONTLINES OF BLENDED FINANCE:
INGOS COMBINING PHILANTHROPIC
AND INVESTMENT CAPITAL
C230

This panel will bring together leading international
NGOs to discuss lessons for impact entrepreneurs
raising philanthropic capital or creating blended
finance models. The non-profits represent
diverse experiences blending philanthropy and
investment including: CARE, which transitioned
a donor-funded project into an independent
company; Mercy Corps, which uses philanthropic
capital to invest in early-stage enterprises;
Winrock, which is creating environmental impact
bonds; and World Vision, which launched a private
company to support their economic development
programming.
Stephanie Marienau Turpin / Pact
Marilia Bezerra / CARE Enterprises

Michael MacHarg / Mercy Corps
Stu Phillips / World Vision
TRIED AND TRUE OR SHINY AND NEW?
C235

Solving intractable challenges requires innovative
solutions, yet it also benefits from building on
previous insights. What is the balance between
chasing the charm of something new versus
advancing existing models? Explore new platforms
being developed to more effectively share the
“best of” successful projects and models and
increase connectivity between collaborators.
Paul Freundlich / The Fair Trade Foundation
Astrid Scholz / Sphaera
Alex Lamb / Commonwealth Impact Partners
Kali Akuno / Cooperation Jackson

with innovative ways to attract and deploy capital
to direct more resources to low-income people.
Our panel will explore “blended capital” – an
impact investing approach that combines loans,
equity investments, and grants to increase the
flow of repayable capital to urban initiatives. We
will highlight how blended funds offer investors
financing structures they likely would not attempt
independently.
Eileen Neely / Living Cities
Gary Hattem / Deutsche Bank
Julie Lein / Urban Innovation Fund
Rebecca Center Foster / City of San Francisco
Allison Clark / MacArthur Foundation
HARDWARE TECHNOLOGY
ASSESSMENT: HOW TO GET A GOOD
DESIGN TO MARKET
FIREHOUSE

2 : 4 5 PM

PA R A LLE L S E S S I O N S
BUILDING AND SCALING AN
AUTHENTIC MISSION-DRIVEN BRAND
FESTIVAL MAINSTAGE

Brands evoke the values of a company and
its product or service. A company’s brand is
its identity, built brick by brick through every
customer and potential customer interaction. How
does one build a durable, scalable brand that has
meaning and stands for impact? Explore the facets
of building and managing an authentic, missiondriven brand as it scales, and lessons learned for
infusing an entrepreneur’s passion and values into
the product or service every day.
Kristin Groos Richmond / Revolution Foods
Greg Shell / Bain Capital
Richelieu Dennis / Sundial Brands
Eric Ryan / Olly
BLENDED CAPITAL: MAKING IMPACT
INVESTING FLEXIBLE FOR URBAN
INITIATIVES
COWELL THEATER

Government and philanthropic funding is
insufficient to address growing social problems
in US cities, so organizations are experimenting

Do you have a great product idea or design,
but aren’t sure what’s next? Or are you looking
to invest in an entrepreneur who’s building a
hardware-based product, but aren’t sure how
to assess its viability and potential to scale? For
both those creating and funding hardware-based
solutions for impact, this session will discuss
what makes a product’s design “good,” and how
to assess potential and pitfalls – from design and
manufacturing, to scalability and sustainability.
Joe Speicher / Autodesk Foundation
Shalu Umapathy / IDEO.org
Krista Donaldson / D-Rev
Nithya Ramanathan / Nexleaf Analytics
Daniel Myers / flair.co
VALUING MOTHER NATURE –
MEASURING AND MONETIZING
ECOSYSTEM SERVICES
GALLERY 308

As climate change intensifies, there is a greater
need for investment to amplify our environmental
resilience. Alternative models that leverage
private capital – such as pay-for-success –
attract new sources of funding to meet critical
environmental challenges. How do we measure
“success,” and how do we make the economic
case for environmental conservation? This panel
will discuss new technologies and approaches to
measuring, and how investors use this data to fund
much needed environmental initiatives.
Nick Wobbrock / Blue Forest Conservation

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food consumed in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.
In recent years, agricultural technology startups
have begun to tackle the challenges faced by
smallholder farmers worldwide. This session will
address the success of technologies in improving
livelihoods and remaining gaps AgTech startups
are working to address today.
Louisa Burwood-Taylor / AgFunder
Dana Boggess / One Acre Fund
Mark Kahn / Omnivore Partners
Mona Kachhwaha / Caspian Advisors
Bob Rabatsky / Fintrac

T H U R S D AY 1 5 S E P T E M B E R

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FOR INVESTORS: THE FIRST
CROWDFUNDED ACCELERATOR FOR
“BEST FOR THE WORLD” B CORPS

GALLERY TENT

The Force for Good Accelerator / Fund is
specifically designed to nurture, grow, and launch
women- and people of color-owned, high-impact
B Corporations that score in the top 10% of B
Corps worldwide. Come learn how this project
combines non-extractive capital, Title III equity
crowdfunding, diversity and inclusion, climate
change solutions, and the global B Corp movement
to address some of society’s most challenging
social and environmental problems.
Jenny Kassan / LIFT Economy Law
Lynn Johnson / Spotlight:Girls
Merrilee Olson / Preserve Farm Kitchens
Ryan Honeyman / LIFT Economy
Kat Taylor / Beneficial State Bank

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INVESTOR APPROACHES TO
ADDRESSING DISCRIMINATION IN
INCOME AND EMPLOYMENT

SOUTHSIDE THEATER

Research shows that the gender pay gap remains
significant, with the typical woman receiving
21% less pay than the typical man. In the US, this
gap has not changed substantially over the last
15 years. And for ethnic and racial minorities,
discrimination in society and the workplace
remains a significant barrier to economic success.
This session will discuss approaches by investors
and activists to address inequity and unconscious
bias in the workplace.
Sonia Kowal / Zevin Asset Management
Meera Kaul / The Meera Kaul Foundation
Heidi Vanni / Walden Asset Management
Andrea Armeni / Transform Finance
Meredith Benton / Sonen Capital
FIRST TIME FUND MANAGERS AND
INVESTMENT STRUCTURES: FROM
CONCEPT TO CAPITAL FORMATION
BATS THEATER

New investment structures and first time impact

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fund managers are gaining traction as impact
investing grows and evolves. Can the larger
community ensure investment vehicles and best
managers rise to the top? How can development
of these structures be supported by a blend of
philanthropic and market rate capital? How
can asset allocators make informed decisions
about first time managers? Hear from Cambridge
Associates, Morgan Stanley, and Capria – the first
global accelerator for impact fund managers.
Danielle Reed / Cambridge Associates
Hilary Irby / Morgan Stanley
Dave Chen / Equilibrium Capital
Jack Knellinger / Capria Accelerator
Zach Knight / Blue Forest Conservation

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HOW SOCIAL IS AN IPO? IMPACT
INVESTORS’ PERSPECTIVE
BATS ANNEX

The success of recent IPOs of Indian
microlenders Equitas Holdings Ltd and
Ujjivan Financial Services demonstrate
the maturation of the financial inclusion sectors in
India. These IPOs bring new visibility to the impact
investing sector, but they are not the first missiondriven companies to go public. The panelists will
discuss maintaining mission-alignment and how
impact investors can achieve both their social and
financial return targets pre- and post-IPO.
Paul DiLeo / Grassroots Capital Management
Mona Kachhwaha / Caspian Impact Investment
Advisors
Amee Patel / Accion Venture Lab
Rana Muminoglu / Elevar Equity
POWERFUL IMPACT SYSTEMS
C210

When an impact is made, who is exactly affected
by it? Who and what do we depend on to create
that impact? How can you create sustainable
impact in a system that contains a diverse set of
incentives? Answering these questions can hold
the clue to making large and sustainable change.
This session explores the possibility of solving
complex social problems by forming a more
realistic understanding of interdependencies
within our societies.
Shino Tsuchiya / Impact Hub Tokyo
Indy Johar / Architecture 00
Junko Tashiro / MetLife Foundation

Erica Barbosa Vargas / The J.W. McConnell Family
Foundation
Shingo Potier de la Morandière / Impact Hub Tokyo
INVEST IN THE YOUNGEST, FASTESTGROWING BUSINESS FOUNDER
DEMOGRAPHIC IN THE US – LATIN@S!
C230

There are nearly 60 million Latinos in the US, with
more than 4.1 million Latino-led businesses. There
is a $1.4 trillion economic opportunity as we move
Latino businesses into the social impact space. In a
2015 report, The Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship
Initiative found a majority of Latino-owned
businesses serve a general market customer base.
Learn from a diverse Latina and Latino panel about
their work in the social impact space.
Yscaira Jimenez / LaborX
Ana-Cecilia Alvarez / Propel Venture Partners
Maria Salamanca / Unshackled Ventures
Emanuel Pleitez / Sunstone Partners
Tiq Chapa / Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative
Lisette Nieves / Lingo Ventures
Frances Messano / NewSchools Venture Fund
Harlyn Pacheco / Qlovi

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PAYING FOR IMPACT: HOW NEW KINDS
OF INCENTIVES ARE BOOSTING
BUSINESSES THAT SERVE THE POOR

It can be tough to build profitable businesses that
serve the very poor. New types of incentives are
helping such businesses grow revenues and attract
investors. From variable loan repayments to direct
payments that reward social-impact performance,
financial engineers are unlocking capital for
underserved individuals, businesses, and markets.
We’ll explore the opportunities and pitfalls in this
new wave of financial innovation.
Bjoern Struewer / Roots of Impact
Rodrigo Villar Esquivel / New Ventures México
Sasha Dichter / Acumen Fund
Miguel Garza / Clínicas del Azúcar
Kim Kastorff / Global Success Fund
Dennis Price / ImpactAlpha

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PA R A LLE L S E S S I O N S
AM I AN ENTREPRENEUR?
CHALLENGING THE STEREOTYPES
FESTIVAL MAINSTAGE

