The Global Health & Innovation Conference (#GHIC) is the world’s leading and largest global health conference as well as the largest social entrepreneurship conference, with 2,200 professionals and students from all 50 states and more than 55 countries. This must-attend, thought-leading conference convenes leaders, changemakers, and participants from all sectors of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship.
Aims to foster a lively and engaged community of people and organizations who are based in the Bay Area and work internationally. We aggregate job opportunities, organize events, and support our network of members who are active in the fields of international development, governance, peacebuilding, human rights, trade, and environmental issues, as well as those working on international business development.
DIY/maker/hacker gatherings held gobally for tech enthusiasts, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, and commercial exhibitors.
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.
From concept generation to distribution strategy, our team of designers, engineers, and business strategists have the skills and on-the-ground experience to offer a comprehensive approach to product and service development for low income and underserved customers. Also offering workshops, training, and mentorship to support organizations and groups that want to integrate key design methodologies and a people-centered approach in their work.
Offers seed funding, work labs and space, presentations, events, webscasts, and discussions on tech in society. Focuss on initatives in connected communities, health, robots and people, and sustainable infrastructures.
A startup expo and competition featuring some of the hottest startups out of UC Berkeley! Innovate@Berkeley celebrates the rich history of innovation and entrepreneurship at Berkeley by bringing together startups, students, angels, VCs, and press under one roof.
Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.
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.
A forum and newsletter on the role of technology in improving the quality of life all over the world.
Online classes and other services by the Kauffman Foundation on entrepreneurial selling, intellectual property, how to build presentations, and much more.
A 90-minute learning tool for design thinking, created by Stanford’s d.school.
Human-centered design-focused online toolkit to create practical, repeatable approaches to arriving at innovative solutions.
Online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Through individual, corporate, academic and government subscriptions, members have access to the lynda.com video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts.
Online Store and free/paid resources including Apps, Gadgets, Creative Resources, Software, and Video Tutorials to help Apple fanatics, developers, designers, entrepreneurs, gamers, and early adopters. Offers courses for programming and bundled deals for software and learning materials.
A mission-driven consulting organization that provides technology adoption and field-building services and designs technology-rich initiatives that hold promise for national impact.
We use human-centered design to create products, services, and experiences that improve the lives of people living in poverty and addresses four long-term programs—Health XO, Amplify, Financial Health, and Launchpad.
Administers smaller, targeted community grants in their core priorities of strengthening families, supporting children and youth, leadership development, civic participation and urban issues, and the arts.
A competitive grant program that identifies and funds innovative, early stage development projects that are scalable and/or replicable, while also having high potential for development impact.
Formed to bridge a critical gap in global efforts to address prosperity around the world.
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.
Enables powerful approaches to stimulating science and technology invention, innovation and entrepreneurship on university and college campuses, and move the strongest ideas rapidly forward to commercialization
Provides 5-7 years of incubation to early-stage social enterprises with financial investments (seed capital in the form of grants and soft loans), social capital, capacity support via training and mentoring, and access to markets and networks. Addresses key issues in labor inclusion, sustainable income, and affordable technologies.
A philanthropic investment firm that invests in both for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations, and their visionary ideas that create opportunities for people to improve their lives, their communities, and the world around them. They are focused on five key areas believed to be building blocks for prosperous, stable, and open societies: Consumer Internet and Mobile, Education, Financial Inclusion, Governance & Citizen Engagement, and Property Rights. Offers financial support, consulting, and coaching.
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.
A non-profit, independent and neutral organization, founded in 1998, with the purpose to advance social entrepreneurship and to foster social entrepreneurs as an important catalyst for societal innovation and progress.
Provides technological, financial, and legal support (fellowships and grants) to projects dedicated to creating a positive social impact.
Aims to drive large scale change by investing in, connecting and celebrating social entrepreneurs and the innovators who help them solve the world’s most pressing problems.
An innovation accelerator working with a range of clients–including entrepreneurs, mentors, investors, foundations, development agencies, CSR departments, NGOs and companies. Additionally, their online global network helps clients accelerate innovations for sustainability in low-income markets in developing countries.
An active network of professionals who leverage their time, talent and connections to help non-profit organizations launch new initiatives, make a greater impact and accelerate positive change in their communities.
Teams up with partners around the world to take on some tough challenges: extreme poverty and poor health in developing countries, and the failures of America’s education system.
