SOCAP 2017 Recap


In October 2017, hundreds of enthusiasts gathered at SOCAP to talk about all things impact and investing. Thanks to Lauren Grattan of Mission Driven Finance and Alicia Quinn at Mission Edge San Diego, we were able to offer a local recap. Huge thanks to them for sharing their learning and reflections.

 At the end of this post you’ll find links to resources and the program slides. And at a link to come soon, you'll find Lauren's expanded musings in a second blog post.

 SOCAP characterized its focus as "the intersection of money & meaning." I was drawn to a few key points during Lauren & Alicia’s recap, which seem to prescribe a path forward when taken together.

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Celebrating Deal Flow: Health & Wellness

San Diego Impact Investors Network welcomed 48 investors and philanthropists to Deal Flow: Health & Wellness on October 19, 2016. Entrepreneurs presented innovative work ranging from assistive technology for the blind to workforce training to sustainable agriculture. Expert panelists Dan Gibbs, resident entrepreneur at Jewish Family Services, Elizabeth Dreicer, CEO and founder of Posiba, and BH Kim, CEO and Co-Founder of Impact Without Borders, provided insight on the presentations by drawing presenters into discussion about their financial models and anticipated social impact.

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Reflecting on Deal Flow #1

As we prepare for our next Deal Flow on October 19, we want to share on what happened on our inaugural April 28th event.  This was the first of what will be multiple Deal Flow events throughout the year, which showcase the current impact investing landscape in San Diego and highlight local mission-driven organizations. 

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Join us in April: The Big Hairy Audacious (Local) Goal

A few people have asked me recently why we started San Diego Impact Investors (SDii).  It seemed simple to me, but the more I thought about it I realized that the answer is complex.  The “what” is simple: We are relaunching our effort as a cross-sector collaborative at San Diego Grantmakers, and I am excited about the support and vision for the future that partnership brings.  We invite you to join us at two events in April. Come to the wine and cheese impact investor “get reacquainted” event this Thursday ( April 7) from 5:30 to 7:30pm if you want to hear more. It’s free of charge, but please RSVP online.  We also hope you’ll join us for our first Deal Flow event—a showcase of viable, investable local deals on April 28th (register online). We welcome all investors and those interested. 

The trickier question of “why” we started SDii has to do with local context.  

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SDii's Grand Plans for 2016

As we head into this holiday season and end of the year it is a time to both reflect and plan for the future.  San Diego Impact Investors (SDii) has worked hard over the past year and has grand plans for 2016.  I would like to take this opportunity to send heartfelt gratitude to all of those who have participated in, informed and learned with our community. 

SDii has grown this year from a seedling of an idea to a viable, committed group that is preparing to launch into action.  At the beginning of this year there were a lot of very disconnected efforts throughout San Diego around Impact Investing. We have met with people across the city and county, across different sectors and issue areas and playing myriad roles in developing the ecosystem around Impact Investing.  Nationally, we have seen impact investing grow by leaps and bounds. Here in San Diego we are tracking that growth and bringing together efforts to build on each other, learn from one another and develop a local pipeline of ready deals and savvy investors.  2015 has been about building, connecting and learning for the SDii community. 

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Impact Investing Front and Center

Impact investing was front and center at the Social Venture Partners (SVP) international conference which took place in Seattle in October. Partners from all over the globe gathered to connect and learn more about philanthropy. Impact investing had its own track this year which involved five amazing sessions over the three day conference. SDii members Martin Goodman and Nancy Cannon-O’Connell were at the conference and this is their first-hand report.

With 38 affiliates in 8 countries, SVP is a laboratory of impact investment experiments evolving in different and exciting forms. At the recent conference attendees learned about the myriad of impact investments in process including on-going efforts for social incented systems change in Toronto, equity investments made by Tokyo SVP in a health start-up, three up and coming social enterprises being accelerated and coached by Chicago SVP, and a unique Pay For Success program in Austin. Two of these are detailed below.

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