SOCAP23 Is Back at YBCA! Join Us at the Impact Movement’s Flagship Event
SOCAP convenes the most engaged and diverse impact investing community in the world. For more than 15 years, the SOCAP conference has been the flagship event and leading convener in the impact economy, gathering more than 100,000 people since our first event. This is the largest, action-oriented gathering where investors, entrepreneurs, and social impact leaders come together to accelerate progress against the world’s toughest challenges through market-based solutions.
SOCAP23 will be back at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Oct. 23 – 25! Unlike any other conference in impact, SOCAP convenes the whole ecosystem of impact to catalyze investable and profitable businesses and industries that can solve the greatest challenges of our time. We invite changemakers from every sector and across the globe who are ready to dig in to help drive urgent change for people and planet.
We’re hosting SOCAP23 back at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), Oct.23 – 25. We chose YBCA for many reasons, including its accessibility. The center is located in the heart of San Francisco in close proximity to hotels, restaurants, and dozens of cultural attractions. Nearby public transportation makes it easy to get around and take advantage of extending conversations over nearby lunch or dinner.
What to expect
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The SOCAP23 content and schedule will feature interactive content and networking opportunities. Attendees will have ample time to focus on the issues that matter most. We’ll have big conversations inviting us to ask different questions and tactical conversations that open space for the wisdom of the crowd.
Up to half of the event’s content will be sourced through our SOCAP Open Program, where we seek submissions and input through a voting process from the community.
If you’re unfamiliar with our event content, take a look at the SOCAP22 page to explore themes, speakers and the agenda from last year’s event.
Through the SOCAP Entrepreneur Program, we’ve created a one-of-a-kind, holistic, hybrid program of support for our cohort of globally-based entrepreneurs, as well as sponsored cohorts. With six months of virtual programming leading up to the event, entrepreneurs attending SOCAP are prepped and ready to have fundraising conversations with potential funders and get the chance to present on the impact of their ventures on stage in front of all of SOCAP.
SOCAP22 brought together some of the most influential and visionary leaders in the impact space such as Halloran Philanthropies, Walton Family Foundation, Ford Foundation, the University of Utah, John & Catherine D. MacArthur Foundation, Skoll Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Advantage Capital, EY, Jobs for the Future, Prudential, Bark Media, Miller Center, Sorenson Impact Foundation, Cartier Women’s Initiative, Korn Ferry and more. Partner with us for SOCAP23 — find more information here!
What people have to say
Take a look below at some of the feedback we’ve received from SOCAP22:
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About our location
SOCAP23 will take place downtown San Francisco, at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission Street.
Registration will open at 8 a.m. on Monday, October 23, with the first sessions starting at 9 a.m. Content will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Breakfast and lunch are provided every day.
We will partner again with travel company TripZero (a Certified B Corp) to offset the carbon footprint created by travel to our event. We will send relevant information to all registered attendees once we have finalized all arrangements, and add it here as well.
The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is walking distance from the Powell BART/Muni station, meaning that you can commute from Oakland and the East Bay, or arrive directly from SFO or Oakland airport using public transportation.
Learn about public transit options in San Francisco, including shared bicycles.
If you are coming from the East Bay, from San Francisco Airport or South San Francisco, take BART.
If you have to drive, there are several garages around Yerba Buena. We do not validate parking.
5th & Mission Garage – $5 per hour – $38 for 12 hours. Has bicycle lockers, EV chargers & carpool rates.
SFMTA – Moscone Center Garage – 255 3rd Street $3 to $4 an hour, $16 early bird if entering between 6 & 9 a.m. – Has bicycle lockers & EV chargers.
Hearst Parking Center – 45 3rd Street $24 if you stay between 2.5 & 12 hours
Museum Parc Garage – 300 3rd Street – $40 per 24 hour
(Rates quoted valid as of November 2022)
We kindly request that if at all possible, you leave your luggage at your hotel, especially if it is close by.
There will be an “at your own risk” luggage room in City View from Monday to Wednesday.
As usual, there is no dress code for SOCAP23. It’s the West Coast, so comfy business casual is the accepted norm, but wear what is comfortable to you.
Yerba Buena has a warm microclimate, but that doesn’t mean that Karl the fog cannot invite itself toward the end of the day. It can be quite windy too, so plan to layer.
You will need to walk across campus and we have activated the garden that separates our venues. You might need to walk on grass – heels are not recommended unless you are a total heel-pro.
To have an idea of the range of outfits, check this Impact Alpha 2018 article.
We will launch our networking app in July. We will send relevant information to all registered attendees, and we will also let you know here how to access the list of attendees.
No. Sessions and networking areas are for registered guests only. We will enforce this policy strictly. The gallery in YBCA will stay open for the public and might be available for casual conversation. There are plenty of cafes, restaurants, and museums in the area that will welcome your patronage.
Cancellation policy and other requirements
Tickets are non-refundable, even if we were to require proof of vaccination to allow entry in buildings. Note that we have activated a large area in the Yerba Buena Gardens, and networking will take place outdoors.
Tickets can be transferred by filling out this form
Accessibility and Health Concerns
We recommend that you contact us with any specific requests before buying a ticket to make sure we can accommodate your needs properly.
We offer vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. Unfortunately, our gluten-free dishes are prepared in areas where gluten might be present and may not be appropriate for celiac disease sufferers.
All inside venues are ADA-accessible, with reserved seating areas. We have activated a grassy area in the Yerba Buena Gardens. You may need to wheel yourself or walk on grass to reach the picnic tables where networking will take place.
If you have hearing issues, contact us to learn which hearing assistance technology the YBCA theaters offers. Note that smaller rooms or rooms in our other venue are not equipped similarly, but we are working on solutions to make sessions available.
We will have a dedicated nursing parent room at YBCA.
I am registered, but I am not receiving emails
If you didn’t get a confirmation email right after registering, please check with us to make sure there is not a typo in your email address. The emails come from [email protected] Make sure emails from this address arrive in your inbox.
If you used to receive our emails in the past, but you don’t anymore, there might be several possible reasons : maybe you used a different email address than you remember, or you may have used an email address that is now obsolete and you need to update it. Finally, if you have opted out of our marketing emails, you will not receive updates about SOCAP23. Please contact [email protected] so that we can help you figure out what’s going on.
If you know that you opted out of our marketing emails, contact us so that we can add you again to the attendees’ mailing list.
Use unique email addresses to register multiple attendees, even if you use the same first name and last name. It will ensure that we have easy access to the records for all your tickets.
If you do not know who will be attending, please contact us at [email protected] to get an invoice. Upon payment, you will be given a code to register your attendees later.
We understand that you may not be able to attend all days in person. At this point, we cannot split tickets into day passes. If you want different people to attend on different days, you will have to hand out the physical badge to your colleague in order to share a ticket. You can register your ticket in the name of the company as first name, and “.” for all other mandatory fields. Use the email of the person most likely to use the networking app.
We are not planning on selling day passes. If this changes, we would advertise them in our newsletter.