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.
The Social Innovation Summit is a twice annual event taking place in Washington, DC and Silicon Valley, that represents a global convening of black swans and wayward thinkers. Those who are playing at the nexus of technology, investment, philanthropy, international development, and business come together to investigate solutions and catalyze inspired partnerships that are disrupting history.
The Underdog Foundation identifies non-profit organizations that are in need of grants and that have demonstrated abilities to provide important community services; as well as assistance in the form of finance, marketing, operations, strategic partnering, and negotiations. Provides a place for investors, CEOs and advisors to provide mentoring and technical expertise to support non-profit organizations doing important work in our communities. The interest areas of the Underdog Foundation are: Environment and Conservation, Community Investment, Women’s Entrepreneurship, International Community Investment and Community Development.
Formed to bridge a critical gap in global efforts to address prosperity around the world.
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.
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.
Awards and helps scale-up startups of 4 winning teams who address environmental, economic, technology, and transportation initiatives in Kenya, with hopes that rising investments in entrepreneurship, ecosystem creation and market building will help to boost enterprise activity, and incubate the kind of startups that will go on to become the next mPesa.
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.
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.
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.
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 six innovators aged 30 or under cash prizes of $10,000 along with support and mentorship for projects involving innovative and scaleable technologies or initiatives that tackle challenges of sustainabile living related to one or more of the 8 Global Goals for Sustainabile Development (SDGs). One winner receives a $50k cash prize and is awarded at the HRH The prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreur Prize at an event in London and $25k worht of support and mentoring.
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.
Global Development Incubator program that provides diagnostics, manpower, and networks to increase the scale, reach, and impact of social enterprises. Addresses several key initiatives including Agriculture, Development, Health, and Business.
India’s largest executive training program and organization database for leaders of non-profits and social businesses empowering them with funds, networks, leadership forums, partnerships, and skills to help them scale. Provides two programs: Leadership Development and Portfolio Support, and a large database of organizations addressing India’s most pressing problems.