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.
Teams of talented graduate students work with affordable-housing organizations to develop innovative and comprehensive development proposals to address housing issues in Greater Boston, with up to $3k-10k in prizes
Free online database on all U.S. foundations that give grants – more than 100,000 in total – updated weekly
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.
Facilitates philanthropists, venture capitalists, and social entrepreneurs by providing prizes up to $150,000, a series of workshops and office hours, and feedback from expert judges. There is a $1,500,000 limit in seed capital raised and a $2,000,000 limit in revenue generated. However, plans to create hedge funds, investments, private equities or venture capital funds are generally not eligible.
Ventures that drive social change using nonprofit, for-profit, or hybrid models.
Harvard Business School Alumni pursuing new business and social-impact ventures can participate in one of 15 regional competitions hosted by 18 alumni “hub” clubs around the world. The winning team from each regional competition attends the NVC finale and advances to online crowd vote finals where $2k – $50k is awarded to the top 3 voted teams.
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.
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.
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.
VC-List was created to educate startup founders about the funding process through publishing educational articles covering all aspects of how to raise capital for a startup. From startup valuation methods, startup investor presentation advice, the best crowdfunding sites, equity funding rules and regulations, to venture capital industry trends, we work to keep the startup community educated and informed.
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.
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.
Provides social entrepreneurs with mentoring, exposure, and up to $1k – $25k in prizes to transform their ideas into ventures that address the world’s most pressing challenges. Teams from across the globe learn how to design scalable models through a process that emphasizes stakeholder discovery, business innovation, and social impact assessment.
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.
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 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.
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.
Provides early-mid stage companies investment capital between $0.25M to $3M to create social and economic impact on impoverished poluations in developing regions.
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
The New School’s Social Innovation Initiative fosters opportunities for students and faculty to engage cross-divisionally in interdisciplinary learning, research and practice that contributes to real-world problem solving. This guide is designed for New School undergraduate and graduate students who are motivated to take their ideas for social change to the next level, providing information about competitions, fellowships, funding and grant opportunities, and special events focused on social innovation and social entrepreneurship at The New School and outside the university.
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.
Annual conference of funders, advisors and leaders from across the social sector gather to share knowledge, learn about innovative co-funding opportunities and develop a community to help scale top initiatives and build the field. Note: This conference is for funders only.
Annual conference on information and communication technology (ICT) in international development, bringing together thought leaders and experienced professionals from around the world to share and explore ways of using ICT to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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.
The Summit gives powerful insights, practical tools, a global community of fellow practitioners, and the chance to design real-time solutions to real-world challenges. Features over 20 events with over 1,000 participants from over 50 countries throughout the Bay Area to provide insights, tools, and connections on growing innovation ecosystems. A centerpiece of Global Innovation Week held in Silicon Valley, the Summit is limited to invitees and accepted applicants.
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.
An intimate, informal, and in person, discussion between a maximum of 35 information and communication technology experts and international development professionals, with a focus on both: technology’s impact on donor-sponsored technical assistance delivery, and private enterprise driven economic development, facilitated by technology.
Lectures and Q&A sessions at UC Berkeley with prominent experts, faculty members, and thought leaders explore barriers of bringing peace to global society.
Promotes rigorous interdisciplinary research based on the conviction that the pressing problems of our time are simultaneously scientific and social, technological and political, ethical and economic. Offers courses, events, special projects, working groups, and networks of professionals and other students.
Center focusing on the role of non-profit and public institutions in the world’s increasingly collaborative economy. Whether students seek to consult with social sector organizations, found a social enterprise, become effective philanthropists, lead through board governance, or pursue a career in the sector, the Center provides the leadership education to help them succeed.
A global initiative to provide free online courses designed and taught by industry leaders from UC Berkeley, McKinsey, Hewlett, Kiva, and others. Our faculty will assist in shaping the curricula, teach courses, source faculty from other top universities and integrate our Global Social Venture Competition with this initiative.
