BIONEERS: Annual Conference 2017

Founded in 1990 in Santa Fe, New Mexico by social entrepreneurs Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simons, Bioneers has acted as a fertile hub of social and scientific innovators with practical and visionary solutions for the world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges. A celebration of the genius of nature and human ingenuity, Bioneers connects people with breakthrough solutions and each other.

Our acclaimed annual national and local conferences are complemented by extensive media outreach including an award-winning radio series, book series, and role in media projects such as Leonardo DiCaprio’s film The 11th Hour. Our programs further focus on Women’s Leadership, Indigenous Wisdom, Community Resilience Networks, and Leadership Development and Youth.




Play BIG is intimate, perspective-shifting convening designed for aspiring and experienced investor/philanthropists who aspire to integrate their money more fully into their life and mission. Part learning through stories, part personal reflection, part strategic planning, Play BIG, designed and facilitated by Marian Moore, creates an inspiring and safe environment to enable breakthroughs in how you work with your whole portfolio—through philanthropy, investment and everything in between.


SKOLL: World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship


Each year, nearly 1,000 of the world’s most influential social entrepreneurs, key thought leaders, and strategic partners gather at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School to exchange ideas, solutions, and information.

Join  top innovators from more than 60 countries who come together for the Skoll World Forum in Oxford, England for three days of debate, discussion, networking, and design to accelerate entrepreneurial solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. This year’s theme, Fierce Compassion, will explore how effective change agents simultaneously embrace the dual, often opposing qualities of deep distress—over an unjust status quo—and deep compassion for those suffering from poverty, conflict, and injustice. Joining us during this pivotal time of challenge and hope, His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the embodiment of fierce compassion and commitment to the promotion of basic human values and peace worldwide.

The Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship is the premier international platform for advancing entrepreneurial approaches and solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. Our mission is to accelerate the impact of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs by uniting them with essential partners in a collaborative pursuit of learning, leverage, and large-scale social change.

ANDE Investment Manager Training

The Training:
The ANDE Investment Manager Training is an intensive five-day course that covers all aspects of investing in SGBs – from deal sourcing and due diligence to exit strategies. If you are interested in gaining knowledge on investing in early stage deals in emerging markets from some of the leaders in the field, then this is the course for you.

Who Should Attend:
The training is primarily targeted at those who are directly responsible for investment and portfolio management or capacity development providers who work closely with investment managers and/or with entrepreneurs seeking investment. Participants should be mid-level and have a good understanding of basic financial and accounting concepts.

EVPA Annual Conference


Every year EVPA gathers its members and other actors in the social impact ecosystem to share learnings and observations – and to collaborate towards a more robust and effective ecosystem supporting organizations working towards sustainable social impact.

The conference will be the platform where different players complement and leverage each others skills and experience. Delegates will be discussing how different players are attracted into the VP/SI space and how all the different stakeholders in the sector can work together towards common goals.

Registration is open and early birds have a special offer

EVPA members receive one free ticket and a second one at cost price of €300 within the Early Bird period ending on October 2.

Non members receive a significant discount if they register within the Early Bird period ending on October 2. After this date, non-members pay the full amount of 950€.

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Opportunity Collaboration

Opportunity Collaboration is a convening of 400 global poverty alleviation leaders, including social entrepreneurs, innovative nonprofit executives, grant-makers, impact investors, corporate & academic field leaders, and media mavens working around the world to solve common challenges and spark new opportunities.

Cap Plus & ANDE Webinar - Managing Change: A Dialogue

Too often, financial institutions’ well-intentioned efforts to extend services to traditionally underserved markets such as SMEs, women or youth flounder because they underestimate the need for organizational change as well as the challenges of managing it. Many do not sufficiently understand, plan or budget for the organizational re-engineering required to adopt new systems and drive out costs. Organizational change may occur at a superficial level – as on org charts and product listings – but often the underlying assumptions, internal practices and power relationships do not. CapitalPlus Exchange's CEO Lynn Pikholz and LaMarsh Global's CEO Rick Rothermel discuss how to manage resistance to change, including cases where it was done exceptionally well.

The session covers:
- An understanding of change process and how to better manage it
- Familiarity with common pitfalls and keys to success
- Recommendations on how to incorporate learnings into their own work

NEW VENTURES MEXICO: FLII - The Latin American Impact Investing Forum


The Latin American Impact Investment Forum (FLII), organized by New Ventures Mexico, has positioned itself as the largest gathering of the region seeking to strengthen the social entrepreneurship and impact investment ecosystem. The event facilitates meetings and dialogs between the main actors from different sectors across the region: social and environmental companies, corporate, investment funds, business media, foundations, ONGs and business schools, among others. In order to strengthen the ecosystem of support and funding of social and environmental entrepreneurs, done by speeches and interviews with experts, case of success boards, workshops and panel discussions where the exchange of experiences and knowledge among attendees are key factors to find collaboration points and the promotion of joint actions.

ANDE Annual Conference

Each year, the ANDE Annual Conference is the largest gathering of ANDE members from around the globe. The event is targeted at senior-level executives of ANDE member organizations, including leading investors, capacity development providers, foundations, banks, corporations, DFIs and research institutions. The highly interactive agenda features workshops on solutions to common challenges, networking sessions, and plenaries with leading thinkers in the SGB space.

Global Philanthropy Forum

Entitled PEOPLE ON THE MOVE, the GPF Conference will focus on the three conditions under which migrations occur.

  • In the first instance, people are moving to cities in search of economic opportunity. In India, China and other fast-growing economies, millions are experiencing economic and social mobility for the first time and are changing their habits, hopes and ways of living. Inventive and productive, they are not staying put. Many, newly aware of the opportunities that await, are moving to cities in search of jobs.
  • Others still are in search of safety, having been forced to flee persecution, violent conflict or state failure. They need shelter, food, education and livelihoods, and assurances of both physical and human security. Many fall victim to human smugglers and prejudice. Providing for their safety and well-being is an urgent necessity. Building the conditions for their integration or return is a collective responsibility.
  • And, third, even those who stay put may be in search of meaning. Restless young men (and some women) may feel unanchored. They wonder whether their values are shared and identity is respected. Often alienated and isolated, they can be vulnerable to the appeal of extremist ideologies that offer a sense of belonging and purpose, even when that purpose is destructive.