Social enterprise and impact investing events in 2022 and 2023

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.

 

17-30 September

Cambridge Social Entrepreneur Festival: Online Festival

What: The second part of the Cambridge Social Entrepreneur Festival is an online-only event and will include live workshops and panel discussions, small group zoom sessions and online networking, as well as recordings from the 3 September Festival and resources.

Who: Social entrepreneurs

Where: Online

Tickets: Online only tickets £95

 

26-29 September

GAIL Mid-Year Global Event: The Role of Lawyers in a Just Transition

What: This event will bring together lawyers and others involved in the impact economy from across the world to explore the role that lawyers can play in facilitating a just transition and moving towards a new economic paradigm. 

Who: Open to all

Where: London and online

Tickets: Free, registration required

 

27-29 September

Sankalp Global Summit

What: The 14th annual gathering of the Global South impact community, with the theme of #TransformingImpact. The virtual summit will bring together practitioners working on building economies and achieving the SDGs, with opportunities to network and learn.

Who: Open to all

Where: Online

Tickets: Free, registration required

 

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)

 

 

29 September

Panel Debate: COP26 or FLOP26? What Next for Climate Justice in the UK? 

What: A panel discussion dissecting the question: what is the next step for climate justice in the UK? Speakers include Professor Rebecca Willis, Benali Hamdache and Shaun Spiers.

Who: Open to all

Where: Online

Tickets: Free, register here

 

30 September

SEWF Social Enterprise Tours

What: A tour of local social enterprises in four locations in Australia. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from founders of a range of social enterprises at various stages of development, see what's happening on the ground, expand their network and learn from others.

Who: Anyone interested in learning more about social enterprises in Australia

Where: Sunshine Coast/Toowomba Australia

Tickets: AU$85, available here

 

2-5 October

SEWF Rural Gathering

What: A ‘key satellite event’ of SEWF, taking place in North East Victoria, a rural region described as a hotbed for social enterprise in Australia. The programme will explore a central theme of ‘community-led rejuvenation through social enterprise’, with a focus on accelerating leadership in the next generation, learning from First Nations people, building networks and the enabling role of government and philanthropy.

Who: Anyone interested in learning more about the renewal of rural communities from anywhere around the globe

Where: North East Victoria, Australia

Tickets: AU$2,200 per person including field trip meals and accommodation. Register your interest here

 

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

 

4 October

Global Social Prescribing Alliance Webinar – Sustainable models of Social Prescribing

What: The Global Social Prescribing Alliance’s first webinar in conversation with Professor Christ Drinkwater and Dr Kate Mulligan will explore how social prescribing programmes can be started and scaled up through inter- and cross-sectoral collaboration and funding.

Who: Open to all

Where: Online

Tickets: Free, registration required

 

5-6 October

ReThink HK

What: A two-part programme in partnership with Dream Impact and City University of Hong Kong. Part one – Social Innovators of Tomorrow – will discuss sustainability, inclusive business models, business opportunities for social impact, as well as the alignment of career and skills development. Part two – Green Leaders of Tomorrow – is for young professionals, sustainability practitioners and business leaders. Speakers include Dream Impact co-founder Dorothy Lam and Network of Environmental Student Societies co-founder Mark Cheung.

Who: Open to all

Where: Wan Chai, Hong Kong and online

Tickets: Available for HK$949 for full access; discounted passes and single day passes available. Online pass HK$349.

 

12 October

The Young Foundation ‘Connect’ event: Investment, procurement, partnership

What: The first part of The Young Foundation’s Connect event. Attendees will participate in curated face-to-face meetings between investors and organisations looking to procure services from a range of 30 scaling ventures that are part of The Young Foundation’s social business portfolio.

Who: Open to anyone interested in scaling, investing or procuring services

Where: Canary Wharf, London

Tickets: Email steve.chapman@youngfoundation.org for more information and to sign up.

 

12 October

The Young Foundation ‘Connect’ event: The quest for the ‘S’ in ESG

What: The evening session of The Young Foundation’s Connect event. A ‘must-attend’ event for any business seeking fresh perspectives on the role of the private sector in creating social value. Attendees will hear insights from CEO Helen Goulden, followed by a panel discussion. Speakers include Shevaun Haviland, director general of British Chambers of Commerce and Lee Healey, managing director of IncomeMax CIC.