Co-creates strong and growing ecosystems of prosperity, by supporting organizations that enable social entrepreneurs to succeed.
Focuses on grant making for advancing entrepreneurship and improving the education of children and youth.
Works with partners in establishing and supporting projects that inspire youth to become inventors, stimulate and provide invention and entrepreneurship education, and support the launch, earliest incubation and mentoring of invention-based enterprises.
Offers a range of grants and fellowships related to human rights, global conservation, urban development, technology, and digital media, with a global network of over 50 countries.
A social finance hub and project incubator that acts as a neutral collaboration space for all sectors–government, community and private–to strengthen our collective ability to mobilize private capital for public good.
Invests in early stage entrepreneurial ventures to create inclusive economic development. Seeking to catalyse development in India’s underserved regions, it identifies capable entrepreneurs, provides them with capital, supplements it with a nurturing environment and helps build sustainable enterprises.
A non-profit global venture fund that raises charitable donations to invest in companies, leaders, and ideas that are changing the way the world tackles poverty.
The largest network of social entrepreneurs worldwide, with nearly 3,000 Ashoka Fellows in 70 countries putting their system changing ideas into practice on a global scale. It has built a global network of more than 10,000 innovators, hundreds of partners, and tens of thousands of changemakers from 125 countries by running more than 70 online competitions during the past decade, with partners such as GE, Google, the Rockefeller Foundation, and many other innovating organizations.
A global network of organizations that propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets. The Institute’s Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs members provide critical financial, educational, and business support services to small and growing businesses.
A non-profit that serves a global movement of entrepreneurs using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. Provides initiatives that provide them the legal infrastructure and help them attract the customers, talent, and capital to scale.
A non-profit focused on developing technology for social good.
Blank offers a four-step customer development process and offers insight into what makes some startups successful and leaves others selling off their furniture.
Blogs of opinions and reports that explores solutions to major social problems and examines creative initiatives that can shows differences between success and failure. Fixes looks at solutions to social problems and why they work.
Website of news, insight, and opportunities created by the Skoll Foundation to accelerate entrepreneurial approaches and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing social issues.
Quarterly journal about innovation featuring cases by innovators, commentary and research from academics, and essays from executives and political leaders.
NPR is a mission-driven, multimedia news organization and radio program producer. It is a network with a strong base of member stations and supporters nationwide. On-air and online, NPR presents fact-based, independent journalism that examines and airs diverse perspectives.
Forum and website supported by the Kauffman Foundation that provides educational tools, event listings, and various content for entrepreneurs.
Magazine that chronicles how companies create and compete, with regular coverage of innovation in technology, ethonomics (ethical economics), leadership, and design.
Scott investigates the experts, bureaucrats, and revolutionaries whose grandiose schemes to improve the human condition have inflicted untold misery on the twentieth century.
Schultz provides an illuminating exploration of what it means to be in error, and why homo sapiens tend to tacitly assume (or loudly insist) that they are right about most everything.
Platform for connecting makers who bring a DIY mindset to technology with each other, with products and services, and with partners.
Magazine published by MIT that whose “mission is to identify important new technologies–deciphering their practical impact and revealing how they will change our lives.”
Polak agues that promising governmental and philanthropic efforts to end poverty have not reached scale because they lack the incentives of the market to attract massive resources.
A website created by Engineers Without Borders that urges development workers to share their stories of failure, because “fear, embarrassment, and intolerance of failure drives our learning underground and hinders innovation.”
A newsletter published by the UC Berkeley College of Engineering, featuring reports on groundbreaking research and other innovative projects by Berkeley engineers.
Christensen advances his idea of disruption, arguing that companies place too much focus on pleasing their most profitable customers and should rather focus on “disruptive technologies” that can keep them ahead of the competition.
A crowdsourced database of competitions, grants, fellowships and awards in support of over 600 innovations that help NGOs, innovators, social enterprises, and developing-world communities leverage appropriate technology solutions to share and discover sustainable solutions to problems of poverty.
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.
Looks to recognize innovators under the age of 40 from all fields with new contributions to the field of sustainability science, including, renewable energy, energy security, climate change, and environment. Up to 4 winners are honored at Fortune’s Brainstorm Green Conference.
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.
The Skoll Awards distinguishes up to 10 transformative leaders whose organizations are disrupting the status quo, driving large-scale “equilibrium” change, and are poised to create even greater impact on the world. They are given funding (typically $50,000 – $1.25 million over 3 years on average) and support by a global network of entrepreneurs, innovators, and government leaders and are formally recognized at the Skoll World Forum Awards Ceremony in April.
