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SOCAP15 Open is … OPEN: Pitch your own session at the conference – and vote for your favorites

Set for Oct. 6-9 at San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center, the SOCAP15 (Social Capital Markets) conference is a full four and a half months away. But preparations for the event are already well underway.

One early example of that is the recently (re)launched SOCAP Open, in which would-be presenters are invited to propose topics for their own sessions at the upcoming conference, and the public can vote for their favorites. You can pitch your ideas and/or select your favorites from among the topics that have been offered thus far, by clicking here.

This year’s content themes are impact investing, meaning, divest/invest, financial inclusion, neighborhood economics, professional development, living in the future and sustainable supply chain. Explore them in depth here. The topic of where to invest and how to divest is a new one this year. It will look beyond the trend of large foundations and university endowments shedding fossil fuel investments from their portfolios, toward were to invest that capital for good, according to Conference Convener Kevin Jones.

“We will be pointing you to top venture capital investment opportunities in financial inclusion; not making money off the poor, but opportunities that reduce the cost of being poor, opportunities that link top tech entrepreneurs with major financial platforms like American Express, Pay Pal and Master Card,” Jones recently wrote.

NextBillion has served as a media partner for SOCAP for several years, and looks forward to doing so again this year. Check out our coverage of SOCAP14 here. To find out more and to register, click here.

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