Social enterprise and impact investing events in 2022

Ready to network, learn and get inspired? Don't book your diary without the Pioneers Post roundup of social impact events coming soon – for social entrepreneurs, impact investors and all those working within the global impact economy.

9-13 May

Catalyst 2030 Catalysing Change Week

What: The “world’s largest event led by social innovators and entrepreneurs” to share knowledge, exchange ideas and accelerate collaborative systems change during more than 100 sessions and activities throughout the week. The theme is “Let’s Re-energise the SDGs”.

Who: Everyone is welcome to participate in Catalysing Change Week 2022. However, only Catalyst 2030 members, Catalyst 2030 Awards winners and finalists may host sessions and/or events.

Where: Online and offline, with events, activities and launches organised by more than 130 participating countries

Tickets: Free

 

13-14 May

Si Conference London

What: A two-day in-person event bringing together a diverse community of “systems thinkers, systems changers and innovators”. Activities include keynote speeches, panel discussions, workshops and presentations from people working on systems change.

Who: Anyone interested in learning how to apply systems thinking towards transformative innovation and tackling problems.

Where: London, UK

Tickets: £100, available here. 50% discount available to students and people living on a low income.

 

16-17 May

Total Impact Summit 2022: Investing for New Economies

What: A two-day summit focused on deploying capital, obtaining impact, networking and education.

Who: Individual investors, family offices, foundations, endowments, financial advisors, impact-aligned leaders and practitioners.

Where: Convene Center City, Philadelphia, PA

Tickets: General admission $1000, discounted price available to endowments and foundations for $400

 

18 May

Social Value Leaders Summit

What: The 8th Social Value Leaders Summit convened by Social Enterprise UK. The aim this year is to “take stock of the impact of two major events since the last summit” – the impact of Covid-19 and the UK decision to pursue Net Zero – and the look ahead at how social value can be implemented over the next decade.

Who: Senior leaders and decision makers from a range of sectors, including public and private sector, social enterprises, housing and higher education.

Where: Birmingham, UK

Tickets: Attendance invitation only, however those interested in attending may contact Social Enterprise UK for more info.

 

18-20 May

Shift 2022

What: A virtual event from people in the social and environmental impact space rallying to make business a force for good. Covering three days, the event will explore personal development, business development and overall systems change.

Who: Business leaders, social entrepreneurs and anyone working to support and grow the impact ecosystem.

Where: Online

Tickets: General admission $249, discounted equity pass tickets available here for $79 for Black, Indigenous and people of colour, trans and gender non-conforming people, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ people, people who live on a low or fixed income and people with intersectional marginalised identities.

 

19-21 May

ChangeNow Summit

What: A three-day hybrid “accelerator event” that will highlight concrete and innovative solutions to the world’s problems. ChangeNow describes its summit as the “largest event for the planet” .

Who: Open to all

Where: Paris (France) and online

Tickets: Available now from $90 for professionals; special discounts available for students and nonprofits as well as the general public, solidarity pass available on request for those in need

 

24 May

EVPA webinar: Safeguarding Impact Integrity

What: A webinar featuring speakers from IKEA Social Entrepreneurship and Trafigura Foundation. The discussion will centre on how corporate social investors can safeguard their impact integrity, as well as the launch of EVPA’s new report with four case studies to help understand the challenges linked to impact integrity.

Who: Anyone interested in learning more about how corporate social investors can mitigate the challenges of impact integrity.

Where: Online

Tickets: Registration required

 

24-25 May

SEWF Policy Forum

What: An opportunity to connect and learn alongside policy leaders from around the world in the run-up to SEWF 2022. Key themes include: policy & systems, climate solutions, future of work and community-led solutions.

Who: Open to all interested in policy

Where: Online only

Tickets: Free, registration required

 

1-2 June

UN Global Compact Leaders Summit

What: A virtual convening of forward-thinking business leaders, SDG stakeholders, activists, policy makers and emerging leaders globally. Activities will include over 24 hours of “inspired conversation, purposeful networking and meaningful takeaways”. This year’s summit will take a look at collective and individual evaluation of the sustainability journey.

Who: Anyone interested in learning more about how to take action on the SDGs and shaping the future.

Where: Online

Tickets: General admission $499, complimentary tickets available to UN Global Compact participants and signatories

 

6-8 June

US SIF Forum

What: US SIF’s 11th anniversary annual conference, featuring in-person interactive sessions, networking opportunities and exhibit booths for sustainable and impact investment product/service providers.

Who: For investors, financial advisors, companies and policymakers focused on sustainable investing and advancing environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues.

Where: Santa Ana, New Mexico

Tickets: Registration required

 

6-10 June

Social Enterprise Drive, Birmingham

What: A week-long festival showcasing social enterprises from Birmingham and beyond’. From pop-up shops, marketplaces, masterclasses, demos and debates, the organiser, iSE, says ‘expect a diverse programme of activity across the city’.

Who: Open to all interested in the social enterprise sector in and around Birmingham

Where: Birmingham, UK and online

Tickets: Booking available here for each individual event

 

7 June

III Camino al Impacto: Tiempo de Actuar

What: The Spain National Advisory Board on Impact Investment’s annual event, its third ‘road to impact’, will focus on mobilising capital, ensuring integrity and promoting regulation.

Where: Madrid, Spain

Further details to be confirmed, register here.

