Future of Social Ventures

Conference & GSVC U.S. West Regional Finals

March 16, 2018

Haas School of Business,

University of California Berkeley

Join us on Friday, March 16th 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, sharing, learning, and acceleration of social ventures. The conference will feature speakers and interactive sessions with experts in the field of social impact, as well as presentations from the top US West regional finalists of the 2018 Global Social Venture Competition.
Who should attend?

  • Professionals in the fields of impact investing, social entrepreneurship and innovation.
  • Students who are interested in social impact and entrepreneurship. 
Ticket Information

  • Register by March 9th for Early Bird Discounts!

Speakers & Judges

Keynote Speakers

Leila Janah

Founder and CEO
Samasource and LXMI

Carlos Orellana


Featured Speakers

Lauren Ito

Community Designer

Christopher Krohn

Project Manager

Rafa de la Guia

Principal, Investments
Omidyar Network

Julia Sze

Julia W. Sze Consulting

Laura Tyson

Berkeley Haas Institute for Business & Social Impact

Ben Mangan

Executive Director
Berkeley Haas Center for Social Sector Leadership


Brian Dixon

Kapor Capital

Claudine Emeott

Director of Impact Investing

Kathleen Jurman

Technology Scout
Dow Ventures

Leila Janah

Founder and CEO

Wes Selke

Managing Director

Alec Perkins

Portfolio Manager


Future of Social Ventures Conference and GSVC US West Regional Finals
Friday, March 16, 8:30 AM-5:30 PM (Conference) / 6:00-8:00 PM (Reception)
Location: UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business

Register Here: https://futureofsocialventures2018.eventbrite.com/

8:30 AM Registration Opens
9:00 – 10:00 AM Keynote Speaker: Carlos Orellana, Co-Founder of salaUno
10:15 – 11:45 AM Concurrent Session: Circular Design for Social Impact (space is limited)
Speakers: Christopher Krohn and Lauren Ito, OpenIDEO. 
What is the Circular Economy and how can Circular Design accelerate social impact? OpenIDEO discusses their work in the Circular Economy, and what they’ve learned along the way while designing projects that champion inclusiveness across cultures and economic spheres. Participants will then collaborate through ecosystem mapping to apply circular thinking to some of today’s leading social and environmental issues.
10:15 – 11:45 AM Concurrent Session: Promises and Pitfalls of Impact Investing 
Speakers: Rafa de la Guia, Omidyar Network, and Julia Sze, Julia W. Sze Consulting
Moderator: Ben Mangan, Executive Director, Berkeley Haas Center for Social Sector Leadership
What are the promises and pitfalls of impact investing for increasing social impact? Join ​us as we dig into the challenges future impact investors and social entrepreneurs will face as they try to use for-profit models to amplify impact.
12:00 – 1:00 PM Keynote Speaker: Leila Janah, Co-founder and CEO of Samasource and LXMI
Moderator: Laura D. Tyson, Director, Berkeley Haas Institute for Business and Social Impact
1:00 – 1:30 PM Book Signing: Leila Janah will be available to sign copies of her book Give Work, which will be available for sale onsite.
 1:00 – 2:00 PM Lunch and Networking
2:00 – 5:30 PM Presentations from the US West GSVC Regional Finalist Teams
6:00 – 8:00 PM Networking Reception and Awards Ceremony
“GSVC was different because the experience actually made our venture better.” Sneha Sheth

DOST, 2016 Global Finalist