Coming Together to Hack the System!

By Marie Haller, Content Producer,

The agenda of SEED is coming together in really interesting ways, and I can’t believe how the partner list has exploded. These incredible practitioners are bringing senior managers and some of their best entrepreneurs to the conference; Village Capital, Echoing Green, ImpactAssets, Better Ventures, Impact Hub SF, Food System 6, ADAP Capital, Points of Light Civic Accelerator, GSBI / Miller Center (Santa Clara U), SV2, Closed Loop Partners and Spring.

All told, we will feature more than 60 speakers and 30 entrepreneurs across the two days. I am excited about the level of intimacy, the ‘do-tank’ mode that is going to be in play, and the sophistication of the folks that are signing up to be in deep together. We are coming together not just to share common practices but to get things done and attack at a systems level.

One piece of mainstage content I’m particularly excited about is on Thursday afternoon, when we will be discussing the opportunity for corporations to tackle seed stage acceleration in ways that push the envelope and leverage their secret sauce, employees, and brand. We’ve already confirmed an awesome lineup for this discussion with Erika Balbuena,, Tim Freundlich, ImpactAssets, Jean Shia, Autodesk Foundation, Ayesha Khanna, Points of Light Civic Accelerator, Dr Oliver Keown, GE Ventures and Doug Galen, RippleWorks (plus a couple more invites still out). Also, we are going to ask Doug to share some highlights of their research with Stanford Graduate School of Business on using blockchain technology for social impact (that will just be completed). These folks are working on cutting edge concepts that can help us all rethink the way that corporate entities engage with the social enterprise ecosystem.

Stay tuned for more  agenda announcements in the coming days! We have an oxford style debate, an impact hack and an ‘Angel Tank’ planned. And with ‘unscripted’ content, aka open space to co-design what we want to brainstorm in smaller, interactive groups …every attendee is going to be in the core conversation. Early bird tickets are on sale now.

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