Making the most of SOCAP16
In a week’s time, the world’s leading practitioners and stakeholders in impact investing, social finance and social entrepreneurship will converge at the Fort Mason campus in San Francisco for the 9th annual SOCAP conference.
New this year, SOCAP goes local with an additional day of programming and events preceding SOCAP16, focused on building resilient community wealth through local economies, aptly called Neighbourhood Economics.
There are eight themes for SOCAP16. Here are some of our top picks for session content in each stream:
Impact investing: Learn about Designing Impact Measurement Frameworks that Improve Performance and creating a culture that values impact and financial returns equally
Meaning: Global challenges can’t be addressed in isolation, let’s talk Next Generation Impact Financing: Investing for Systems Change
Neighbourhood economics: Crowdfunding for Impact is bringing the power of impact investing to communities and the retail market
Cities: Centres for Change: Explore shifting cultural realities and shifting narratives to support Entrepreneurship in the Age of #BlackLivesMatter, Dreamers and Occupy
Inclusive entrepreneurship: Many leading fintech innovations (mPesa, Zoona) started by innovating for lower resource communities. Hear how Low Money = No problem: The Potential for Tech to Empower Low-Income Individuals
Clean energy for all: Explore the challenges and opportunities in Advancing Clean Energy in the Developing World
Sustainable food and agriculture: Industry specific impact evaluation can help investors understand investment opportunities and material outcomes. Hear about Impact Evaluation in Food and Ag Investing
Country context: How Social is an IPO? Taking the success of financial inclusion companies in India, discuss maintaining mission-alignment and financial return with investors
Join the MaRS SVX team at SOCAP16
After grabbing a bite at the SOCAP Food Truck Party on Tuesday, Sept. 13, join Canadians and Canadians for the night, for drinks at the Cellar Door. RSVP here.
We also have an Elevator Pitch competition on the agenda for the morning of Thursday, Sept. 15 featuring companies from the SVX network across Canada, Mexico and the United States. Hear from ventures innovating in student employment to environmental education to ag-tech. Add it to your Pathable schedule.
If you aren’t able to join SOCAP this year, you can catch all the mainstage and significant sessions and check out previous years content on their SOCAPTV channel and join the conversation on Twitter with #SOCAP16.
By Marie Ang, Associate, MaRS Centre for Impact Investing