SOCAP Partners

A new form of capitalism is arising that recognizes our ability to direct the power and efficiency of market systems toward social impact.  Social Capital Markets is dedicated to supporting the growth of this market.  SOCAP is an annual event series that connects leading global innovators – investors, foundations, institutions and social entrepreneurs – to build this market at the intersection of money and meaning.  SOCAP operates out of Hub Bay Area, co-working space and changemaker community based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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The Mission of Halloran Philanthropies to inspire, catalyze and accelerate the development and promotion of sustainable social interventions that seek to raise people’s level of well-being, while respecting the cultural diversity and ecological integrity of present and future generations.

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The Rockefeller Foundation supports work that expands opportunity and strengthens resilience to social, economic, health and environmental challenges—affirming its pioneering philanthropic mission since 1913 to promote the well-being of humanity. The Foundation operates both within the United States and around the world. The Foundation’s efforts are overseen by an independent Board of Trustees and managed by its president through a leadership team drawn from scholarly, scientific, and professional disciplines.

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Omidyar Network is a philanthropic investment firm dedicated to harnessing the power of markets to create opportunity for people to improve their lives. Established by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife Pam, the organization invests in and helps scale for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations to catalyze economic and social change. To date, Omidyar Network has committed more than $440 million across multiple investment areas, including financial inclusion, entrepreneurship, property rights, mobile technology, and government transparency.

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RSF Social Finance is a non-profit financial services organization dedicated to transforming the way the world works with money. Inspired by the work of Rudolf Steiner, RSF offers investing, lending, and giving services that generate positive social and environmental impact while fostering community and collaboration among participants. In partnership with their investors and donors, RSF has made $230 million in loans and over $100 million in grants since 1984 to for-profit and non-profit social enterprises working in the areas of Food and Agriculture, Education and the Arts, and Ecological Stewardship. Underlying all their work is a spirited conversation about the role that money can play in the development of humanity.

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Liquidnet brings together the world’s largest asset managers and public companies on a single network that directly connects traders, portfolio managers, analysts and corporate issuers.By revolutionizing the flow of ideas, liquidity and capital Liquidnet has helped change an entire industry while enabling the key players in the institutional investment process to more efficiently capture and retain alpha.

 

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Avina Foundation as an organization dedicated to sustainable development in Latin America, believes that the UN call known as Rio +20, inspires us to renewed efforts to promote, from the recognition of their strengths and weaknesses, to sustainable development as ethical paradigm overall policy.

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ImpactAssets is a nonprofit financial services company created to help solve the world’s toughest problems by catalyzing investment capital for maximum environmental, social and financial impact. With easy and effective options for individuals and advisors, ImpactAssets aggregates and invests assets in order to accomplish three goals:

  • Leverage investments to earn a return and create positive social and environmental impact
  • Increase the amount of capital flowing to high impact social and environmental enterprises
  • Speed the adoption of impact investing by investors, philanthropists and their wealth advisors

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Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU), a financial services leader with approximately $961 billion of assets under management as of June 30, 2012, has operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Prudential and its employees have a long-standing commitment to the communities where we work and live. As part of its culture, the people of Prudential help improve communities by investing financial resources, business expertise and associate volunteer skills in programs that increase human potential and individual self-sufficiency. The company established what is now Social Investments in 1976, and has since provided more than $1.4 billion in impact investments.

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The Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A.’s Impact Investing Initiative is a direct outgrowth of AKF USA’s history of implementing social development programs. The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) has for decades been a leader in mobilizing investment capital for development purposes—what is known today as Impact Investing.

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CSRwire is the leading global source of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability news. Founded in 1999 to advance the movement towards a more economically-just and environmentally-sustainable society and away from single bottom line capitalism, CSRwire has paved the way for new standards of corporate citizenship, earning the international respect of thought leaders, business leaders, academics, philanthropists, activists and the media community. Through innovative techniques and strategic partnerships, CSRwire continues to expand its content, communication technology and distribution channels exponentially.

 

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NextBillion.net is a website and blog bringing together the community of business leaders, social entrepreneurs, NGOs, policy makers and academics who want to explore the connection between development and enterprise. It is a discussion forum, networking space and knowledge base for individuals and organizations interested in the “next billion”. Their goal is to highlight the development and implementation of business strategies that open opportunities and improve the lives of the world’s approximately 4 billion low-income producers and consumers.

 

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Stanford Social Innovation Review is a part of the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at Stanford University whose mission is to share substantive insights and practical experiences that will help those who do the important work of improving society do it even better.

