SEED 2018 – Agenda

THURSDAY, APRIL 19

Day one of SEED will focus on THE NOW – what are the current challenges and opportunities in the social impact ecosystem at this stage? How can we understand the issues at a systems level and find solutions that work for all parties? We will be opening up these threads of conversation in preparation for day two, when we’ll focus on hacking these challenges together.

8:00 AM – REGISTRATION OPENS – (Impact Hub Networking Area)

Network with other seed stage entrepreneurs and investors as we kick-off SEED. Contribute to a shared “network map” that will help attendees more effectively connect with like-minded peers during the two day event and beyond.

9:00 AM – WELCOME – (Victoria Theater)

Introduction to the purpose and objectives of SEED, highlighting the systemic barriers at the seed stage and the importance of working together to overcome them.

Tim Freundlich, President, Impact Assets; Board Member, Mission Hub 

9:15 AM – CENTERING EQUITY & INCLUSION – (Victoria Theater)

If we are overlooking entrepreneurs who identify as women and/or people of color, we are missing huge opportunities to create impact in the world. Hear from Echoing Green on how their team is prioritizing diversity, equity and inclusion at the center of their work to create systems that work for everyone.

Keno Sadler, Vice President of Programs, Echoing Green 

9:45 AM – AGREE, OR DISAGREE? (Victoria Theater)

SOCAP producer, Lindsay Smalling, will put a small group of social impact stakeholders in the hot seat to share their honest opinions on some of the biggest tensions at play in the seed stage ecosystem.

Lindsay Smalling, Producer and Curator, SOCAP 

Andy Lower, Founder, A Different Approach to Poverty (ADAP) 

Christine Su, Co-Founder & CEO, PastureMap 

Leila Janah, Founder & CEO, LXMI & Samasource 

11:15 AM – CONCURRENT SESSIONS

IMPACT HACK – (Victoria Theater)

We’ve recruited a panel of seed stage experts to offer collaborative, real-time feedback and support to our spotlighted entrepreneurs and ecosystem intermediaries. Audience participation is encouraged as we draw out some of the key issues at the seed stage and work on finding opportunities together

Moderated by: Darian Rodriguez Heyman, Numi Foundation

Featured Entrepreneurs:                                          Panelists:

Sona Shah, Neopenda                                               Jesse Martinez, Career Force

Sumit Kadakia, Renewal Mill                                  Shalu Umapathy, IDEO.org

Damon Packwood, Gameheads                           Dave Smith, Unreasonable Group

Rupa Gupta, SowntoGrow                                       Shruti Shah, Silicon Valley Bank

                                                                                                Mark Van Ness, Real Leaders

CATALYZING INNOVATION WITH PHILANTHROPY – (Impact Hub Mainstage)

The financing needs of entrepreneurial leaders tackling the most pressing social & environmental global challenges are unique and require innovative models and mechanisms.  We know that ‘investing as usual’ will not yield the kinds of impact we need to achieve.  There is an urgent need to develop entrepreneurial approaches to financing that can leverage both the financial resources of philanthropic capital along with the evidence-based research, knowledge and social capital that community possesses.
This interactive session will explore the specific characteristics and attributes of innovations in the energy and food systems, how companies in the FS6 portfolio have leveraged different forms of capital to achieve their objectives, the financing mechanism PRIME Coalition has developed to meet the specific needs of energy solutions, and how these lessons might be applied elsewhere.

Conversation led by:

Nicole Systrom, Director of Philanthropic Partnerships, PRIME Coalition 

Renske Lynde, Co-Founder and Managing Director,  Food System 6 Accelerator


12:30 PM – LUNCH AND NETWORKING  – (Impact Hub SF)


1:45 PM – BREAKOUT SESSIONS

BEYOND THE PITCH – (Victoria Theater)

Hear elevator pitches from several featured entrepreneurs. Then, get behind the scenes to hear from funders regarding their decision process to support these entrepreneurs at this early stage.

