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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
A social enterprise incubator based in Chicago, providing co-working space, concept and business strategy development, peer-to-peer group meetings, funding, events, and a network of entrepreneurs and industry professionals.
Incubator program supporting social entrepreneurs through a unique 14-month fellowship totaling more than 1000 hours during residency; five months of free housing; one year of free workspace at Halcyon House and six months of reduced rent space post-residency; $10,000 stipend; complimentary strategic, legal, business, and PR support and training; mentors; and access to potential funders, investors, press, and partners during Demo Day, conferences, and other events.
Hardware focused incubator that offers a 4-month curriculum taught by industry experts in fundraising, marketing, retail, and product and business development, community and connections via workspaces and networking, hands-on learning about manufacturing and supply chain management in Shenzhen, China, and up to $100k in investment Capital. Helps startups go from prototyping to large scale manufacturing, including a demo day, 1000 square foot lab, and trained staff and researchers.
Design, innovation, culture and technology news blog at UC Berkeley featuring various campus organizations, student projects and startups, thought-provoking and interesting news articles, events, and ideas. Emphasis on building connectionis, cross-disciplinary collaboration on campus, and exposure to fresh ideas.