Announcing the SOCAP21 Virtual Scholarship Entrepreneur Winners!

Scholarship Entrepreneurs Winners

SOCAP GlobalJune 25, 2021

Every year, SOCAP grants scholarships to social entrepreneurs from all over the globe. This year marks the second virtual SOCAP Scholarship cohort in our program’s history. Due to COVID-19, entrepreneurs will be joining the conference, along with other attendees virtually. While meeting in-person is a very different experience than joining a conference virtually, we are working on innovative ways to support our entrepreneurs in their virtual experience to help them receive the most out of SOCAP. We will continue some of these new virtual support initiatives even once SOCAP returns to an in-person flagship event.

Some of the new initiatives we are implementing  for our virtual entrepreneur cohort include:

  • Additional orientation webinars for the entrepreneurs to hear from expert guest speakers. Speakers will cover topics such as: choosing the right investor for their venture, thinking about digital storytelling for their venture and finding a variety of sources of capital (human, financial, etc) during SOCAP.
  • Additional networking sessions to connect with their cohort peers throughout the months leading up to the SOCAP flagship event.
  • More online resources for their orientation folder and video recordings to help them navigate our new virtual platform.
  • More opportunities to present their ventures virtually to the SOCAP community through digital storytelling, presentations and conversations.
  • Publication of an Investor LookBook, which provides relevant information about each entrepreneur’s venture to the SOCAP community.
  • We continue to add tools and resources as we approach SOCAP to provide additional support.

Our Cohort This Year

We received a great response to our application for the SOCAP Entrepreneur Scholarship, of which we accepted a cohort of 50 entrepreneurs.  Additionally, for the first time as part of our scholarship program SOCAP, in partnership with MIT Solve, we welcome a cohort of their early-stage entrepreneurs from all over the globe.

This year’s cohort is a special mix of early-stage and start-up entrepreneurs looking for funding as well as other types of connections (such as corporate sponsorships, clients, etc). One of the concrete ways we at SOCAP help our scholarship entrepreneurs connect with potential funders and networks is by creating our Investor LookBook, which helps to sort the entrepreneurs by sector and provide relevant information about their venture and their “Ask” for the SOCAP community. Take a look at the 2021 Scholarship Entrepreneur Investor LookBook to see this and more information about each of the entrepreneurs in this year’s cohort.

We are excited to introduce you to this year’s entrepreneurs representing incredible solutions to pressing social, cultural, and environmental problems from across the globe! Please check out their information, websites, and if you’re interested in getting in touch with one of our entrepreneurs, let our Entrepreneur Coordinator know via email: [email protected].

Name (First) Name (Last) Name of Venture Geographic Focus Sector Focus
Dr. Yared Alemu TQINTELLIGENCE USA & Canada Health
Dipak Basu Vispala Technologies Africa, Asia, Latin America/Caribbean, Middle East Health
Kirsten Hund Blair Lambent Data USA & Canada Health
Charlotte Bowens Conscious Gear Europe, Latin America/Caribbean, USA & Canada Ethical Apparel
Baker Bozeyeh Flowless Africa, Middle East W.A.S.H
Anxhela Bruci EmpowerFULL Europe Economic Development
Lorraine Charles Na’amal Africa, Asia, Latin America/Caribbean, Middle East Education
Dewan Ahmad Fawzul Kabir Choudhury Bioforge Health Systems Limited Asia Health
Ta Corrales Smith Assembly USA & Canada Education
Candice Delamarre Kit Switch USA & Canada Community Development
Federico Escobar Sierra Conexiones Financieras / Comfama Latin America/Caribbean Economic Development
Dale Fickett Open Trellis Africa, Asia, Europe, USA & Canada Economic Development
Michelle Florian OmniVis Inc. Africa, Asia, USA & Canada Health
Nicole Foster Cajou Creamery USA & Canada Economic Development
Brynn Foster Voyaging Foods USA &, Polynesia Agriculture / Environment & Economic Development
Isabelle Foster unBox USA & Canada Agriculture / Environment
Josephine Gardner Ethos Innovation Lab USA & Canada Economic Development
Mariah Gladstone IndigiKitchen USA & Canada Agriculture / Environment
Bibi la Luz Gonzalez Eat Better Wa’ik Latin America/Caribbean Agriculture / Environment
Chetan Khaitan Toolsvilla Asia Agriculture
Anatoli kirigwajjo Yunga Technologies Asia Disaster / Emergency Response & Relief
Anthony Kolaco Learning Squared Liberia Africa Economic Development
Priya Krishnamoorthy 200 Million Artisans Asia Economic Development
Nathalie Lim LIKHA Asia Economic Development
Patricia Lopez NotesFirst, Inc Africa, Asia, Latin America/Caribbean, USA & Canada Health
Alex Makalliwa Solar E-Cycles Kenya Africa Agriculture / Environment
Harvinder & Shweta Matharu FarmerStory Asia Sustainable  Consumption / Community Development
Gakii Mugendi Iburu Coffee Africa, Europe, USA & Canada Agriculture / Environment
Sarah Onchangu Boka Feeds Africa Agriculture / Environment
Lidia Oxi MAIA Latin America/Caribbean Education
Nazir Pandor Live Clean Initiatives Africa W.A.S.H
Matt Parker PODD: Participatory One Health Disease Surveillance Asia, Africa Health
Mohit Patil BrainForce USA & Canada Health
Temi Phyllis Pratt Canon Education Africa Education
Brad Punu Anatha Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America/Caribbean, Middle East, USA & Canada Economic Development
Sanjay Rajan Konbit PBC USA & Canada & eventually all of indigenous lands Agriculture / Environment
Alia Rasoully WISE Afghanistan Middle East Health, Women & Girls Empowerment
Lauren Reilly SuitUp USA & Canada Education
Elliot Roth Spira USA & Canada Agriculture / Environment
John Roussel Colorwave USA & Canada Education
Elizabeth Rule Guide to Indigenous DC USA & Canada Community Development
Michael Running Wolf Indigenous AI LLC USA & Canada Community Development
Chazz Scott Positively Caviar, Inc. USA & Canada Education
Austin Serio ShockTalk USA & Canada Health
Ammara Sheikh Consultivo Asia Economic Development
Dessa Shepherd VisionVoice, Inc. USA & Canada, Latin America/Caribbean Women & Girls Empowerment
Liza Simone Space in the Gap USA & Canada Arts & Culture / Media
Darren Smith Traipse PBC USA & Canada Community Development
Ramy Soliman Bonocle Inc. Europe, USA & Canada Community Development
Javier Van Cauwelaert SmartFish Inc Latin America/Caribbean Agriculture / Environment
Mayra Volquez Public Health Literacy Asia, Latin America/Caribbean, USA & Canada Health
Stuart Wood Last Bottle Clothing, PBC USA & Canada Agriculture / Environment
Ashley Xie Rooted Fare USA & Canada Economic Development
Joyce Zerka Care 2 Communities Latin America/Caribbean Health
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