Emerging Trends

Framing the Future of Impact Investing

Eight years in, gathering focuses on social capital, a sharing economy and meeting the ‘valuable stranger’

SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwired – Aug 26, 2015) – The Social Capital Markets Conference (SOCAP), the leading gathering for impact investors and social entrepreneurs, announced an initial lineup of main stage speakers for its eight annual convention.

This year, the group has added new SOCAPTV and SOCAP 365 programs and sponsors for SOCAP15, Oct. 6 – 9 at Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA.

Eight years strong

“For the last eight years, SOCAP has shown the world that the market at the intersection of money and meaning is real, big, and growing,” says Kevin Jones, Co-founder & Convener, Social Capital Markets.
SOCAP started in 2008 with 600 attendees. This year, the conference will host nearly 3,000 people with more than 140 panels uniting global innovators in business, finance, tech, the sharing economy, philanthropy and more, to create positive social impact at the intersection of money and meaning.

“Having both early pioneers and prominent new players at SOCAP15 is shaping exciting main stage conversations for this year,” said Lindsay Smalling, SOCAP Director of Programming. “Across more than 140 breakout sessions, we are increasing the interactive programming so attendees can share their experience and meet the ‘valuable stranger.’ Also, our new ‘SOCAP TV’ format will share inspiring stories beyond the physical conference.”

The preview of major speakers for SOCAP15 includes:

  • Deval Patrick, Managing Director, Bain Capital, Former Governor of Massachusetts
  • Deborah Winshel, Managing Director and Global Head of Impact Investing, BlackRock
  • Bill Drayton, CEO and Founder, Ashoka
  • Gar Alperovitz, Co-Founder, The Democracy Collaborative, Co-Chair, Next System Project
  • Cheryl Dorsey, President, Echoing Green
  • Ann Mei Chang, Executive Director, U.S. Global Development Lab, USAID
  • Xavier Briggs, Vice President, Economic Opportunity and Assets, Ford Foundation
  • Fran Seegull, Chief Investment Officer and Managing Director, ImpactAsset
  • Arjan Shütte, Founder and Managing Partner, Core Innovation Capital
  • Tyler Norris, Vice President, Total Health Partnerships, Kaiser Permanente


Plenary speakers will deliver key insights for the SOCAP community across established themes: Impact Investing, Meaning, 21st Century Talent, Divest/Invest, Financial Inclusion, Neighborhood Economics, Living in the Future, and Sustainable Supply Chain.

For more information on featured speakers, SOCAP15 content themes, and to purchase tickets, visit http://socap15.socialcapitalmarkets.net/.

New Programming for SOCAP

The NEW SOCAPTV content program will capture live coverage of SOCAP15 expansive talks recorded for future viewing and sharing online. SOCAPTV will span a variety of topics from creative place making to the ebola epidemic to sustainable fishing, and designing our new economy — the common thread is “impact.”

the market at the intersection of money and meaning is real, big, and growing

SOCAP 365 – Where Change goes to Work
New this year, SOCAP 365 brings year-round SOCAP programming to your home city. Following SOCAP15, we will be launching a new event and education program to bring select SOCAP content to the five Impact Hub coworking campuses in the MissionHUB network: San Francisco, Berkeley, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. Become an Impact Hub member today to receive special discounts and early access to these unique programs.
“As we offer world-class thought leadership on social innovation at SOCAP15, we are excited to bring selected content to our Impact Hub campuses,” says Eryc Branham, CEO of MissionHUB. “In each city, throughout the year, we will focus on convening around selected SOCAP themes and bringing them to life.”


Many of the SOCAPTV programs have been selected from SOCAP Open submissions. SOCAP Open invited the SOCAP community to help create the conference experience through session idea submission and community voting for the third year in a row. This year’s SOCAP Open received more than 200 submissions. After thousands of votes from the public, and reviews by an advisory panel, more than two dozen sessions were selected to be featured at SOCAP this year.

  • Select SOCAP Open sessions for SOCAP15 include:
  • Solving the Gaps in Design, Distribution & Financing for Rural & Artisan Enterprises in Emerging Markets
  • Funding Fair Trade: Gaps & Opportunities in the Supply Chain
  • Opportunities for Impact Investors and Social Entrepreneurs in South Asia / East Africa
  • Climate Change Investing: Three Important Considerations
  • Powering Economies: The Future of Energy Infrastructure
  • New Ways For Startups To Do Good From The Start


Explore the full list of SOCAP Open sessions.


SOCAP15 Sponsors

  • SOCAP15 is made possible with support from:
  • Omidyar Network
  • Cisco/UBI
  • Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves
  • ImpactAssets
  • Meera Kaul Foundation
  • Echoing Green
  • Santa Clara University’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship
  • Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure of Ontario

If you are interested in sponsoring SOCAP15 to support conversations at the intersection of money and meaning, contact Jamie McGonnigal, Director of Partnerships, jamie@socialcapitalmarkets.net.





SOCAP (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 10,000 people since our founding in 2008. SOCAP is a convening platform operated by Mission Hub LLC (MissionHUB).