to make “social” sound interesting to business people? It often sounds
like “government” or “NGO” or “Socially Responsible”. Indeed, combining
private enterprise with universal service and economic development
seems a difficult equation to solve.
Keeping this in mind, ‘Social ventures‘ are businesses aiming at both healthy profitability and social contribution. Numerous examples from have appeared globally, the most famous example in the telecom world being Grameen Telecom in Bangladesh, founded by Nobel Peace Prize 2006 Mohammad Yunus.
In many developing countries, mobile is playing a role able to support economic development in rural areas
or to reach less fortunate populations and provide them with a
much-needed communication infrastructure and services useful for their
daily life and business, from farming to various types of production
This atypical session titled ‘Mobile Social Ventures‘ is co-organized with the Social Venture Forum
and will aim at being a mind-opener for telecom players, entrepreneurs,
government policy makers, mobile VAS providers, NGOs, etc.
Attendance is limited to 120 participants so we recommend to register early. As usual, doors open at 7pm and we start sharp at 7.30pm.
James Shen - Senior Director - Qualcomm China
Qualcomm has been leading a project named “Wireless Reach
Initiative”. This project aims strengthen economic and social
development with a focus on education, governance, healthcare, the
environment and emergency response services. Wireless Reach achieves
this by creating sustainable 3G projects through partnerships with
non-government organizations, universities, government institutions,
development agencies and other private sector companies.
2nd Speaker - To be announced
Will be confirmed later this week.
Ludovic Bodin - Co-Founder - Social Venture Forum
The Social Venture Forum aims at showing that a social venture is
not a middle way between a business and an NGO, but should be
envisioned a full-fledged business. The main difference is that its
product or service directly benefits society. Ludovic will give a world
tour of mobile-focused successful social ventures.
19:00 - Doors Open
19:30 - Presentations
20:45 - Networking & Light Buffet
22:00 - Last Call
About the Social Venture Forum
A Social Venture is a growing profitable and so sustainable
business, with ambition that is not only driven by revenue and profit
maximization but also by its social good. The Social Venture Forum was
started as the socialventureforum.com with the objective to inform,
inspire and encourage to act in favor of harmonious development through
Social Venture in China.