Conferences designed to help communities, organizations and individuals to spark conversation and connection through local TED-like experiences.
Each year, CGI U hosts a meeting where students, university representatives, topic experts, and celebrities come together to discuss and develop innovative solutions to pressing global challenges. Students create their own Commitments to Action that address issues on campus, in local communities, or around the world.
Lectures and Q&A sessions at UC Berkeley with prominent experts, faculty members, and thought leaders explore barriers of bringing peace to global society.
Comprehensive list of events (academic, lectures, sports, exhibits, films, etc.) happening at the UC Berkeley campus or nearby in the Bay Area.
Entrepreneurs around the world under 25 apply to become members of the Kairos 50, and 50 finalists are selected to attend the Kairos Global Summit in California, receive business development services, exclusive international opportunities, and visibility to media and investors, and a chance to earn up to $50k in prize money from potential inevestors at the Summit. The Kairos 50 companies represent the next generation of entrepreneurs making breakthroughs in the areas of biotech, education, agriculture, mobile, cleantech, healthcare, and more.
The materials used in the teaching of almost all of MIT’s subjects available on the Web, free of charge.
Online learning marketplace, where 10 million+ students are taking courses in everything from programming to yoga to photography and more. 40,000+ courses are taught by an expert instructor, and every course is available on-demand, so students can learn at their own pace, on their own time, and on any device.
Courses from leading universities and other schools–plus the world’s largest digital catalog of free education content. Allows users to build lessons with apps and their own materials, collect and grade assignments from students, discuss one-on-one or in groups, and annotate PDF assignments.
Hundreds of online courses from partner universities worldwide, including courses on social entrepreneurship, science, arts and humanities, language, and more. Financial aid is available.
Interactive online classes and MOOCs from the world’s best universities, nonprofits, and institutions, including courses on computer science, languages, engineering, psychology, writing, electronics, biology, or marketing,
Non-profit venture fund investing in companies that deliver critical goods and services in water, health, housing, energy, agriculture, poverty, and education. Provides a series of free online courses that foster financial and operational skills and imagination, focusing on social entrepreneurship themes including storytelling, human centered design and more.
Connects on-campus innovators and social entrepreneurs with a wide range of experts from Industry, non-profits, government, and social enterprises. Sign-up for 30-minute one-on-one consulting and mentorship conversations with a range of outside entrepreneurs and other practitioners working on projects for social good.
Currently available to over 500,000 students. The program is designed to help drive economic development in communities around partner universities increasing the likelihood that students remain and develop their ideas with the region and prepare students to enter the modern workforce with a flexible, entrepreneurial mindset. Offers free mentorship for companies or individuals at any stage in the industry, connections to team mebers, jobs, and knowledge across the world, resources and exclusive deals for software and online courses, and specialized applications and tools.
Covering topics from art, math, economics, computer programming, entrepreneurship, test prepartion and more, Khan Academy offers free practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom, with resources translated into over 36 languages. Partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content to provide people of all ages with knowledge.
Online resource for finding volunteer opportunities, non-profit jobs, internships, events, fundraisers, and organizations
The Summit is a week-long, student-run innovation conference held every April at Northwestern University for young delegates from over 40 countries, 50 universities, and 35 businesses and organizations around the world with change-based projects and ventures that can tackle any social change from education to healthcare to sustainability.
Support entrepreneurs with ideas that create a meaningful social impact, especially for people living in high poverty communities. Blue Ridge provids these start ups with seed funding, co-working space in our offices, and hands-on support to help them build, launch, and test their concepts.
Google.org, founded in October 2005, is the charitable arm of Google, an Internet search engine company. Each year, Google.org donates $100M in grants, 200,000 hours, $1B in products.
A non-profit social innovation organization and venture philanthropy fund that invest in a portfolio of social entrepreneurs, in a wide range of areas from education and health to poverty alleviation and international development.
Interdisciplinary hub at UC Berkeley for understanding and acting on global poverty.
A non-profit social investment fund that builds rural prosperity in poor, environmentally vulnerable places in Africa and Latin America by lending capital, delivering financial training, and strengthening market connections for small and growing agricultural businesses. Focuses on four focus areas – advance health, revalue ecosystems, secure livelihoods, and transform cities – to build reesilience and prosperity in developing communities.