A wave of investment and entrepreneurship is
sweeping across the US, with a focus on inclusion.
What unique challenges and opportunities
do diverse entrepreneurs face? How does
the prevailing cultural image of successful
entrepreneurs (confident young white men in
hoodies) affect their chances of success? Learn
how the stories we tell and the words we use to
tell them can help to level the playing field for all
entrepreneurs to grow and scale their businesses.
Sheila Herrling / Case Foundation
Tony Tolentino / Blackstone
Kelechi Anyadiegwu / Zuvaa
Monique Woodard / 500 Startups & Black Founders
NEXT IN FINANCIAL INCLUSION: A NEW
TYPE OF FUND TO CATALYZE
INCLUSIVE FINTECH
COWELL THEATER

As financial inclusion transforms into inclusive
FinTech, barriers lay ahead. Startups leading the
charge from emerging markets have difficulty
raising capital to accelerate traction, and
lessons learned are usually not shared widely.
Catalyst Fund​, a new facility, blends contributions
of diverse players: donors offer funding and
guidance, investors identify promising startups,
and consultants roll up their operational sleeves.
Join this session to learn how we’ve created a new
type of fund to elevate inclusive FinTech.
David Kim / Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
David del Ser / Catalyst Fund
Colleen Briggs / JPMorgan Chase
Tahira Dosani / Accion Venture Lab
Nick Quintong / PayGo Energy

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Ricardo Bayon / Encourage Capital
Joe Whitworth / Freshwater Trust
Martha Conklin / Sierra Nevada Research Institute
Robin Kraft / Planet Labs

BUILDING PIPELINES AND INVESTING
IN READINESS

ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN THE AGE OF
#BLACKLIVESMATTER, DREAMERS, AND
OCCUPY

FIREHOUSE

A strong pipeline for impact investing requires
investment ready entrepreneurs. But how can
investors better support and invest in readiness
itself, rather than putting the weight on
entrepreneurs to build the pipeline? Leaders
in development and innovative finance discuss
solutions currently in practice for cultivating a
healthy ecosystem of impact deals.
Mitchell Strauss / OPIC
Jonathan Jenkins / The SIB Group
Peter George / Global Alliance for Clean
Cookstoves
IF WE DON’T WANT GENTRIFICATION
WE NEED TO...
GALLERY 308

It’s an incredibly complex and contentious word:
gentrification. Hotly debated, ruthlessly feared,
and in some cases deliberately planned. When
real estate prices go up dramatically, some benefit
while others lose their homes and businesses. Join
these cutting edge thinkers for what’s sure to be a
lively conversation on strategies and experiments
necessary to create as much equitable potential
as possible for a reality that’s sweeping through so
many of our neighborhoods and cities.
Amy Cortese / Locavesting.com
Konda Mason / Impact Hub Oakland
Scott Sporte / Capital Impact Partners
Jorge Newbery / American Homeowner Preservation
Rodney Foxworth / Invested Impact
NEW ENERGY NEXUS: STARTUP-INVESTOR
CONNECT
GALLERY TENT

Are you an entrepreneur or investor working in
the field of clean, smart, and distributed energy?
This session is structured to offer the opportunity
to network and meet with startups from around
the world, as well as a select group of investors.
A lightly facilitated session, relationship building,
and substantive conversation will be our focus.
Hendrik Tiesinga / New Energy Nexus

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Amanda Joy Ravenhill / Center for Carbon Removal
Emmy Negrin / Yahoo
Sean Fargo / Mindfulness Exercises

SOUTHSIDE THEATER

An entrepreneur is driven to solve problems. As
we look at the problems we face, it is clear that
some of our most effective social entrepreneurs
are leaders in The Movement for Black Lives,
The Dreamers, and Occupy. In this panel, we will
explore shifting cultural realities and shifting
narratives and how we can support and grow this
emerging model of activist as entrepreneur.
Jessica Norwood / Emerging ChangeMakers Network
Oscar Abello / Next City
Vien Truong / Green for All
Kali Akuno / Cooperation Jackson

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DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME: DEVELOP,
MARKET, SELL, AND DISTRIBUTE
INNOVATIVE IMPACT PRODUCTS

BATS THEATER

An essential part of mainstreaming impact
investing is bringing to market products that are
affordable, accessible, and available to a broad
range of impact investors. Easier said than done!
Learn about the opportunities and challenges in
developing, marketing, selling, and distributing
innovative impact investment offerings for the
mainstream capital markets. This session is
designed to provide active insights for asset
owners, wealth advisors, and fund managers.
Ron Cordes / AssetMark
Tim Freundlich / ImpactAssets
William Jacobsen / MicroVest Capital Management
Hilary Irby / Morgan Stanley
Jennifer Kenning / Align Impact
MINDFULNESS IN THE WORKPLACE
– SCALING SUSTAINABILITY
BATS ANNEX

As
entrepreneurs
wrestle
with
intense
environments and competing priorities, how can
they stay focused on what matters most? Join a
group of serial social entrepreneurs as they share
their most useful wisdom practices, all designed to
boost both productivity and presence. We will also
investigate the explosion of wisdom as a field and
explore disruptive technologies that take age-old
techniques from the temple into the workplace.
Darian Rodriguez Heyman / Numi Foundation
Cory Smith / Wisdom Labs

FOOD SYSTEMS FOR URBAN
RESILIENCE
C205

What is the importance of considering food systems
in urban resilience planning? This session will
discuss the vulnerabilities and opportunities by
examining initiatives already underway in leading
cities across the US. Plus, ICIC will present their
new urban food resilience research supported
by The Rockefeller Foundation, which highlights
findings from New Orleans, Los Angeles, Portland,
Maine, and Madison, Wisconsin.
Ryan Whalen / The Rockefeller Foundation
Seth Knudsen / New Orleans Redevelopment Authority
Kim Zeuli / Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC)
WHAT CAN IMPACT INVESTORS LEARN
FROM DIRTY DEVELOPMENT?
C210

As impact investors continue to move
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into sectors like energy –that have
traditionally dominated by industries
with harmful social and environmental legacies –
what can they learn from those experiences? This
session explores the due diligence rules and
accountability framework developed over the past
decades. Embedded in this panel is a case study
from a small hydro project in Mexico, where an
accountability process challenged application of
due diligence policies, leading to a fascinating and
historic result.
Gabino Vicente / Santa Úrsula
Natalie Bridgeman Fields / Accountability Counsel
Andrea Armeni / Transform Finance
Joanna Levitt Cea / IDEX
Katherine Pease / KP Advisors

jobs, strengthen communities, and preserve the
environment? This session is designed for current
users (come see the new enhancements) and nonusers alike.
Hardik Savalia / B Lab
Eric Edelson / Fireclay Tile
Carla Heim / Business Development Bank of Canada
Kate Ahern / Bain Capital
Sean Tennerson / Case Foundation
HOW DO MONEY AND SPIRIT
CONNECT IN YOUR LIFE? A
CONVERSATION
C235

Money isn’t “spiritual,” though we humans who use
money are. And – whether we like it or not – the way
we use our money is a profound reflection of our
values. But, when were you last in a conversation
about how your relationship with money is an
aspect of your spirituality? Give your left brain a
break and come reflect on what brings you to do
this work, in an engaging conversation facilitated
by SOCAP’s multi-talented Executive Producer.
Rosa Lee Harden / SOCAP

MEASURE WHAT MATTERS: UNVEILING
THE NEW B IMPACT ASSESSMENT TOOL
230C

The most widely used impact management tool,
used by 47,000+ companies in 50 countries, just
got a big overhaul. See a live demo and hear a
discussion from super users to beginners. Why and
how are they using this dynamic tool – funded by
the impact community – to create high quality

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$

8 : 3 0 AM

A STORY OF UNREASONABLE
COLLABORATION
FESTIVAL MAINSTAGE

The most radical innovation and impactful change
often happens at the convergence of sectors,
perspectives, and industries. With 325 years of
history and expertise in banking, Barclays has
recently engaged with Acumen and Unreasonable
Group to pioneer new models of partnership. Join
this panel of unlikely collaborators to learn how
they are working together to unleash the power
of entrepreneurship to create jobs, build a greener
economy and develop new opportunities for
inclusive business.
Yasmina Zaidman / Acumen
Daniel Epstein / Unreasonable Group
Shereef Bishay / Learners Guild
Amon Anderson / Acumen America
Mark Thain / Barclays

FIREHOUSE

As Einstein said, we cannot solve problems with the
same thinking that created them. The industrial
economy has resulted in social, environmental,
and economic quagmires that require increasingly
urgent attention. But many who work on the
new economy repeat behaviors that result
in fragmentation, inefficiency, and needless
competition. Hear from social entrepreneurs
who have pivoted towards abundance – of trust,
solutions, resources, and relationships. Together,
they are ruthlessly leveraging the competitive
advantage of collaboration.
Kevin Jones / Good Capital
Jan Baker / Impact Hub DC
Jessica Norwood / Emerging Changemakers
Astrid Scholz / Sphaera
Audrey Selian / Rianta Capital Zurich
Konda Mason / Impact Hub Oakland

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THE IMPACT OF TECH IN AFRICA: HYPE
VERSUS REALITY IN THE FINAL FRONTIER
COWELL THEATER

Across Africa, tech hubs are giving way
to entrepreneurial ecosystems and tech
companies are starting to attract
substantial investment. But Africa remains the
least industrialized continent with economies still
highly dependent on commodities. This panel will
debate technology’s potential to impact mass
market needs such as agriculture, education,
healthcare, financial services, and job creation,
and will contrast competing theories of change on
the best way to drive inclusive development on
the African continent.
Mark Straub / Khosla Impact
Robert Lamptey / VolaPay
Iyinoluwa “E” Aboyeji / Andela
Amber Fowler / EchoVC
Lexi Novitske / Singularity Investments
Eric Osiakwan / Chanzo Capital

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LESSONS FROM SIX YEARS OF SOCIAL
IMPACT BONDS
GALLERY 308

Since the first Social Impact Bond was launched in
the UK in 2010, this innovative financing tool has
attracted significant interest from policymakers,
social investors, and service providers alike.
However, not all of the models trialed to date
have succeeded in delivering better outcomes.
As governments and NGOs around the world
increasingly experiment with ‘pay for success,’ can
our experience to date tell us how to efficiently
vet, select, implement, and replicate successful
models?
James Taylor / Bridges Ventures
Maria del Mar Garza / Instiglio
Emily Fabiaschi / Third Sector Capital Partners
SOLUTIONS SALON: EXECUTIVE
ROUNDTABLE (#1)
GALLERY TENT

