This is an invitation to be inspired and perhaps help change the world. Are you familiar with Social Entrepreneurship? Here is a glimpse into this uplifting and fast-growing part of the business world and two specific actors worth knowing.
On August 23 twenty international social ventures will present their plans to investors and interested members of the community in Silicon Valley. Please read the information below and contact me if you are interested in attending.
WHAT IS THIS ALL ABOUT?
For over ten years Santa Clara University has run an international Social Venture incubator. They get over 200 applicants annually from which they choose 20 to participate in the program. The successful candidates are companies that have proven their model and are ready to scale up. Those 20 companies engage in a rigorous 5 month program of business planning exercises culminating in 2 weeks of on site instruction and workshops at the University in August. In other words, the University brings critical help to the companies that seem ready and capable of having a big significant impact on their region or the world. Faculty, staff, and a band of Silicon Valley executives coach the entrepreneurs through learning and planning that has proven to increase their success as they scale.
What is a Social Venture? It is a for-profit company that has a social good as its main mission. Often, these companies focus on serving the bottom of the pyramid (BOP). Read More →