Oct 9


  • Fort Mason Center

Miller Center is hoping to see you at SOCAP! Swing by the following events and say hello!

Jump Start SOCAP - Sold out! 
Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The General's Residence

Join Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship plus our co-sponsors The Lemelson Foundation, ANDE, and Opportunity Collaboration for an invitation-only event and get your SOCAP participation off to a great start. It’s an opportunity to chat with impact investors, social entrepreneurs, accelerators, industry experts, foundation representatives, and philanthropists over food, wine, beers and soft drinks.

Visit Our Booth
Wednesday, October 7, 8:00 am – 6:45 pm
Thursday, October 8, 8:00 am – 6:30 pm
Friday, October 9. 8:00 am – 12:30 pm
Herbst Pavilion along the left side of the building

Come and chat with Miller Center staff, learn more about our programs, and meet some of the inspiring social entrepreneurs who have benefitted from participation in our Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI®) programs.

Climate Resilience: Acting on a Moral Imperative
Wednesday, October 7, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Festival Meeting Room

Speakers: John Kohler, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship; Shashi Buluswar, Institute for Transformative Technologies; Raul Pomares, Sonen Capital; Liesbet Peeters, D.Capital and Dahlberg

In the face of rapidly changing climate conditions, creating resilience within vulnerable communities becomes a scientific and moral imperative. The dramatic effects of climate change on the world’s poorest people are drawing together technology corporations, impact investors, researchers, and more. This practicum will explore the problem climate change creates for the poor, breakthrough technology solutions, the call by Pope Francis to urgently address this issue, how to invest in solutions, and other actions we all can take. 

From Inventor to Entrepreneur
Thursday, October 8, 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Speakers: Andy Lieberman, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship; Leslie Marincola, Angaza Design; Nicole Etchart, NESsT; Alex Pan, ANDE; Isabel Medem, x-runner Venture

How can we develop sustainable, scalable social enterprises without appropriately skilled entrepreneurs to lead them? This challenge is especially keen in invention-based enterprises, where leaders typically have backgrounds in science or technology rather than business administration. This session discusses these dilemmas. It will also present a new online self-assessment tool that provides insights and next steps that mentors can use to coach entrepreneurs through a self-realization process and the creation of a talent development plan. 

Social Entrepreneur Office Hours
Thursday, October 8, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Herbst Pavillion

Join Pamela Roussos, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, in the Herbst Pavilion to brainstorm, get advice, or otherwise be inspired! 

Leadership Lessons from Pope Francis by Chris Lowney
5:30 pm17:30

Leadership Lessons from Pope Francis by Chris Lowney

  • Santa Clara University

Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship is pleased to present Chris Lowney, the internationally known speaker and best-selling author of “Heroic Leadership."

Former Jesuit turned J.P. Morgan Managing Director, Chris Lowney speaks on the Pope Francis's leadership style. He analyzes the distinctive leadership style and priorities of a Pope that has rejuvenated the Catholic Church and captured the imagination of Catholics and non-Catholics alike. 

How has he done it? In “Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads”, Lowney explores how the Pope’s spiritual principles have prepared him to lead the Church and significantly influence our rapidly changing world. 

Join us on October 19th 5:30 - 7:30pm, enjoy hors d’oeuvres & wine, and welcome Chris Lowney to Santa Clara University. Open to the public.

Seating is limited; reserve you space now.

The reception will be held in the Nobili Dining Room with the main presentation taking place in the historic Adobe Lodge.

4:00 pm16:00

Global Social Benefit Fellows Open House

Photo Credit: IMAN Studios

Photo Credit: IMAN Studios

Global Social Benefit Fellows Open House

At Miller Center we facilitate practice-based learning and action-based research to support social entrepreneurs and to build future change makers.

Every year, the Education and Action Research department prepares 18-20 undergraduate Global Social Benefit Fellows from various disciplines to work in the field alongside social entrepreneurs, providing valuable research projects and results. 

The 2015 Fellows traveled to India, Mexico, Tanzania, and Uganda to work alongside social enterprises in solar, healthcare, waste management, and water sanitation. 

Come meet the Global Social Benefit Fellows and hear of their transformational experiences and action research. 

9:00 am09:00

ANDE Annual Conference

  • Tarrytown, NY

We'll be at the ANDE Annual Conference, the largest gathering of ANDE members from around the globe. The event is targeted toward 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 opportunities, and plenary sessions with leading thinkers in the SGB space. 
Register here

9:30 am09:30

Investor Showcase (Sold-Out)

  • Santa Clara University

Connect with Investment-Ready Impact Entrepreneurs 

Presenting the next wave of social entrepreneurs preparing to scale

The Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI®) Investor Showcase is an invitation only event on August 20, 2015 at Santa Clara University. The event will feature 15 investment-ready social entrepreneurs, who are driving change in 16 countries across eight sectors. They offer some of the world’s most investment-ready solutions to alleviating poverty. After the presentations, interested investors will have the opportunity to meet and converse with the entrepreneurs in scheduled one-on-one meetings. 


9:30 am Registration & Refreshments

10:00am Welcome & Entrepreneur Pitches (1st half)

11:30 am Break

11: 55 am Entrepreneur Pitches (2nd half)

12:30pm Lunch and Networking Reception

2:00 - 4:00 pm One-one-One Investor Meetings

4:00 pm Event Concludes  


The GSBI Accelerator Investor Showcase will be livestreamed on Thursday, August 20th, starting at 10:00am PST. Click here to watch the event.

2:15 pm14:15

Research with a Mission

  • Locatelli Center, Santa Clara University
Open House

Meet the 2014 and 2015 Global Social Benefit Fellows at the Research with a Mission Open House and Expo!

To be held Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 2:15 - 4:15 pm in the Locatelli Center on the Santa Clara University campus. 

This year we are partnering with the University Honors Program to host more than one hundred posters by the Global Social Benefit Fellows, the Wim & Maria Roelandts Grant Recipients, and University Honors Program Seniors who have written Honors Theses.


9:00 pm21:00


  • Mission Gardens, Santa Clara University


On Thursday, April 30th at 6pm, Santa Clara University will bring together Silicon Valley and all who have a heart for a more just, sustainable world for an evening celebrating the social enterprise movement and its leaders.

Join us, as we honor extraordinary individuals - Charly and Lisa Kleissner of KL Felicitas Foundation and Matt Flannery of Kiva - whose work embodies singular compassion, broad vision, and systemic change through social enterprise. 

Located at Santa Clara University campus, the evening will feature a cocktail hour showcase of innovations for humanity by social entrepreneurs, student fellows, and Jesuit institutions across the world, a grand dinner, and a room full of people who want more impact and more meaningful lives.