Future of social ventures

Conference & GSVC 2019 Global Finals

April 5, 2019

University of California, Berkeley

Haas School of Business 

On Friday, April 5 at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, GSVC held its 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 celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the Global Social Venture Competition and the theme of Technology for Good. The conference featured 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.


Congratulations to all of our contestants for a successful 2019 Global Finals! Here’s a list of the awards and winners:

1st Place Winner – Key2Enable

2nd Place Winner – rePurpose Global

3rd Place Winner – Neurobots

Priya Haji Memorial Award – Blue Tap

People’s Choice Award – Agrona

Quick Pitch Audience Award – Omni

Who’s Invited


Social Entrepreneurs



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

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

Concurrent Sessions

  • Design-thinking workshop led by IDEO: The Future of Food (space is limited)
  • Advancing Financial Inclusion in a Transforming Global Economy

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

Session Descriptions

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

Featured Speakers

Matthew Ridenour

Business Strategy &

Ivy K. Lau

Social Innovation

Arturo Franco

Insights Mastercard

Ashley Hanson

Product Marketing Manager,

Shashi Buluswar

Institute for Transformative Technologies

Molly Turner

Berkeley Haas School
of Business

Chid Liberty

Founder & CEO,
Liberty and Justice

Ben Mangan

Executive Director,
Berkeley Haas Center for
Social Sector Leadership

Laura Tyson

Faculty Director,
Berkeley Haas Institute for
Business & Social Impact

Judges: Friday Finals (April 5)

Dave Chen

Principal & Chairman,
Equilibrium Capital

Scott Wu

Partner &
Head of Investments,
Omidyar Network

Claudine Emeott

Senior Director,
Salesforce Impact Fund

Sara Olsen

Founder & CEO,
SVT Group

Chid Liberty

Founder & CEO,
Liberty and Justice

Siddharth Sanghvi

Riaz, Inc.

Sheeraz Haji

Managing Partner,
zipdragon ventures

Sami Iwata

Senior Advisor,
San Francisco Human
Rights Commission

Judges: Thursday Finals (April 4)

Wes Selke

Managing Director & 
Better Ventures

Dimitry Gershenson

Program Manager Global Impact Partnerships,

Thomas Knowles

Gratitude Railroad

Patrick Maloney

Occam Advisors

Gagan Rana

Executive in Residence,
Learn Capital

Jay Lee

Head of Marketing & Insights,

Eric Hallstein

Director of Conservation Investments,
The Nature Conservancy

Julie Lein

Managing Partner,
Urban Innovation

Lewam Kefela

VilCap Investments

Raj Pai

Techlab Education

Juan José Orellana

Strategic Advisor,
Self Employed

Kathy Guis

Director of Investments,
Africa and Middle East,
Kiva Microfunds

Justina Lai

Director of
Impact Investing,

Anne Wintroub

Social Innovation AT&T Foundation

Mark Perutz

DBL Partners

Kathleen Jurman

Corporate Technology Scout,
Dow Ventures

Alec Perkins

Portfolio Manager,
Perkins Investment Management

Ken Weber

Head of Social Impact,

2019 Participating Teams

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

DOST, 2016 Global Finalist

Thought Partners


Angel Investors

Perkins Family

Friends of GSVC

Philip Mitchell