Join a group of fellow social entrepreneurs for
a dynamic executive roundtable. In this highly
interactive, intimate session, every attendee will
not only have the opportunity to introduce his or
her work to the group, but more importantly, to
identify and meet current needs. Come prepared to
discuss your most pressing challenges, and witness

the power of community in action as our seasoned
facilitator ensures that everyone leaves with their
needs for resources, contacts, and ideas fulfilled.
Darian Rodriguez Heyman / Numi Foundation
BALTIMORE ON THE RISE:
COLLABORATING TO BUILD AN
INCLUSIVE ECOSYSTEM OF CHANGE
SOUTHSIDE THEATER

More than a year after the unrest in Baltimore
that made headlines – universities, companies,
foundations, and community organizations
have stepped up with new commitments to
create change and expand opportunity. Social
entrepreneurs are also contributing to Baltimore’s
transformation – from a co-working space and
community center, to an accelerator program, to
a fellowship for millennials. Hear from leaders
of these initiatives on how they are collaborating
to create an inclusive ecosystem of change in
Baltimore.
Darius Graham / Social Innovation Lab at Johns
Hopkins University
Rodney Foxworth / Invested Impact
Pamela King / Open Society Institute – Baltimore
Pres Adams / Impact Hub Baltimore
Laurin Hodge / Mission: Launch
URBAN ECOSYSTEMS: FINDING
PARTNERS FOR THE FUTURE OF CITIES
BATS THEATER

Who is investing in the future of our cities and how
are they connecting to each other? In this session,
we’ll talk about the challenges and opportunities
for breaking down barriers and building effective
ecosystems for various city and community
stakeholders. Discuss the ways in which invested
stakeholders can discover one another, engage in
dialogue, and move towards partnership around
shared goals for the equitable, sustainable future
of their city.
Please check SOCAP16.pathable.com for the
session’s speaker lineup.

NEXT GENERATION IMPACT FINANCING:
INVESTING FOR SYSTEMS CHANGE
BATS ANNEX

We need a new model of impact investment that
recognizes new practices of social change and
new models of capital. Most notably, we must
name the reality that our most challenging social
issues (like poverty and social exclusion) and
global challenges (such as climate change and
welfare systems) cannot be addressed in isolation.
What is needed is a new class of impact investment
focused on Systems Change. Let’s start now.
Indy Johar / Dark Matter Laboratories

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PA R A LLE L S E S S I O N S
$

INVESTING IN INDIA: A UNIQUE
IMPACT LANDSCAPE
FESTIVAL MAINSTAGE

India is one of the deepest and most
mature ecosystems for impact investing,
and yet it still offers tremendous
opportunities for investors seeking both financial
and social returns. This panel will provide insights
on how some of the best-respected impact fund
managers view the Indian market. These fund
managers will share their experiences, their
lessons learned, their biggest wins, and their worst
mistakes. Future investment themes and emerging
sectors will also be discussed extensively.
Sandhya Hegde / Khosla Impact
Mark Kahn / Omnivore Partners
PR Ganapathy / Villgro
Roopa Kudva / Omidyar Network
Johanna Posada / Elevar Equity
Raymond Guthrie / Global Innovation Fund

$

BLENDED FINANCE: MIXING PITCHERS
NOT GLASSES TO ACHIEVE IMPACT AT
SCALE

COWELL THEATER

The traditional mix of philanthropy and
government funding will never be enough to
achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by
2030. We need to redirect market solutions to
reach social and environmental solutions, and to
expand the pool of impact investing funders who

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PIVOTING TOWARDS ABUNDANCE:
SYSTEMS CHANGE STARTS WITH MIND
CHANGE

F R I D AY 1 6 S E P T E M B E R

INVESTING IN SUSTAINABLE
AGRICULTURE
FIREHOUSE

This session features leading investors in
sustainable agriculture who have deployed capital
in a range of opportunities from farmland to
organic consumer products. Panelists will discuss
opportunities and challenges in this missioncritical sector from a global perspective, and share
strategies for becoming involved in the future
of sustainable ag. Our food security and planet
depend on it!
Renee Cheung / Bonterra Partners
Paul McMahon / SLM Partners
John McKenna / EcoEnterprises Fund
Julia Sze / Arabella Advisors
Craig Wichner / Farmland LP
FINDING HOPE: US CITIES AS
LABORATORIES AND UNITS FOR
CHANGE
GALLERY 308

US elections are six weeks away. Whatever the
outcome, it’s likely that the US will continue
to struggle with intransigence, status quo, and
rhetoric at the national level. While frustrating, we
can look to America’s cities for hope. Cities provide
the most effective laboratories to address our
country’s complex social and economic challenges.
This panel will discuss new approaches that cities
are taking to harness technology, impact investing,
and cross-sector partnerships to accelerate better
outcomes for all.
Ben Hecht / Living Cities
Amanda Daflos / Innovation Team for the Los
Angeles Mayor’s Office
Glenn Harris / Center for Social Inclusion
Efrem Bycer / Code for America

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UNLOCKING DIVERSITY: FOUNDERS,
FUNDING, AND NEW INVESTMENT
MODELS
GALLERY TENT

The world’s most critical issues require powerful,
scalable solutions. Often, the best solutions don’t
come out of think tanks or innovation labs – they
come from lived experience. Today, there is a
rise in social impact companies that are founded
by makers who have personally experienced the
problem they set out to solve. However, they
struggle to get early-stage funding. We’ll explore
ways to increase support and build an ecosystem
for organizations solving these global issues.
Shannon Farley / Fast Forward
Carmen Rojas / The Workers Lab
Julie Menter / New Media Ventures
CORRECTING SYSTEMIC INEQUALITIES
IN THE WORKPLACE
SOUTHSIDE THEATER

Social impact companies are making strides
in using business to address global systems of
oppression; yet people of color, women, people
with disabilities, and LGBT individuals are still
poorly represented in leadership positions.
It’s clear that ALL businesses – and especially
social impact businesses – have a role to play in
increasing equity at home. Learn from companies
who are measuring inclusion, correcting recruiting
and promotion inequities, advocating for equitable
workplace standards, and more.
Melinda Briana Epler / Change Catalyst
Helen Russell / Equator Coffees & Teas
Mandela Schumacher-Hodge / Kapor Capital
Tarsha McCormick / ThoughtWorks
Amruta Gadré-Ruyant / Clever

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ENGAGING THE GLOBAL CATHOLIC
COMMUNITY IN IMPACT INVESTING TO
SERVE THE WORLD’S POOR

BATS THEATER

Worldwide, Catholic social ministries provide
significant healthcare, education, and social
services to the poor while diverse Catholic
institutional and individual investors have
considerable assets under management. In 2016,
leaders from these two groups convened with
impact investing practitioners for the historic
Second Vatican Conference on Impact Investing
to explore using investment capital and social

enterprise for increased sustainability, scalability,
and impact of these ministries. Join us for
discussion on takeaways, exciting commitments,
and opportunities to engage.
Matt Bannick / Omidyar Network
John Kohler / Miller Center for Social
Entrepreneurship
Laure Wessemius-Chirac / Cordaid
Evan Gill / Catholic Relief Services
VISION BOOST FOR CHANGEMAKERS
BATS ANNEX

Got Vision? Need a Boost? Join us for an energizing
session to get inspired and unleash life’s possibilities.
In this workshop, we will explore what supports our
bold aspirations as changemakers. Whether you are
still developing your vision or need that boost to
make it happen, you will walk away with best daily
practices, tools, and inspiration to support creating
your biggest possibility!
Kristin Hayden / The Vision Conversation
Fernanda Flandoli / The Vision Conversation

HEALTHCARE SOCIAL ENTERPRISE IN
EMERGING MARKETS: AN INDUSTRY IN
FORMATION
C210

Healthcare in emerging markets is extremely
underdeveloped.
New
social
enterprise
innovations and business models show potential
to help change that, and many funders are eager
to seed, scale, and replicate the most promising
social enterprises in health. But a cohesive
investor community focused on social enterprise
health sector is still nascent. This workshop will
create space for stakeholders to convene and
collaborate by exploring some of the most exciting
opportunities for change.
Ben Midberry / Deutsche Bank
Justin McAuliffe / Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Ammara Niyaz / Grand Challenges Canada
Maya Chorengel / Elevar Equity
David Green / The Fred Hollows Foundation

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PA R A LLE L S E S S I O N S
BUILDING A NEW ECONOMY
ECOSYSTEM AS 3D CHESS
C205

Just like Star Trek’s Data and Captain Picard played
chess on three levels, this session takes a multilayered approach: from the local to the regional to
the systemic – from the deeply local regenerative
villages being designed at Stanford and
implemented in Holland, a regional collaborative
new economy coalition forming in California, and
deep and structural redesign to finance positive
change at the broader, systemic level. We’ll cover
the highlights and invite participants to work
together in new ways.
Gregory Wendt / Living Economy Advisors
James Ehrlich / ReGen Villages
Bobbi Dunphy / Advisor
Russ Gaskin / CoCreative Consulting

HOW ANDROID IS EATING FRONTIER
MARKETS: MOBILE STRATEGY FOR
SOCIAL ENTERPRISES AND THE BOP
FESTIVAL MAINSTAGE

By 2020, no social enterprise can afford not to have
a good mobile strategy. Already, startups across
education, agriculture, energy, finance, and health
are being born and scaling fast using their strength
in mobile development and M2M technology. As
founders and investors in social enterprises, how
should we plan for the role of mobile in business
model, operations, and budgeting?
Mansoor Hamayun / Bboxx
Matt Flannery / Branch
Mubarik Imam / WhatsApp
Sandhya Hegde / Khosla Impact

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can make blended finance solutions. This session
brings together funders and practitioners to
share about challenges and successes of scaling
solutions, and the types of blended finance
required to build resilient models that maximize
impact.
Gary White / Water.org
Alix Lebec / WaterCapital
Rachel Serotta / Root Capital
Eric Cooperström / Skoll
Maya Winkelstein / Open Road Alliance
Ellen McGirt / Fortune Magazine