Ideal for high net worth individuals and families, leverages the world-class educational assets of UC Berkeley, and other leading institutions and organizations to guide members in their journey to have social impact through philanthropy and impact investing. Every spring, a small cohort of 10-15 gather at Miramar Farms in Half Moon Bay, California for our transformative Discovery Weekend to discuss and learn with our faculty and each other, the values and tools you want to bring to your work as a change agent, followed by six weeks of a custom-built online course that guides you to distill the learnings of the weekend and create a plan anchored by the intersection of your core values and evidence about how to best solve the problems you care most about.
Annual conference on global health, social entrepreneurship, and international development.
Selected social entrepreneurs mentoring, recogniztion and free tickets to the annual Social Captial Markets conference in San Francisco, which brings together entrepreneurs and funders.
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.
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.
Non-profit organization established to promote quality standards and best practice for the development and implementation of Theory of Change, with a particular focus on its use and application in the areas of international development, sustainability, education, human rights and social change.
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 world-renowned annual conference on social impact–with investors, foundations, institutions and social entrepreneurs–dedicated to increasing the flow of capital toward social good.
An ongoing year-round event series in multiple locations, SOCAP 365 features world-class speakers and opportunities to connect at the intersection of money and meaning. Through thought leadership panel discussions, inclusive dialogues, and community-building events, SOCAP 365 serves the rapidly growing network of impact investors, social entrepreneurs, conscious corporations, philanthropists, government agencies, and innovators in every sector.
Features practitioners from the UC Berkeley and Silicon Valley communities who come to Berkeley-Haas to speak about the practical aspects of starting and running an entrepreneurial venture. The Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum is held four times during the academic year featuring a networking hour followed, by a presentation topics of interest to entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and members of the Bay Area entrepreneurial ecosystem.
The Lester Center hosts Hackathons which bring together UC Berkeley students of all stripes and colors–designers, coders, marketers and MBA students alike–to converge around a single theme. The Lester Center supports a number of pre-eminent startup competitions whose finals are open to the public (LAUNCH and GSVC)
Resources for Mentoring Hours, Startup Seed Funding, Courses, Competitions, Student Clubs, Events, Awards & Fellowships, Videos, Accelerators, and more ways to get involved.
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.
A 90-minute learning tool for design thinking, created by Stanford’s d.school.
A collection of subject-specific e-guides for social entrepreneurs.
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.
Human-centered design-focused online toolkit to create practical, repeatable approaches to arriving at innovative solutions.
Guides and video tutorials for non-profit users of Google
A global non-profit organization operating in the area of early-stage social sector investing. Through a two-year fellowship program, Echoing Green works with individuals with ideas for social change and provides them with seed money and strategic support.
A global venture philanthropy firm that funds and supports social entrepreneurs with exceptional promise and impactful ideas that have the potential to scale.
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.
Blackstone Charitable Foundation is committed to inspiring entrepreneurship globally. By leveraging the resources and intellectual capital of Blackstone, the Foundation empowers entrepreneurs, generates job growth, and supports the communities in which we live and work.
OpenIDEO is a global community working together to design solutions for the world’s biggest challenges.
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.
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 growing community of innovative business leaders and social entrepreneurs to help you improve your business, enhance your leadership, and expand your impact.
A non-profit advisor and resource for mission-driven organizations and philanthropists. The Bridgespan Group collaborates with social sector leaders to help scale impact, build leadership, advance philanthropic effectiveness and accelerate learning.
A non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing.
A global network of action-oriented impact investors, both individuals and institutions. Toniic increases the velocity of money and services into impact investing to address global challenges
A platform that offers a combination of initiatives focussed on inspiring, discovering and nurturing social enterprises that have the potential for high impact on the lives of the poor in India.
Provides entrepreneurs with an “unreasonable advantage” by matching mentors with ventures and by providing funding and bootcamps.
Supports mission-driven entrepreneurs around the world through experiential programs which harness peer-to-peer support to develop business concepts, fine-tune them for success, and actually invest capital.
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.
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.
Drives innovation that will fill critical gaps and invests in key proven solutions and organizations taking them to scale. Finds and provides unrestricted funds to high-performance organizations that tackle poverty around the world, as well as granting the Rainer Arnhold Fellowship, 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. It has five components
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 network of over 100,000 student and professional leaders from over 300 volunteer-led chapters across the globe working towards a sustainable future. Empowers a new generation to use their careers to take on social challenges, protect the environment, invent new products and orient business around the world.