Platform for connecting makers who bring a DIY mindset to technology with each other, with products and services, and with partners.
Awards up to $25,000 for one year to UC Berkeley students with intellectual and creative projects involving public service, creative, or community-based research that address social issues. The award gives motivated students the opportunity to extend and reflect upon their undergraduate work at Berkeley by undertaking a special project after their graduation.
Free online database of competitions, job oppoturnities, scholarships, and awards ranging from business to art to sciences, availalbe for all individuals regardless of age or level of education.
Recognizes and rewards students and 18 universities for their innovation and research of sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing social, economic and environmental problems. The grand prize is a $10,000 award while the runner-up prize is $2,500, along with access to networks of thought leaders and peers.
Hub for academic and career-relevant student competitions, startup contests and idea challenges. Focuses on contests for students who are committed to have an impact on society, especially when it comes to sustainability, greentech/cleantech, or social innovation contests.
Technical platform and list of challenge and prize competitions, all of which are run by more than 80 agencies under the federal government. These include technical, scientific, ideation, and creative competitions where the U.S. government seeks innovative solutions from the public, bringing the best ideas and talent together to solve mission-centric problems.
UC Berkeley’s clearinghouse for information on scholarships that are funded by sources outside the University.
Provides links to Pivot Funding Opportunities Database, tips on external funding resources, and listes of various funding programs ranging from travel grants, limited submission programs, granst for faculty, equipment, women and minorities, etc, and Agency Links (federal, non-profit, state, University of California Grant Programs)
Announcements of research funding opportunities are typically posted on the dedicated websites of the relevant federal agency or other funder, as well as on government-wide sites like Grants.gov. Database of information to locate opportunities that match your needs and interests with various offices across campus providing ideas and search tools that can help.
A system that provides a centralized location for grant seekers to find and apply for federal funding opportunities. Houses information on over 1,000 grant programs and vets grant applications for federal grant-making agencies.
Grants for researchers, top faculty members, government agencies, and community agencies to collaborate and solve the most pressing problems in California. RGPO also provides grants for training undergraduates, graduate and postdoctoral researchers, whose work will benefit California communities.
Database of scholarships, grants and fellowships provided by the Graduate Division for Graduate students at UC Berkeley.
Combines a Competition/Funding Database – updated daily – of over 25,000 opportunities (awards and grants) with a database of over 3 million researcher expertise profiles. Pivot provides graduate students, Research Administrators, Research Development Professionals, and individual faculty members research opportunities, funding, support and training, and networks of global and local collaboration.
The first ever Sankalp Global Innovation Challenge (Sankalp GIC) is a call for innovative technology-based product solutions that can reach the Next 3 Billion (N3B) and contribute to inclusive development. The platform will recognize some of the best innovations from around the world for their relevance to the emerging markets in developing countries (developing Asia, Africa, and Latin America). Top innovators get to showcase their work at the Sankalp Global Summit along with a chance to win prize money upto $50k.
Provides social entrepreneurs with scholarships, pro-bono consulting services, executive education courses at Harvard Business School, INSEAD. and Stanford, and invitations to the World Economic Forum. Potential for winners to also be nomiated to the Young Global Leaders network (http://www.weforum.org/community/forum-young-global-leaders) if under 40 years old.
Looks for social innovators working to change the world and address issues regarding open technology, knowledge and learning. Provides 2 types of grants for Fellows: fellowship grant of various amount (based on Fellow’s salary) and a co-investment project funding of up to $250,000 per Fellow per year.
Uses dynamic international internship programs lasting between 1 – 8 weeks abroad to provide students with the knowledge, experience, skills, and ongoing support necessary to empower marginalized individuals. Participants earn a certificate titled “Social Entrepreneurship: Changemaking for Change Leaders” and work as a consultant alongside social entrerpeneurs and local partners in impact immersion programs in Latin America.
Lists a network of grantmaking enttities in Northern California, including foundations, non-profits, academic institutions, corporate giving programs, government grantmakers, and philanthropic management entities, that give at least $25,000, with links to their respective websites.
