August 16, 2011

Social entrepreneurs heading to SF for SOCAP11

Guest post by Megan McFadden
Social Capital Markets

SOCAP11 — the fourth annual Social Capital Markets conference — has announced that more than 50 global social entrepreneurs have been awarded a full scholarship to the event taking place Sept. 6-9 in San Francisco.

Among those attending will be:

• David Auerbach, founder of Sanergy, who is working for sustainable sanitation in Kenyan slums

• Catlin Powers, founder of One Earth Designs, who is incubating local innovation in China

• Mohamed Ali Niang, founder of Malo Traders, who is working to ensure that rice farmers in Mali do not go hungry. 

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August 12, 2009

Behind the scenes at Social Capital Markets

Guest post by Katrina Heppler

Last October, 630 people interested in advancing the social good through social entrepreurship flocked to San Francisco for the first Social Capital Markets conference (@socap09 on Twitter). caught up with Kevin Jones, co-founder of the conference (and @kevindoylejones on Twitter) at The Hub in Berkeley, Calif., to get the lowdown on this year’s SoCap, which will bring together leading catalysts of positive social change for a day of learning, knowledge exchange, and connecting in San Francisco on Sept. 1–3.

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October 13, 2008

How to attract funding for a social enterprise

JD LasicaToday I attended the first Social Capital Markets conference at Fort Mason in San Francisco. The overflowng crowd of 600 attendees filled the four conference rooms on hand. So far, this is one of the best-run first-time conferences I’ve ever attended.

I’m here mostly to get the lay of the land. wants to support nonprofits and social change organizations by offering a suite of social media tools for cause campaigns. And SoCap is turning out to be a gathering where both the wealth of sessions and the hallway connections are equally valuable.

During today’s session on Pitching Your Organization, panelists offered tips on attracting seed funding for your social enterprise venture:

• "open with an eye-catching stat," not just a generic statistic about the size of the marketplace

• very high up in your pitch: what problem are you solving?

• who’s involved in your effort who’s impressive in this space?

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