For the second year in a row, SOCAP (Social Capital Markets), is partnering with the Bush Foundation, offering an exciting scholarship opportunity–the Bush Foundation Scholarship for Social Business Creators, open to communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography.
With the SOCAP18 Bush Foundation Scholarship for Social Business Creators, leaders from these states will have the chance to attend the SOCAP conference, to build valuable connections and stronger networks.
Any individuals with a social impact idea, business, or organization focused on improving their communities and region are welcome to apply. The SOCAP18 Bush Foundation Scholarship for Business Creators includes a full conference pass to SOCAP18 (valued at $1495), roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodations in San Francisco, and meals at the event. See the full details here.
Only 25 outstanding applicants will be accepted. The deadline to apply is June 30th, 2018. Interested applicants can apply here: https://bit.ly/2KJcPux
Think Bigger, Think Differently
The Bush Foundation is based in St. Paul, Minnesota, and encourages individuals and organizations to think bigger and think differently about what is possible in communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
In a recent SOCAP Conversations post about the scholarship, Bilal Alkatout, Community Innovations Program Manager at the Bush Foundation, said that last year they were excited to see at least half of the scholars were business creators and growers.
“We use the terms ‘business creators’ and ‘growers’ because they are the thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and ideators that are starting businesses. We try to use language that is broader than ‘entrepreneur’ because research shows that many business owners, particularly underrepresented business creators and growers, do not use the term entrepreneur to describe themselves.”
Similar to last year, Alkatout says the Bush Foundation Scholarship for Social Business Creators aims to inspire, equip, and connect folks across Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota to a national-level conversation on social business.
“We hope to showcase the great minds that are in our region while also building their capacity to continue their great trajectory,” Alkatout said.
SOCAP is in the vanguard of the emerging global impact economy – convening ideas and capital to catalyze world change. We are a network of investors, entrepreneurs, and social impact leaders addressing the world’s toughest challenges through market-based solutions. For more than ten years, we have been the leading convener of people, businesses, and nonprofits at the intersection of money + meaning. From the leading edge to established players, SOCAP brings together global innovators, investors, foundations, governments, institutions, and social entrepreneurs to build the world we want to leave to future generations. We actively seek out opportunities to accelerate the market at the intersection of money and meaning and, in pursuit of that goal, have convened more than 20,000 people since our founding in 2008.
About the Bush Foundation
At the Bush Foundation we invest in great ideas and the people who power them. We encourage individuals and organizations to think bigger and think differently about what is possible in communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geographic area. The Foundation was established in 1953 by 3M executive Archibald Bush and his wife, Edyth. Inspired by the Bushes’ desire to build their community and encourage innovation, the Foundation has invested nearly one billion dollars in grants to thousands of organizations and individuals.