2015 Innovators@Cal: With Michael Faye, Co-Founder of GiveDirectly

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2015 Innovators@Cal: With Michael Faye, Co-Founder of GiveDirectly

By Big Ideas, GSVC & LAUNCH

When and where

Date and time

Monday, October 19, 2015 · 6 - 8:30pm PDT


Sibley Auditorium University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA 94709



If you are interested in giving a brief pitch about your idea, startup or project at the event, please complete the PITCH INTEREST FORM by Friday, October 16th at NOON.


6:00-7:15pm Sibley Auditorium

Speaker & Pitches

7:15-8:30pm Blum Hall B100

Networking & Team Building

Hosted by Big Ideas, GSVC, and LAUNCH, Innovators@Cal is an exciting event that fosters collaboration across the UC Berkeley campus by bringing together students looking to form or join teams to support their innovative ideas. If you have an idea or startup, are looking to form or join a team, or are interested in the campus resources available to you - this event is for you!

The event will kick-off in Sibley Auditorium with Keynote Speaker, Michael Faye of GiveDirectly. In addition to hearing Michael speak about his experience as a founder and leading innovator, attendees will have an opportunity to learn more about cross-campus competitions (Big Ideas, GSVC & LAUNCH) and opportunities to get involved.

Select individuals/teams looking for teammates will be invited to "pitch" their ideas and briefly describe the interests or skills they are hoping to recruit. After the speaker and pitches, the event will move to Blum Hall B100 for food, drinks, networking and team building. Representatives from campus organizations will be present to share resources, as will more students looking to form and join teams. Workspace and whiteboards will be available to student teams for networking and teambuilding.


Michael is Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of GiveDirectly, which was recently recognized as one of the 10 most innovative companies in Finance by FastCompany. He is also Co-Founder and CEO of Segovia Technology, which is building cloud-based solutions for the management of some of the largest emerging market social programs. He has worked extensively in financial products and enterprise technology in emerging markets in a variety of contexts: as an Associate Partner at McKinsey and Company, with international governments at the United Nations Millennium Project, and operating large-scale field projects while earning his PhD in Business Economics from Harvard. His work has been published in the American Economic Review, Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, among others, and in 2013, Foreign Policy named him one of its 100 leading global thinkers.


Big Ideas@Berkeley

Lester Center for Entrepreneurship

Berkeley-Haas Entrepreneurship Program

Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC)

LAUNCH: The UC Berkeley Startup Competition

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