WHAT DOES EQUITY LOOK LIKE?
As inequity accelerates around the US and the
globe, how do we put equity at the center of the
value proposition? Creative entrepreneurs, leaders
in their sectors, discuss what leveling the playing
field looks in the enterprise they are working
on right now. A shift in culture is central to each
participant’s vision.
Daryn Dodson / Calvert Funds
Penelope Douglas / Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Deborah Cullinan / Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Alison Lingane / Project Equity
David Erickson / Federal Reserve Bank of San
Francisco
Vinitha Watson / Zoo Labs
SOLUTIONS SALON: EXECUTIVE
ROUNDTABLE (#2)
FIREHOUSE

Join a group of fellow social entrepreneurs for
a dynamic executive roundtable. In this highly
interactive, intimate session, every attendee will
not only have the opportunity to introduce his or
her work to the group, but – more importantly – to
identify and meet current needs. Come prepared to
discuss your most pressing challenges, and witness
the power of community in action as our seasoned
facilitator ensures that everyone leaves with their
needs for resources, contacts, and ideas fulfilled.
Darian Rodriguez Heyman / Numi Foundation
ETHICAL FASHION: THE IMPACT OF
SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE RETAIL
GALLERY 308

This session will explore the role that ethical
fashion and socially responsible investing has on
poverty alleviation and economic empowerment.
Led by prominent investors and leading advocates
in ethical fashion, we will explore the ways in which
the industry is currently thinking about the longterm success of ventures with a socially conscious
mindset that are in the process of seeking their
first rounds of financing.
Simone Cipriani / Ethical Fashion Initiative
Shamini Dhana / Ellevate
Kate Black / Magnifeco
Jason Kibbey / Sustainable Apparel Coalition
Eliza Brooke / Fashionista

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CITY SOLUTIONS JAM – WHAT’S
WORKING IN URBAN RESILIENCE

Dawn Melchiorre / Forefront
Hardik Savalia / B Lab

GALLERY TENT

Join us for an interactive session where participants
explore what’s proven to work in the field of urban
resilience, and how we can meet current challenges.
Rockefeller Foundation and Mercy Corps, among
others, are early adopters of the pioneering ‘Solutioning’
approach that session participants will experience, as
we work together to understand the core components
of what works. Everyone will leave with a template of
innovative ideas, and access to an online platform that
is built to connect and share knowledge.
Linzi Fidelin / Sphaera
Astrid Scholz / Sphaera
SCALING IMPACT THROUGH MULTISTAKEHOLDER COLLABORATION
SOUTHSIDE THEATER

There is increasing interest surrounding multistakeholder initiatives and other forms of
collaborative impact models – but these
partnerships are often challenging to execute
without the right systems, culture, and approach in
place. In this session, we hear from leading experts
on their experiences and the conditions, framework,
and key roles necessary to avoid frustration, and
execute a successful collaborative that is both
scalable and drives meaningful change.
Alex Sloan / Tides Foundation
Rick Reed / Collaborative Networks at Garfield
Foundation
Nelli Noakes / Community At Work
Stefanie Faucher / 8th Amendment Project
BEST OF CITIES: HOW TO TEACH ALL
BUSINESSES IN YOUR CITY ABOUT IMPACT
BATS THEATER

Is it possible to have every business in a city learn
how to solve locally entrenched issues? Yes! NYC
started a citywide program to teach all businesses
– not just those that drank their Kool Aid – how to
create high quality jobs, strengthen communities,
and preserve the environment. In the first 6 months,
more than 1,300 companies participated, reaching
63,000 workers. Come hear lessons learned from
NYC, and also Pittsburgh and New Orleans about
how they are doing the same.
Rose DeStefano / Best for NYC
Margaret Bradley / Ben Franklin Technology Partners
Rachael Wiggins / City of Portland

INVESTING IN WOMEN: WHY IT
MATTERS AND HOW TO DO IT WELL
BATS ANNEX

The case for investing in women has never been
stronger, and the need has never been greater.
Learn why gender lens investing is growing, who
it will affect, and ways to get involved through the
Women’s Capital Collaborative, Women Effect,
and the Women’s Inclusion Portfolio.
Deb Nelson / RSF Social Finance
Suzanne Biegel / Women Effect
Patricia Farrar-Rivas / Veris Wealth Partners
Toni Johnson / Heron Foundation

$

UNLEASHING MILLENNIAL INVESTORS
C205

Up until now, impact investing has largely been
reserved for accredited investors. With recent
legislation empowering unaccredited investors, will
younger generations tap into the impact investing
world? What are key challenges and opportunities
to unleash new capital, and who are the innovators
leading the charge to create impact investors of new
asset levels and ages? Join us for a lively discussion
around the next generation of impact opportunities.
Allison Kelly / CDC
Catherine Berman / CNote Group
Stefanie O’Connell / Millennial Finance Expert

$

12:00PM

PICK UP YOUR BOX LUNCH IN
FESTIVAL PAVILION BEFORE HEADING
TO THE CLOSING PLENARY

1 2 : 3 0 PM

CLOSING PLENARY

FESTIVAL MAINSTAGE / 90 MINUTE SESSION

As we celebrate significant and measurable
progress in the growth of impact investing, we
must also recognize that ingrained behaviors and
biases – as dominant and consequential in the
capital markets as in the world at large – continue
to thwart our efforts for sustainable impact. What
will it take to overcome these systemic obstacles,
to move towards a culture of equity, and motivate
markets in pursuit of social and environmental
justice?
Lindsay Smalling / SOCAP
Penelope Douglas / Bridge Builder
Keno Sadler / Echoing Green
Deborah Cullinan / Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Marc Bamuthi Joseph / Spoken Word Artist
Rha Goddess / Move The Crowd
Rodney Foxworth / Invested Impact
Stephen DeBerry / Bronze Investments

BUILDING OUT THE SOCIAL IMPACT
ANALYST PROFESSION
C210

What constitutes good impact information? The
answer points to an emerging profession: skilled
impact analysts. This session will articulate the
who, what, and how of this profession by mapping
the players, articulating why they are necessary
to the growth of impact investing, discussing how
they get paid, and highlighting emerging trends,
bottlenecks and solutions.
Sara Olsen / SVT Group
Michael Harnar / Claremont Lincoln University
Mary Jo Cook / Pacific Community Ventures
Matthew Barry / Gary Community Investments
Margaret Towle / Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner &
Smith Inc.

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F R I D AY 1 6 S E P T E M B E R

COWELL THEATER

PARTNERS

PARTNERING
TO MOVE THE WORLD
Each year, it’s so encouraging to see who is
stepping up to help drive the social capital
market. Longtime SOCAP partners such
as Omidyar Network and The Rockefeller
Foundation return year after year to ensure
that this movement continues to expand and
grow. Great new partners like Bain Capital
Double Impact and Autodesk have played
significant roles in bringing their energy to
this year’s event – demonstrating that large,
leading organizations are making new waves
at the intersection of money and meaning. In
the past three years, sponsorships have nearly
doubled, which shows us all just how rapidly
our movement is growing.
We extend our gratitude to YOU, our partners,
for your financial commitment. And we know
that your commitment goes beyond this
annual convening, to supporting our collective
ecosystem that is growing organizations,
companies, and individuals who embed more
and more good into the fabric of our lives. We
see a world where, together, we can move
tremendous resources and energy – and even
whole communities and the world – towards
a better future.
Thanks!

JAMIE MCGONNIGAL
Director of Business Development

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LAUNCH
PARTNERS

BAINCAPITAL.COM
Bain Capital Double Impact utilizes a proven, deep
diligence, value-added approach to build great
companies that deliver competitive financial returns and
meaningful, measurable social and environmental good.
We seek to generate positive impact, primarily in North
America, within three themes: Sustainability – products
and operations that minimize environmental impact
and promote ecologically beneficial water, energy, and
agriculture practices; Health & Wellness – improving
health through food access, products & services
promoting healthy lifestyles, access to healthcare, and
better education and training; and Community Building
– supporting great companies and expanding economic
opportunity in distressed communities to create good
jobs, promote ownership, and catalyze growth.

INVESTMENT PARTNERS

ROCKEFELLERFOUNDATION.ORG
For more than 100 years, The Rockefeller Foundation’s
mission has been to promote the well-being of humanity
throughout the world. Today, The Foundation pursues
this mission through dual goals: advancing inclusive
economies that expand opportunities for more broadly
shared prosperity; and building resilience by helping
people, communities, and institutions prepare for,
withstand, and emerge stronger from acute shocks and
chronic stresses. Having invested in the architecture
for the impact investing field – from incubating
platforms and networks to creating standards and
impact measurements – The Foundation is committed
to strengthening the evidence base to enable the
continued growth of the market-based solutions field.

Founded in 2007, the Blackstone Charitable Foundation
is committed to inspiring entrepreneurship globally.
By leveraging the resources and intellectual capital of
Blackstone, the Foundation empowers entrepreneurs,
generates job growth, and supports the communities in
which we live and work.

Energy Excelerator funds innovative startups to create
a 100% clean energy future, starting in Hawaii and
Asia-Pacific. We invest in energy, water, transportation,
agriculture, and cybersecurity companies (up to $1
million USD per company). And we open up a worldclass network of investors and customers to help our
portfolio companies change the world.

ETHOCAPITAL.COM

CALCEF.ORG
BLACKSTONE.COM

ENERGYEXCELERATOR.COM

California Clean Energy Fund connects money to
investments, ideas to support, and issues to solutions.
Our family of initiatives seeks to bring about the
energy transition that is already underway, but sooner
and better. We are driven by the immense opportunity
that clean energy represents to accelerate climate
protection and are committed to creating 100%+ clean
energy for all people. Initiatives include: CalSEED – a
seed stage grant making fund providing early stage
financial support to promising energy concepts; New
Energy Nexus – an international network of energy
accelerators and incubators providing the support
global startups need to succeed; and CalCharge – a
consortium of energy storage experts working together
to develop breakthrough technologies.

Etho Capital is an investment management company
committed to helping solve climate change by bringing
sustainable investing mainstream. Our mission is to build
the world’s best investment solutions by providing superior
environmental, social, and financial performance. Our
approach combines quantitative sustainability science
and stakeholder expertise with the diversified returns
and risk management of index investing.

