A New Vision for Peace and Prosperity
Venture Peacebuilding leverages the intellect, passion, and experience of impact investors, social entrepreneurs, and peacebuilders. Together, we are growing an eco-system of people and companies focused on disrupting systems of violence, building peaceful and resilient communities, and reclaiming the $14 trillion of global GDP annually lost to conflict.
Phase I: Gathering Venture Peacebuilders (January 2018)
Phase II: Catalyzing Venture Peacebuilding (Feb-Apr 2018)
Phase III: Coalescing Venture Peacebuilding (May 2018)
Venture Peacebuilding Symposium
January 22-23, 2018
The American University
School of International Service
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016
The Venture Peacebuilding Symposium promises to be one of the most important gatherings of its kind to align the interests of impact investors, social entrepreneurs, and the professional peacebuilding sector. The two-day Venture Peacebuilding Symposium will open the doors and facilitate a global conversation where professionals from a variety of disciplines can delve into the “how” aspects of innovative investments in business ventures that promote peace and stability.
At IPSI, we do “conferences” differently. Join us at the Venture Peacebuilding Symposium, and come prepared for fast-paced presentations, structured networking, interactive workshops, open space methodologies for collaboration, a high-powered attendee list, and a strong focus on tangible outcomes and outputs. We mean business (and peace)!
Jennifer Anderson – Senior Program Officer, Center for International Private Enterprise
Levi Benkert – Co-Founder, Verdant Frontiers
Cameron M. Chisholm – Vice President, Creative Learning; Founder, IPSI
Stone Conroy – Senior Advisor, Venture Peacebuilding, IPSI
Sarah Cechvala – Senior Program Manager, CDA Collaborative Learning Projects
Hanne Dalmut – Director of Partnership Development, Concordia
Dr. Johanna Mendelson Forman – Senior Advisor, Stimson Center
Bulbul Gupta – Founder & CEO, Mighty Girl Ventures
Bee Heal – Program Manager, C5 Accelerate
Paul Heidebrecht – Director, Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement
Sheldon Himelfarb – President & CEO, PeaceTech Lab
Jennifer Holt – CEO, Building Markets
Shamil Idriss – CEO, Search for Common Ground
Amirah Jiwa – Social Impact Strategist, Away and Peace Direct
Steve Killelea – Founder & Executive Chairman, Institute for Economics and Peace
Fred Krawchuck – Senior Fellow, One Earth Future Foundation
Laurie Lane-Zucker – Founder & CEO, Impact Entrepreneur Center
Eric Letsinger – CEO, Quantified Ventures
Michelle McMahon – Legal Counsel, Innovest Advisory
Bridget Moix – U.S. Senior Representative, Peace Direct
Adam Motiwala – Director of Federal Practice, Fifth Tribe
Maud Obe – Director for Programs, Aid to Artisans
Jennifer Oetzel – Professor, International Business, American University’s Kogod School of Business
Daniel Owen – Program Manager, Transitional Demobilization and Reintegration Program, World Bank
Jonathan Papoulidis – Executive Advisor on Fragile States, World Vision
Rebeen Pasha – Founder & CEO, StartUp Middle East
Rabbi Joshua Ratner – Director of Advocacy, Jlens Impact Investor Network
Tim Receveur – Director of PeaceTech Exchanges, PeaceTech Lab
Julia Roig – President, PartnersGlobal
Russ Rosenzweig – Founder and CEO, World Ventures Group
Johannes Schreuder – Policy Manager, UN Peacebuilding Support Office
Leimer Tejeda – Manager of Peace and Humanitarian Affairs, United Nations Global Compact
Sif Thorgeirsson – Ambassador to the U.S., PeaceStartup
Karen Volker – Director of Strategic & International Partnerships, Cure Violence
Chris Walker – Director of the Social Venture Fund, Mercy Corps
Quintan Wiktorowicz – Co-founder, Affinis Labs
We would like to thank all the intrepid individuals and groups that sponsor this initiative. You are the pioneer Venture Peacebuilders.
There are numerous sponsorships available that will get your organization or product message out to all VP attendees, generate interest through visual impressions on site, or get your product, giveaway, marketing message or educational content in the hands of all Venture Peacebuilders.
Catalyzing Venture Peacebuilding
From February – April 2018, Venture Peacebuilding will consist of three main focus areas:
- Roundtable Discussion Series: Follow-on high-level roundtables on the most pressing topics uncovered in the Symposium; priority spots will be offered to Venture Peacebuilding Symposium alumni, then opened to the general public.
- Dedicated Training for Peace Entrepreneurs: DC-based dedicated intensive practitioner short courses and coaching for peace entrepreneurs.
- Collaborative Cloud: Online platform connecting Venture Peacebuilding-vetted incubators and entrepreneurs for mentoring, networking, and cross pollination.
Coalescing Venture Peacebuilding
In May 2018, the Venture Peacebuilding initiative will culminate in a pitch competition with selected investors who have participated in catalyzing Venture Peacebuilding. Through the cloud platform of incubators and entrepreneurs, invited investors search for ideas in which they wish to invest.
Violence cost 12.6% of global GDP in 2016
Violence accounts for 37% of GDP in the ten least peaceful countries
Violence accounts for 3% of GDP in the ten most peaceful countries
Since 2008, 52% of countries report a deterioration in peacefulness equaling a global deterioration of 2%