Northwest Social Venture Fund Hosts 3rd Annual Hacking Social Impact Event

PORTLAND, OR (November 23, 2015) –  Get inspired, and learn how to drive social entrepreneurship during Northwest Social Venture Fund’s third annual Hacking Social Impact unconference, slated for December 4th and 5th in downtown Portland.

The two-day collaborative and educational event addresses impact investment and social entrepreneurship through a series of hands-on workshops, interactive discussion sessions, and networking, with a strong focus on local entrepreneurism and global social impact.

This year’s speakers and content collaborators include: CardSmith, Mobius MicroFarms, NedSpace, White House Office of Science & Technology Policy, These Numbers Have Faces, Sudara (International Princess Project), We Work PDX, TenX, XFounders PDX, Oklahoma Food Bank, Banza Sanitation, Portland State Impact Entrepreneurs, and Willamette Week Give!Guide!

“Our goal is to bring together, in a dynamic and collaborative environment, some of the leaders in social impact, business, and venture capital investment innovation,” Carolynn Duncan, founder, Northwest Social Venture Fund, said. “Participants will not only have the opportunity to bring their ideas to the table, but to engage in direct, powerful and informal discussions on the topics which will shape the socially-driven entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist.”

The Unconference launches December 4th5-9pm, with an opening reception at Portland’s WeWork co-working space, located in the iconic Custom House at NW 220 NW 8th.   The unconference follows December 5th, 8am-4:30pm, at a downtown location.  Tickets for the two-day event start at $25 for students, and $50 for general participants.  To register, volunteer or present, visit:

Hacking Social Impact Supported by Stars of Philanthropy, Technology

In prior years, the Hacking Social Impact series has attracted a globally-known mix of sponsors and participants, including:  Wiki founder Ward Cunningham, Gates Foundation, Case Foundation, Immix, Mercy Corps Action Center, Startup America;  Grameen Foundation, Project Color Corps, Portland State University Impact Entrepreneurs, and many more.

What is an Unconference?

An unconference is a participant-driven meeting, popular among technology and social media-influenced communities, in which information sharing is collaborative and dynamic.  Hacking Social Impact will offer curated discussion sessions, hands on workshops, a dynamic keynote session, lunch, a post-conference meetup and more.

About Northwest Social Venture Fund

Northwest Social Venture Fund was founded in 2012, as a Grand Challengesstartup accelerator and impact investing fund, bringing venture capital standards into the social enterprise sector, to create powerful social businesses that solve humanitarian problems.  Its mission is to alleviate global suffering through scalable social entrepreneurship & impact investing, with a special emphasis on technology and business solutions developed in the West Coast of the U.S. and East Africa.

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