Selects a small number of high potential change agents from around the world who are working on disruptive innovations in the areas of healthcare, livelihood development, environment, humanitarian aid/relief, education, and civic engagement, among many others. Fellows work in both the for-profit and not-for-profit worlds, have a positive track record as leaders in social innovation, and join a network of experts, peers, and supporters.
Leadership development opportunity designed to help high potential working scientists become more effective communicators, collaborators and leaders both within and beyond the traditional bounds of academia. Fellows participate in a special training program, held each October on an island off the coast of Maine; later they attend and give short presentations at the PopTech annual conference, which brings together a global network of cutting-edge leaders, thinkers and doers from diverse disciplines.
Crowdfunding platform to fundraise everything from films, games, dance, and music to art, design, and technology.
Database of grants for innovators with promising but unproven approaches to important social problems. Grants are one-time, no more than two years, with stipends between $15,000 and $500,000.
5-year grant culminating in $625,000 to 20-25 talented individuals nominated yearly who show exceptional creativity in their work, allowing recipients the flexibility to pursue their own artistic, intellectual, and professional activities in the absence of specific obligations or reporting requirements. While there are no limits on age or area of activity, individuals must be nominated.
Online crowdfunding tool for non-profits, event fundraising, special occasion fundraising, team projects, and personal endeavors. Has a “point” system to incentivize funders and project developers.
VC Index Fund invests $100,000 per deal into early-stage startups backed by top VCs. Provides online investor network and accelerated fundraising for projects.
Funds social entrepreneurs and early-stage startupsworldwide that can develop better ways to distribute existing proven life-enhancing technologies in health, financial services and technology to actual people in need in developing regions. Mentorship and $10,000-$20,000 is awarded to 5-15 social entrepreneures to help pilot their ideas, launch their work, and attract significant support.
Entrepreneurship competitions for students and recent graduates run by Verb in partnership with global companies, foundations and governments across the world. Verb concentrates on enabling new competitions that will support early-stage social entrepreneurs with training, mentors and seed funding to grow their enterprises.
Publishes new grantmaker websites and funding opportunities daily.
Free online database on all U.S. foundations that give grants – more than 100,000 in total – updated weekly
Personalized fundraising platform to raise money for projects, trips, ideas, for charities or loved ones, etc.
Ventures that drive social change using nonprofit, for-profit, or hybrid models.
Crowdsourcing platform for corporations, government organizations, and non-profits to collaborate and build social networks of funders, competitors, and partnerships. Lists a database for targeted competitions where you can compete to provide ideas and solutions to important business, social, policy, scientific, and technical challenges, or find possible partners for your projects.
Through the global giving programs, they accelerate and scale the work of innovators around the world who are using technology to combat humanity’s biggest challenges. Locally, they support nonprofits in their efforts to tackle society’s greatest challenges and make our communities stronger.
The 12-month fellowship for individuals is dedicated to serving the poor and who have the business, leadership, and operational expertise. The fellowship begins with an eight-week training program in New York that culminates in a nine-month fieldwork with a company in the US or abroad, and long-term connection opportunities post-program.
A global network of social entrepreneurs, innovators, business leaders, policy makers and activists working together to create systemic change. Join a current project or create a new project and broadcast yourself to investors, connect with peers, travel to workshops and bootcamps, and receive potential funding and feedback
Seeks to facilitate international science cooperation by providing a free open-resource and grant-listing forum for funders and grantseekers interested in collaborative international research and education.
Online social networking and campaigning platform to discover, support and organize campaigns, fundraisers, and petitions around social, political, and cultural issues
Helps entrepreneurs connect with investors and grow high-impact ventures.
Comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level., with five library/learning centers and at more than 450 Funding Information Network locations nationwide and around the world.
Up to $300,000 in funding for teams with ideas for social impact across a number of categories. At least one team member must be a student at UC Berkeley or a Big Ideas partner university.
Provides seed-funding, up to $90,000, to social innovators and entrepreneurs worldwide who challenge status quo and aim to create social change addressing key issues. Provides individualized leadership development opportunities, peer learning workshops, technical assistance, one-on-one counseling, and access to the impressive Echoing Green network, including over 700 program alumni.