Community of business leaders, social entrepreneurs, NGO managers, policy makers, academics and others exploring the connection between development and enterprise. Focuses on new trends and ideas/research in market solutions to poverty. Features an editor-curated newsfeed, a calendar of important events, and a career center with continuously updated job opportunities across the “development through enterprise” market sector.
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.
Supports a portfolio of initiatives that promotes the well-being of humanity throughout the world through advancing inclusive economies that expand opportunities for more broadly shared prosperity, and builds resilience by helping people, communities and institutions.
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 financial services organization dedicated to transforming the way the world works by offering investing, lending, and philanthropic services to individuals and enterprises. Our three focus areas – Food & Agriculture, Education & the Arts, and Ecological Stewardship – consider the long-term impact our investments have on the market as a whole, and the people and places affected by our investments in particular.
Aims to facilitate a participatory platform for collective impact, with a vision of a San Francisco Bay Area where everyone has the opportunity to invest, start, partner, work, and purchase from businesses that benefit 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.
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.
Supports and invests in leaders and institutions and collaborates with them to identify the most effective solutions to social problems, and give them freedom and support to best reach their goals.
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.
CfG is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to connecting donors and grantmakers with the most effective international and domestic non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in the areas of education, health, human liberty and economic empowerment.
Co-creates strong and growing ecosystems of prosperity, by supporting organizations that enable social entrepreneurs to succeed.
An open data and resources platform powering the global impact market. ImpactSpace aims to accelerate impact investing by making information about the impact market available to everyone and maintainable by anyone.
The oldest, largest and most successful early-stage impact investing network. Together with hundreds of angels, venture capitalists, foundations, and family offices, they have propelled $172 million plus $4 billion in follow-on investment into 271 enterprises dedicated to improving the environment, education, health and community.
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 projects involving path-breaking scientific discovery, environmental conservation, patient care improvements and preservation of the special character of the San Francisco Bay Area.
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 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.
Aggregates job opportunities, events, and supports a 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.
A non-profit focused on developing technology for social good.
Empowers investors to empower communities by connecting them with organizations working around the globe, developing affordable housing, creating jobs, protecting the environment, and working in numerous other ways for the social good.
Champions bold, innovative solutions to the world’s toughest problems by connecting, equipping and supporting social entrepreneurs, and by catalyzing new sources of capital for impact investments in social ventures.
India’s largest executive training program for leaders of non-profits and social businesses empowering them with funds, networks and skills to help them scale
This report, including resources, tools, and life maps, was designed to help individuals, educators, and funders move us from a focus on the social entrepreneur to a focus on creating positive social impact. To get there, we need to help people work towards collective impact, give them the tools, accolades, and incentives to apprentice with problems they didn’t live before asking them to solve them, and support people to understand and build upon the existing efforts of others rather than “innovating” in a vacuum.
Social entrepreneurship involves the application of business practices to the pursuit of social and/or environmental mission. It brings the mindset, principles, strategies, tools and techniques of entrepreneurship to the social sector, yielding innovative solutions to the vexing problems facing society – poverty, hunger, inadequate housing and homelessness, unemployment and under-employment, illiteracy, disease, environmental degradation, etc. It finds solutions where government and private sector efforts have not.
Website of news, views, and analysis about science and technology for global development for development professionals, policymakers, researchers, the media, and the informed public.
Magazine and website written for and by social change leaders in the non-profit, business, and government sectors who view collaboration as key to solving environmental, social, and economic justice issues.
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.
Quarterly journal about innovation featuring cases by innovators, commentary and research from academics, and essays from executives and political leaders.
Encountering Poverty challenges mainstream frameworks of global poverty by going beyond the claims that poverty is a problem that can be solved through economic resources or technological interventions. By focusing on the power and privilege that underpin persistent impoverishment and using tools of critical analysis and pedagogy, the authors explore the opportunities for and limits of poverty action in the current moment. Encountering Poverty invites students, educators, activists, and development professionals to think about and act against inequality by foregrounding, rather than sidestepping, the long history of development and the ethical dilemmas of poverty action today.