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150 Scholarships Available for SOCAP15, Applicants Eligible for Gratitude Awards

SOCAP (Social Capital Markets), the world’s largest conference on social enterprise and impact investing, announced they will award up to 150 outstanding entrepreneurs with a scholarship to attend SOCAP15 at The Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, California, on October 6-9th.

Applications for the Entrepreneur Scholarship Program will be accepted now through June 30th, 2015.

"Social entrepreneurs are the core of SOCAP," said Kevin Jones, founder of SOCAP.

"Since our first conference in 2008, SOCAP has supported the most promising entrepreneurs with scholarships and, along with our growth, we have consistently increased the value offered through the SOCAP scholarship awards. Some entrepreneurs have found funding at SOCAP, some have found new partners or team members, others have launched new projects or startups influenced by their SOCAP experience."

SOCAP15 Entrepreneur Scholarship Program recipients will receive the following:

  • Free SOCAP15 full conference pass (valued at $1395)

  • A ticket to Impact Accelerator @SOCAP

  • Hostel accommodations for the duration of the conference

  • Recognition and high visibility in the SOCAP program

  • Dedicated mentorship from notable impact leaders

  • Online entrepreneur and mentor community supported by StartGrid

The Gratitude Awards @SOCAP

For the second year, SOCAP will partner with The Gratitude Network to host The Gratitude Awards @SOCAP, recognizing innovative early stage social ventures in education, community development, and environment/sustainability. All SOCAP Entrepreneur Scholarship Program applicants working in these areas will be considered for the Gratitude Awards.

This additional award opportunity brings unique recognition and resources, in a year-long program that includes:

  • One year of hands-on mentorship in business strategy/execution and fund-raising

  • Designation of a well-known “super mentor”

  • Connections/introductions to influential business and social impact leaders

  • Corporate donations from several participating partners

The 2014 Gratitude Awards winners were selected from a pool of 500 applicants to the Scholarship Program, and awarded to LaborLink from Good World Solutions for Community Development, DrinkWell for Health and Wellness, and Springboard Collaborative for Education. Jail Education Solutions was awarded the Audience People's Choice award.

"We will have a team of knowledgeable experts and leaders evaluating applications to bring to the SOCAP audience, identifying the most exciting ‘change-makers’ in the fields of community development, education and sustainability," said Randy Haykin, co-founder of the Gratitude Network which produces the Gratitude Awards.  

"As former Silicon Valley executives, our team recognizes the value of leverage. The goal for the Gratitude Awards is to identify social entrepreneurs coming to SOCAP who have the ability to impact the lives of millions with their organization and offering."

About SOCAP

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).

About the Gratitude Network

The Gratitude Network is a 501c3 non-profit foundation with a mission to seek out, mentor, fund, and empower entrepreneurs around the world to create lasting change in several key issue areas. In partnership with SOCAP, The Gratitude Awards recognize outstanding innovation and leadership in the social impact space, and are given to social entrepreneurs in the areas of education, community development, and environment/sustainability.