Crowdfunding platform to fundraise entrepreneurs interested in projects involving anything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Connect with campaign strategists, retail partnerships, campaign and marketplace support.
For social entrepreneurs, a course that brings Fellows and faculty together for an intensive week to work on design for maximum impact and scalability in a retreat center on the coast in Bolinas, California. The course gives Fellows the rare opportunity to focus completely on their ideas and a systematic way to apply them. Fellows work directly with staff at six-month intervals to incorporate new information, lessons, and ideas into their formatted design of an Impact Model.
The CGI U Innovation Fund will source, support, and feature the most effective, high-impact college student entrepreneurs and innovators from around the world by providing critical, early-stage seed funding for their Commitments to Action.
Web-based application that allows individuals, organizations, and communities to fundraise online for their respective cause. Fundraisers are encouraged to upload pictures, videos, and a personal message to their personal fundraising page and share it via email and social media networks. The Peer Donation tool offers a more active approach to fundraising, allowing fundraisers to connect with donors on a more personal level in support of the cause.
Free personal online fundraising website for individuals, groups & organizations. Serves as a central hub for receiving community support and donations.
The original and only patented equity online crowdfunding platform used by entrepreneurs, government entities, investors, business incubators, universities, and other members of the entrepreneurial communitiy to plan, analyze, and capitalize young, privately-held businesses.
Database of startups, professionials, markets and their locations, salaries and evaluations of startups, and incubators. Also provides a list of over 45k startup jobs and detailed information, access to top deals through investor-led syndicates, learning opportunities from angels and Venture Capitalists, fundraising opportunities for over 800 startups, team recruitment, and trending startups.
Selects six Fellows during the spring semester from among the graduating classes at UC Berkeley and Stanford University and provides each a $30,000 stipend to work in the governmental or nonprofit organization that most closely fits their public sector interests. Fellows are matched with a senior-level mentor during their 10-month fellowship. Graduating seniors from any major field of study and attending UC Berkeley in the current academic year (December or May) who have a strong interest in public service are eligible to apply.
Grant of up to $2000 awarded annually based on need, to one or more college or university students in the United States involved in public service, and enables students to gain practical experience in public service by taking a no-pay or low-pay job or internship during a summer or other term.
List of awards for clean tech and sustainable, humanitarian design, as well as a separate grants for humanitarian technology projects.
Here you can find ways to get actively involved in global development via paid and volunteer opportunities, as well as some funding opportunities. You can also submit an opportunity to be distributed to E4C’s talented and diverse community.
4-month Summer Research Fellowship that grants 10 $5k grants to engineering students engaged in global development, supported by a grant from the United Engineering Foundation (UEF). The Fellowship is a new offering from E4C’s Innovation Lab, which supports the development of knowledge tools for designers, manufacturers and implementers of poverty‐alleviating products and services. Fellows will deepen their understanding of development engineering through research, analysis and normalization of solutions
Compete for cash and prizes and represent your school in competition encouraging innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity in students who are working on cutting-edge inventions at their colleges and universities nationwide.
An international, pioneering, open community and crowdfunding platform that has helped thousands of artists, scientists, entrepreneurs, and social leaders raise millions of dollars by connecting with governments, educators, and communities. Artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, scientists, game developers, philanthropists, filmmakers, photographers, theatre producers/directors, writers, fashion designers, etc. are welcome to post projects
Up to $1 million in prizes for innovators, entrepreneurs, and companies who create innovate, market-based technological solutions for social issues addressing 4 main categories and varying issues within these categories. The first place winners in each of the four main categories (education, health care, sustainability and transportation) will each receive $1 million. Two additional winners in each category will receive $250,000 each for a total of $6 million in prize money from Verizon.
Crowdfunding platform for 0% interest loans for small businesses and startups to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty, empowering individuals to create opportunity for themselves and others through safe, affordable access to capital. Provides Community Advisors, Mentorship, Small Business Development Centers, and creates jobs and economic opporutnities in low-income communities.