 

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A collaborative media network for the people and ideas shifting how the world works to make it better. Find us at www.newempirebuilders.com.

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SIR.tv is a new initiative to expand the social innovation movement. Every day we feature one change agent in order to articulate the massive trend towards global social responsibility and disruptive innovation. We call them Social Innovation Rockstars (SIRs) because we find them energizing, exciting, and frankly, downright sexy. While placing the emphasis on style and charisma, we use the power of media to amplify the exciting work of SIRs in an authentic and sophisticated manner.

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SocialFinance.ca is catalyzing and sustaining a robust social finance marketplace in Canada. SocialFinance.ca provides coverage, events and resource information on a variety of topics such as Impact Investing, Metrics and Measurement, Social Impact Bonds and more.

 

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The HUB is the nexus of entrepreneurship, capital, and mission. It is a place where for-profit and non-profit ideas become viable enterprises that address the complex problems we face for a sustainable future. Purpose-driven people find the support they need at the HUB to reach their goals faster in a community that makes everyone smarter and more effective. Existing organizations establish satellite presences at the HUB to join the community and create value-exchange. HUB Bay Area is designing workspaces, events,
education, and media as tools to drive acceleration and collaboration.

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EDCO Ventures is a venture development organization that partners with universities, government laboratories, risk capital groups, and private individuals to discover and commercialize technologies and innovative business ideas. EDCO’s goals are to create innovative companies and thereby increase living wage jobs in economically distressed areas of Texas. EDCO is a 501(c)(3) economic development non-profit organization.

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Village Capital uses the power of peer support to build enterprises that change the world. We run education programs for impact-oriented entrepreneurs; at the end, entrepreneurs receive investment as selected by their peers. To date, Village Capital has launched 14 programs with partners worldwide, serving over 250 enterprises.

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SIX is now the world’s primary network for social innovation and a reputable source for research, action and intelligence.

We work with cities, national governments, and international bodies such as the European Commission to improve the methods with which our societies find better solutions to challenges such as climate change, inequality and healthcare. We foster genuine, active connections between the people building innovative solutions, from the grassroots to the policymaking level. By promoting learning across sectors, fields and countries, and by communicating and disseminating ideas about social innovation, SIX builds the capacities of its members and enables them to work together to develop resources for social innovators around the world.

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New Ventures México (NVM) is an organization dedicated to promote the growth of businesses that generate a positive economic, environmental, and social impact. To achieve this result, NVM provides, among other programs, acceleration services as well as association with sources of financing. New Ventures has been in Mexico since 2004.

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Telecentre.org Foundation supports the establishment and sustainability of grassroots level telecentres. These telecentres—public places of access to the Internet and other digital technologies that help promote personal and social development—offer crucial services, skills and opportunities to people living in remote and rural locations around the world.

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i-genius is a world community of social entrepreneurs (and people passionate about social and environmental change) in over 200 countries. Our sole purpose is to enable social businesses and entrepreneurs to succeed by bringing together like-minded people with an interest in an ethical and sustainable future and share their stories. We succeed in organising events and training courses in social entrepreneurship across the globe.

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ClearlySo’s seventh annual Social Business Conference
‘Moving capital in a shocked economy’

Now in its seventh year, the ClearlySo Social Business Conference stands alone as the annual highlight of the social entrepreneurship calendar in the UK. This year’s theme focuses on raising capital in a climate of austerity and a sterling line up of speakers will address topics including social innovation, social investment and readiness, public sector spin-outs and charities.

Early Bird tickets at £150

When: October 9 2012
Where: LSO St Luke’s – Old St, London
Time: 8am – 6pm

www.sbc12.co.uk

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Ennovent accelerates innovations creating a sustainable impact on low income people. We work with a global network of entrepreneurs, investors and experts to discover, finance and scale up the best innovations. We envision sustainable living for people at the base of the economic pyramid.

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ThinkImpact (www.thinkimpact.org) is a global company that turns the old development and aid model upside down. We offer programs for students to live and work in rural Africa where they design market based solutions to poverty with the people who live at the base of the pyramid.

ThinkImpact offers its programs including the Innovation Institute and Summit to universities such as Stanford, Dartmouth, Northwestern, USC, Michigan, and Georgetown or students can apply independently from any school to participate.

The flagship Institute is 8 weeks and operates in Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda and South Africa. From a typical summer dozens of ideas and innovations are identified using local assets and supply chains, and a mindshift from deficiency to opportunity is achieved for students on the program (called Scholars) and community members.

