The Impact movement's flagship event
Our flagship is the vanguard of the emerging global impact economy – convening ideas and capital to catalyze world change. The largest gathering of investors, entrepreneurs, and social impact leaders come together to accelerate progress against the world’s toughest challenges through market-based solutions.
SOCAP is the largest and most diverse impact investing community in the world.
We convene a global ecosystem and marketplace – social entrepreneurs, investors, foundation and nonprofit leaders, government and policy leaders, creators, corporations, academics and beyond –through live and digital content experiences that educate, spur collaboration, and inspire investment in positive impact. SOCAP unlocks the potential of markets to accelerate impact and have convened more than 100,000 people since our first event.
For more than 13 years, SOCAP Flagship has been the leading convener in the space.
Driven by the global pandemic and social and racial justice movements, 2020 saw a surge in impact investing and interest in the impact economy. We saw an acceleration and amplification of many of the challenges facing our society which led to a push for more purposeful investments, primarily driven by younger generations and women. The past year also forced many of us to slow down in our personal lives, providing a moment to reflect, reimagine and redesign what a just and inclusive future looks like. How is the SOCAP community and impact industry radically collaborating to rise to the massive challenges facing societies? And how are we holding ourselves and each other accountable to contributing to the future we all aspire to?
This year’s themes are intentionally broad. The challenges facing our society are complex; they are intersectional and none of them exist in a vacuum. None of the challenges can be solved without bringing everyone to the table-and we are intentionally designing SOCAP21 to include more voices and more perspectives in each and every conversation. Racial equity and representative voice will be woven into all of our themes and conversations. Artists and culture makers are critical to helping open up, surface and create durable solutions, we are adding their perspectives across our themes and discussions this year too. Solutions will require cross-sectoral innovation from around the globe, whether revolutionary or more evolutionary. We want to hear from the SOCAP Community, and beyond, about how you are rethinking and reimagining a more inclusive future.
Impact Investing is the umbrella that encompasses much of the work being done in the themes below. For that reason, with this category we are looking at fundamental industry questions. What are the innovative investment mechanisms that are being developed to encourage investment into underserved populations? How are the core impact investing conversations evolving and being codified among an increasingly disparate field? How are we democratizing impact products to make impact investing more accessible? How can we address the tension between deploying capital with speed and intentionality?
Equity and Inclusivity
To build an economy centered on equity, justice, inclusion and impact, we need to continue to peel back what’s behind racism and decolonize economic structures. We need to look for the intersections and build bridges toward new possibilities, reimagining how capital flows. To ensure a just transition to a new society and economy, we must focus efforts on opportunities for women and girls, people of color, indigenous people, LGBTIQ people, people with disabilities, formerly incarcerated people, older or very young people. How are we including the lived experiences of underrepresented populations into building back better? How are we supporting these leaders forging solutions?
At the core of a just and equitable economy are the founders providing impactful goods and services, creating high quality jobs, and driving innovation for underserved populations. Many of these small and midsize enterprises are in the midst of an unprecedented year full of challenges. How are we providing the tools, resources, and connections to help these social entrepreneurs at a time when they are needed the most? What new innovations and solutions have been developed over the past year that need to be scaled and amplified?
Climate Action and Climate Justice
“Climate change is happening now and to all of us. No country or community is immune,” according to UN Secretary-General António Guterres. “And, as is always the case, the poor and vulnerable are the first to suffer and the worst hit.”
Preparing the economy, communities, people and planet for climate change is critical. The intersection of climate with racial and social justice is crucial for durable solutions. There are many areas to focus on from carbon reduction to infrastructure to supply chains to waste. How are investors and companies taking a portfolio-wide view? Recognizing that not all climate impacts are distributed equally, how are we growing strategies that center the most vulnerable populations in restorative and regenerative social and environmental solution design?
ESG and sustainable development become focus points for the global community and impact investors as we approach 2030 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) milestone. Highlighting issue areas such as health, affordable housing, education and work of the future.
How are SDGs being centered in innovative ways within strategy, portfolios and products to ensure we meet the 2030 deadline? How are we taking a global approach to learning best practices and gleaning insights to apply to a regional geography? What is needed to help foster regional impact ecosystems that bring the best of the best ideas forward to scale and model? How might we continue the connectivity and collaboration the virtual world provides us to accelerate ideas, cross-pollinate and localize actions?
Rethinking and reimagining an economy where everyone thrives is the responsibility of all impact leaders. Bold moves are required to shift toward stakeholder capitalism, net-zero, and regenerative market-based solutions, operations and practices. How are leaders and their enterprises measuring success in new ways? How are impact companies connecting to impact portfolios? What support do leaders need to make the transition and maintain centering impact? How might we create a community of accountability?
The social and economic ramifications of the COVID-19 are still playing out across the globe.
The pandemic is poised to set back decades of hard -won gains in global health from maternal and child health to infectious diseases. Additionally, a devastating impact on mental health is occurring across the world. How are we strengthening preparedness for these and future emergencies? What solutions and innovations are emerging in addressing health inequities, creating a global health workforce, child and maternal health, climate change and health and preventative care? How do we radically reimagine building back better for the global health sector with innovators, investors, new partnerships and communities?
