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Thursday, Jun. 27, 2013
Two Center for Science, Technology, and Society directors will speak at the BoP Summit 2013: Creating an Action Agenda for the Next Decade at the University of Michigan (www.bop2013.org
), set for October 21-23 in Ann Arbor. While there’s lots to celebrate about inclusive business, there’s also plenty to question, ponder and reconsider - especially when it comes to barriers to success and the inability to replicate successful business models across industries and geographies. Registration for the summit is open, but spaces are limited. The three-day event will be limited to 200 practitioners who will:
1. Take stock of what is known thus far about the BoP domain
2. Identify critical success factors and on-going challenges that must be overcome
3. Determine an action agenda that builds upon existing successes and addresses current limitations
Thane Kreiner, PhD, is Executive Director of the Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Santa Clara University. The Center's mission is to accelerate global, innovation-based entrepreneurship in service to humanity. Its signature Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI™) program has helped more than 180 entrepreneurs build sustainable and scalable ventures that deliver essential goods and services to the poor. Collectively, these enterprises have positively impact the lives of nearly 100 million people in base of pyramid communities worldwide. In addition to leading the Center, Thane teaches Entrepreneurship for Social Justice and co-teaches the two courses for the Center's Global Social Benefit Fellowship.
Thane was formerly Founder, President, and CEO of PhyloTech, Inc. (now Second Genome), which conducts comprehensive microbial community analysis for human health applications. He was Founder, President, and CEO of Presage Biosciences, Inc., a Seattle-based company dedicated to bringing better cancer drugs to market. Thane was the start-up President and CEO for iZumi Bio, Inc. (now iPierian), a regenerative medicine venture based on the break-through iPSc (induced pluripotent stem cell) technology. Prior to his efforts as a “parallel entrepreneur”, Thane spent 14 years in various senior leadership roles at Affymetrix, Inc., which pioneered the DNA chip industry. Thane currently serves as a Board member for the BioBricks Foundation, the Living in Color Foundation, and the regenerative medicine company Didimi, Inc. Thane earned his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business; his PhD in Neurosciences from Stanford University School of Medicine; and his BS in Chemistry from the University of Texas, Austin.
Jim Koch is Don C. Dodson Distinguished Service Professor, Founding Director of the Center for Science, Technology, and Society, former Dean of the Leavey School of Business, and Emeritus Director of the Global Social Benefit Incubator at Santa Clara University. The GSBI empowers social mission entrepreneurs to build sustainable, scalable organizations and solve problems for people living in poverty around the world. For over a decade, the GSBI has helped mission-driven enterprise build, sustain, and increase the reach and impact of their businesses. The GSBI Network extends this decade of work in the discovery, incubation, and Silicon Valley mentoring of social ventures to a global alliance of Jesuit and other mission-aligned universities. Jim received his Ph.D. from UCLA and has published in a wide number of journals including: Journal of Applied Psychology, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Vocational Behavior, California Management Review, and Innovations. His current research focuses on best practices and the emergence of BoP off-grid energy needs as a growing market opportunity research and the role of technology and business model innovation in the development of scalable market-based solutions to poverty alleviation.
Thursday, May. 16, 2013
What is the future of innovation? How can we successfully integrate investments in sustainability and social change?
About the class
It is time to become social entrepreneurs 2.0. The social sector has matured enough to provide valuable lessons to today’s social entrepreneurs. There have been enough like you to teach what worked, what didn’t and why. It’s time for the next generation to go to school on this. As you prepare your companies for financing, you must understand new tools for financing, what investors are looking for, and how the continuing evolution of social finance effects the way you design, build, and operate. John Kohler brings three decades of experience in venture capital and entrepreneurship to the social sector.
HUB San Francisco
901 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM (PDT)
In this class you’ll cover:
Equity vs. Grants – what was wrong with the binary
New Instruments – what types of financing are available and in development including Demand Dividend
Understanding ambitions to scale: community scale or global scale companies and impact on financing considerations
Understanding the promise you make to investors: what is it, and how will you make it worth their while?
About John Kohler
Executive Fellow – Center for Science, Technology and Society
Santa Clara University
Co-founder – Toniic
For the past several years, John has been a mentor to Social Entrepreneurs at the Global Social Benefit Incubator and now also serves as an Executive Fellow and Director of Social Capital at Santa Clara’s Center for Science, Technology and Society. Last year he co-authored a report on impact investing entitled Coordinating Impact Capital: a New Approach to Investing in Small and Growing Businesses. In addition, he is one of the founders of Toniic, a syndication network of impact investors. Outside of this, John manages technology investments through Redleaf Venture Management. He has been heavily involved in technology product formation and has been concentrating on Internet and Life Science startups since 1994. John’s background includes twenty years of executive level positions at technology corporations including Hewlett Packard, Silicon Graphics and Convergent Technologies and Unisys. He was one of the founding executives at Netscape Communications. John is currently on the board of Redleaf Group, chairman of the board at LucidMedia, and serves as a board member at PACT, an NGO based in Washington D.C. He previously led investments at AdRelevance (JMXI), Mosaic Communications (TWX), NetGravity (DCLK), RedCreek Communications (SNWL), and Wireless Online. John is a managing member of the UCLA Venture Capital Fund and serves on the UCLA Sciences Board of Visitors. John received his bachelor’s degree in international economics from UCLA and completed executive programs at Wharton and Stanford business schools. He also serves on advisory committees at CSTS, the UN Foundation, and HUB Ventures. He is a nationally accredited soccer coach, an avid skier, sailor, and a member of the Santa Cruz Yacht Club.
Register at eventbrite today:
Friday, Feb. 8, 2013
Executive Director Thane Kreiner predicts “… in the next 10 years, the convergence of technology and business model innovations could disrupt how energy is produced, distributed, and priced – not just in the frontier markets of the developing world, but also in the developed world.”
To read the article, click Here.
Friday, Dec. 7, 2012
Our own GSB Fellow, Kirsten Petersen, has been updating her blog on her experience working with GSBI Alumni, Solar Sister in Uganda. Her latest article "Finding myself in the Solar Revolution of Uganda" touches on her unique perspecitve as an up and coming Masters engineering student looking at distrubuted power in developing countries admidst her passion in solar photovoltaic and how the two can mix together for an amazing future career!
Click here to read the article.
Monday, Dec. 3, 2012
Our Executive Director Thane Kreiner, was recently featured on Forbes.com in an article by Janet Novack. Here's a taste, "An onslaught of designated shopping days— Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday—have assaulted our senses, urgently urging us to buy gifts for all of the special people in our lives. Here in the heart of Silicon Valley, it’s easy to pine for the iPad Mini, that 55-inch flatscreen TV, or the latest Kindle. In this season, it’s easy to forget that nearly 4 billion people on our planet live in poverty, on a daily average of less than the cost of one Starbucks specialty coffee."
You can read the rest of the article on Forbes.com by clicking here.