Press Release: SOCAP16 Launches Scholarships Application, Announces Themes


SOCAP (Social Capital Markets), the world’s largest conference on social enterprise and impact investing, launches the SOCAP16 Entrepreneur Scholarship Program and announces themes for this year’s conference.

Up to 150 outstanding entrepreneurs with be awarded a scholarship to attend SOCAP16, taking place at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, California, on September September 13-16th. Applications for the Entrepreneur Scholarship Program will be accepted now through June 20th.

Since the very first SOCAP, scholarship recipients have spanned the globe, and represented a wide variety of sectors and business models. At last year’s conference, over 140 SOCAP scholars hailed from more than 35 different countries.

Steph Spears, co-founder of Solstice Initiative was a SOCAP15 Entrepreneur Scholarship Program recipient and found the conference to be a valuable experience, particularly the Impact Acclerator, a day long incubator for scholarship recipients from social enterprises across the world. “You know, being an entrepreneur is hard and sometimes lonely, and then you surround yourself with other entrepreneurs and they make you realize that anything is possible,” she said.

“To have this initial day, to really get grounded, and to help the entrepreneurs get to know each other really creates value, for now, and for future years,” said Mark Beam, SOCAP cofounder.

SOCAP16 Entrepreneur Scholarship Program recipients will receive the following:

  • Free SOCAP16 full conference pass (valued at $1495)
  • Impact Accelerator @SOCAP – tailored entrepreneur programming pre-conference
  • Hostel accommodations for the duration of the conference
  • Recognition and high visibility in the SOCAP program
  • Dedicated mentorship from notable impact leaders

SOCAP16 Conference Themes

theme-icons-inclusive_160413SOCAP16 programming highlights recurring themes and emerging conversations from the impact community around the world. Themes are selected annually by scouting the growing landscape of social capital, seeking out the leading thinking on innovative investing and entrepreneurship for impact. Within these themes, over 100 breakout sessions will be curated for all levels from curious observer to experienced practitioner, and across many sectors and geographic regions. For full theme descriptions and event details visit

The content themes announced for SOCAP16 are:

  • Impact Investing
  • Meaning
  • Neighborhood Economics
  • Cities: Centers for Change
  • Inclusive Entrepreneurship
  • Clean Energy for All
  • Sustainable Food and Agriculture
  • Country Context


logo-icon-onlySOCAP (Social Capital Markets) is a world-renowned conference series dedicated to increasing the flow of capital toward social good. Our annual flagship event in San Francisco is the leading gathering for impact investors and social entrepreneurs. We take a unique approach that emphasizes cross-sector convening and gathers voices across a broad spectrum to catalyze unexpected yet impactful connections. From the leading edge to established players, SOCAP brings together global innovators, investors, foundations, governments, institutions, and social entrepreneurs to build the world we want to leave to future generations. We actively seek out opportunities to accelerate the market at the intersection of money and meaning and, in pursuit of that goal, have convened more than 12,000 people since our founding in 2008. SOCAP is a convening platform operated by Mission Hub LLC (MissionHUB).