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.
Brings together small, interdisciplinary groups of designers, economists, technologists and social innovators for an immersive residencey at the Rockefeller Foundation’s renowned Bellagio Center on the shores of Lake Como, Italy. Serves as an incubator of unconventional, cross-disciplinary collaboration around critical topics relevant to the lives of poor and vulnerable populations, and also serves as a laboratory for the study of the nature of collaboration itself as a profound tool for creative problem-solving and solution development.
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.
A total of eight prizes awarded will be awarded in 2017, worth up to $10k-$15k, is open to teams of 2-5 undergraduate students and individual graduate students attending university in the US who have inventions in categories that represent significant sectors of the economy: healthcare, transportation, food and agriculture, or consumer devices. (**Patents are encouraged but not required**)
The Lemelson-MIT Prize is awarded to outstanding mid-career inventors (either individual or pair), who have developed a patented product or process of significant value to society, which has been adopted for practical use, or has a high probability of being adopted. Potential nomineeds are inventors, venture capitalists, engineers, or other influential professionals in the fields of science, engineering, medical or business.
An annual invention and entrepreneurship competition that awards up to $10,000 per team for innovative service projects that partner with and positively impact underserved communities around the world.
Annually recognizes exceptionally talented young inventors, entrepreneurs, visionaries, humanitarians, and pioneers whose work in science and technology has great potential to transform the world.
For biomedical and bioengineering students who have ideas for a health device, product, or technology that will address a current medical issue. Winners receive up to $10,000 in funding and recognition at the annual MD&M Medical Device Tradeshow and Convention.
Lists grants available since 2001 concerning scientific discovery, environmental conservation, patient care improvements, and preservation of the special character of the San Francisco Bay Area.
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.
The 12-month program selects Ambassadors who work as entrepreneurs, industry, government, or academia, and are prepared to be leaders and change agents in promoting invention in the STEM fields. There will be advocacy opportunities, public engagement activities and symposiums to engage media, policy makers, and the public.
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
Actively searches for social entrepreneurs with new, innovative solutions to solve society’s pressing problems. Fellows receive lifetime network support and stipends that support their research.
Online social networking and campaigning platform to discover, support and organize campaigns, fundraisers, and petitions around social, political, and cultural issues
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.
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.
Funding database that aims to support enterprises that change the world, as well as workshops that provide business development training for early-stage entrepreneurs who are post-revenue and pre-outside investment. Each year, Village Capital runs ten sector-based programs around the world, with half of their programs based in the US, and half based internationally.
Competition to promote innovation and seeks to identify and fund the best innovations using wireless related technology to address critical social issues around the world. Winners will be selected for awards of $100,000, $200,000, and $300,000 which will be paid in equal installments over three years.
Largest annual social impact awards ceremony in the United States that recognizes non-profit and social enterprise programs run by social impact organizations around the world, with topics addressing global poverty and hunger, disease, education, climate change, disaster response and preparedness, and health care accessibility.
Types of Support: Unrestricted, special programs, occasional capital support.
Geographic Focus: Greater Boston as defined by Route 128. Communities bordering Route 128 will be included, with funding between $1,000 to $12,000.
Focuses on three program areas: Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, Culture, Education and Leadership Development, and Environment and Community Building
Grants between $25,000 to $100,000 to existing non-profit organizations or programs focused on defined areas of interest including education, social services, environment, community development, arts and culture, and health.
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.
The Intel-Cornell Cup is a college-level embedded design competition created to empower student teams to become the inventors of the newest innovative applications of embedded technology. Teams have the opportunity to win up to $7,500.
Interdisciplinary innovation competition open to all undergraduate students and recent graduates of the Georgia Institute of Technology. Winners earn a cash prize of $20,000 for first place and $10,000 for second place, a free U.S. patent filing by Georgia Tech’s Office of Technology Licensing, valued at approximately $20,000, for both the first-place and second-place winners, a People’s Choice Award of $5,000 selected by online and text voting during the event, and acceptance into the summer cohort of Flashpoint, a Georgia Tech business creation and innovation program.
A premier business-plan competition and mentorship program for university and graduate students with ideas at various stages of development addressing food and agribusiness. Finalists will present their business plan at the Award Ceremony and compete to win, with up to $25,000 in total prize money will be awarded ($12k, $8k, and $5k for first through third place, respectively).
