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Wednesday, Jul. 20, 2011
In this Xconomy piece, our Executive Director, Thane Kreiner argues “yes”. Based on the work featured in our recently released report Coordinating Impact Capital, A New Approach to Investing in Small and Growing Businesses he argues that a more “venture capital” type approach to funding social entrepreneurs would increase efficiency for both the entrepreneur (whose time is best spent building their enterprise rather than fundraising) and the investors (who struggle with issues like investing in companies located half a world away).
The study, which the Center for Science, Technology, and Society undertook with generous support from the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, asked 45 impact investors over six months to share with us their investment methods, profit expectations, geographic focus, due-diligence practices, and other factors. Our goal was to unearth some knowledge that could catalyze a more coordinated, venture-capital-style system for social-venture startups.
To learn more about the study, Coordinating Impact Capital, A New Approach to Investing in Small and Growing Businesses attend the unveiling of the study: July 26 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Santa Clara University’s Arts & Sciences Building, Wiegand Room, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, Calif. 95053. Register here
Monday, May. 9, 2011
This year, three of the 2011 GSBI class are focused on alleviating many of the malnutrition and food scarcity problems that plague Mexico, Nigeria, and Haiti.
Kurago Biotek (Mexico) has developed nutritional supplements using biogel technology to mix probiotics, prebiotics, and vitamins for better overall health.
Haiti Community Development (Haiti) promotes the production of the highly nutritious, locally grown Moringa for overall health benefits and economic development.
Centre for Community Development - Nutrition On Your Doorstep (Nigeria) addresses Haiti’s food security needs through solarpowered production means.
Please join Santa Clara University's Center for Science, Technology, and Society for a day of business plan summary presentations by all twenty 2011 Global Social Benefit Incubator entrepreneurs from around the world.
Save the Date: GSBI 2011 Business Summary Plan Presentations
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Mayer Theater, Performing Arts Complex
Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2011
The Tech Awards, presented by Applied Materials, was launched in 2000 and is an annual international awards program that honors innovators from around the world who are applying technology to benefit humanity. It inspires global engagement in addressing the world's most pressing problems by recognizing individuals and organizations that utilize innovative technology solutions. Laureates are inducted each year into The Tech Awards Network (TAN) that provides access to resources and mentoring aimed at increasing organizational impact. The Tech Museum, Applied Materials, and Santa Clara University’s Center for Science, Technology and Society (CSTS) collaborate to insure that laureates benefit from the educational, networking, and leadership opportunities in Silicon Valley.The Tech Awards Gala 2011 will be held on Thursday, October 20, at the Santa Clara Convention Center.
The Tech Awards focuses on five categories: Environment, Economic Development, Education, Equality and Health, which were inspired by the 15 Global Challenges identified in the State of the Future report (published by the Millennium Project of the American Council of the United Nations University. Individuals, for-profit companies, and not-for-profit organizations are eligible. Candidates are nominated and then invited to submit applications. International panels of judges review the applications and select 15 laureates.
Three laureates in each category are honored and one laureate per category receives $50,000. They are honored at an annual Gala event and inducted into TAN, which extends the award program from an annual event to a year round program. Laureate benefits include The Tech Awards Showcase, media interviews, filming, marketing materials, seminars, workshops, speaking engagements, networking opportunities, and more. In addition to the opportunities provided by the Silicon Valley community, CSTS provides the laureates with additional chances to network by connecting them with the Santa Clara University community and its network of social entrepreneurs worldwide. Each year the laureates are invited to participate in the Center's annual fall conference that looks at the theme of how to take technology innovations to scale through collaborations among The Tech Awards laureates, large NGOs, corporate partners, and the Center's Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI) program. This year’s conference will bring examples of successful social entrepreneurship to the wider Silicon Valley community. Based around interactive panel discussions, the agenda will focus on providing tangible examples from entrepreneurs who have built their social ventures into self-sustaining organizations that provide real, on the ground impact to those living in systemic poverty. This year's conference will take place on October 19, 2011 on the Santa Clara University campus. Nominations are accepted through March 31, 2011. The Tech Awards program requires participation in a two-step nomination process:
Step 1: Submit Nomination
Submit a nomination for yourself, or another organization. Nominations for The Tech Awards 2011 are now open until March 31, 2011.
Step 2: Application and References
If your nomination is accepted, you will be invited to submit a more detailed application and required to provide references (e.g., business colleagues, professors, mentors, or members of the group applying).
Learn More About the Application Criteria and Categories
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009
Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010
We have an exciting set of events planned for the Winter quarter. We would encourage you to share these events with colleagues and friends! More information on these events can be found on our website. For a pdf of the winter events calendar please download here. Refreshments will be served!
CSTS Winter Events:
Monday | Jan 24, 2011 | 4 - 5:15 p.m. | Nobili Dining Room
Using examples from the SCU Global Social Benefit Incubator, Eric Carlson will describe how innovations in products, services and business model can improve public health in base of the pyramid markets.
Monday | Jan 24, 2011 | 7 - 8:30 p.m. | St. Clare Room, Learning Commons 3rd floor
Co-sponsored with the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and the High Tech Law Institute
A talk by Jane McGonigal, author of "Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Happy and How They Can Change the World" (Penguin 2011) and director of game research and development for the Institute for the Future. In this groundbreaking exploration of the power and future of gaming, McGonigal reveals how we can use the lessons of game design to fix what is wrong with the real world.
Monday | Jan 31, 2011 | 4 - 5:15 p.m. | Nobili Dining Room
Radha Basu speaks about the connection between mobile devices and public health. She will highlight the concept of frugal innovation, which emphasizes engineering competencies for appropriate technologies.
Monday | Feb 14, 2011 | noon - 1:15 p.m. | Nobili Dining Room
Christopher Elias, CEO of PATH speaks on vaccine developments for the developing world. PATH is an international nonprofit organization that creates sustainable, culturally relevant solutions, enabling communities worldwide to break longstanding cycles of poor health.
Events we're attending:
Ethics at Noon: "Why Telomeres Matter: The Ethical and Social Significance of the Tips of Your Chromosomes,"
Wednesday | Jan 12, 2011 | noon - 1:00 p.m. | Wiegand Room, Arts and Sciences Building
Co-sponsored by the Center for Science, Technology, and Society and the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
Professor Leilani Miller, SCU Biology; Professor Lawrence Nelson, SCU Philosophy, and Professor Frederick Parrella, SCU Religious Studies. This event is part of Health and Science Horizons in association with the DeNardo Lectureship.
Double Date Profits and Social Change: Hybrid Models of Social Entrepreneurship
Friday | Jan 14, 2011 | 7 - 8:30 p.m. | Lucas Hall (Leavey School of Business)
MBA Net Impact
A hybrid model combines a non-profit (NPO) and a for-profit (FP) unit into one single organization. So, how do they do it? How do these hybrid organizations balance financial performance against ethical correctness? How do they maintain their commitments when leadership, shareholders, and market conditions change? Do investors find them appealing? Is this model beneficial to emerging markets? Our expert panel will be discussing advantages, costs, pitfalls, possibilities, and unexpected consequences associated with this model of social enterprises.
Global Water Policy - Sanrda Postel
Thursday | Feb 17, 2011 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Location TBD
Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education
Sandra Postel, who has worked on water issues for more than twenty-five years, issued a clarion call for the emergence of a water ethic in her award-winning book, Last Oasis. Through the GWPP, she now works to translate this ethical precept into policy and action.