Francisco Noguera

Social Enterprise All Around: A Look at Noteworthy Events Coming Up

August is around the corner and the summer is slowly starting to wind down. The social enterprise scene continues to burst with activity, however, and here’s a brief overview of what’s going on in the next couple of months. As always, please reach out and let us know if your event or one you know of is not on this list.

To close July in a positive tone, NextBillion ally and BOPreneur Paul Hudnut invites us to the closing venues of the noteworthy Unreasonable Institute and International Development Design Summit, both taking place in his home Colorado. NextBillion will feature special coverage of both events in the next few days, so stay tuned for that as well. We’ll also feature a summary of the recent Africa DiasporaCamp, whcih gathered in DC last week to discuss financial innovations to serve SMEs in Africa.

August won’t have any shortage of venues and events to discuss different angles of social enterprise. This Monday, DC will see Tech@State: Mobile Money, an event hosted by the U.S. State Department in Washington with several mobile money practitioners from around the globe. Later in the month, USAID and other NextBillion allies take the stage again for a three-day online discussion on market-based approaches to serve the Base of the Pyramid: “Missing Links of Business Development in Base of the Pyramid (BoP) Communities”.

A bit later in the month, the west coast comes back into the spotlight with the Final Presentations at Santa Clara University’s Global Social Benefit Incubator. I’ve had the privilege of being part of GSBI the last 2 years, and this is an event that you should not miss if you have the slightest chance of making it to Silicon Valley for a few days. More information on the final presentations can be found here.

September is still not on my radar (know of anything? Let us know!) but October comes strongly with San Francisco’s Social Capital Markets Conference, the New York gathering on the 8th at Columbia University’s Social Enterprise Conference and the second annual Enterprising Schools Symposium, focused on market-based approaches to education.

NextBillion will be a media partner at the first two venues, and will surely be well represented at the third. More very soon on our presence in Hyderabad…

That’s it for now. Best of luck to our Unreasonable friends this weekend, and stay tuned daily for more on NextBillion.