Who: Open to all

Where: Canary Wharf, London

Tickets: Free, registration required

 

12 October

Power to Change Webinar – Our new Prime Minister: What next for the communities agenda?

What: A Power to Change webinar exploring what Liz Truss’ premiership means for the communities agenda. Speakers include New Social Covenant Unit director Imogen Sinclair and British Future director Sunder Katwala.

Who: Open to all

Where: Online

Tickets: Free, registration required

 

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: Member rate $1600, non-member $2500. A special rate is available to NGOs, development finance institution, governments and asset owners. More information here.

 

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$1349

 

18-20 October

Joining forces: growing impact in Africa and beyond

What: Finance in Common’s third summit will be held on 19 and 20 October, organised by the African Development Bank and the European Investment Bank. The Global Steering Group for Impact Investment and FAIR (the French impact investment national advisory board) will run a side event on 18 October. Discussions will be in French and English and will explore collaborations between public institutions and private sector actors to ensure that more capital can flow towards achieving the SDGs. 

Who: Open to all

Where: Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

Tickets: Free, registration required

 

19 October

Social Value UK MemEx Conference

What: Along with members and partners, Social Value UK will explore a range of social value topics and themes to facilitate the drive towards a shared future of making decisions for more equality, improved wellbeing and greater environmental care. Attendees can expect keynote talks, panel discussions, networking opportunities and exhibition stands.

Who: Open to all

Where: Manchester, UK and online

Tickets: Pioneers Post subscribers get a 10% discount with the code MEMEXP. Online tickets available to members for £59, non-members £99. Member tickets for in-person event £109, available here. Non-members £169. ‘Pay it forward’ tickets are also available to enable the issuing of free tickets to charitable, CIC or similar status organisations.

 

24-25 October

Social Value Matters Europe 2022

What: A conference dedicated to the best practices and innovations in the world of impact measurement and management, with the aim of highlighting the transformative role that social value accounting can play in creating a sustainable world.

Where: Turin, Italy

Who: Open to all

Tickets: €157, available here

 

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

 

 

7-9 November

New Longevity Summit

What: A global gathering to identify the opportunities and challenges of demographic shifts as the number of people aged over 80 is expected to triple by 2050. Organised by Ashoka and BBK, attendees will learn from social entrepreneurs addressing longevity with systems-changing approaches, connect local and international changemakers and generate alliances between social entrepreneurs, business/industry leaders, companies and philanthropists.

Who: Anyone interested in the impact of the ‘longevity revolution’ and addressing the challenges it poses in areas such as urban planning, education, healthcare and the labour market.

Where: Bilbao, Spain

Tickets: Pre-register here

 

7-10 November

FLII CA&C Impact Investment for and from Central America and the Caribbean

What: The 7th edition of the conference focusing on impact investment for and from Central America and the Caribbean running alongside the Gender Lens Investing Forum for Latin America

Who: Members of the impact community of this region

Where: Santo Domingo del Cerro, Guatemala

Tickets: From US$350

 

9-11 November

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: $200. Student discount available for $75.

 

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

 

15 November

ImpactFest

What: Run by the Hague’s ImpactCity, the 7th edition of “Europe’s biggest impact festival” will focus on the future of impact and solutions that the world needs now. The four main themes are: food transition, energy transition, circular economy and climate adaptation.

Who: Open to all

Where: Fokker Terminal, The Hague

Tickets: Regular tickets €45, startup tickets €15

 

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

 

30 November-2 December

EVPA Impact Week 2022

What: Launched in 2004, the EVPA Annual Conference fosters a global network of changemakers to encounter innovative ideas, discover new trends and engage with partners to maximise their impact. This year EVPA has partnered with Ashoka and Impact Finance Belgium to combine several events including Ashoka’s Changemaker Summit and the EVPA Annual Conference.

Who: Open to anyone interested in working towards SDG goals, or learning more

Where: Brussels, Belgium

Tickets: Free for EVPA members, from  €800 for others, register here

 

24-26 May 2023

Philea Forum

Where: Šibenik, Croatia

More information coming soon

 

14-15 June 2023

National Social Value Conference 2023

Register your interest for updates

 

27-30 August 2023

Latimpacto Conference, Impact Minds: Standing Together

Where: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

More information coming soon

 

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