Imagine being in a place where people speak to your mind: same wordings, social challenges, values, aspirations, investments and purposes. Imagine meeting, sharing, connecting, learning from key actors and stakeholders (Social Entrepreneurs, decisions makers, Investors, Accelerators, Activists, ) when it comes to social innovation, impact investing, Gender Lens, Sustainability, Technology for Good, and so many other Human-centric and Impact driven areas
Took place between 22 – 25 October 2019 at the beautiful Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, SOCAP (Social Capital Markets 2019 “At the Intersection of Money + Meaning) is the vanguard of the emerging global impact economy — convening ideas and capital to catalyze world change. A network of investors, entrepreneurs, and social impact leaders addressing the world’s toughest challenges through market-based solutions,+3,000 attendees between impact investors, world-class entrepreneurs, and innovative cross-sector practitioners dedicated to increasing the flow of capital toward social good.
The First day was a full and exclusive session “Accelerating the Accelerators”, co-facilitated by Avary Kent, Executive Director of Conveners.org and Pamela Roussos, Chief Community Officer, Miller Center, to explore Best Practices for Impact Accelerators. It was a great opportunity to learn about other programs, find out more about the new best practice materials and build from commons goals and challenges, while creating a synergy between the ecosystem stakeholders, locally and globally.
The next days were a great opportunity to connect learn and share, as part of sessions workshops and side connections about Social innovation, impact investing, Women Empowerment, Technology for Good, gathering and connecting social entrepreneurs, decision-makers, investors… coming internationally from a wide spectrum of organizations (Entrepreneurs, Governments, Accelerators, NGOs, Accelerators, Think Thank, international & local organizations… )
We learn from shared information, projects and initiatives. However, we get inspired by shared stories and experiences. For the rest of my life, I will keep in mind so many discussions: Social enterprise In India making education fun and impactful for kids, a 10 million raising fund journey from a young woman entrepreneur, a serial entrepreneur (actually a VC) investing in raising startups (from his words better than buying a Ferrari) and mentor from the bay area sharing their knowledge and experiences with seed entrepreneurs, and so many other human connections and interactions.
Being an Atlas Corps Fellow serving with the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship for Women’s Economic Empowerment, SOCAP 2019 was the greatest starting point that I could have and on top of that, an incredible immersion in social innovation stakeholders and decision-makers network from & in the bay area and around the world.
It is just the starting point! Looking forward to an infinite journey of serving, learning, sharing, connecting, growing, directly with my host organization Miller Center with a large network of stakeholders of mentors, SEs, Fellows & Partners, and also organizations & people in the Bay Area and beyond,
About the Author:
Yassine Bentaleb (C37) is an entrepreneur and consultant, with a strong interest in Human Empowerment, Civic Engagement, Social Innovation, and the 4th Industrial Revolution (Tech4Good). He holds a Master of Engineering in Information Systems from Mohammedia School of Engineers (2010), accumulated rewarding experiences with different corporates and international NGOs and a Certified Executive Coach from Marshall Goldsmith (2017). Yassine is also a Global Shaper (WEF Community), founder of The Moroccan Butterfly initiative, founder of CitizenUp CivicTech platform, and a US Professional Fellow on Civic Engagement (2018). Yassine currently serves as an Atlas Corps Fellow at Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship dedicated to the Women’s Economic Empowerment initiative to build a stronger pipeline of program-ready, female-led and/or female-focused social entrepreneurs, Partnership development with other organizations with networks of female-led/focused social entrepreneurs in the Bay Area & around the world and Analysis of the major barriers for women-led/focused social enterprises.