Future of social ventures
Conference & GSVC 2019 Global Finals
University of California, Berkeley
Haas School of Business
Join us on Friday, April 5 at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business for the annual Future of Social Ventures Conference, bringing together members of the social impact community to advance practice, learning, and acceleration for social ventures. This year’s conference celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the Global Social Venture Competition and the theme of Technology for Good. The conference will feature speakers and interactive sessions with experts in the field of social impact, as well as presentations from the Global Finalists of the 2019 Global Social Venture Competition.
Future of Social Ventures Conference
Friday, April 5, 8:30 AM-5:30 PM (Conference) / 6:00-8:00 PM (Reception)
Location: UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business
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Friday, April 5 – Future of Social Ventures Conference
Location: Haas School of Business, Berkeley, CA
|8:15 AM||Registration Opens|
|8:45 – 10:00 AM||The Promise and Peril of Emerging Technologies for Social Good|
|10:15 – 11:45 AM||
|12:00 – 1:00 PM||The Social Entrepreneur’s Journey|
|1:00 – 2:00 PM||
Lunch and Networking
|2:00 – 5:30 PM||
Presentations from the GSVC Finalist Teams
|6:00 – 8:00 PM||
20th Anniversary Celebration and Awards Ceremony
The Promise and Peril of Emerging Technologies for Social Good
Speakers: Shashi Buluswar, Institute for Transformative Technologies, and Molly Turner, Berkeley Haas Lecturer
Technological change is accelerating faster than ever before, and while there are many opportunities for incredible positive social impact, important questions have arisen regarding ethical dilemmas and potential negative externalities. Molly Turner, an urban innovation pioneer and leading expert on tech and cities, and Shashi Buluswar, an expert on technological breakthroughs for sustainable global development, will have a nuanced conversation on “Tech for Good.” They will discuss the rapid innovation occurring from Silicon Valley to emerging markets, the global implications, and how social enterprises can navigate this dynamic ecosystem.
Advancing Financial Inclusion in a Transforming Global Economy
Speakers: Ivy Lau, PayPal, and Arturo Franco, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth
Moderator: Laura D. Tyson, Faculty Director, Berkeley Haas Institute for Business and Social Impact
As technological advancement and connectivity transform the nature of work across the globe, financial firms play a key role in how countries are able to scale and deliver value to their entrepreneurs and workforces through financial inclusion. Mastercard and PayPal have conducted extensive research and implemented scalable programs to identify the evolving needs of entrepreneurs and others in the workforce who are “unbanked” and suggest approaches to innovation meant to support these needs.
Design-thinking workshop led by IDEO: The Future of Food
Speaker: Matthew Riddenour, IDEO
How can we envision and create a sustainable future for our food system by 2050? Join IDEO for a design thinking session focused on disrupting the current trajectory of our food system. Participants will ideate and co-create positive narratives around the future of food and design new models for how we can get there.
The Social Entrepreneur’s Journey
Speakers: Chid Liberty, Liberty and Justice, and Ashley Hanson, Intercom
Moderator: Ben Mangan, Executive Director, Berkeley Haas Center for Social Sector Leadership
Being a social entrepreneur is an incredible, and often thankless path. Launching a social enterprise brings highs and lows, and more often than not, doesn’t lead to lasting companies. But having the courage to launch a social venture shapes our ability to foster social impact, in different ways, even as our roles change. Join us as Chid and Ashley share their experiences with launching an early-stage social enterprise, and how it has influenced their ability to foster positive change in the world.
Speakers & Judges
Judges: Friday Finals (April 5)
Judges: Thursday Finals (April 4)
Partners and Sponsors
Thank You to our 2019 Partners and Sponsors