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The Skoll World Forum provides an unparalleled opportunity for funders to connect with leaders who are challenging the status quo, implementing game-changing innovation and redefining social challenges worldwide.
The objective is to accelerate their—and your—impact. We strive to create an environment where you can make the most of your time: learning, collaborating, and exploring high-value partnerships.
Among the special activities dedicated to the funding community, a specific track is organized to surface, vet, and advance mutual strategic, programmatic, and financial goals of social entrepreneurs and the people and organizations that fund them.
Session topics have included:
- Building the Conveyor Belt: A Collaborative Approach for Lifecycle Funding
- Earned Revenue Models: Pitfalls and Pathways to Scale
- From Farm to Plate: Financing Change, Changing Finance
- Grants Powering Growth: Jet Fuel for Social Impact? Not So Strange Bedfellows: Influencers and Enablers
- Grants vs. Investments: How to Decide Which is Best?
- Moving from Darkness to Light: Impact Investing in the Rural Electrification Ecosystem
- Too Big To Be Small
- Funding Impact at Scale Through Market Segmentation
- Bringing in Big Money: Innovative Financing Meets Inclusive Business
Additionally, funders may be invited to several invitation-only events which are designed to help you connect with other funders or those working on the ground in similar sectors and/or geographies. Invitations for these small gatherings will be distributed individually via email.
The Forum is an unparalleled opportunity for the media to connect with the world’s leading social entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, policymakers, funders, and social investors.
The Forum is by invitation only. If you are a member of the press and interested in covering the Forum for a media outlet, learning more about the sessions and events, or requesting one-on-one interviews, please contact us and select “Media” on the form.
For a general schedule of events, click here.
ABOUT THE FORUM
The Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship is the premier international platform for accelerating entrepreneurial approaches to solve the world’s most pressing problems.
Each year, nearly 1,000 hand-selected delegates from the social, finance, private, and public sectors convene for three days and nights in Oxford, England. Attendees representing nearly 65 countries participate in critical debates, dedicated networking events, self-organized sessions, small group workshops, and compelling panel and plenary sessions.
Program content spans global issues that are increasingly more interconnected than ever before: water, food security, climate change, education, human rights, social equity and emerging social business models. Delegates represent each geo-political sector around the world and work together to accelerate entrepreneurial and innovative solutions to the most entrenched social issues. The Forum will connect you with remarkable leaders who are implementing real change, challenging the status quo and creating new, sustainable realities for people around the world.
The Skoll Foundation was created to pursue a vision of a sustainable, peaceful and prosperous world. Led by President and CEO Sally Osberg since 2001, the Skoll Foundation’s mission is to drive large-scale change by investing in, connecting, and celebrating social entrepreneurs and other innovators dedicated to solving the world’s most pressing problems. dev.skoll.org
THE SKOLL CENTRE FOR SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP
The Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford is a leading academic entity for the advancement of social entrepreneurship worldwide. It fosters innovative social transformation through education, research, and collaboration. Led by Dr. Pamela Hartigan, the Skoll Centre influences future business leaders to create more values-based markets that uphold human dignity and respect the planet. The Centre was created in 2003 with an initial and ongoing investment by Jeff Skoll. www.skollcentre.org
SAÏD BUSINESS SCHOOL, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
Established in 1996 the Saïd Business School is one of Europe’s youngest and most entrepreneurial business schools. An integral part of Oxford University, the School embodies the academic rigor and forward thinking that has made Oxford a world leader in education and research. The School has an established reputation for research in a wide range of areas, including finance and accounting, organizational analysis, international management, strategy and operations management. The School is dedicated to developing a new generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs and conducting research not only into the nature of business, but the connections between business and the wider world. www.sbs.ox.ac.uk
MEDIA ONSITE REGISTRATION
Members of the press will have a special check-in desk at the Saïd Business School to pick up a media badge and program. All media must pre-register; otherwise access will be barred.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
The Skoll World Forum provides an unparalleled opportunity to build cross-sector knowledge and understanding, to showcase established and emerging solutions to complex social issues and to champion the latest thought leadership among social entrepreneurs and other critical audiences.
It’s a uniquely powerful conversation. We look to our speakers and moderators to set the tone and pace—bringing and sharing their expertise; developing innovative, interactive sessions; and engaging delegates in meaningful discussion and debate.
REGISTRATION FOR SPEAKERS AND MODERATORS
As a Speaker or Moderator, your registration fee will be waived. Once confirmed, you will receive a link to register online. You will be asked to submit a brief biography in English and a portrait photograph. More information will be provided by our speaker team.
You will need to register on-site at Saïd Business School when you arrive in Oxford.
Although travel and accommodation are not provided by the Skoll World Forum, we have reserved room blocks for speakers and moderators at several convenient hotels in the heart of Oxford.
For questions about any of the above or to nominate a speaker, please contact us and select “Skoll World Forum” in the form.
The Skoll World Forum provides a special opportunity for recipients of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship (SASEs) to connect with like-minded entrepreneurs and essential partners from government, academia, corporations and funding institutions. We strive to create an environment where you can make the most of your time: learning, collaborating, and exploring high-value partnerships.
ROOM BLOCKS FOR SKOLL AWARDEES
Finding a room in Oxford can be a challenge and we would like to help you get a jump start. We have reserved a limited number of rooms for Skoll Awardees (SASEs) at the Malmaison Hotel. Your room is not confirmed until you contact the hotel and make your reservations. There is not enough space for every SASE at this hotel, so be sure to book early if you would like to stay there. Reservations at the Malmaison are on a first come/first serve basis—please email firstname.lastname@example.org to make your hotel reservation.
For additional Oxford accommodation options where you or your colleagues may wish to stay, please click here. You may also find the Oxford City Guide a helpful online booking tool to search for accommodations during the Skoll World Forum.
SASE SPECIFIC EVENTS, BY INVITATION ONLY
CONVENING DAY 1 – Monday, April 3, 2017
CONVENING DAY 2 – Tuesday, April 4, 2017
For questions regarding any of the above, please contact Lindsey Fishleder at email@example.com