ENERGYNEXUS.CO
New Energy Nexus supports clean, smart, and distributed
energy startups worldwide. We facilitate collaboration
and innovation among the startups, accelerators,
industry, and investors who are building tomorrow’s
energy systems. We provide access to a global learning
community and deliver a broad array of services
including: strategic planning, accelerator program
design, training, events, and team capacity building.
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I N N O VAT I O N PA RT N E R S

AUTODESK.COM/SUSTAINABILITY
Autodesk makes software for people who design and
make everything on the planet. Autodesk and the
Autodesk Foundation are committed to supporting
and investing in people who are designing and
making solutions to today’s most pressing social and
environmental challenges. With design technology
available today, we have the power to change the
outcomes of the planet. We offer software, training,
grant funding, and pro bono services to entrepreneurs
and innovators around the world. Learn more on our
website or follow @AutodeskImpact.

BARCLAYS.COM
Barclays is a transatlantic consumer, corporate,
and investment bank offering products and services
across personal, corporate, and investment banking,
credit cards and wealth management, with a strong
presence in our two home markets of the UK and the
US. With more than 325 years of history and expertise
in banking, Barclays operates in more than 40 countries
and employs approximately 130,000 people. Barclays
moves, lends, invests, and protects money for customers
and clients worldwide. For further information about
Barclays, please visit our website.

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LIQUIDNET.COM/FORGOOD
CRS.ORG & VIICONFERENCE.ORG

IMPACTASSETS.ORG

Catholic Relief Services is the official international
humanitarian and development agency of the Catholic
community in the United States. Founded in 1943, it
is an organization of 5,000, working in more than 100
countries, and reaching nearly 85 million of the world’s
poorest and most vulnerable, without regard to race,
religion, or nationality. CRS acts to: promote human
development by responding to major emergencies,
fighting poverty, and nurturing peaceful and just
societies; and serve Catholics in the United States as
they live their faith in solidarity with their brothers and
sisters around the world. Catholic Relief Services carries
out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States
to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas by hosting
the Vatican Impact Investing Conference in Rome.

ImpactAssets’ mission to is to catalyze capital to
positive impact by making it easy for investors and
advisors through innovative products and education.
ImpactAssets offers a range of impact investment
products including a donor advised fund that invests
in hundreds of impact managers and entrepreneurs
globally. ImpactAssets also offers thematic, publiclyavailable debt notes – such as sustainable agriculture
and microfinance – which enable a broad range of
investors to participate. As a leader in impact investment
field building, ImpactAssets launched the ImpactAssets
50, the first US open-sourced database of impact
investing firms and has published a wide range of Issue
Briefs on topics such as Impact Portfolio Construction.

Liquidnet is the global institutional trading network
that more than 800 of the world’s top asset managers
trust to execute their trades in size. We know how to
use technology and a trusted network to make the
capital markets more effective, and we’re applying
this knowledge to both accelerate the practice of
impact investing and make the practice of philanthropy
more effective. We believe that a company’s greatest
strengths as a business are also its best tools for giving
back. That’s why we created Liquidnet For Good, which
is committed to using Liquidnet’s full resources to make
a positive impact around the world.

SCU-SOCIAL-ENTREPRENEURSHIP.ORG

ECHOINGGREEN.ORG
For nearly 30 years, Echoing Green has unleashed
next-generation talent to solve the world’s biggest
problems. These leaders – who spend their lives
working with purpose – define their generations; they
make society better. Echoing Green continues to build
a global community of emerging leaders – almost 700
and growing – who have launched Teach For America,
City Year, One Acre Fund, SKS Microfinance, and more.
Whether it’s through our Fellowships or our other
innovative leadership initiatives, we unleash unexpected
potential by tracking down the best and the brightest
leaders, bringing them together, and launching them
on a path to success. We drive social progress further,
faster.

JBMEDIAGROUPLLC.COM
JB Media Group and the JB Media Institute provide
comprehensive internet marketing services and
educational programs for non-profit and for-profit
ventures focused on making a difference. We are a
team of socially-conscious marketing professionals
who specialize in digital marketing and training. To
successfully promote social ventures and their missions,
we draw on our strengths for strategy, collaboration,
and creativity to craft content that is relevant and
authentic to the source. We offer full campaign strategy
and implementation, as well as training in the areas
of content development, social media, search engine
optimization, public relations, and online advertising.

Miller Center of Social Entrepreneurship accelerates
global, innovation-based entrepreneurship in service
to humanity. We believe social entrepreneurship
addresses the problems of poverty, creating livelihoods,
and restoring human dignity. Through our three
departments – the Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI),
Impact Capital, and Education and Action Research –
we help social entrepreneurs build strong, sustainable
organizations. The GSBI’s programs pair social
entrepreneurs with Silicon Valley mentors to help them
scale and become investment-ready. Impact Capital
develops new investment vehicles and provides thought
leadership for the impact investing community. Our
Global Social Benefit Fellowship inspires Santa Clara
University students to become the next generation of
change leaders.

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PITCH PARTNERS

\OMIDYAR.COM
Omidyar Network is a philanthropic investment firm
dedicated to harnessing the power of markets to
create opportunity for people to improve their lives.
Established in 2004 by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar
and his wife Pam, the organization invests in and helps
scale innovative organizations to catalyze economic
and social change. Omidyar Network has committed
more than $976 million to for-profit companies and
non-profit organizations across multiple initiatives,
including: Consumer Internet & Mobile, Education,
Financial Inclusion, Governance & Citizen Engagement,
and Property Rights.

SCHWABCHARITABLE.ORG
Schwab Charitable is an independent, public charity
that was created to increase charitable giving in the
United States. Our donor-advised fund is a tax-smart,
simple, and efficient way for clients and their investment
advisors to maximize the impact of their philanthropy by
applying a similar approach to charitable giving as they
do to savings and investments. We accept donations of
cash and appreciated assets such as publicly-traded
stock, restricted stock, interests in private businesses
(C-Corp and S-Corp), real estate, or private equity.
Schwab Charitable has granted more than $6.6 billion
to more than 109,000 charities on behalf of its donors
since its inception.

OMNIVORE.VC
Omnivore Partners is a venture capital firm that
invests in startups from India developing breakthrough
technologies for food and agriculture. Omnivore’s key
investment themes are Precision Agriculture, Big Data
& IoT (Internet of Things); Sustainable Inputs & Farm
Automation; Supply Chain, Food Safety & Nutrition;
Innovative Food Products & Services; Water Management
& Rural Energy; and Financial Technology & Inclusion.

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AGORAPARTNERSHIPS.ORG

BIGPATHCAPITAL.COM

Agora Partnerships’ vision is to establish a dynamic,
global ecosystem of investment and support for
inclusive, small and medium-sized businesses working
to solve social and environmental issues. We believe
that entrepreneurs are key to solving the world’s
toughest challenges, such as: climate change, poverty,
inequality, and others outlined in the SDGs. Yet, too many
entrepreneurs – especially those working in low income
communities – are unable to reach their potential due
to unequal access to financing and strategic support.
We achieve our mission by building networks and
partnerships to channel resources to these emerging
leaders through our flagship Accelerator program.

Leveraging one of the largest networks of impact
investors globally, Big Path Capital assists purpose-driven
companies and funds, ensuring mission preservation
across financial transactions – including acquisitions,
mergers, and capital raises. Big Path has worked in more
than 140 engagements, more than any investment bank
in the sector. Big Path is proud to be a founding B Corp.

CAPITALIMPACT.ORG

BERKELEY.EDU
VODAFONE-US.COM
The Vodafone Americas Foundation fosters social
change in global and local communities through
connected solutions. Our mission is to connect an
ecosystem of partners who use wireless technology to
spark innovation, improve lives, transform the global
development sector, and empower women and girls.
We mobilize social good by analyzing the needs of a
community, collaborating with expert partners, and
creating vehicles of knowledge-sharing and learning.
“Connecting for Good” is a universal theme throughout
Vodafone’s 27 foundations worldwide. The Foundations
mobilize communities by bringing people together
from all sectors – business, non-profit, government,
employees, and even our customer base – to resolve
shared problems and advance social change.

University-based social innovation programs have been
on the rise and UC Berkeley has been at the forefront
– studying, designing, and implementing programs for
students from all disciplines, who are driven to become
forces for global good, and are ready to compete in
job markets that demand real-world skills as much as
academic degrees. Berkeley’s institutions generate
insight and action on social impact locally, nationally,
and globally. Berkeley’s Blum Center for Developing
Economies (blum.berkeley.edu) and the Haas School of
Business’s Institute for Business and Social Impact (haas.
berkeley.edu/IBSI) will both attend SOCAP16.

Capital Impact Partners transforms underserved
communities into strong, vibrant places of opportunity
for people at every stage of life. We deliver strategic
financing, incubate new social programs, and provide
capacity building to help ensure that low-to-moderateincome individuals have access to quality health care
and education, healthy foods, affordable housing, and
the ability to age with dignity. A non-profit community
development financial institution, Capital Impact
Partners has disbursed more than $2 billion to revitalize
communities over the last 30 years. Headquartered in
Arlington, Virginia, Capital Impact Partners operates
nationally, with local offices in Detroit, Michigan, and
Oakland, California. Learn more on our website.

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RESOURCES.MICROEDGE.COM & BLACKBAUD.COM
FLUXX.IO
Fluxx joins best-in-class technological innovation with
the social commitment of philanthropy. Fluxx transforms
funding processes to be more efficient, transparent,
collaborative, and ultimately more effective – ensuring
that every funding decision is the right funding decision.
Foundations large and small, government agencies, nonprofits, and corporations use Fluxx software to guide
billions of dollars to organizations and individuals,
creating impact across the globe. As technology
continues to evolve at a transformative pace, Fluxx is
here to drive the innovation and spark for lasting social
good. For more information visit our website.

MicroEdge + Blackbaud is the world’s leading cloud
software company positioned uniquely at the intersection of
technology and social good. We provide software, services,
expertise, and data intelligence that empowers and connects
people to advance the social good movement. MicroEdge +
Blackbaud serve the entire social good community, which
includes non-profits, foundations, corporations, education
institutions, and the individual change agents who support
them. To learn more, visit our websites.