Featured Entrepreneurs:                                       Funding Partners:

Andrew Falcon, Full Cycle Bioplastics            Renske Lynde, Food System 6

Kevin Fisher, Sail Internet                                     Shrina Kurani, Better Ventures

Eric Enno Tamm, ThisFish                                    Keith Ippel, Spring Activator

Erin Millar, Discourse Media

BREAKING DOWN THE SILOS – (Impact Hub 1st Floor Meeting Room)

Across the impact sector we work in silos.  Grant makers work with Social Entrepreneurs (SE) to fund their nascent organizations but don’t work with potential follow-on funders and so a SE is left to feel their way to the next type of funding and funders they should be working with.  Hand-offs between funders, accelerators, business development support, advisors/consultants don’t happen and it’s the SEs that suffer greatly, wasting vast amounts of time and effort navigating the entrepreneurial journey. What can be done about this?  We will be delving into this with the goal to come out of the discussion with clearly actionable steps that participating organizations can take to begin to break down the silos.  Miller Center and a Social Entrepreneur will kick off the discussion with practical examples of when things go right and when things go wrong.  We’ll follow this with asking the audience to share other examples and then roll up our sleeves to get to action

Conversation led by:

Mark Correnti, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship

Eric Sorenson, Carbon Roots International

Rachel Connors, Yellow Leaf Hammocks

RAPID DUE DILIGENCE – HOW TO GET DEALS DONE WITH EARLY STAGE COMPANIES – (Impact Hub Mainstage)

Due diligence for early stage impact investments needs to be fundamentally different than traditional investment diligence of later-stage companies. ADAP has developed and refined our “Four-Hour Due Diligence” progress over the last four years based on the belief that early-stage investors who move quickly and decisively will be able to produce better financial returns and create greater impact over time. Join us for an interactive discussion about making early-stage diligence work better for funders AND entrepreneurs.

Conversation led by:

Andy Lower ADAP

Dan Luscher, ADAP

EVALUATING AND POSITIONING TALENT AT SEED STAGE –

(Impact Hub SF 2nd Floor Meeting Room)

For seed investors, so much of the potential value lies in the quality of the entrepreneur. How can investors better evaluate – and how can entrepreneurs appropriately position – the talent of a social enterprise?

Conversation led by:

Scott Saslow,  One World Training and Investments

Angie Mertens, One World Training and Investments

RAISING CAPITAL ON YOUR OWN TERMS – (Impact Hub Gallery)

Capital needs of business are byproducts of business models and business objectives.  Not every company needs to find traditional VC money in its early iterations.  In this session, we will explore creative methods to finance a company from the perspectives of an entrepreneur, investor, and attorney/capital raising coach.

Conversation led by:

Jenny Kassan, Jenny Kassan Consulting

Danielle Joseph, Closed Loop Partners

Minhaj Chowdhury, Drinkwell


3:00 PM – CONCURRENT SESSIONS

FIRST LOOK SHOWCASE – (Victoria Theater)

Join us as the newest class of the Points of Light Civic Accelerator will present how they are bridging the digital divide and filling the growing digital talent pipeline, while you – the audience – challenge each team to think bigger and better.

Featured Ventures:

Black Tech Week

Cell-Ed

ELiTE Education

Haven Connect

honorCode

Neture, Inc.

Noirefy

Sparrow

STEM NOLA

Tech Exchange

The Mentor Method

Unloop

Young Creative Agency

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

CREATING AN EQUITY-FOCUSED ENTREPRENEUR SELECTION PROCESS – 

(Impact Hub Mainstage)

Echoing Green believes that talent is equally distributed, but opportunity is not. In order to propel the equity we want to see in the world, we have implemented DEI practices that are at the forefront of our Search and Selection process. From building a non-traditional pipeline to blind reading and applicant support, we will share the practices that makes our process unique and yields an unparalleled community of social change leaders, representing exceptionally diverse ethnic, religious, economic, and geographic experiences. This is a workshop designed to be participatory – allowing for attendees to reflect and ideate on their own recruitment or evaluation processes.

Workshop led by:

Min Pease, Echoing Green

Keno Sadler, Echoing Green

SUSTAINABLE FUNDING FOR ECOSYSTEM BUILDERS –

(Impact Hub 1st Floor Meeting Room)

Join a select group of ecosystem builders, funders, and stakeholders to discuss the challenges of both funding and fundraising for ecosystem development. This observed roundtable session will provide insights from both sides of the table, and lay bare some of the biggest challenges in sustainable development.

Conversation led by:

Dustin Shay, Village Capital

Tim Nichols, Impact Hub SF

Ryan Glasgo, Tondo Foundation

Alissa Black, Omidyar Network

Katya Levitan-Reiner, Propel Capital

HOW MIGHT FUNDERS BETTER SUPPORT SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS: EFFICIENCY, TRANSPARENCY, AND COLLABORATION –

(Impact Hub Gallery)

Join us for an open discussion between Impact Investors and Entrepreneurs. We’ve organized a small group of funders who would like to hear directly from entrepreneurs and learn about the issues they face during the funding process and beyond and discuss ways for improvement.

