SEED 2019 Gathering
May 20-21st

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A reprise of the successful 2018 gathering, the founders of SOCAP and Impact Hub SF are coming together to join a wide array of leaders for a conference on the seed stage funding and acceleration ecosystem, for a deep dive into what’s working and what’s next; locally, regionally and around the world. Seed stage impact investing and entrepreneurship tends to live in silos across technology, financial inclusion, housing, consumer goods, health, cryptocurrencies, agriculture and food systems …and in geographic regions. We will break down the industry and geographic boundaries that tend to compartmentalize our selective and collective efforts.

This deep practitioner convening will allow for the exchange of winning strategies, and sharing of near and long-term development plans. Together, we will discuss gaps and opportunities in the sector, and push forward actionable concepts to evolve and augment the ecosystem that supports seed stage ventures. 


The SEED gathering is for any stakeholder (social entrepreneurs, impact investors, foundations/philanthropists, corporate social innovation teams, and intermediaries such as accelerators and seed funds, just to name a few) working within the seed stage ecosystem. We are bringing together practitioners across geographies and impact sectors who want to work together to hack challenges and share best practices in order to more creatively catalyze the seed stage system and better solve some of the most pressing challenges our world faces.


*Chart the gaps and opportunities specific to the seed stage impact ecosystem with other practitioners

*Get beyond the talk by joining an action-oriented innovation lab to collaborate with fellow practitioners trying to solve organizational and systemic challenges

*Build new partnerships and expand existing ones through interactive salons, innovation labs, and guided networking opportunities created to help you connect more deeply with aligned members of the seed stage impact ecosystem

*Meet featured entrepreneurs at the seed stage and learn how to more effectively support their work

2019 Program Partners:

Autodesk Foundation

Cartier Women’s Initiative

Impact Assets

Marin Community Foundation

Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship

RSF Social Finance


Tides Foundation


Village Capital

Zebras Unite


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SEED Code of Conduct

The Quick Version:
Our conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter and other online media. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.

The Less Quick Version:
Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion, technology choices, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Sponsors are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, sponsors should not use sexualised images, activities, or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualised clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualised environment.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of conference staff immediately. Conference staff can be identified as they’ll be wearing branded clothing and/or badges.

Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.

We expect participants to follow these rules at conference and workshop venues and conference-related social events.

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