DB.COM/USA
Deutsche Bank uses its capabilities as a global investment
bank to create economic opportunities in distressed
communities in the US and around the developing
world, by financing social enterprises and projects that
provide essential services such as microfinance, energy,
affordable housing, education and health. Since 1990,
this strategy has positioned DB as a leader and trusted
partner within social finance. The DB Global Social
Finance group has deployed more than $2.5 billion to
low-income communities using this strategy. It’s also
proven to be wise and prudent investing with consistent
financial returns and a 99% repayment record.

NEWRESOURCEBANK.COM

CLEANCOOKSTOVES.ORG
The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is a publicprivate partnership hosted by the UN Foundation to save
lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and protect
the environment by creating a thriving global market for
clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels. The Alliance’s
100 by ‘20 goal calls for 100 million households to adopt
clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels by 2020. To
that end, we work with investors and entrepreneurs to
strengthen and finance the scale-up of enterprise along
the value chain. Using grants and other forms of soft and
patient capital, the Alliance supports innovation and
enterprise development, and finances growth.

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New Resource Bank is a triple-bottom-line bank serving
values-driven businesses and non-profits that are
building a more sustainable world. We see money as an
agent of positive social, environmental, and economic
change, and believe banking can transform the economy
into one that serves all people and the planet. By putting
deposits to work for good, we lend to organizations that
benefit our communities and preserve our planet.

ITAD.COM
Itad is a consulting firm specialising in Monitoring,
Evaluation, Research and Learning. Our purpose is to support
organisations obtain the information and insight they need
to make investments and grants work smarter and produce
better results for intended target groups. We offer a range
of services – from advising and supporting design and
refinement of investment and portfolio theories of change
and results frameworks, delivering investment and portfoliolevel evaluations, to sector-level knowledge brokering and
knowledge platforms. We are currently designing an impact
evaluation of the Dutch Good Growth Fund, a direct funder
and fund-of-impact investment funds to finance and advise
SME development in developing countries.

through a variety of products and services, including life
insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual
funds, and investment management. In the US, Prudential’s
iconic Rock symbol has stood for strength, stability,
expertise, and innovation for more than a century. For
more information, please visit our website.

REDF.ORG
REDF invests exclusively in the growth and effectiveness
of social enterprises. Since 1997, REDF has provided
funding and specialized advisory services to more
than 60 social enterprises in California to help them –
and the people they employ – to succeed, and to help
spending for government programs go further. In 2016,
REDF began expanding its work nationally: growing
the evidence base to demonstrate the value of social
enterprise; and creating a thriving ecosystem to support
the movement, and the inclusion of the people they
employ in the economy.

PAXWORLD.COM
Pax World Management LLC – investment adviser to Pax
World Funds – is a pioneer in the field of sustainable
investing. Pax World integrates environmental, social, and
governance (ESG) research into its investment process
to better manage risk and deliver competitive longterm investment performance. For more than 45 years,
Pax World has made it possible for investors to align
their investments with their values and have a positive
social and environmental impact. Today, its platform of
sustainable investing solutions includes a family of mutual
funds, as well as separately managed accounts.

PRUDENTIAL.COM
Prudential Financial, Inc. – a financial services leader with
more than $1 trillion of assets under management as of
March 31, 2016 – has operations in the United States,
Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Prudential’s diverse and
talented employees are committed to helping individual
and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth

RSFSOCIALFINANCE.ORG
RSF Social Finance is a financial services organization
dedicated to transforming the way the world works with
money. RSF offers investing, lending, and giving services
that generate positive social and environmental
impact while fostering community and collaboration
among participants. Our growing community of clients
is furthering the work of social entrepreneurs in the
fields of Food & Agriculture, Education & the Arts, and
Ecological Stewardship. Building the field of social
finance through community-based economic practices
and a productive ecosystem of social finance partners
is part of our work toward a human-centered culture
of finance. Since 1984, RSF has made more than $275
million in loans and more than $130 million in grants to
non-profit and for-profit social enterprises.

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IDEA PARTNERS
TIDELINE.COM

SEPHORA.COM/SEPHORA-STANDS
Sephora is a visionary beauty-retail concept founded in
France in 1970 and launched in the Americas in 1998.
Through our Sephora Stands social impact programs,
launched in 2015, we use our strengths to support female
entrepreneurs in the beauty industry, our communities,
our planet, and our people. At SOCAP16 we’re excited to
showcase some of our Sephora Accelerate entrepreneurs.

Tideline is a consulting firm that provides tailored advice
to clients developing impact investment strategies,
products, and solutions. Tideline’s multi-disciplinary
team delivers services of unmatched quality, grounded
in deep, rigorous research and analysis. Our mission is
to help clients excel in realizing financial and societal
value.

ANGELSPAN.COM
Angelspan delivers the transparency and operational
insights impact investors seek, to engage with and
support the companies and causes important to them.
Delivering professionally-curated Monthly Updates,
Quarterly Reports, and an operational ‘balanced
scorecard,’ Angelspan frees up the time of the CEO while
maximizing the engagement with all stakeholders.

CALVERTFOUNDATION.ORG
Calvert Foundation enables people to invest for social
good. Through the Community Investment Note, we
connect individual investors with organizations working
around the globe, developing affordable housing,
creating jobs, protecting the environment, and working
in numerous other ways for the social good.

COBLENTZLAW.COM
TIDES.ORG

SOCIALENTERPRISE.EMORY.EDU
Social Enterprise @ Goizueta (SE@G) – a research center
within Emory University’s business school – works to create
meaningful and enduring societal impacts. We make markets
work for more people and in more places by generating
academic and applied research, piloting innovative marketbased programs, developing network platforms for change,
and shaping the next generation of social sector leaders.

Tides accelerates the pace of social change toward
a future of shared prosperity and social justice.
Tides teams up with advocates, social investors, and
entrepreneurs who want to use their money and ideas
to tackle society’s toughest problems. Tides facilitates
charitable giving, grantmaking, and impact investing,
offers social impact consulting, provides collaborative
workspaces in San Francisco and New York City, and
offers fiscal sponsorship and management services to
organizations that are aligned with Tides’ mission.

SORENSONIMPACTCENTER.COM
The Sorenson Impact Center is dedicated to facilitating
social impact and innovation. The Center works across
sectors to develop and implement innovative and datadriven approaches to difficult social and public health
problems. The Center’s work is performed across four broad
platforms. Policy + Innovation: Facilitating data-driven and
innovative policies and programs in communities around the
country aimed at measurably improving the lives of at-risk
individuals and families. Global Impact Investing: Facilitating
impact investment in the United States and abroad from
investors, foundations, and home-offices. Venture Capital:
Raising a $25 million venture fund focused on catalytic
impact investment in the United States and abroad. FieldBuilding Research: Research, publication, and teaching in the
areas of social impact and entrepreneurship.

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ARABELLAADVISORS.COM
Arabella Advisors helps philanthropists and investors who
are serious about impact achieve the greatest good with
their resources. We help clients imagine what’s possible,
design the best strategy, and do the work necessary
to make your vision a reality. Our comprehensive and
personalized services deliver results for families and
individuals, institutional foundations, impact investors,
and corporate clients worldwide. We help families and
individuals develop effective and efficient strategies for
their philanthropy and impact investing. Institutional
foundations rely on us as a strategic partner and a resource
to extend limited capacity. Our customized services are
built from a comprehensive platform, spanning: strategy,
due diligence, evaluation, grant making, impact investing,
project incubation, and education.

USAID.GOV
USAID partners to end extreme poverty and to promote
resilient, democratic societies while advancing our
security and prosperity. USAID’s mission statement
highlights two complementary and intrinsically linked
goals: ending extreme poverty, and promoting the
development of resilient, democratic societies that are
able to realize their potential. We fundamentally believe
that ending extreme poverty requires: enabling inclusive,
sustainable growth; promoting free, peaceful, and selfreliant societies with effective, legitimate governments;
building human capital; and creating social safety nets
that reach the poorest and most vulnerable.

AEOWORKS.ORG
The Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) is the
voice of innovation in microbusiness and microfinance
in the United States. For 25 years, AEO and its more
than 450 member/partner organizations have helped
millions of entrepreneurs contribute to economic growth
while supporting themselves, their families, and their
communities. AEO members and partners include a
broad range of organizations that provide capital and
services to assist underserved entrepreneurs in starting,
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approximately ¥298.3 trillion (JPY) or $2.6 trillion (USD).

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Our Impact Finance & Social Enterprise team – located in
our offices throughout the US, Europe, Africa, and Asia –
provides a wide range of legal services to clients seeking
to achieve positive social and environmental impact
alongside financial returns. We have been recognized
by the Financial Times for our Impact Finance practice,
and as one of the Top 10 Most Innovative North American
Law Firms for the past five consecutive years.

HBS.EDU/SOCIALENTERPRISE
The HBS Social Enterprise Initiative applies innovative
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sustained, high-impact social change. It’s grounded in the
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the world. The Social Enterprise Initiative engages with
the non-profit, for-profit, and public sectors to generate
and share resources, tools, and knowledge.

SOPROCFO.COM
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IN-KIND PARTNERS

MEDIA PARTNERS

V2VASSOCIATES.COM
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WETHERBY.COM
For more than 25 years, Wetherby Asset Management has
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TEAM

SOCAP TEAM
The incredible team behind SOCAP has been working at the intersection of money and meaning in various capacities
since 2008, when SOCAP was first launched. SOCAP was founded by Kevin Jones, Rosa Lee Harden, Gary Bolles,
Heidi Kleinmaus, Mark Beam, and Tim Freundlich. Since that first convening of 600 changemakers, we’ve more than
quadrupled in size and continue to be the pioneer leader in impact investing gatherings around the globe.
The team that brings you SOCAP16 includes this amazing group of folks:
KEVIN JONES • CO-FOUNDER & CONVENER

ROSA LEE HARDEN • CO-FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE

Kevin creates information businesses
inside emerging markets. He believes
that markets emerge in conversation,
as people try to explain and
understand value. But this SOCAP
market is not like others he’s been in,
and that’s what makes it more
interesting and more important. As one of the founders
of Good Capital, a venture capital firm that invests in
social enterprises, Kevin leads engagement in the
portfolio companies Startgrid.com and NewsDeeply.
com. Kevin is also exploring local economies working
alongside the team at Neighborhood Economics, which
is a new venture for shifting the narrative and the flow
of our economies – from Wall Street to Main Street,
from conquest to mutuality. He is enjoying grounding
himself and his family on a farm just outside of Asheville,
NC, where the Swannanoa River that flows in his
backyard reminds him of constant dynamic changes,
and where his two grandkids and his dog remind him to
take time to play.