Conversation led by:

Aarti Chandna, SV2 

Rick Moss, Better Ventures

Dan Luscher, ADAP

Angie Mertens, One World Investments

4:45 PM – CORPORATE INNOVATION AT THE SEED STAGE –

(Victoria Theater)

Rounding out the first day, we’ll hear from corporate innovators who are financing the seed stage impact ecosystem outside of traditional corporate social responsibility models.  Join us to get inspired by these unique partnerships and explore how companies can work with corporate sponsors to better support both of your organizational goals.

Ayesha Khanna, Points of Light Civic Accelerator

Tim Freundlich, Impact Assets

Erika Balbuena, Twilio.org

Oliver Keown, GE Ventures

Doug Galen, Rippleworks

Jean Shia, Autodesk Foundation

6:15 PM – FOOD TRUCK PARTY AND NETWORKING –

(Impact Hub SF)

Take time to debrief the day with old and new friends, and sample some of SF’s finest food truck fare.


FRIDAY, APRIL 20

Day two of SEED is centered on THE NEXT – this is where initial conversations convert into commitments and actions. Building on key insights from the first day, we’ll work together to find ways to shift the ecosystem. The content will focus on highlighting bright spots and best practices, in addition to offering facilitated opportunities to workshop ideas in small groups.

8:30 AM – DOORS OPEN – (Impact Hub SF)

We will be crowdsourcing key takeaways from all of the sessions on day one – check out the gallery while you get your caffeine for the morning. In addition, we need YOU to add your ideas to the afternoon Unconference agenda. What did we miss putting on the agenda? What do you want an hour to work more deeply on with the brain trust we have in attendance? This is the time to make that happen by submitting your topics at the registration desk before the morning sessions begin.

9:00 AM – DEMOCRATIZING ACCESS TO CAPITAL AND SUPPORT – 

(Victoria Theater)

How can we remove bias from entrepreneur selection processes to truly create an equitable marketplace to address global challenges? We’ll host a moderated discussion focused on this topic in conversation with Better Ventures, New Media Ventures, and BALLE. There will be unique ways for the audience to join the discussion as well.

Nayeli Maxson, Alliance for Community Development

Rodney Foxworth, BALLE

Julie Menter, New Media Ventures

Wes Selke, Better Ventures

Martha Hernandez, madBOS

10:45 AM – CONCURRENT SESSIONS

ANGEL TANK – (Victoria Theater)

Our take on “Shark Tank” for the social impact sector. Instead of a panel of fierce sharks, we’ll have a panel of friendly “dolphins” representing various seed stage stakeholders to offer support, and potentially funding, to several of our program partners’ featured entrepreneurs. We’ll be video capturing the production with Real Leaders, the world’s first sustainable business & leadership magazine!

Featured Entrepreneurs:

Alex McIntosh, Thrive                                                       

Emily Lutyens, Legworks                                                  

Rebecca Hui, Roots Studio                                            

Kyle Rawlins, Designing Justice + Designing Spaces

Rachel Connors, Yellow Leaf Hammocks

Bart Myers, Countable

Panelists:

Keith Ippel, Spring Activator

Sayuri Sharp, SV2

Beth Stelluto, Gnu Foundation

Jorge Davy-Mendez, Kapor Capital

Anders Aabo, Sorenson Impact

Jessica Loman, Opportunity Collaboration

THE “VIRAL” Pathway: Venture Investment-Readiness and Awareness Levels 

(Impact Hub Mainstage)

Presentation and Demo led by Village Capital. Funders and entrepreneurs have the opportunity to be paired and discuss their alignment based on their VIRAL scores. 

Workshop led by:

Peter Lundquist, Village Capital

 


12:30 PM – LUNCH AND NETWORKING – (Impact Hub SF)


 1:45 PM – UNCONFERENCE: Put Theory into Action (Impact Hub SF)

What didn’t we include in the agenda? Now it’s YOUR turn to contribute your burning topics of conversation to the gathering! Submit potential unconference ideas at the registration desk at any point during the first day and a half of the gathering. The topics that receive the most votes will become up to ten different small action groups that will move the identified needs into potential projects.

Facilitated by Civic Makers

4:45 PM – CLOSING  STRATEGY SESSION – (Impact Hub SF)

Let’s close out the conference by joining together in a facilitated conversation in which we synthesize the discussions that have been had over the two days. Join us in making commitments to what you and/or your organization will do moving forward to create change in the ecosystem.

5:00 PM – WINE DOWN

End your SEED experience with a ‘wine down’ hosted by Impact Hub SF.

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