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 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
Website of news, views, and analysis about science and technology for global development for development professionals, policymakers, researchers, the media, and the informed public.
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.
By analyzing of a rich body of evidence, including the hundreds of randomized control trials that Banerjee and Duflo’s lab has pioneered, the two economists show why the poor, despite having the same desires and abilities as anyone else, end up with entirely different lives.
Website and blog bringing together business leaders, social entrepreneurs, NGOs, policy makers and academics who want to explore the connection between development and enterprise.
Farmer, a physician and anthropologist with 20 years of experience working in Haiti, Peru, and Russia, argues that promoting the social and economic rights of the world’s poor is the most important human rights struggle of our times.
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.”
Sen, winner of the 1988 Nobel Prize in Economics, argues that freedom is both the end and most efficient means of sustaining economic life and the key to securing the general welfare of the world’s entire population.
Prahalad argues that the world’s five billion poor make up the the fastest growing market in the world; he describes how the market has vast untapped buying power and represents an enormous potential for companies who can profitably serve the poor.
Independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher, whose members and contributors include government officials, scholars, business executives, journalists, lawyers, and non-profit professionals.
Collins and his co-authors conducted year-long interviews with impoverished villagers and slum dwellers in Bangladesh, India, and South Africa, to explain how the poor find solutions to their everyday financial problems.
Job board, blog, and global community for development professionals, funding agencies, companies, and NGOs in 100 countries.
Forum for engineers, technologists, social scientists, NGOs, local governments, and community advocates to connect, collaborate, solve challenges, and share knowledge to improve the quality of life globally.
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.
Vetted through a rigorous 3-month process by a panel of global investors, the Awards bring funding and recognition to the most sustainable and scalable social enterprises that are doing business across India.
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.
Looks for social innovators working to change the world and address issues regarding open technology, knowledge and learning. Provides 2 types of grants for Fellows: fellowship grant of various amount (based on Fellow’s salary) and a co-investment project funding of up to $250,000 per Fellow per year.
Uses dynamic international internship programs lasting between 1 – 8 weeks abroad to provide students with the knowledge, experience, skills, and ongoing support necessary to empower marginalized individuals. Participants earn a certificate titled “Social Entrepreneurship: Changemaking for Change Leaders” and work as a consultant alongside social entrerpeneurs and local partners in impact immersion programs in Latin America.
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.
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.
Seeks to facilitate international science cooperation by providing a free open-resource and grant-listing forum for funders and grantseekers interested in collaborative international research and education.
Comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level., with five library/learning centers and at more than 450 Funding Information Network locations nationwide and around the world.
Cultivates opportunities for student technology entrepreneurs by providing early-stage support and funding of up to $25,000. The three-stage program provides grant funding, experiential workshops, veteran coaching and a potential investment opportunity to help teams manifest their projects’ full commercial potential.
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.
For social entrepreneurs, a course that brings Fellows and faculty together for an intensive week to work on design for maximum impact and scalability in a retreat center on the coast in Bolinas, California. The course gives Fellows the rare opportunity to focus completely on their ideas and a systematic way to apply them. Fellows work directly with staff at six-month intervals to incorporate new information, lessons, and ideas into their formatted design of an Impact Model.
The CGI U Innovation Fund will source, support, and feature the most effective, high-impact college student entrepreneurs and innovators from around the world by providing critical, early-stage seed funding for their Commitments to Action.
Competition that seeks innovators and social entrepreneurs to submit appropriate technologies to improve basic supply in crucial areas, which are later showcased on the Solutions Database, giving international spotlight to projects, and allowing them to be supported through virtual and regional workshops, training, and coaching. Awards winners prizes between 5,000 Euro to 50,000 EUR.
The Rolex Awards for Enterprise supports pioneering work in five areas: applied technology, cultural heritage, environment, exploration and discovery, and science and health. Projects from all over the world are assessed on their originality, potential for impact, feasibility, and, above all, on the candidates own spirit of enterprise. Awards Laureates between 50,000 to 100,000 Swiss francs to advance their projects, worldwide publicity, and a Rolex chronometer.