 

15 June

GSG Impact Summit Part 1: Financing a Better World Through Impact Transparency

What: Part 1 of 3 in GSG’s new Global Impact Summit series, building on demand for short, sharp and influential events. The three one-day, online and action-oriented events will span across the year and explore key developments in the impact sector including recommendations and actions from the G7 Impact Taskforce. Part 1 will focus on how to achieve impact transparency, discussing the role of regulators, ongoing developments on impact valuation and current efforts to implement this agenda globally.

Who: Anyone interested in hearing from global leaders, impact practitioners and GSG’s network of National Advisory Board voices from around the world

Where: Online

Tickets: Available here from £75

 

21-24 June

AVPN Global Conference 2022

What: AVPN describes its flagship event as “the largest social investing convening in Asia”. It aims to help attendees share knowledge, build strategic partnerships, and address socio-economic challenges at scale, while bridging the worlds of philanthropy and impact investing with private equity and institutional investing. 

Who: For funders and resource providers of all kinds, particularly those working/interested in Asia

Where: Bali (Indonesia)

Tickets: US$985 (AVPN members), from US$1245 (non-members) for full access – register your interest

 

 

23 June

NatWest SE100 Awards

What: Annual celebration and announcement of top 100 UK social enterprises plus award winners across various categories.

Who: For social enterprises, impact investors and mission-driven business leaders across the UK

Where: NatWest venue, central London, UK (to be confirmed)

Tickets: Will be released later this year.

 

This page is updated regularly – check back soon for more events. To submit yours for consideration on this list, contact news@pioneerspost.com

 

7-9 September

Social Enterprise Alliance Virtual Summit

What: A “Summit of Summits” from the USA’s social enterprise representative body that will offer a place to convene, talk, learn, advocate, share ideas and new developments in the sector and celebrate and highlight the work that is being done.

Who: Anyone interested in learning from the innovative social enterprise business model to create economic, racial and climate justice.

Where: Online, with a few potential local in-person events TBD

Tickets: Early bird $200 available until 16 June. Student discount available for $75.

 

22 September

GSG Impact Summit Part 2: Boosting Capital Allocation in Emerging Markets

What: Part 2 of 3 in GSG’s new Global Impact Summit series, building on demand for short, sharp and influential events. The three one-day, online and action-oriented events will span across the year and explore key developments in the impact sector including recommendations and actions from the G7 Impact Taskforce.

Who: Anyone interested in hearing from global leaders, impact practitioners and GSG’s network of National Advisory Board voices from around the world

Where: Online

Tickets: Will be released 16 June

 

27 September

SEWF Youth Forum

Where: Hybrid

More info coming soon

 

27 September

SEWF Academic Symposium

Where: In person

More info coming soon

 

28-29 September

Social Enterprise World Forum

What: The SEWF 2022 hybrid programme will feature fireside chats, panels and discussions with live Q&A, expert-led masterclasses, partner sessions, networking and a marketplace. The 2021 gathering drew 3,000 participants from 131 countries; in 2022, SEWF's Australian hosts hope to attract 100,000 attendees.

Who: Designed by and for social enterprises around the world

Where: Brisbane (Australia) and online

Tickets: Book now – from £29 (online) or AU$300 (in person)

 

 

12-13 October

GIIN Investor Forum

What: The GIIN Forum aims to grow the global impact investing market by “bringing all of the crucial elements of impact together in one place”. Hosted by the US-based Global Impact Investing Network, it will offer more than 30 hours of content from 175 speakers.

Who: For all interested in impact investing – both experienced professionals and newcomers to the industry

Where: The Hague (Netherlands)

Tickets: More info soon – sign up for updates

 

17-20 October

SOCAP

What: A gathering of investors, entrepreneurs and social impact leaders that aims to “accelerate progress against the world’s toughest challenges through market-based solutions”. SOCAP descibes its annual conference as “the impact movement's flagship event”.

Who: Open to all interested in the impact movement

Where: San Francisco (USA) and online

Tickets: Limited tickets available for US$1049

 

27-28 October

Impact Unconference New Zealand

What: A conference providing the opportunity to catalyse impact by “reimagining the role of business, charity and philanthropy”. It aims to educate, inform, build networks and inspire action.

Who: Open to anyone interested in connecting, learning, challenging and inspiring action, as well as bringing their own ideas and contributions.

Where: Te Pae Convention Centre Ōtautahi Christchurch

Tickets: More info coming soon

 

22 November

GSG Impact Summit Part 3: Townhall hosted by Sir Ronald Cohen, GSG Chair

What: Part 3 of 3 in GSG’s new Global Impact Summit series, building on demand for short, sharp and influential events. The three one-day, online and action-oriented events will span across the year and explore key developments in the impact sector including recommendations and actions from the G7 Impact Taskforce.

Who: Anyone interested in hearing from global leaders, impact practitioners and GSG’s network of National Advisory Board voices from around the world

Where: Online

Tickets: Will be released 23 September

 

29-30 November

Ashoka Changemaker Summit 2022

What: An annual gathering of more than 300 systems-changing social entrepreneurs, young leaders, corporate partners and philanthropists to multiply their social impact. Among the summit’s themes are public policy, young changemaking, planet & climate and gender equity.

Who: Any pioneering changemaker who is interested in connecting and learning

Where: Brussels, Belgium

Tickets: Pre-register here

 

1-2 December

EVPA Annual Conference

What: The annual gathering of those EVPA describes as investors for impact – investors for whom the primary focus is on achieving a social impact, with any associated financial returns a secondary objective. 

Where: Brussels (Belgium)

Tickets: Keep an eye on EVPA's website for updates

 

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