Group of angel investors who are alumni, faculty, and former faculty of UC Berkeley. They strive to promote entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education within UC Berkeley and the alumni community.
Crowdfunding platform for scientific discoveries and experiments
Free online platform to collect, fundraise, or pool money from community members, friends and family, investors, and donors.
Free online donation platform for any size fundraiser to raise funds from family, friends, and the community.
HeadTalker allows you to share a message with unlimited people at once for free. Creators form a campaign that has a message and link that all the supporters agree to share on their social media accounts.
Provides registered graduate student organizations (RSOs) additional funding up to $1200 for larger projects in the area of Student Activism, Campus Diversity, Community Service, and Educational improvement. Also provides funding for grad meetings, events, resources, publications, reavel, and contingency grants of varying amounts.
A year-round grant competition for innovative ideas, pilots and tests them using cutting-edge analytical methods, and scales solutions that demonstrate widespread impact and cost-effectivenes in developing countries.
Registered Student Organization (RSO) at UC Berkjeley can apply for ASUC sponsorship and/or funding throughout the academic year by submitting a ASUC ABSA Budget Appeal Application or Senate Finance Rule Waiver (Summer Only). Depending on the type of student group, grants range from $400 to $1100 maximum, although spending restrictions can be waived if approvved by the Senate Finance Committee.
An urban ventures accelerator with a mission to empower entrepreneurs to solve urban problems everywhere. Offers the Clean Energy Prize, a 4-month program to support early stage companies creating clean energy solutions, provides a $15k grant, consulting services and mentorship, seed-funding, and free office space.
International startup exchange network where entrepreneurs at participating incubators can spend time at other locations around the world to learn about local markets and trends (see list for ideas of participating incubators to apply to!). This one month program offers free office space, networking, and mentorship.
This global champion of the seed-stage, mentorship-driven accelerator model includes 70 of the most respected accelerators from six continents and over 106 cities around the world. A cohort of 10-20 companiesThe 1-3 month summer mentorship program had helped companies earn funding of an average of $923k, and benefits include training, connections to mentors and investors, consulting services, discounts, annual conferences, and access to industry data, as well as space, internet, and workspace.
Venture capital firm providing funding to companies creating scalable, technology-driven social impact projects with initial investments of $25,000-$200,000 in early-stage companies. Strong preference for Bay Area-based companies, especially in Oakland and Berkeley.
The competition and three month long UC Berkeley-affiliated accelerator is designed to help UC startups grow.
Located in locations across the world, this company offers large spaces and sublets desks and offices through a membership service. Tenants pay on a month-to-month basis, with no long-term contract required. Prefurnished space includes access to shared conference rooms, high-speed internet, specialty coffee and printing services.
6,300 sq/ft industrial chic warehouse that exists to provide people with the workspace and resources they need to put their good ideas into action and to keep at it even when it’s difficult. We do this through coworking, hosting events, workshops, and fundraisers, and through our start-up incubator program called Wayfare Labs.
Space for innovation, inspiration, and collaboration, with several locations in Southern California and Hawaii. With professional support services, educational events, and a stimulating environment, ROC is where you and your company will grow.
Nonprofit in Irvine, California that provides 15,000-square-foot space where people with common interests in computers, technology, science, art, entrepreneurship and start-up business can meetup, socialize, collaborate, teach and learn. Our three major areas of focus are education, workspace and events – offering workshops, classes, pre-accelerator programs, community schools, training, and various events.
Offers unique programs for nonprofit and social good startups, including dinners, events, workshops, coaching, advising, and support – built on the foundation of a Christ-centered community. Three programs are offered: Startup, Launch, and Growth (check specific programs for deadlines)
One-stop portal for the startup community in Hong Kong, listing the latest startup events and various resources including government incentive and incubation schemes, accelerators, angels and VCs. Also offers several competitions, venture forums, festivals, showcases, and summits. The StartmeupHK Venture Forum is the highlight of the week-long Festival where startups and key participants from the four industry verticals as well as international speakers will gather under one roof and share new ideas.