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.
Selects and supports a group of extraordinary entrepreneurs who have the potential to transform industries, communities and countries. Through a rigorous, multi-step selection process (12-18 months), candidates pass a series of local and regional interviews before presenting to panelists from our global business network at International Selection Panels held five to six times each year.
List of awards for clean tech and sustainable, humanitarian design, as well as a separate grants for humanitarian technology projects.
Here you can find ways to get actively involved in global development via paid and volunteer opportunities, as well as some funding opportunities. You can also submit an opportunity to be distributed to E4C’s talented and diverse community.
4-month Summer Research Fellowship that grants 10 $5k grants to engineering students engaged in global development, supported by a grant from the United Engineering Foundation (UEF). The Fellowship is a new offering from E4C’s Innovation Lab, which supports the development of knowledge tools for designers, manufacturers and implementers of poverty‐alleviating products and services. Fellows will deepen their understanding of development engineering through research, analysis and normalization of solutions
International competition among business start-ups encouraging innovation in the urban food system to create businesses and discover technologies that will improve how we feed cities around the world. Finalists will prepare for 12 weeks with a mentor to compete and prepare for Showcase Day, where teams can win prizes totaling $50,000 and an incredible package of business startup products and services (split according to the number of categories that we discover after submissions are reviewed).
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.
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.
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.
A year-round grant competition for innovative ideas, pilots and tests them using cutting-edge analytical methods, and scales solutions that demonstrate widespread impact and cost-effectivenes in developing countries.
One-stop portal for the startup community in Hong Kong, listing the latest startup events and various resources including government incentive and incubation schemes, accelerators, angels and VCs. Also offers several competitions, venture forums, festivals, showcases, and summits. The StartmeupHK Venture Forum is the highlight of the week-long Festival where startups and key participants from the four industry verticals as well as international speakers will gather under one roof and share new ideas.
90 day Techstars program with mentorship, office space for 3 months, connections with professionals, hundreds of perks worth over $1 million, a $20k stipend for living expenses, a Demo Day, and other investor evetns. Hosts three accelerator programs: METRO Accelerator, Techstars Connection, and Internet of Things. and has it’s own Venture capital program that provides $100,000-$300,000 to Seed companiesand $1-2M for Series A companies; a Startup program for companies at all stages worldwide; and conventions, summits, and networking opportunities.
Provides startups with several learning labs, Silicon Valley mentors, a network of investors and other entrepreneurs, as well as fellowships and research opportunities for University of Santa Clara students and faculty. Through weekly calls over the course of 6 months, mentors works with social entrepreneurs to develop opeorational and social impact strategies, metrics, and investment summaries.
The Accelerator Program is a 10 month program that helps early-stage social enterprises formalize their business models through modules focused on business strategy, operational planning, metrics, and financials, entailing 2-3 hours of weekly phone calls with an online mentor located in Silicon Valley.
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.
Start-up accelerator and annual competition for young social entrepreneurs attending universities worldwide to create and launc the most complleing social business ideas and start-up etnerprises tackling social issues, with each year addressing a different theme for young social entrepreneurs emerging from the world’s universities, Winners receive $1 Million in seed capital, mentorship and advice from the international business community, and a chance to attend CGIU with President Clinton.
Part innovation lab, part business incubator, and part community center, Impact Hubs across the globe offer members a unique ecosystem of resources, inspiration, and collaboration opportunities to grow impact.
Early-stage venture capital firm providing tech and social enterepreneurs based in the US and Israel looking to make a social impact worldwide. Provides workshops, founders dinners, Curiosity Camp, industry working groups, a space for convenings, a rooftop for happy hours, reverse job fairs, and an entrepreneur support group.
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.
Virtual hub of practitioners, investors, policymakers, faculty, staff, and students to identify, assess, help develop, build capacity of, and scale solutions, technologies, and business models for healthcare delivery and preventive services in developing countries around the world. Through this program, SEAD will capture lessons learned and policy implications to ensure that our work impacts both entrepreneurs on the ground and the broader development community.