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

Alisa Ahmadian

New Business & Partnerships Associate, OpenIDEO

Elana Gurney

Marketing & Communications
Manager, OpenIDEO

Laura Tyson

Executive Director,
IBSI, Berkeley-Haas

Scott Wu

Partner & Head of Investments,
Omidyar Network

Kim Wright-Violich

Managing Partner,


Steve Hahn

Research Fellow,
Dow Chemical Company

Julie Lein

Managing Partner,
Urban Innovation Fund

Dr. Aghan Oscar

Founder and CEO,

Mayura Sen

Sr. Partnerships Officer,
Partners in Health

Cindi Choi

Senior Director,

David Hood

Managing Director,
Sonen Capital

Samir Malviya

Unitus Impact

Alec Perkins

Portfolio Manager,
Perkins Investment Management

Heather Grant

Open Impact

Mark Kramer


Dave McMurtry

Global Stars Foundation

Luca Rancilio

Rancilio Cube

Justina Lai

Director of Impact Investing, Wetherby

Rick Moss

Managing Director,
Better Ventures

Patrick Sagisi

DBL Partners

Ayesha Wagle


Who’s Invited


Social Entrepreneurs



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

5:00-7:00 PM VIP Reception and Fireside Chat

Speakers: 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

8:30 – 9:00 AM Registration
9:00 – 10:00 AM Fireside Chat | Omnipreneurship 

Speakers: His Excellency Amr Al-Dabbagh, Al-Dabbagh Group, Stars Foundation, Philanthropy University, and Professor Laura D. Tyson, Berkeley-Haas

10:15 – 11:45 AM Concurrent Sessions

Design Workshop with Alisa Ahmadian and Elana Gurney, openIDEO (space is limited)

Design thinking is a powerful model not only for innovation but for impact. In this interactive workshop, learn to apply the process of human-centered design for social good, reimagining the future of social enterprise through the lens of collaborative innovation. OpenIDEO, the open innovation arm of design firm IDEO, will guide you through the design thinking process that has enabled social entrepreneurs worldwide to develop solutions to nearly 50 social and environmental Challenges around the globe.

Team Presentations

Runner Up Round judging, featuring finalists of the Global Social Venture Competition

Team Presentations

Challenger Round judging for the Priya Haji Memorial Award, featuring finalists of the Global Social Venture Competition

12:00 – 1:00 PM Educating the Impact Investor

Speaker: Kim Wright-Volich, Tideline

1:00 – 2:00 PM Lunch and networking
2:00 – 4:45 PM

Final Round Competition
Team presentations featuring the top six Global Social Venture Competition finalist teams

4:45 – 5:15 PM Quick Pitch Competition
Team presentations featuring the remaining Global Social Venture Competition finalist teams
5:15 – 5:30 PM Closing remarks
5:30 – 8:00 PM Awards ceremony and reception (invite only)

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

Sneha Sheth

DOST, 2016 Global Finalist

Participating Teams

Turning ideas into impact

Partners & Sponsors

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


Thought Partners