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Slow Money: An emerging network of investors, donors, farmers, entrepreneurs and everyday folks committed to rebuilding the economy from the ground up, starting with food.

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UniversalGiving is an award-winning website that helps people give and volunteer with top-performing organizations all over the world. Our projects are vetted through a proprietary Quality Model™ to ensure the most effective, trustworthy philanthropy possible. Unique to UniversalGiving, we take no cut on donations; 100% of your donation goes directly to the cause. Our vision is to “Create a World Where Giving and Volunteering are a Natural Part of Everyday Life.”™

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BiD Network contributes to sustainable economic growth by stimulating entrepreneurship in emerging markets. With over 40,000 members and 10,000 business plans, www.bidnetwork.org is the world’s largest online community for emerging market SMEs, coaches and investors. Since 2005, BiD Network has launched 490 businesses, created more than 3500 direct jobs, and mobilized $12 million from investors. In November 2010, BiD Network was chosen by a G-20 jury as one of the 14 most innovative SME Finance organizations in the world.

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The ArthaPlatform.com is an online community and website dedicated to building relationships between impact investors/donors, social entrepreneurs and capacity building support organizations working on or in India. The system is a social network focused specifically on lowering the transaction costs of due diligence in the Indian context.

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At the Center for Science, Technology, and Society, we believe that entrepreneurship is the most effective tool to address poverty. More than international aid or pure philanthropy, local enterprises empower community members with jobs, retain expertise necessary for economic growth, and often provide essential services, such as energy and health care.

Social entrepreneurs provide clean energy to fuel the night-time education of working children, safe drinking water for communities ravaged by disease, or vital goods and services for remote, rural villages. Yet despite developing breakthrough solutions for devastating problems, social entrepreneurs often struggle to build organizations that deliver social impact long-term and in a financially sustainable way.

Our signature program, the Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBITM), addresses the gap between good intentions and skilled execution. Each year, over a 10-month period, the GSBI equips social entrepreneurs with the business discipline to grow their social ventures and amplify their impact. Open to any social enterprise regardless of legal form, the program attracts a broad pool of social entrepreneurs from around the world, with the help of a network of GSBI Discovery Partners. After surviving a four-month selection process, which includes preliminary exercises and feedback, the most promising entrepreneurs receive up to 20 of the coveted scholarships each year.

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Artemisia Negócios Sociais is a pioneer organization in social enterprise in Brazil. Artemisia leverages entrepreneurs and talents to build the best social enteprises for the Brazilian market. It was founded by Potencia Ventures in 2004.

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The Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) is a research and education center based at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Through student programs, research, and field building, CASE promotes the entrepreneurial pursuit of social impact through the thoughtful adaptation of business expertise. Follow us on twitter (@CASEatDuke) or on our blog (http://blogs.fuqua.duke.edu/casenotes/)

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With nearly 20 million members and more than 1,000 nonprofit clients worldwide, Care2 (www.Care2.com) is the largest and fastest growing social network making a difference for the environment, human rights, animals and other causes. Care2 is a B Corporation, or social enterprise, leveraging the power of business to make the world a better place. In the past two years, Care2 dramatically extended the reach and impact of its petitions by launching the Care2 Take Action Platform, a network of over 230 leading media partners – including Mother Jones, The Nation, AlterNet, Grist, TreeHugger, Daily Kos, Talking Points Memo, Ms. Magazine, Woman’s Health, VolunteerMatch, Technorati and eNature.com — that promotes nonprofit and citizen activist campaigns via their websites and email to an additional 150 million civic-minded people.

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We incubate, catalyze and support Pure Projects, which use creativity and innovation to advance a common good in the world. A Pure Project can be a company, foundation, NGO, event, art installation, and beyond that share a common purpose and are guided by set of principles that seek harmony with all life.

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The William James Foundation supports for-profit entrepreneurs who are making the world a better place and connects them to experts and investors so their ideas can scale. We do this through our sustainable business plan competition, mentor networks, and “Green Grab” seed stage funding events.

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Exygy builds technology for good.  A full-service development shop specializing in design + build for web + mobile.  Exygy works with visionary clients to articulate, shape, and then execute on innovative ideas, building elegant and powerful products that simply work.
Exygy is committed to giving back — it’s core to their mission. A founding member at The Hub Bay Area, Exygy is also B-Corporation certified, Green America certified, and a sponsor of the Green Chamber of Commerce.
Exygy’s work is well recognized, and has been featured nationally in The New York Times, Oprah, TechCrunch, The Huffington Post, and on PBS.

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