PRODUCER

LINDSAY SMALLING • PRODUCER AND CURATOR
Lindsay curates all content for
SOCAP, and also oversees production,
marketing, and business development.
Over the last four years, Lindsay has
worked on the SOCAP Conference as
Entrepreneur Coordinator (2012),
Program Manager for the Oceans
track (2013), Senior Content Associate (2014), and
Director of Programming (2015). Lindsay was previously
Strategic Initiatives Officer at ImpactAssets where she
was focused on building knowledge resources that
advance the field of impact investing, such as Issue
Briefs and the annual ImpactAssets 50. Lindsay is a
graduate of Columbia Business School and Pomona
College.

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Rosa Lee has been a producer
throughout the growth of SOCAP
from 600 people in 2008 to more than
2,500 in 2015. She is a unique and
potent mix of embodying truth and
making things happen. Previously,
she produced and directed the Wild
Goose Festival, an annual family reunion of sorts that
provides space for courageous and participative social
justice work combined with creative expression and
spiritual practice. Rosa Lee is a successful serial
entrepreneur and for 25 years was an owner and
publisher of newspapers, magazines, and trade journals,
accomplishing turnarounds and launching successful
startups that became the top publications in their
markets. She and her husband Kevin have been married
for 40 years and are the parents of two children, Bradley
and BJ Harden Jones, and grandparents to Logan and
Asher. She is an Episcopal priest who speaks and
preaches on Money & Meaning, living our lives with our
money as a moral and ethical extension of our values.
She was recently invited to speak on this topic at The
Vatican. Having one foot in the faith world and one foot
in entrepreneurship has been a great place from which
to grow the conference at the intersection of money
and meaning. Rosa Lee has historically limited her
endeavors into territory where she knew she could
excel, and is now courageously practicing the art of
being a beginner through her new passion: ballroom
dancing!

JAMIE MCGONNIGAL • DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS

LIZ MAXWELL • SOCAP 365 PRODUCT MANAGER

DEVELOPMENT

Liz
manages
SOCAP
365
programming to engage the SOCAP
community throughout the year at
Impact Hub locations and other local
convenings. She joins the SOCAP
team after running the events and
programming at Impact Hub NYC,
including the pilot Impact Bazaar, a new model for
connecting social innovators and local impact
ecosystems. Previously, Liz consulted and emceed with
The Feast, built partnerships and organized national
actions for the non-governmental US Department of
Arts and Culture, and ran Art Monastery Project, an
international artist residency program in Italy that was
designed to revitalize underused historic spaces via
international cultural development. Originally from
New Orleans, Liz now lives in NYC and can be most
frequently found somewhere between progressive
convenings and daytime dance parties.

Jamie is proud to be a part of the
SOCAP and Mission Hub team,
following four years as Community
Director at the New Organizing
Institute and Director of RootsCamp,
the nation’s largest progressive
“unconference.” Prior to that, Jamie
produced more than 200 Broadway concerts and events,
benefiting organizations such as The Matthew Shepard
Foundation, National AIDS Fund, United Nations
Association, and Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS. In
his free time, Jamie is a cartoon voice actor for Pokémon,
Yu-Gi-Oh! and several other animated features and
video games. He can also be heard as a political
commentator on SiriusXM Progress 127. He lives in DC
with his husband Sean and their dog Eli.
DIANA CONNOLLY • PRODUCTION MANAGER
Diana has been managing the
production of SOCAP conferences
and events since SOCAP13. She is the
founder of Groundswell Marketing,
and offers more than 20 years of
creativity
and
experience
in
orchestrating large-scale events. She
recently completed an MBA in Sustainable Enterprise,
and has a passion for bringing social and environmental
responsibility to event operations.

FABIENNE BLANC • REGISTRAR
Fabienne has been the SOCAP
Registrar since 2011. After studying
law in France, she moved to San
Francisco to join her husband and
raise her children. When she is not
nagger-in-chief to her teenagers, she
enjoys long walks with her dog, hiking
or skiing in the Sierra, and doing genealogical research.

JUSTIN BELLEME • MARKETING MANAGER
Justin leads the SOCAP16 marketing
team with more than a decade of
experience in internet marketing
and event promotion. He is the
Founder and Director of Strategy at
JB Media Group, an online marketing
agency based in Asheville, NC. He is
a lead instructor for the JB Media Institute. An organizer
of Startup Weekend and 1 Million Cups in Asheville,
Justin is committed to supporting the startup community,
and passionate about social entrepreneurship.
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E V E N T S TA F F

C O N T E N T S TA F F

VASHONE HUFF • PARTNERSHIP COORDINATOR

NICOLETTE OLIARO • PRODUCTION COORDINATOR

TIM SOERENS • CURATOR, NEIGHBORHOOD

CARI HANSON • CONTENT COORDINATOR

VaShone is new to the SOCAP team this
year. A California native – born in San
Diego and raised in Oakland – VaShone
is an educator, policy maker, advocate,
and servant leader. After teaching in
Oakland, VaShone spent more than 15
years in Government Affairs working with the California
State Senate, Port of Oakland, and City of Oakland
Office of the Mayor. VaShone’s passion for empowering
young people brought her to the East Coast where she
worked with New Organizing Institute and the George
Washington University. Her passion for empowering
community – especially communities of color, women,
and young people – has led her to work and serve with
several local and national non-profit organizations. She
loves music, writing, dancing, and spending time with
her family. Her greatest joys are her faith and being an
auntie for four vivacious nephews.

Nicolette has more than 10 years
experience managing large and small
scale events. Her clients and events
experience
include
non-profit
organizations, production and staffing
at major conferences, gala fundraisers,
registration management, donor stewardship, veteran’s
retreats, performing arts management, corporate
meetings, and international celebrity and donor trips.
When not planning and producing events, Nicolette can
be found in the dance studio teaching Zumba. This will
be her fourth SOCAP, working as part of the Groundswell
Marketing Production team.

ECONOMICS AND MEANING

Cari joins the SOCAP16 team to support
content and speaker relationships for
multiple themes. She’s a friend to
SOCAP,
having
curated
content
previously for the Oceans Track at
SOCAP13 with Future of Fish. She is the
Principal at Orng Dot, a strategic systems development
and designed experiences consultancy working with
startups, social enterprises, and the impact investment
community. Her work focuses on bringing people
together to strengthen initiatives and deepen impact.

JONNY POLLACK • VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
Jonny is attending college in the Bay
Area, seeking a degree in Event
Management. This will be his second
year as a member of the SOCAP
production team, and he will be taking
over as volunteer coordinator for
SOCAP16. He has always been interested in
entrepreneurship, and had his first real experience
managing a student-owned DJ company operating all
over the Bay Area, and parts of southern California.
Jonny is very excited to return to SOCAP and work
alongside a great team of volunteers!
SARAH STERLING • ENTREPRENEUR COORDINATOR
Sarah has several years of work
experience in Central America where
she currently lives and works for
Pomona Impact in Antigua, Guatemala.
As a consultant for the Scholarship
Entrepreneurs, she brings her skills in
event management, logistics, and outreach to the team
at SOCAP16. She is excited to be joining the SOCAP team
again this year and hopes to be part of SOCAP for years
to come.

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CASEY TERRAZAS • SOCAP TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
Since 2011, Casey has managed the
equipment setup and labor crews
needed to make SOCAP a full-scale
production. When not at SOCAP, Casey
travels the globe producing all kinds of
events. Additionally, in 2013 Casey
founded Porch Party Records in his home city of Long
Beach, releasing vinyl and cassettes of California bands.
BJ HARDEN JONES • COPY EDITOR
BJ’s priorities in life revolve around allowing
an effortless flow of kindness to express
through her being. As one of her main
modalities, she practices and facilitates
The Work of Byron Katie. The daughter of
SOCAP founders Kevin Jones and Rosa
Lee Harden, she has proudly worked with her parents as
copy editor for the SOCAP program book every year.

Tim is an award-winning author,
speaker, and social entrepreneur. He
co-founded “Neighborhood Economics”
– a new venture with SOCAP’s founders
Rosa Lee Harden and Kevin Jones –
which is convening a national
conference in the spring focused on accelerating the
flow of capital to neighborhoods. Based in Seattle, Tim
is also a founding adviser of Impact Hub Seattle. Finally,
Tim is the co-founding director of the Parish Collective,
a growing network of more than 1,500 faith communities
who are focused on seeking human flourishing in
particular
neighborhoods
while
also
working
collaboratively across the city. Tim earned a B.A. in
Rhetorical Sciences from the University of WisconsinMadison and a Masters of Divinity from The Seattle
School of Theology and Psychology. He lives in the
South Park neighborhood of Seattle with his wife MariaJose and their son Lukas.
KATE HANFORD • CONTENT COORDINATOR – SOCAP
OPEN, NEIGHBORHOOD ECONOMICS, AND MEANING
Kate Hanford has supported the
development
of
the
SOCAP
Neighborhood Economics and Meaning
tracks for the past three years, and also
helped
coordinate
SOCAP
Open
sessions in 2016. When not pulling
together session content, she was working with social
entrepreneurs to grow their businesses with
Unreasonable East Africa, an accelerator program
operating in Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. She is
currently an MBA candidate at MIT Sloan.

POOJA RAJANI • CONTENT COORDINATOR – SOCAP
OPEN
Joining the SOCAP16 team this year,
Pooja is passionate about people, the
impact that social issues like public
health and environment have on our
culture, and storytelling that helps raise
awareness. Pooja is a partner at
NeuVisium, and her work spans across digital marketing
– social media, creative content, blogs, and influencer
marketing. NeuVisium specializes in launching,
marketing, and commercializing companies in technology
and the social impact space. She holds an MBA from
Strome College of Business, and a Masters in Public
Health from Eastern Virginia Medical School.

