Social Entrepreneurs: Apply to Win a Scholarship to SOCAP & a Gratitude Award

Posted by on May 19th, 2015


Every year since the inaugural SOCAP conference in 2008, the SOCAP Entrepreneur Scholarship Program has awarded full scholarships to exceptional innovators who are working to solve pressing global problems, from sanitation to renewable energy to urban food systems, with sustainable solutions. This year we will award up to 150 outstanding entrepreneurs with a scholarship to attend SOCAP15 at Fort Mason in San Francisco, CA. Do you want to be one of them? Submit your scholarship application before June 30th, 2015.

Apply For a Scholarship to SOCAP15

You Could Also Win a Gratitude Award

In 2015, SOCAP will partner with The Gratitude Network for the second year in a row to recognize the most promising and innovative early stage social ventures in education, community development and environment/sustainability. SOCAP scholarship applicants working in these areas will be considered for the Gratitude Awards. Selected award winners will receive ongoing mentorship and entrepreneurial education and training, as well as special recognition at SOCAP15.

SOCAP Scholarship Awards Packages

Scholarship entrepreneurs bring great ideas, stories, and passion for creating sustainable business models to the SOCAP community. In 2015 we will reward selected scholarship recipients with an award package that includes:

  • Free SOCAP full conference pass (valued at $1395)
  • Impact Accelerator program on October 6th, 2015
  • Hostel accommodations during the conference (optional)
  • Recognition in the SOCAP program
  • Mentorship from notable impact leaders
  • Access to the StartGrid online community support platform

Please note: Scholarship does not include travel expenses.

Spread word of the SOCAP scholarship among your networks and encourage deserving social entrepreneurs to apply.

Funding, Connections, Inspiration: SOCAP is a “Social Entrepreneur’s Paradise”

Joanne Sprague, a 2014 scholarship recipient, called SOCAP, “a social entrepreneur’s paradise.” In her own words, there are many reasons to apply: “You come for the connections and the funding opportunities, but you stay for the vibe.” Here are some of the other things 2014 scholarship winners had to say about the value of their SOCAP experiences:

Attending SOCAP14 has been a most rewarding experience in my four years of entrepreneurship. The business mentors helped me streamline my pitch and organize my business plan. I met with promising impact investors and have already agreed a consumer-financing product for my customers with one of my network connection. It’s been a great experience that will surely change the future of my Enterprise. –Michael Njoroge, Multi-link Group Limited (Kenya)

At SOCAP, you’re constantly surrounded by the brightest, most engaging and passionate individuals determined to change the world through enterprise. –Sydney Alfonso, Etkie (United States)

I highly recommend the SOCAP and Impact Accelerator experience. I’ve participated in some events that claimed to be for social entrepreneurs, but they turned out to be business events for people with some social or ecological interest. Want to connect with real Social-Eco Entrepreneurs? Don’t miss connecting with your peers and industry leaders at SOCAP and the Impact Accelerator! Come join us. Find your tribe. –Kevin Adair, Fuego del Sol Haiti (Haiti)

SOCAP is the best place to connect with the social impact community including top funders and leading entrepreneurs. We’ll be there next year! –Rose Broome, HandUp, (United States)

If there is an opportunity that has opened my way of thinking and articulating what I am doing, where I am headed to, what is the focus of my business, what are my goals and purpose of my entrepreneur skills, I got it at SOCAP14…It was an eye opener to me and since I came back to my country am not the same, including my way of thinking! I wish all entrepreneurs with big vision could attend SOCAP! –Josphat Wahome, Equater Fuelwood Energy Saving (Kenya)

Don’t Wait, Apply Now

Making the right connections can make all the difference to an entrepreneur. This is especially true in the growing market at the intersection of money and meaning. A core mission of the SOCAP conference is to connect promising entrepreneurs with mentors, partners, and investors who believe in investing for social return. SOCAP scholarships have expanded the possibilities for some of the most innovative social entrepreneurs found anywhere in the world. Don’t miss this opportunity – apply by June 30th!

Begin the application process today.