Future of Social Ventures

Conference & 2017 Global Finals

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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.

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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,


Cindi Choi

Senior Director,

Thomas Favennec

Project Director,
Fundacian IDEA

Heather Grant

Open Impact

Steve Hahn

Research Fellow,
Dow Chemical Company

David Hood

Managing Director,
Sonen Capital

Jonathan Klein

Co-Founder & CEO,
GO Pulic Schools

Mark Kramer


Justina Lai

Director of Impact Investing, Wetherby

Julie Lein

Managing Partner,
Urban Innovation Fund

Samir Malviya

Unitus Impact

Dave McMurtry

Global Stars Foundation

Rick Moss

Managing Director,
Better Ventures

Anne-Valérie Ohlsson

Singapore Management University

Dr. Aghan Oscar

Founder and CEO,

Alec Perkins

Portfolio Manager,
Perkins Investment Management

Luca Rancilio

Rancilio Cube

Michael Rapaport

Vice President (Former),

Patrick Sagisi

DBL Partners

Siddharth Sanghvi

Riaz, Inc.

Mayura Sen

Sr. Partnerships Officer,
Partners in Health

Sally Stevens

Chief Business Officer,
Medicines 360

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

Impact investing is at a “tipping point,” according to Scott Wu, partner at Omidyar Network. In this fireside chat, Berkeley-Haas’ Laura Tyson will discuss with Wu recent trends he’s observed in the field. Wu will draw on lessons learned from Omidyar Network’s innovative approach to impact investing, as well as his experiences in both venture capital and international development. Together, Tyson and Wu will explore strategies for the impact investment community to close the “pioneer gap” that can hinder impact-oriented entrepreneurs seeking initial funding, and for social ventures looking to scale both their reach and their impact.

Friday, April 7th – Future of Social Ventures Conference

Location: UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business

8:15 AM Registration Opens
8:45 – 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

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