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2014 Global Social Venture Competition Global Finals and Conference

April 11, 2014 – Haas School of Business – University of California, Berkeley
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Keynote Speakers: Featured Speakers:
Kirsten_Tobey Priay_Haji Paul_Dillinger Laura_Stachel Narayan_Shundararajan Ned_Tozun
Kirsten Tobey
Co-Founder & Chief Impact Officer
Revolution Foods
Priya Haji
CEO & Co-Founder
SaveUp, World of Good (Formerly)
Paul Dillinger
Head of Global Product Innovation
Levi Strauss & Co

Laura Stachel, M.D., M.P.H.
Co-Founder & Executive Director

Dr. Narayan Sundararajan
Chief Technology Officer
Grameen Intel Social Business

Ned Tozun
President & Founder



8:00-9:00 AM Breakfast and Registration
9:00-9:15 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:15-10:00 AM
Keynote Speaker Session: A Lively Conversation with Two GSVC All-Star Alumni:

Priya Haji, co-founder, World of Good, and Kirsten Tobey, co-founder, Revolution Foods,
moderated by Will Rosenzweig, Chair, GSVC Advisory Board, and Managing Director, Physic Ventures.
10:00-10:15 AM Break
10:15-11:30 AM
Breakout Sessions:

GSVC Alumni: Learnings from 15 Years of Global Change
Social Intrapreneurship: Making a big impact inside a big company
11:30-11:45 AM Break
11:45 AM -1 PM
Breakout Sessions:

Financing Social Ventures
The Next 15 Years: Sustainable Development Goals
When the Rubber Hits the Road: Introducing Technology for Quick Adoption
1:00-2:00 PM Networking Lunch
2:00-4:55 PM
Global Finals Competition:

Presentations by the Top 6 GSVC Global Finalist Teams with Live Q&A from the Judges
5:00-5:30 PM
Quick Pitch Competition:

Presentations of the remaining 12 Global Finalist Teams
*Agenda and sessions are tentative and subject to change.


Keynote Speaker Session:

A Lively Conversation with Two GSVC All-Star Alumni, Priya Haji and Kirsten Tobey, moderated by Will Rosenzweig, Chair, GSVC Advisory Board, and Managing Director, Physic Ventures.

Priya Haji, Co-Founder and CEO of SaveUp
Priya is the CEO and co-founder of SaveUp; she has been a serial social entrepreneur since age 16; she is committed to building innovative companies that benefit people. Her most recent venture World of Good, an on-line retail marketplace and wholesaler of sustainable goods, was acquired by eBay in 2010. The brand creates market access for women artisans in 55 countries around the globe through partnering with brands like Hallmark, Disney and Whole Foods. Prior to that she co-founded and led Free at Last, which became a national model for substance abuse treatment and HIV/AIDS intervention for African Americans and Latinos while serving 3,000 people per year in East Palo Alto and raised more than $20M in special investments. Her first start-up was a free clinic in Texas with her Dad.  Priya graduated from Stanford University and has an MBA from UC Berkeley.

Kirsten Saenz Tobey, Founder and Chief Impact Officer for Revolution Foods
Kirsten founded Revolution Foods in 2006 with Kristin Groos Richmond, a former classmate at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Kirsten continues to steward the mission and drive the vision and brand experience for the company, overseeing marketing communications and talent management, among other key aspects of the business. Prior to founding Revolution Foods, Kirsten’s career spanned from leading experiential education programs in the US and Ecuador to evaluating the scalability of school feeding programs with the United Nations Hunger Task Force in Ghana. Kirsten is an Ashoka Fellow, Aspen Institute Fellow (Catto), a member of the Culinary Institute of America’s Sustainable Business Council, and with co-founder Kristin Groos Richmond, was named Entrepreneur of the Year by NewSchools Venture Fund in 2010, is one of Time Magazine’s Education Activists of 2011, and listed as one of Fortune’s 40 under 40 for 2013.

Kirsten’s work centers around developing innovative, attainable solutions aimed at providing access to healthy food and education to all current and future generations.   She currently is a member of the Board of Directors for Net Impact, Global Citizen Year, and People’s Community Market. Kirsten holds an AB from Brown University and an MBA from UC Berkeley. She lives in Berkeley with her husband and two daughters.

Breakout Sessions 10:15-11:30 AM:

GSVC Alumni: Learnings from 15 Years of Global Change
On the 15th anniversary of GSVC we reunite some of our most memorable, successful, and influential alumni to engage in a TED-style discussion about their experience prior to, during, and after GSVC. We learn the secrets of their success, the challenges they have overcome, and the role GSVC played in jumpstarting their businesses and careers. 
Moderator: Laura Tyson, Faculty Director, Institute for Business and Social Impact, Haas School of Business

  • Laura Stachel, Co-Founder and Executive Director, WE CARE Solar
  • Ned Tozun, President and Founder, d.light design

Social Intrapreneurship: Making a big impact inside a big company
While social entrepreneurs are out on their own searching for solutions to the most pressing world social issues, social INTRApreneurs are making huge advances within their companies. In this session we will explore the ever-growing options of social innovation within major corporations, looking at groups that have started within major companies and at social missions that have been acquired by major companies.
Moderator: Christina Meinberg, Center for Responsible Business, Haas School of Business

  • Jenny Burns, Mission Director and Natural Channel Brand Manager, Honest Tea
  • Paul Dillinger, Head of Product Development, Levi Strauss & Co.
  • Dr. Narayan Sundararajan, Chief Technology Officer, Grameen Intel Social Business

Breakout Sessions: 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM:

Financing Social Ventures  
Discussion with impact, venture capital, philanthropic, and wealth management investors and professionals to explore the social venture financing ecosystem, interactions between entrepreneurs and investors, and social impact measurement. 
Moderator: Brian Cayce, Vice President, Gray Ghost Ventures


  • Arjuna Costa, Investment Partner, Omidyar Network
  • Jennifer Kenning, Principal, Aspiriant
  • Beau Seil, Managing Director, Unitus Impact
  • John Goldsetin, Imprint

The Next 15 Years: Sustainable Development Goals
The UN’s Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) have shaped the human development landscape, and the ventures that receive attention and funding, for the past 15 years. As the UN debates the next 15 years’ global priorities, we invite visionary leaders to pitch the development goal they see as most pressing for social entrepreneurs to tackle today. 

  • Colin Boyle, Deputy Director, UCSF Global Health Sciences
  • Amy Moas, Senior Forest Campaigner, Greenpeace
  • Minh-Thu Pham, Director of Policy, United Nations Foundation
  • R. S. Sharat, Director, LANCO Foundation

When the Rubber Hits the Road: Introducing Technology for Quick Adoption
Why do some groundbreaking technologies take off, while others fail to be adopted in the communities that need them most? In this interactive session, participants will examine 1-2 case studies on companies that have attempted (successfully or not) to implement and scale disruptive technologies for social change.
Moderator: Shashi Buluswar, Executive Director, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab Institute for Globally Transformative Technologies

Speaker: David Green, Social Entrepreneur