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Submissions, commenting and voting for SOCAP Open 2016 is now closed.

If you submitted, thank you for sending us your ideas for SOCAP Open! If you missed the deadline this year, you’ll have your chance again in 2017!

Questions about the selection process?



Bridget Brennan, PATH

The world increasingly sees the importance of user-centric solutions that are demand-driven, relevant, and affordable. Today’s innovation ecosystem is diffuse, with smart ideas coming from every corner of the world. Empowered by digital platforms and new forms of financing, the opportunities for accelerating innovation—wherever it starts—have never been greater. Entrepreneurs in low- and middle-income countries who have direct experience working with limited resources may be the best source for frugal innovations that address the needs of the poor and can scale. This panel will explore examples of entrepreneurs supported by mixed financing in the context of countries in Africa and India.
Africa, Asia, Cities, country context, design, diversity, economic development, global, government, health, Impact Investing, Inclusive Entrepreneurship, innovation, inspiration, research, technology
Katharine Kreis, PATH
Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs; Aspire Food Group; John Kohler, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship;; Unitus Seed Fund; Case Foundation; Heifer International; Galv-Med; Debjeet Sen, PATH; Manjari Lal, PATH; David Boyle, PATH; Peiman Milani, PATH

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2018 Important Dates

  • May 1 - June 15
    Period for submitting ideas.
  • June 16 - 29
    Commenting and voting period. All sessions open for voting.
  • June 30 - July 13
    Judging panel and final selection by SOCAP18 Content Team.
  • July 16
    Winning sessions announced to session organizers.