Scholarships - SOCAP16 For Social Entrepreneurs, 13-16 September 2016, Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, CA

Publish Date: Apr 25, 2016

Deadline: Jun 20, 2016

Event Dates: from Sep 13, 2016 12:00 to Sep 16, 2016 12:00

We are now accepting applications for the SOCAP16 Social Entrepreneur Scholarship. If you are an innovator who is using business as a force for positive change in the world, we want you to apply to join us in 2016.

Social entrepreneurs are the heart of SOCAP. They identify new solutions to pressing issues, balancing true impact with sustainable business models. We prioritize support for inspiring entrepreneurs, as they are the future of the social capital markets.

Since the first SOCAP, our scholarship recipients have spanned the globe, and represented a wide variety of sectors and business models. In 2015 alone, our 140+ SOCAP scholars hailed from more than 35 different countries.

SOCAP programming starts fresh each year as we scout the growing landscape of social capital, seeking out the leading thinking on innovative investing and entrepreneurship for impact. s always, SOCAP16 programming highlights recurring themes and emerging conversations from the impact community around the world. Attendees come to network, learn, and share. SOCAP is also a live marketplace, with an abundance of supply and demand for world changing solutions. SOCAP16 will feature expanded opportunities for entrepreneurs to share their solutions, and for attendees across sectors to connect by sector and geography.

For the past three years, a significant number of SOCAP sessions have been proposed and selected through SOCAP Open. Submit your session ideas for SOCAP16 by May 31 and participate in the public voting process to help us convene the content you care about.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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 underrepresented communities.



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 energy economy that is distributed and renewable creates better economic 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.



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 – both 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.



The concept of investing for impact resonates across the world, but 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.


Our 2016 scholarship recipients will be supported with the following:

  • Free SOCAP16 full conference pass (valued at $1495)
  • Impact Accelerator @SOCAP – tailored entrepreneur programming pre-conference
  • Hostel accommodations for the duration of the conference
  • Recognition and high visibility in the SOCAP program
  • Dedicated mentorship from notable impact leaders

The scholarship application closes June 20, 2016. If you know someone who would benefit from this opportunity, please spread the word.

SOCAP16 is the world's leading conference on impact investing and social enterprise.  Held in San Francisco, September 13-16, SOCAP16 will unite innovators in business, tech, the sharing economy, health, philanthropy, and more to advance environmental and social causes.

The start & end times stated here will change.  Please check your email for updated information about the schedule.  Once it is live, our online platform will have the most up-to-date information.


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Cancellation and Refund Policy:

SOCAP incurs significant expenses prior to the event.  It is therefore necessary that we maintain the following refund and cancellation policy:

  • All cancellations or transfer requests must be submitted by email to
  • We refund the net amount of the ticket in full up to 60 days before the event.  If the refund is requested more than 6o days after it was bought, we will refund by check and the Eventbrite fee is not refundable. The last day to request a refund in full is July 15, 2016.
  • We refund 50% of the net amount of the ticket in full up to 30 days before the event.  If the refund is requested more than 6o days after it was bought, we will refund by check and the Eventbrite fee is not refundable.  The last day to request a 50% refund isAugust 14, 2016.
  • There will be no refund for any reason after August 14, 2016.    No exceptions.
  • No-shows will not be refunded for any reason.  No exceptions.
  • We do not give credit toward the following year’s conference.
  • Paid general admission tickets are fully transferable.  The buyer of the ticket needs to email  with the following information about the new attendee: name, email address, cell phone number, job title, company, city & state of residence. or learn how to do it yourself here.   Note that the self-edit option will be disabled mid-July.   Some discounted and free tickets are not transferable without prior approval.  This includes especially volunteers tickets, speaker tickets, and social entrepreneurs scholarship tickets.

Discount Codes:

Free codes need to be redeemed within 2 weeks of their issuance. All other discount codes expire at the latest on August 31 at midnight PST.
Discount codes cannot be combined.  We will not refund the difference if you get a better discount code in the future.   The only exception is for those who are asked to sit on a panel.

Can I change my registration information?

Yes. Please email us or learn how to do it yourself here.   Note that the self-edit option will be disabled about 2 weeks before the event.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes. In order to conserve our natural resources, we do not require that you print your ticket to pick-up your badge. Having the electronic version on your favorite electronic device is sufficient.   Note that this is a change from previous years.   We will check-in every ticket and hand you the badge once you are checked in.  If you are picking up a badge for a friend, make sure to have a copy of his/her ticket with you.

The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

No. We do print and give individual badges for each attendee. The name on the registration MUST match the name of the person attending, with a unique email address for each attendee.  Learn how to make the changes yourself here.   Note that the Edit option will be disabled about 2 weeks before the start of the conference.  You can always email us to make the name and email changes.  Note that if you use the same email address for several attendees, only one of them will have access to the online community.  

SOCAP16 Entrepreneur Scholarship Applications Being Accepted Now

We are now accepting applications for the SOCAP16 Social Entrepreneur Scholarship. If you are an innovator who is using business as a force for positive change in the world, we want you to apply to join us in 2016.

Entrepreneurs are the heart of SOCAP. Dating from our first event in 2008, SOCAP has awarded full scholarships to hundreds of entrepreneurs who are working on the front lines of impact. In 2015, we gave scholarships to over 150 of the world’s most innovative social entrepreneurs, who came to the Fort Mason Center from over 35 countries across the globe.

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