Social Venture Institutes

About SVI

Social Venture Institutes (SVI) offer emerging leaders of socially responsible businesses and innovative nonprofits a forum in which to share their business problems and receive expert advice from leading members of Social Venture Network. SVI provides an interactive and practical way for socially conscious entrepreneurs to explore ways to succeed.

The combination of high-quality mentors, a confidential and supportive environment, and a practical problem-solving format provides participants with a rich portfolio of skills, a plan to grow their socially responsible businesses, and a network of contacts to support their journey.

The Format

Speakers and respondents, who are socially responsible entrepreneurs themselves, engage participants in business problems around four themes:

Innovative tools and business methods are explored in the following sessions:


SVI Hudson Valley, May 9 - 11, 2014


Svi Hudson ValleyMany believe that the independent, socially responsible, triple-bottom-line businesses and innovative nonprofits found up and down the river will lead our Hudson Valley communities to a place of vibrancy. It helps to have thoughtful, savvy and connected leaders.

SVI Hudson Valley is no ordinary experience: a weekend of profound problem solving, visioning and connecting, all in the inspired setting of one of the world's premier educational retreat centers, the Omega Institute. 

Think of it as an ad hoc advisory board. With depth.

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SVI Hollyhock September 10 - 14, 2014


Hollyhock 2011

Social Venture Institute (SVI) offers the mission-based entrepreneur an opportunity to share challenges with peers in an atmosphere of trust and goodwill. SVI participants run enterprises built around values and meaning. They face numerous challenges, as well as isolation, while growing enterprises that maintain a values mission. Each attendee brings a commitment of social change to their company, whether a for-profit business or a non-profit organization. We next gather on Cortes Island September 10 - 14, 2014, for the 19th Annual SVI. We tend to sell out all 150 spots months in advance so apply early!

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