AARON MARET • DESIGN CONSULTANT
Designer, craftsman, polymath, futurist,
perennial optimist, student of the
universe, Aaron Maret brings a broad
set of passions and interests to the
creative process. His work ranges in
scale and scope from web and graphic
design, to architecture, to community development, to
conscious business development. He’s part of the
creative family of SOCAP, as son-in-law of Kevin Jones
and Rosa Lee Harden, and partner to their daughter BJ.
View his portfolio at aaronmaret.com.
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Mission Hub LLC connects leading global innovators with resources to accelerate positive impact. Innovators can
access resources – including community, programming, workspace, event space, capital and more – through our
annual flagship SOCAP conference and our local Impact Hub locations in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York
City, and Washington, DC throughout the year. Mission Hub's work is internationally recognized and has served
tens of thousands of innovators from 85+ countries since our founding in 2008. Learn more at missionhub.co.

TIMOTHY FREUNDLICH • CHAIRMAN, BOARD OF

TIM NICHOLS • MANAGING DIRECTOR, IMPACT HUB

MEGAN MCFADDEN • PRODUCT AND BRAND

DIRECTORS, MISSION HUB LLC

SAN FRANCISCO AND IMPACT HUB BERKELEY

DIRECTOR

Tim is an innovator of financial
instruments for impact investing and
social entrepreneurship. Over the last
17 years, he has served in a number of
capacities at Calvert Foundation, and
conceived of and launched the Giving
Fund – a more than $300 million impact investmentbased donor advised fund that was spun out from
Calvert Foundation as ImpactAssets. Tim currently
serves as President of ImpactAssets. He also co-founded
Good Capital, which manages the Social Enterprise
Expansion Fund LP, and helped to found the SOCAP
conference and Impact Hub locations in San Francisco,
Berkeley, New York City, and Washington, DC.

Over more than five years with Mission
Hub, Megan has supported the
organization’s SOCAP and Impact Hub
business units in designing revenuegenerating products and programs,
establishing strong brand recognition,
growing local & global reach, attracting media coverage,
building strategic partnerships, and more. For more
than ten years, Megan has been focused on designing
and executing product, brand, and communications
strategies for responsible, innovative, organizations,
and has developed B2B and B2C strategies for a range
of startups, garnering the attention of Fortune 500
clients and leading media publications. Megan holds a
BA in Communications Strategy from Temple University
and lives in New York City.

See Rosa Lee’s bio above.

Tim is the Managing Director of Impact
Hub San Francisco, the largest
community of social and environmental
entrepreneurs in the Bay Area, as well
as Impact Hub Berkeley, the first ever
Impact Hub in the United States. He has
been building this community and working with growing
teams in the social impact space for seven years, and is
now managing the transition of Impact Hub SF to a
larger location at 1885 Mission Street. He has also been
instrumental in bringing the Impact Hub to SOCAP every
year and encourages you to stop by to explore
opportunities for year-round engagement. In a previous
life, he received an MSc in Sustainable Development
from the Blekinge Institute of Technology, a B.A. in
Finance from the University of Colorado-Boulder, and
launched the Brixton Pound, a community-based
currency to support local businesses in a suburb of
London.

HERNAN VARGAS • CONTROLLER, MISSION HUB LLC

SAM UTNE • MANAGING DIRECTOR, IMPACT HUB

Hernan Vargas has been actively
engaged in the social enterprise and
non-profit business community for
more than seven years. He is a former
corporate and government finance
executive.
Hernan’s
interest
in
sustainable business and social enterprise is expressed
through his consulting work for startups in the cleantech
and sustainable healthy food industries, as well as his
long-term work with minority and women entrepreneurs.
He sits on the Board of two non-profit organizations. His
other areas of interest are financial inclusion and
innovation, FinTech and impact investing. Hernan holds
an MBA in finance.

NYC AND IMPACT HUB DC

ROSA LEE HARDEN • BOARD OF DIRECTORS,
MISSION HUB LLC • EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, SOCAP

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Sam came to Impact Hub NYC through
his passion for helping people thrive
doing what they love. He’s a strategic
thinker who has served in creative and
business management positions. He is
also currently interim MD for Impact
Hub DC. He has started his own companies and played
key roles in launching businesses and products for
early-stage ideas and Fortune 500s. Sam has served on
the board of the Threshold Foundation, dabbles in side
projects, enjoys sledding, and eats olives and oysters of
all shapes and sizes. Ask Sam about Ranked Choice
Voting, trains and bikes, magic tricks, bathroom
etiquette, or distribution strategy. Or, visit samutne.com.

S P ECIA L GR ATITU DE . . .
Our team is made stronger through
collaboration with the North American
Cohort of Impact Hubs, the growing Global
Impact Hub Network, and especially
collaboration with Impact Hub Oakland.
In our work together as Impact Hub Bay
Area and as a significant partner to SOCAP,
the founding team and staff of Impact
Hub Oakland have brought creativity and
new perspectives in our collaboration to
build a vibrant community for change.
Thank you to all our partners and friends
there, especially Konda Mason, Ashara
Ekundayo, Lisa Chacon, Roe Cummings,
and Kristin Hull. And a special shout-out to
Calgary Brown who has been a vital part of
the Bay Area Impact Hub family from the
very beginning, and is bringing her Impact
Hub work to a close by coordinating the
pop-up Impact Hub here at SOCAP16.
Additional thanks to those who've
helped make SOCAP16 possible (and
even amazing): Mia Lauter, Sheryl Young,
Anthony Gotaj, and Phoenix Soleil.

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TRANSPARENCY

TRANSPARENCY @ SOCAP16
Now for the fourth year, SOCAP has engaged Groundswell Marketing to help produce our events. One of the high
priorities we set with the Groundswell team is to help us produce as sustainable a conference as possible. Below are
some of the ways we have found to do that together.

GROUNDSWELL MARKETING

TRIPZERO

ASHBURY IMAGES & NEW DOOR VENTURES

COPIA

groundswellmktg.com

tripzero.com

ashburyimages.org & newdoor.org
Again this year, SOCAP volunteers and staff are
wearing t-shirts from Ashbury Images. Ashbury Images
rebuilds lives one shirt at a time by providing paid
employment, job training, and supportive services to
at-risk youth recovering from poverty, substance abuse,
and homelessness. Ashbury Images is part of New Door
Ventures, a youth development social enterprise.

gocopia.com
Copia is a tech-enabled company on a mission to solve
hunger and food waste by redirecting surplus food
from businesses and events to feed the hungry. SOCAP
is proud to have Copia as our trusted food-recovery
partner, and we encourage you to register your business
or event to help end hunger in your community! Visit
the Copia website to start sharing your excess food,
reducing your waste and disposal costs, and maximizing
tax deductions.

As Groundswell Marketing, we love working with SOCAP
because what matters to us matters to them, too. Together,
we source as much as we possibly can from partners
who are following sustainable practices. Groundswell
Marketing is an event production firm specializing in
Sustainable Tradeshows and Conferences. Our clientele
ranges from startup enterprises to the Fortune 500. We
tailor our services for every project; offering strategy,
design, staffing, and production expertise. We are a Bay
Area Certified Green Business, and are committed to
helping our clients produce successful programs with
triple bottom line results.

New for SOCAP16, we partnered with TripZero to find
great hotel rates for SOCAP attendees, and also to offset
the carbon footprint of their trip! When you book your
accommodations through TripZero, they calculate the
carbon footprint created by your trip. Then, they offset
your footprint by funding reforestation and renewable
energy projects – at no charge to you. TripZero is a
certified B Corp, and has created a different kind of
travel agency to help protect the planet.

ALL POWER LABS
allpowerlabs.com

FORT MASON CENTER
fortmason.org
SOCAP16 returns for the ninth year to its dynamic
waterfront home at Fort Mason Center, a unique
destination for thought-provoking programs, events,
and organizations that support and reflect the evolving
cultural fabric of San Francisco. The campus is a
National Historic Landmark and part of the Golden Gate
National Recreation Area, the country’s largest urban
national park. The Herbst Building has been updated
with an impressive solar array that adds to Fort Mason’s
already huge commitment to Earth stewardship.

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New at SOCAP16, and providing carbon negative power
to the Big Top, we are thrilled to partner with All Power
Labs. As the global leader in small-scale gasification,
they make biomass gasifier generators that solve for
both energy access and climate change, by turning
organic waste into clean energy. Their Power Pallet and
Powertainer systems can be found in dozens of countries
around the world, and support research in more than 50
universities. They combine the best usability features
of diesel generators, with the clean running of typical
renewables, while helping to reverse climate change.

ACRE GOURMET
acregourmet.com
Acre Gourmet is a solid SOCAP staple. We are all so
nourished by the integrity of this organization that
shines through in the exquisite buffets they create for
us each year. Acre Gourmet makes choices that support
sustainability. Acre sets an example by committing
to their principles of using local, organically-grown
produce and humanely raised meats; buying directly
from local purveyors; following sustainable practices
like full composting and recycling program that aims
for ‘zero waste;’ no use of pre-packaged, processed
foods; using modern energy-saving equipment and high
temperature dishwashers that cut down on the use of
chlorine; using the freshest, least-processed ingredients
available and whenever possible using organic products
that are naturally low in sugar and saturated fats. Acre’s
menus are consistently diverse, balanced, and exceed
USDA guidelines for nutrition.

U.S. PURE WATER
uspurewater.com
The drinking water provided for SOCAP comes from
U.S. Pure Water Corporation. The full spectrum water
treatment service and sales company’s aim is to
reduce plastic waste and the use of fossil fuels in the
delivery and production of plastic bottles, by providing
equipment that treats at the point-of-use (POU) rather
than at a treatment plant far away. USPW converted SF
City and County to POU systems, and is helping to green
events, preventing hundreds of thousands of bottles
from landing in the waste stream.
SAN FRANCISCO CONSERVATION CORPS
sfcc.org/recycling.html
SOCAP and SFCC couldn’t do it without you! All event
waste at Fort Mason Center is managed by the San
Francisco Conservation Corps with an aim toward
landfill diversion and resource recovery. SFCC tells us
each year that SOCAP consistently receives the highest
rating and is one of the greenest events for the City of
San Francisco.

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