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October 16: Sandbox All Ideas Pitch Contest, Lowell, MA

Are you an entrepreneur with any type of idea-- tech, social impact, local, creative, etc...? Then pitch your idea at the Sandbox All Ideas Pitch Contest!

October 29: The MassChallenge Awards Ceremony 2014, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, MA

The MassChallenge Awards Ceremony is the startup community's largest and highest-value event to celebrate innovation and support the world's most promising startups. Find out which MassChallenge 2014 startups will win the $1.75 million in cash and over $10 million in in-kind deals.

October 31: CBS 2014 Social Enterprise Conference, New York Marriott Marquis

Join the Columbia Business School 2014 Social Enterprise Conference and help spark the conversation on driving sustainable change beyond the new millennium. Topics include: Sustainable Practices, Sustainable Financial Models and Sustainable Behaviors.

November 3-5: Sustainable Brands Conference, Lancaster Terrace, London, UK

Connect with Sustainability Executives, Brand Strategists, Design & Innovation Leaders, and Marketing & Communication Stakeholders Leaders as the Sustainable Brands London Conference convenes to drive innovation that leads to enhanced business and brand value.

November 4-6: BSR Conference, New York

The BSR Conference 2014 will explore how transparency can transform supply chains, energy and climate, consumer engagement, community impacts, and more, and how businesses are managing differently in a fully transparent world.

November 6-8: Net Impact Conference, Breaking Boundaries, Minneapolis, MN

The Net Impact Conference is the leading forum for students and professionals who want to tackle the world’s toughest social and environmental problems. This year, we’ll be breaking boundaries—leaving limits behind, forging unexpected alliances, and exploring creative solutions—to transform the world.

November 10-12: Slow Money 2014, Louisville, KY

Slow Money gatherings have emerged as a significant new venue for field building, investing, and social change. The events feature food entrepreneurs who are leading the way rebuilding local food systems, along with many renowned thought leaders in agriculture, investing, and philanthropy.

November 15-16: The 2014 Lend for America Summit, UC-Berkeley International House, CA

Learn how microfinance works, get practical and actionable advice on jobs and internships in the social sector, and meet students leading campus MFIs and develop the skills and the know-how to start a new MFI at your campus.  Engage in sessions co-led by experts and students with ample networking time throughout the Summit, you also will also have member-only advanced training opportunities. This year there’s New Track about how race, class and gender affect our work.

November 19-20: Social Innovation Summit 2014, Sofitel San Francisco Bay, CA

The Social Innovation Summit is a twice annual event taking place at the United Nations and Silicon Valley. You are able to engage with top executives and thought leaders from around the globe to discuss opportunities for leveraging technology & innovation to affect social change. Topics will cover philanthropic trends, innovative approaches for problem solving and building lasting partnerships that enable them and their organizations to discover new methods of engaging with social challenges.

November 27-28: Global Social Business Summit 2014, Mexico City, Mexico

The annual event is organized by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus and his Creative Advisor Hans Reitz, which gathers experts from private sectors, civil society, governments and academia over a few days of meetings, forums and workshops. This year’s speakers include: Nathalie von Siemens (CEO, Siemens Stiftung), Maoz Inon (Founder, Fauzi Azar Inn), Virgilio Barco (Latin America Director, Acumen), etc.

December 5: Social Entrepreneurship Institute, New Haven, CT, USA

Unite For Sight is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit global health delivery organization that is free of commercial interests and committed to promoting high-quality care for all. The Social Entrepreneurship Institute is presented annually by Unite For Sight. The expert speakers will offer key lessons, mentoring, and guidance about strategies that participants can apply to their work in global health, social entrepreneurship, international development, and education.

January 12-23: Frontier Market Scouts Training, Monterrey, CA

The program includes an intensive, two-week certificate training that prepares fellows for 3-12 month field assignments with social enterprises and impact investment foundations in the US and abroad.

February 26-28Ashoka University Exchange, University of Maryland

Gain unique perspectives and insights on social innovation in higher education.

March 6-8: CGI U 2015, University of Miami, FL

The Clinton Global Initiative University meeting will bring together more than 1,000 innovative student leaders to make Commitments to Action in CGI U's five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health. Through the CGI University Network and other opportunities, funding will be available to select CGI U 2015 students to help them turn their ideas into action.