What does SIP offer?

The Social Investment Program is based on best practice principles of social venture acceleration, social investment training and community building. Participants will leave the program inspired and equipped with the necessary skills, support structures and networks to make a lasting change in society.

A cutting edge training curriculum with local and international faculty 

We offer a cutting edge training curriculum with a faculty of reputable international and Turkish experts. Participants will understand both dynamic international developments in this field as well as the local eco-system in Turkey and learn best practices in social finance and investment. 

Interactive and practical approach

The program combines practice with theory. Participants will work in small groups and apply their newly gained knowledge in case studies and tailor-made exercises. They will also have the opportunity to refine their own projects an financing strategies, to develop social investment strategies and to learn how to communicate their projects convincingly and competently in front of investors, potential partners, their management or other important decision makers. 

One-to-one mentoring

We offer all our participants one-to-one access to experienced mentors from Turkey as well as international social entrepreneurs and organizations such as Impact Investing Committee of the European Business Angel Network, the Global Impact Investing Network or the European Venture Philanthropy Association.

With their mentors participants will not only have the opportunity to receive hands-on technical advice and reflect on their individual social impact and investment strategies in more depth supported by a knowledgeable peer but also receive support in establishing contacts with potential investors, corporations and other important players in the social investment community in Turkey and abroad

Pitching opportunity 

Furthermore, selected social ventures will have the opportunity to pitch at the annual Social Impact Day scheduled to take place in Istanbul in November 2014. They may attract the attention of potential investors and corporations seeking for partnerships and receive an award or a scholarship for participation at the Skoll World Forum in London in 2015

Certification and Alumni network

Those participants who successfully participate in both Base Training and Intensive Training will receive a Social Investment Training Certificate issued by Sabancı University. All certified participants will be invited to become part of the Social Investment Program Alumni network after their graduation.

Sabancı University will continue to facilitate contacts and encourage networking between former and current participants. All alumni are invited to future networking events as well as the annual Social Impact Day organized by Sabancı University and its partners. 

Course material 

Participants will be provided with background literature, as well as a comprehensive set of course material. Social ventures will be provided with a financial model template to support the preparation of a business model and financing plan during the course. 


Through the SU-SIP fund we will make a grant contribution of up to USD 20,000 for each of our alumni (participant of both enterprise and social investor module) selected by a social investor. The investor is free to choose his/her preferred instrument and engagement criteria but must follow an active venture philanthropy or social investment strategy to qualify for SU-SIP support (more details on the SIP criteria in Section 5, our engagement options document or contact us directly).