A leading Silicon Valley startup incubator (3-month accelerator program, plus networking opportunities post-progarm) for wide variety of companies, specifically commercial web, enterprise software, and other tech-heavy companies. Twice a year we invest a small amount of money ($120k) in a large number of startups who move to the Bay Area for weekly dinners, mentorship, special events, and training that culminates in a Demo Day where the startups present their companies to a carefully selected, invite-only audience.
Coworking spaces in San Francisco, Bay Area, Los Angeles, Chicago, and beyond.
Network of tech innovation hubs in Africa, spanning a network of 40 technology innovation hubs in 20 African countries. Each hub serves as a physical convening space for entrepreneurs, technologists, developers, designers, and investors in each tech community.
Nairobi’s Innovation Hub for the technology community is an open space for the technologists, investors, tech companies, and hackers in the area.
Recognized as Africa’s leading and most established incubator and accelerator, incubating hundreds of innovation and technology start-ups, generating thousands of new jobs, and helping numerous entrepreneurs and start-ups with their roots in Cape Town to become global success stories. Offers courses, events, mentorship, training, funding, co-working spaces, virtual offices, creativity labs, and recreational areas with restaurants, recreational facilities, meeting rooms, and more.
Startup accelerator and early-stage venture capital that invests up to $50k in media entrepreneurs over a course of five months. The structured and supportive program, based in San Francisco and New York City communities, involves a week-long Design Thinking bootcamp in San Francisco, a monthly Design Review in New York, and a final Demo Day in both locations as well as design reviews, workshops, weekly speakers, and office hours throughout.
“A semi-complete list of startup accelerator programs” – Robert Shedd’s Blog
A list of global seed-stage startup accelerators, university-affiliated startup accelerator programs, and social entrepreneurship organizations, as well as a map of seed accelerator programs around the world and application deadlines.
6 month practical, experience-based program that combines the consulting know-how of Silicon Valley accelerators with the vast resources of UC Berkeley to support startups of all industry fields, coupled with a mentorship program and wide network of investors, campus programs, the “”Skyfund”” investment, and a speical Skydeck Demo Day at the end of the program. Accelerates technology, science, and disruptive business startups. The program has five Practice Areas: Product Story, Market Traction, Business Model, Team Development, and Funding Plan.
3 distinct programs support 200-250 companies a year based on the stage of the startup.
S-factory: Pre-acceleration program for startups in early concept stage focusing in female founders.
Seed Program: Acceleration program for startups with a functional product and early validation.
Scaling program: Follow-on fund for top performing startups that are incorporated in Chile, have traction and are looking to scale in LATAM and globally.
Start-Up Chile also offers an acceleration program that provides grants, co-working space, training program, peer to peer monitoring and support, pitch training, connections to mentors, investors, and market networks, events such as Demo Day and Tech Evenings, and hands-on experience.
Incubator database listing edtech entrepreneurs and educators, providing information on trends, available jobs, opportunities, and events, as well as series of conferences for educators and entrepreneurs looking to improved educational outcomes.
Innovation lab, business incubator, and social enterprise community center offering coworking and event spaces in San Francisco, Berkeley, and Oakland, for social impact organizations, as well as member networking with other professionals addressing social and environmental change; guidance, resources, events, workshops, and a variety of programs.
Part innovation lab, part business incubator, and part community center, Impact Hubs across the globe offer members a unique ecosystem of resources, inspiration, and collaboration opportunities to grow impact.
A large list of seed-stage accelerators, companies, and investors around the world, showing up-to-date program metrics (e.g. location, deadlines, share of equity), as well as past past performance outcomes (companies started, revenues, exits).
Provides early-stage companies with funding, a startup 4-month accelerator program with mentorship, hands-on sessions with startup experts, a great office space, and network with other founders around the world, as well as special events such as Demo Day where teams can connect with investors for potential funding.
An India-based 101 day entrepreneurship and accelerator program for startups working in Technology, space building, Enterprise Software, Mobile Applications, Software as Services, Web Applications, etc., as well as non-technology areas such as Education, Environment, Media, Finance, Healthcare, etc., and Social Enterprises. Catalyzer provides access to legal and financial advice, seed funding, office space, mentors and investors, special persk, and connections to experts in industry, academia, and investors.