Provides $250k to $2 million in seed funds, validation funds, and transition to scale funds to support the development and validation of prevention and treatment approaches that increase access to primary health care for women and newborns in poor, hard-to-reach communities. Seeking innovative ideas addressing three main domains: (1) technology; (2) service delivery; and (3) “demand side” innovation that empowers pregnant women and their families to practice healthy behaviors and be aware of and access health care during pregnancy, childbirth and the early postnatal period, especially the first two days after birth. Awardees will receive support and networking assistance from each of the partners, engage with other innovators, and participate in high-level meetings including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s annual Grand Challenge meetings.
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.
Offers competitions and awards cash prizes honoring entrepreneurial ventures and city, state and national governments supporting entrepreneurial ventures that are changing the world – helping to improve the quality of life and revitalize the environment and economy of communities and developing regions through sustainable transportation (New Mobility) enterprise. Competitions include: Global Grand Mobi, Michigan Mobi, Enterprising City/State/Nation Mobi, Mobi – x India: honoring New Mobility related entrepreneurs, big businesses and government agencies, and the New Opportunity: For Connected And Automated Mobility Solutions, as well as the People’s Choice Voting. Applicants receive access to the Mobi platform, a cyberspace that crowd sources, connects, honors and advances New Mobility enterprises globally.
Offers students an exciting platform for learning about areas rich with career opportunities spanning science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Organizes Online Challenges in subjects such as robot construction, sustainable engineering, animation, and video production, with the chance to compete at the VEX Robotics World Championships and VEX IQ Challenge-based engineering competitions.
The VEX U college and university competition has nearly 300 teams competing in local tournaments and at VEX Worlds. In addition to having a great time and building amazing robots, through their participation in VEX U students get to apply the theoretical STEM knowledge they learn in their college courses, while picking-up many of the academic and life skills necessary to excel in the work force.
Provides students with a hands-on, co-curricular competition for learning about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and complements the existing technology-related competitions offered by the Technology Student Association (TSA). (STEM) and complements other competitions offered by the Technology Student Association (TSA).
TSA VEX teams compete either at events held at TSA state conferences or at other tournaments. The season culminates with a championship event at the TSA VEX National Championship, held in conjunction with the National TSA Conference
Crowdfunding platform for scientific discoveries and experiments
Purpose is to accelerate the growth of early-stage ventures affiliated with UC Berkeley that have a minimum viable product and some measurable validation with the singular goal of preparing new ventures to be investor-ready. A total prize amount of $15,000 will be shared among the top two or three teams during a 2.5-month program that includes workspace, access to a broad network of advisors and mentors (with the possibility of a match), and a vibrant community of entrepreneurs.
Provites multiple cash prizes worth $1k – $40k to social entrepreneurs and investors with innovative ideas or ventures in education from around the world, ranging from those structured on local or global needs, public or private issues, Pre-K through adult education, and social or for-profit ventures.
Finalists and semi-finalists of the Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition can apply for a 6-month hybrid of virtual weekly learning sessions and five in-person weekend intensives helping entrepreneurs build their companies, with guidance from business and edtech experts in the field.
Features different competitions such as the “Food Innovation Challenge, Society of Arts Entrepreneurship Education, awards, conferences, certificate programs, and “experiential exercises and classrooms” for entrepreneurship scholars and educators.
Highest recognition that the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) gives to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the development, furtherance and benefit of small and medium businesses. The USASBE Fellows Award recognizes the achievements of those men and women whose passion and burning desire for small business and entrepreneurship is reflected in their teaching, writing, research, training and public service
Provides a list of Awards addressing Entrepreneurship Achievement and Advocacy, Excellence in Entrepreneurship Education, and Excellence in Entrepreneurship Research, Case Development and Workshop Development/Presentatio.
A total of $250,000 will be awarded to 18 partnerships that aim to improve the quality of life in Berkeley through education, art and culture, economic self-sufficiency, neighborhood development, and community safety. Each of the funded projects will be carried out collaboratively, featuring a partnership between a local organization and UC Berkeley, students, faculty or staff.
Innovation Grants offered to students, faculty, and staff that are meant to encourage new and sustainable projects to promote equity, inclusion, and diversity on the UC Berkeley campus.
Platform for Berkeley participants to launch startup companies in the real-world setting. Awards include office space, mentorship, and prize money, up to $30,000!
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)
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.
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.
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.