Future of Social Ventures

Conference & 2017 Global Finals

April 6-7, 2017

Haas School of Business
University of California, Berkeley

UC Berkeley-Haas is hosting the first annual Future of Social Ventures Conference on April 6-7, 2017. This conference will feature speakers and interactive sessions with experts in the field of social impact, as well as presentations from the top finalists of the 2017 Global Social Venture Competition.

The conference will bring together members of the social impact community to advance practice, sharing, learning, and acceleration for social ventures. Professionals from Omidyar Network, OpenIDEO, and Tideline will lead sessions and workshops on best practices for growing social organizations. The conference will kick-off Friday morning with our Featured Keynote – a Fireside Chat on Omnipreneurship with His Excellency Amr Al Dabbagh, Chairman and CEO of the Al-Dabbagh Group and Founding Chairman of the Stars Foundation and Philanthropy University, and Professor Laura Tyson, Director of the Berkeley-Haas Institute for Business and Social Impact.

The top 18 social ventures of the Global Social Venture Competition, selected from close to 600 applicants worldwide, will give their final presentations to conference attendees and judges as they compete for $80,000 in prize money. Past winners include organizations such as Revolution Foods, Samasource, Sanergy, and BLITAB.

Speakers & Judges

Keynote Speaker

His Excellency, Amr Al-Dabbagh
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Al-Dabbagh Group

Featured Speakers & Judges

Kim Wright-Violich

Managing Partner,

Scott Wu

Partner & Head of Investments,
Omidyar Network

Elana Gurney

Marketing & Communications
Manager, OpenIDEO

Who’s Invited


Social Entrepreneurs



Thursday, April 6th – VIP Event (Invite Only)

5:00-7:00 PM VIP Reception and Fireside Chat with Scott Wu, Partner & Head of Investments, Omidyar Network, and Prof. Laura D. Tyson, Director, Berkeley-Haas Institute for Business and Social Impact

Friday, April 7th – Future of Social Ventures Conference

Location: UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business

9:00 – 10:00 AM Morning Keynote – Fireside Chat on Omnipreneurship with His Excellency, Amr Al-Dabbagh and Prof. Laura Tyson
10:15 – 11:45 AM Concurrent Sessions

  • Design Workshop run by OpenIDEO (space is limited)
  • Runners-Up Judging Round
  • Challenger Judging Round for the Priya Haji Memorial Award
12:00 – 1:00 PM Educating the Impact Investor
1:00 – 2:00 PM Lunch and Networking
2:00 – 5:00 PM Presentations from the Top Six Global Social Venture Competition Finalist Teams
5:30 – 7:30 PM Awards Ceremony and Reception (Invite Only)

“GSVC was different because the experience actually made our venture better.”

Sneha Sheth

DOST, 2016 Global Finalist

Partners & Sponsors

The Global Social Venture Competition would like to thank our partners and sponsors for making this event possible.


Thought Partners