What’s Next Interview with Mike Del Ponte: Building the Silicon Valley of Social Entrepreneurship

As part of our partnership with the Social Capital Markets Conference 2010, we are featuring a series of interviews with key conference participants. Don’t forget to get your 30% discount by using the code “3P30″ when you register!

I sat down with Mike Del Ponte, Founder and CEO of Sparkseed.  Most recently Sparkseed ran the most adventurous, non-conference like conference I’ve ever had the pleasure of attending. Dangerously Ambitious brought together 64 young, ambitious entrepreneurs for 3 days of action packed bonding and learning, sans panel discussions.  The conference reinforced my view of Mike as someone in the space who is really moving the needle. So I was excited to interview him prior to Socap about his thoughts on the field.

In this interview, learn about:

  • Sparkseed’s 3 pronged strategy for creating the Silicon Valley for social entrepreneurship:
    1. Leveraging the venture capital model to find deals
    2. Creating a world class social enterprise accelerator program
    3. Investing in social entrepreneurs through Sparkseed
  • Sparkseed’s goal to launch 1000 ventures impacting 1 billion lives in the next 10 years
  • The support that has been critical in Mike’s success
  • How Mike sees social enterprise taking off and recent trends

Amie runs Cobblestone Solutions, LLC, a consultancy focusing on business development, marketing, communications and strategy for mission driven companies. Previously, Amie served as Director of Business Development for Viv (a Bay Area environmental start-up), Program Manager for Social Venture Technology Group (a boutique consulting firm focused on measuring social and environmental impact), and Associate Consultant at Bain & Co (a global management consulting firm). She is particularly interested in innovations that reduce waste, altering consumer behavior for good, and leveraging the power of business to solve the climate crisis. You can read more from her on her blog, on GreenBiz.com, and on JustMeans.

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