The pandemic accelerated the shift to digital, highlighting and exacerbating the digital divide around the globe. Three billion people globally lack internet access, including 30 million in the U.S. alone. This means students can’t access online learning, the unemployed can’t submit job applications or attend training programs, and many can’t sign up for vaccination appointments – often the most vulnerable populations. There is also a profound negative impact on the global economy, representing trillions in lost productivity. What infrastructure and investments are necessary to bridge this digital divide? What innovations are happening to address this challenge in financial inclusion, education technology and other industries most impacted by lack of digital access?
What people have to say
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The event starts at 7:45 a.m. Pacific Time, 10:45 a.m. Eastern Time on Monday, October 18.
Tickets are non-refundable. The only exceptions are volunteers with prior approval of the volunteer coordinator.
We will not transfer the ticket to a future event. Since you will be able to access replays the sessions after the event, there will be no exceptions.
We will not refund tickets, accept no liability to you and will not pay any compensation where the performance of our obligations is prevented or affected directly or indirectly by or as a result of force majeure or any circumstances beyond its reasonable control including, but not limited to, flood, earthquake, extreme adverse weather conditions, natural disasters, other acts of God, acts of terrorism (or threats of such acts), pandemics, fire, failure of electric power, failure of hardware or software, cyber security attacks or any collapse of building structures.
We do not give credit toward the following year’s conference.
We reserve the right to make changes to the Cancellation and Refund Policy at any time without notice, so please check back and review the Cancellation and Refund Policy from time to time.
If you cannot remember whether you have already registered, or suspect that you may have registered twice, ask us! The refund rules stated above apply to accidental multiple purchases.
No, we will not refund the difference if you get a better discount code in the future.
Discount codes cannot be combined.
However, if you simply forgot to apply your discount code at registration, please contact us RIGHT AWAY (within 24 hours) and we will give you the discount.
Most tickets are fully transferable. Exceptions: volunteers and complimentary tickets given to a specific person (scholarships, or speakers). Only the buyer of the ticket can transfer. The link is in the original order confirmation email.
If the self-edit option is disabled, or you cannot access your ticket, the original buyer of the ticket should email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information about the new attendee: name, email address, cell phone number, gender, job title, company, city & state of residence.
Please update your records as soon as you know the name of each attendee, and preferably before October 15.
The name you gave us when registering is the name that will show up in Hopin (our conference platform) and that other attendees will see. We recommend that you update your Hopin profile and make it as accurate as possible, in order to avoid misunderstandings.
To update your profile in Hopin, please follow the steps here. Unfortunately, we cannot help you with updating your Hopin profile.
It is possible that some email addresses are misspelled or that several tickets share one email address. Hopin requires a unique address for each attendee. Please transfer the ticket(s) to the attendee’s own email address, or contact us so that we can update the records and make sure each of your attendees get a link to Hopin. Do this as soon as you suspect there is an issue.
About our online conference platform, Hopin
If you are registered, you should now have received a “magic link” to access Hopin. You must click on that “magic link” to access Hopin and finalize your registration. It came in an email titled:
Hooray! You are attending SOCAP21
If you registered for the full conference before September 28, the email arrived in your inbox on September 28 around 4:30 p.m. PT. If you registered for the Monday-only ticket before October 10, the magic link email was sent to you around 8 p.m. PT. For all later purchases, the email should arrive within minutes after registering.
- Hopin works best on Chrome or Firefox
- If your work-issued computer has strict security, some Hopin features may not work or Hopin may not work at all. Consider using your private computer to access the conference.
- Star the email with the “magic link” and access the conference each morning
- If you used Zoom before login into Hopin, you might encounter issues preventing you from accessing the session. Restart your computer before accessing Hopin.
Networking at SOCAP21
You’re invited to join SOCAP Assembly, a new online platform where you can meet others in the impact movement at a greater scale than ever.
SOCAP21 ticket holders have received an invitation to an SOCAP21 Attendees-only group on August 26. That invitation will also be included with the Hopin access link.
If you have not received or located your invitation, sign in SOCAP Assembly and request access to the SOCAP21 Attendees’ group.
The SOCAP Assembly will be available indefinitely. Come back often to:
- Network, post content, and interact with content others have posted.
- Share information about yourself and your organization, post resources, questions, thoughts, and advice.
- Explore what our collective community is working on, learn from others to help accelerate your own impact, send direct messages, and follow other members.
- Join the main discussion group or subgroups broken out by themes, including equity & inclusion, climate action, and sustainable development.
Yes, most sessions will be recorded.
Networking sessions and sessions in the sponsor booths will not be recorded.
Please note that the recordings are in the mp4 format. Some people using Safari have had issues watching our recordings. Usually, they are able to watch it on Chrome or Firefox.
Main stage session will be available within hours. The recordings of the sessions will be available shortly after the conference.
To watch the recordings, go to the Agenda above. Sessions with a blue camera before the title are ready to watch.
Click on the title to open the session page and watch the video replay. Most recordings will only be available to ticket holders. You will first need to login with the email address you used to register.
Unedited replays might be available in Hopin for a few weeks after the event. It’s a beta version of a Hopin feature that we hope will be available for us.
The recordings will be accessible for at least a year. Make sure you remember which email address you used to register.