SOCAP16 will gather impact investors, social entrepreneurs, foundations, corporations, global nonprofits, and other valuable strangers all contributing to a vibrant marketplace for socially, environmentally and economically sustainable solutions in San Francisco September 13-16, 2016. These are part of the Impact Hub Global Network, a global changemaker community and network of co-working spaces with over 11,000+ members in over 70 locations
This annual flagship event is the leading gathering for impact investors and social entrepreneurs. The focus is on cross-sector convening and gathers voices across a broad spectrum to catalyze impactful connections. SOCAP16 provides three full days of information, inspiration and connection with like-minded entrepreneurs, investors, collaborators and thought-leaders.
CARE will be there! Our very own Whitney Adams, Senior Technical Advisor for Design & Innovation for the CARE Impact Accelerator, is attending and Marilia Bezerra, Managing Partner of CARE Enterprise Inc. (CEI), is a panelist on the “The Frontlines of Blended Finance: INGOs Combining Philanthropic and Investment Capital” panel during SOCAP Open. It’s from 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM on Thursday, September 15!
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. Each speaker will focus their comments on the implications and lessons learned for impact entrepreneurs seeking to create raise philanthropic capital or create a blended finance model.
CARE will specifically describe their experience transitioning two traditional, donor-funded CARE projects into separate, independently operated social enterprises – JITA in Bangladesh and LiveWell in Zambia and the critical role that blended capital is playing in that transition.
Please stay tuned for a recap blog after SOCAP 16 San Francisco September 13-16!