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

| Thursday September 23rd, 2010 | 1 Comment

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


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  • Ali Hillman

    Fantastic interview Mike!