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Early Childhood Conversation Continues at SOCAP18


Gary Community Investments will be in San Francisco in October for the 11th-annual SOCAP conference, the world’s largest impact investing convening, to continue the conversation around increasing investment and innovative thinking in the early childhood sector that was sparked at last year’s event.

In 2017, GCI partnered with Social Capital Markets to curate the first-ever track of sessions centered around the latest in early childhood research, entrepreneurship and investment opportunities—read our reflections from day one and day two of those sessions for a refresher. We also announced our Early Childhood Innovation Prize, which in May had 22 winners recognized for their innovative solutions to maximizing every child's potential during their first three years of life.

This year, we are helping coordinate and moderate the following two sessions. If you’re attending SOCAP, join GCI and our partners to learn how to leverage innovation strategies and research to drive investment, achieve scale and create impact:

Wednesday, October 24 — 4:00 pm
Using Innovation Strategies to Increase Impact
Achieving impact in a specific sector can be accelerated through innovation strategies that spur new thinking, collaboration and investment. Investors looking to build a stronger pipeline of companies and ventures can consider leveraging innovation tools like prizes, accelerators and incubators, ecosystem development and capital strategies to get there. Using early childhood as a case study, this working session and networking opportunity will explore how innovation strategies are helping to create an emerging pipeline for investors interested in improving outcomes for young children.

  • Matthew Barry, Chief Impact Officer, Gary Community Investments
  • Steffanie Clothier, Child Development Investment Director, Gary Community Investments
  • Gabe Hakim, Entrepreneur in Residence, Promise Venture Studio
  • Don Burton, Managing and Founding Partner, LearnStart
  • Mark Berryman, Investments, The Caprock Group
  • Cameron White, Senior Associate Partner, New Schools Venture Fund

Thursday, October 25 — 12:30 pm
From Research to Scale
How can investors support the best solutions to achieve scale? What if you had brain research, evaluation research and economic return on investment but were in a sector that faces challenges scaling? This session will identify challenges and successes in achieving scale with a call to action for investors.

  • Steffanie Clothier, Child Development Investment Director, Gary Community Investments
  • Deborah Leong, Executive Director, Tools of the Mind
  • Stephen Keppel, Vice President - Social Impact, Univision
  • Corey Zimmerman, Director of Policy & Scaling Strategies, Center on the Developing Child at Harvard
  • Isabelle Hau, Investment Partner, Omidyar Network

And, be sure to stop by our marketplace booth to learn about how we are using innovation strategies to accelerate impact in early childhood, and follow #SOCAP4Kids and #SOCAP18 to take part in the social conversation.

Learn more about our commitment to catalyzing innovation in early childhood, and stay up to date on our latest efforts by signing up for the GCI newsletter and following us on Twitter and Facebook.