Announcing the 2020 SOCAP Virtual Scholarship Entrepreneur Winners

SOCAP August 17, 2020

Every year, SOCAP grants over 100 scholarships to social entrepreneurs from all over the globe. This year marks the first virtual SOCAP Scholarship cohort in our program’s history. Due to COVID-19, entrepreneurs will be joining the conference, along with other attendees virtually. While meeting in-person is a very different experience than joining a conference virtually, we are working on innovative ways to support our entrepreneurs in their virtual experience to help them receive the most out of SOCAP. We will continue some of these new virtual support initiatives even once SOCAP returns to an in-person flagship event. 

Some of the new initiatives we are implementing  for our virtual entrepreneur cohort include:  

  • Free access to the new Abaca platform by Village Capital,  a matchmaking platform for entrepreneurs and investors to connect virtually.
  • Additional orientation webinars for the entrepreneurs to get to know one another leading up to the conference in October, and hear from expert guest speakers. Speakers will cover topics such as: choosing the right investor for their venture, thinking about digital storytelling for their venture and finding a variety of sources of capital (human, financial, etc) during SOCAP.
  • More online resources for their orientation folder and video recordings to help them navigate our new virtual platform.
  • More opportunities to present their ventures virtually to the SOCAP community through digital storytelling, presentations and conversations. 
  • A Lookbook featuring each scholarship entrepreneur, to support our mission to drive capital to these emerging innovative leaders and their enterprises.
  • We continue to add tools and resources as we approach SOCAP to provide additional support. 

Our Cohort This Year

We received over 300 applications for the SOCAP Entrepreneur Scholarship, of which we accepted a cohort of 111 entrepreneurs. For the first time as part of our scholarship program SOCAP, in partnership with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), we are welcoming a cohort of artist entrepreneurs, with a particular focus on artists of color who are creating enterprises and impact in their communities.

We are excited to introduce you to this year’s entrepreneurs, representing incredible solutions to pressing social, cultural, and environmental problems from across the globe.

Find more details about each entrepreneur in the 2020 cohort along with their organizations in our inaugural SOCAP Scholarship Entrepreneur Lookbook. The Lookbook includes each enterprise’s mission, goals, and the investment they are seeking to reach their goals.


Scholarship Entrepreneurs Winners

First NameLast Name VentureGeographic Focus
JennyNuccioImani CollectiveAfrica
MacGregorLennarzLily HealthAfrica
LindaKamauMalian Agri-Business SolutionsAfrica
SamlaraBaahLoo WorksAfrica
Bernard BrianCudjoeEazywaste Ghana LimitedAfrica
AghanOscarGreen PaversAfrica
BunmiOyinsanLekki Peninsula CollegeAfrica
OluwasogaOniMDaaS GlobalAfrica
AllanTolloMyfugo Innovations LimitedAfrica
HarrietNongoolaSolar Aid Ltd/ Sunnymoney UgandaAfrica

SolarFi Cares

UcheomaUdohaCrispvision ventures ltdAfrica
UcheUdekweNATAL CARESAfrica
NsikaMasondoNational Stokvel Association of South Africa (NASASA)Africa
AkshayMakarCLIMATENZA SOLARAsia & Oceania
Abid RashidLoneFastBeetle Services LLPAsia & Oceania
VaibhavLodhaftcashAsia & Oceania
StevensChanDID MY Academy Sdn BhdAsia & Oceania
AngelaChenEskwelabsAsia & Oceania
LuckyDissanayakeBiomass GroupAsia & Oceania
AnjaliMehtaSagar TrustAsia & Oceania
KristinKagetsuSaathiAsia & Oceania
Mi JinKimWeconnectAsia & Oceania
RukhsanaMazharPorter PakistanAsia & Oceania
BhuwanKCecopriseAsia & Oceania
JitendraSinhaSAI Sustainable AgroAsia & Oceania
RianaShahEthix.AIAsia & Oceania
AntonioNunoSomeone SomewhereLatin America
GizellaGreeneSuperFoods EcuadorLatin America
AllisonArchambaultEarthSpark International’s Participant PowerLatin America
CynthiaVillarMiBolsilloLatin America
IgnacioHinojosaServiSeniorLatin America
SergioFigueredoChoco4PeaceLatin America
NoraJosephRADIKALLatin America
FelaAkinseSALUBATAGlobal Focus
LotteVandewalleLotte VandewalleGlobal Focus
KelleyVan DillaPlayground of EmpathyGlobal Focus
TroyCarterRIZOMEGlobal Focus
OlyaIrzakFrost MethaneGlobal Focus
KellyTwichelAccess TraxGlobal Focus
WilliamChenCabinetGlobal Focus
BenLakeyMitt WearablesGlobal Focus
YasminGrigaliunasWorld’s Biggest Garage SaleGlobal Focus
LornahMukasaTungaTunga HcraftsGlobal Focus
PatriciaLopezNotesFirst, Inc.Global Focus
HamzatKORIKOAfrican Arts ArenaGlobal Focus
ChristianDuffusFonbnkGlobal Focus
ShaunChavisLVNGbookGlobal Focus
JessicaEllerbrockSol StoriesGlobal Focus
MaicaGilHeroikkaGlobal Focus
ScottKeyEvery ShelterMiddle East
DavionZiereOrigyn, PBCNorth America
SamanthaPrattKlickEngageNorth America
MikeMitchellAcariNorth America
AnthonyMoldenuCollabitNorth America
JayNewton-SmallMemoryWellNorth America
LaurenReillySuitUp Inc.North America
CarolynPittFilm ConnxNorth America
AdriennePrenticeMotherNationNorth America
KeithWakemanSuperBetterNorth America
CyrusJulianZonez Art/Music Festival PlatformNorth America
DonnaChildsPrisere LLCNorth America
DicksonWambuaCLOUDSYTE LLCNorth America
GaryYinPerkedNorth America
pkmutchLiisBeth MediaNorth America
IsaiahGoodmanMoneyVerbsNorth America
TanayTatum-EdwardsfreecapNorth America
CrystalHoustonCitefulNorth America
SannaGaspardRubitectionNorth America
MarisaHamamotoInfinite Flow – An Inclusive Dance CompanyNorth America
AngelaFusaroPhysician 360, Inc.North America
ReginaldParkerOptimal Technology CorporationNorth America
FarrukhSiddiquiDefynanceNorth America
AustinWebsterDeepr®North America
KylePavlockRideshare Association of AmericaNorth America
MylesMangramCOVID-19Contacts.orgNorth America
RobertLuoMi TerroNorth America
LucyAshmanTierra & LavaNorth America
AshaOwensBestFitNorth America
Wa’ilAshshowwafReyetsNorth America
KareemNakshbendiAll Compliance ServicesNorth America
MaridenLordMYFL BrandsNorth America
VarikaPinnamIDANorth America
NhiLamCoconut WhiskNorth America
GeorgeCrichlowKynsho LLCNorth America
MohamedKamaraInovCaresNorth America
SarahShawSidekick EducationNorth America


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