SOCAP/Europe kicks off

Amsterdam plays host to the most popular party in Europe this week- the 2011 SOCAP/Europe Conference.

We’re thrilled that several of our Oxford MBA students and faculty have the opportunity to attend the event and help out our friends over at SOCAP.   They’ll be keeping us posted on all the latest and their perspectives on the gathering.

If you can’t make it to Amsterdam, be sure to follow along online and keep up with all the buzz on twitter at #socapeurope (Tweets are a’flying!). You can also watch the entire event via livestream.

We’re excited to see what comes out of the gathering – a few hours in, and already looks like exciting things. For one, check out the newly released Social Investment Manual by the Schwab Foundation.  Looks like a must read.

For more on the event, here’s Nikil Neelakantan, an Oxford MBA who is taking it all in live.

SOCAP, the conference at the intersection of money and meaning, came to Europe last night at the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam. Since I was volunteering at the conference, I was unable to witness the  keynote speech by HRH Princess Maxima, UN Secretary General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development.

The speech and the plenary session, “This moment in Europe, This moment in the World” were attended by a crowd of over 600 people.

Also, over 50 social entrepreneurs were  recognized for their achievements with the SOCAP scholarship. The Innovation Showcase was a venue for these entrepreneurs to present their work. The most popular one seemed to be a model of a Sustainable dance floor from Enviu, a Dutch social enterprise!

I am  definitely looking forward to tomorrow’s lineup of talks now!