Announcing the SOCAP22 Entrepreneur Program Cohort
The return to an in-person SOCAP conference also means the return of on-site activities for the entrepreneurs selected for the SOCAP22 Entrepreneur Program. Through this annual program, SOCAP grants scholarships to entrepreneurs from all over the globe — and this year’s winners were selected from a record number of applicants. We also will be featuring 13 entrepreneurs who have been sponsored by the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship to join the cohort and be spotlighted with individual pitch sessions at SOCAP22.
The SOCAP22 Entrepreneur Program cohort will participate in the first hybrid experience, with investment readiness workshops, working group sessions, networking, and other virtual programming leading up to the opportunity to connect with potential funders and partners on-site at SOCAP22 in October in San Francisco.
The SOCAP22 Entrepreneur Program Cohort Includes:
- Virtual working group sessions for the entrepreneurs to hear from expert guest speakers on topics such as choosing the right investor for their venture, telling the story behind the impact they create, realizing the importance of mentorship, prioritizing holistic founder wellness, and finding a variety of sources of capital (human, financial, etc.) during SOCAP22.
- Additional virtual networking sessions to connect with their cohort peers before SOCAP22.
- Online resources for their orientation folder and video recordings to help prepare them for meetings at SOCAP.
- Legal office hours provided by the Lex Mundi Foundation.
- Housing provided by SOCAP for all entrepreneurs during their stay in San Francisco.
- The opportunity to pitch on stage and be spotlighted in front of SOCAP22 attendees.
Our 2022 Social Entrepreneur Cohort
SOCAP is excited to announce this year’s cohort of entrepreneurs, who represent incredible solutions to pressing social, cultural, and environmental challenges around the globe! Please check out their websites for more information and email the SOCAP Entrepreneur Coordinator if you’re interested in getting in touch with them.
|Name (First)||Name (Last)||Name of Venture||Geographic Focus||Sector Focus|
|Victor||Amusa||WasteBazaar Ltd||Africa||Sustainable Energy & Environment / Climate Change|
|Lucy||Ashman||Tierra & Lava||Latin America & Caribbean||Ethical Products & Fashion|
|Ashley||Avery||Coverdale||USA & Canada||Community Development|
|David||Barac||Bitmec||Latin America & Caribbean||Health & Wellness|
|Dipak||Basu||Vispala Technologies||Asia & South Pacifica||Health & Wellness|
|Mercedes||Bidart||Quipu Market||Latin America & Caribbean||Economic Development|
|Kirsten Hund||Blair||Lambent Data||USA & Canada||Health & Wellness|
|Maria||Burgos||Trendy Seconds||USA & Canada||Ethical Fashion & Products|
|Alan||Chanda||Dytech Limited||Africa||Sustainable Energy & Environment / Climate Change|
|Tamburai||Chirume||The African Academy of Fashion||Africa||Education|
|Pranav||Chopra||NEMI Teas||Europe & Middle East||Economic Development|
|Lisseth||Cordero||Ecolana||Latin America & Caribbean||Sustainable Energy & Environment / Climate Change|
|Ishu||Dhakras||Né Nepal||Asia & South Pacifica||Community Development|
|Azima||Dhanjee||ConnectHear||Asia & South Pacifica||Economic Development|
|Antonio||Dixon||SolarFi Ventures, Inc.||USA & Canada||Disaster Relief & Mitigation|
|Sonja||Ebron||Courtroom5||USA & Canada||Financial Products & Services|
|Gemma||Galdon Clavell||Eticas||USA & Canada||Financial Products & Services|
|Iva||Gumnishka||Humans in the Loop||Europe & Middle East||Economic Development|
|Trang||Ho||Grow With Masa, Inc.||USA & Canada||Sustainable Agriculture|
|Jukay||Hsu||Pursuit||USA & Canada||Economic Development|
|Laura||Jardine Paterson||CONCAT Tech LTD||Europe & Middle East||Economic Development|
|Nora Jeanne||Joseph||RADIKAL||Latin America & Caribbean||Economic Development|
|Nathalie||Lim||LIKHA||Asia & South Pacifica||Ethical Fashion & Products|
|Jatesha||Madden-Wilson||Melinated Moms||USA & Canada||Health & Wellness|
|Rachel||Miller||Closegap||USA & Canada||Education|
|Mike||Mitchell||Pezzy Pets||Latin America & Caribbean||Ethical Products & Fashion|
|Naom||Monari||Bena Care||Africa||Health & Wellness|
|Matti||Perilstein Burnett||Eternally||USA & Canada||Health & Wellness|
|Camilo||Ramos||SiembraCo||Latin America & Caribbean||Sustainable Agriculture|
|Md||Rashed||Folia Water Global Inc/ Folia Bangladesh Limited||Asia & South Pacifica||W.A.S.H. (Water, Sanitation, and Health)|
|Lee||Sharir||Relyon||Europe & Middle East||Health & Wellness|
|Hetal||Sheth||Sopact||USA & Canada||Economic Development|
|Maria||Sierra||Propel||Latin America & Caribbean||Education|
|Brandon||Smith||The Forestry and Fire Recruitment Program||USA & Canada||Disaster Relief & Mitigation|
|Darren||Smith||Traipse PBC||USA & Canada||Economic Development|
|Katie||Solley||Eyedea Medical||USA & Canada||Health & Wellness|
|Keith||Wang||Bonfire||Asia & South Pacifica||Health & Wellness|
The Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship Cohort
Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University exists to accelerate entrepreneurship to end global poverty and protect the planet. They believe that entrepreneurship in service to climate resilience and women’s economic empowerment provides pathways out of poverty for communities. Further, they believe that scalable and replicable social enterprises led by local leaders are in the best position to provide lasting solutions to the UN Sustainable Development Goals of gender equality, clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, and decent work and economic growth.
|Entrepreneur Name||Name of Venture||Geographic Focus||Sector Focus|
|Salma Abdulai||AMAATI||Ghana||Sustainable Agriculture|
|Adriaan Mol||Bushproof||Madagascar||W.A.S.H. (Water, Sanitation, and Health)|
|Dhananjay Abhang||Cleanergy Tech Solutions||India||W.A.S.H. (Water, Sanitation, and Health)|
|Molly Burke||Cycle Connect||Uganda||Sustainable Agriculture|
|Daniel Wright||Gravity Water||Nepal, Vietnam, Indonesia, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico||W.A.S.H. (Water, Sanitation, and Health)|
|Yvonne Otieno||Miyonga Fresh Greens||Kenya||Sustainable Agriculture|
|Michelle Kurian||The Harvest Fund||Zambia||Community Development|
|Chetan Khaitan||Toolsvilla||India||Economic Development|
|Getaw Cherinet Mekonnel||Tulip Addis Water Filter||Ethiopia||W.A.S.H. (Water, Sanitation, and Health)|
|Chris Zaw||Warc Africa||Ghana, Sierra Leone||Sustainable Agriculture|
|Emmy Okkema||Cycle Connect||Uganda||Sustainable Agriculture|
|Sylvia Munai Kitua||Sauti East Africa||Kenya||Economic Development|
|Noushin Ketabi||Vega Coffee||Nicarargua, Colombia||Sustainable Agriculture|