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.

17 August

Black Philanthropy Month 2022: The Caribbean

What: The Caribbean Summit for Black Philanthropy Month. Speakers include St Croix Foundation’s Deanna James.

Who: Open to all

Where: Online

Tickets: Registration required

 

31 August

Reunity: The Black Women’s Funders Summit

What: Global network of Black women funders and leaders Reunity will be celebrating its 20th anniversary as well as Black Philanthropy Month with the culminating BPM women’s celebration and wellness rally. With the theme of ‘Tenacity: Making Equity Real’, speakers will include White House correspondent April Ryan and lawyer Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu.

Who: Open to all

Where: Online and Indianapolis, US

Tickets: Registration required

 

 

3 September

Cambridge Social Entrepreneur Festival: Cambridge Conversations

What: The first of a two-part festival that will mark the launch of the Social Entrepreneur Place. Attendees will have the opportunity to network, shop social enterprise products and hear from expert panels.

Who: Open to all social entrepreneurs; anyone who would like to supply products for sale can apply here.

Where: The Bradfield Centre in Cambridge, UK

Tickets: Early bird £75

 

8-9 September

Social Outcomes Conference 2022

What: The “annual convening of the world’s leading researchers, policymakers and practitioners working to improve social outcomes”. The conference will feature discussions on the latest thinking and findings from academic research alongside insights from the emerging practice across different geographies, disciplines and policy areas.

Who: Open to all

Where: Online and in-person at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford, UK

Tickets: Online free, in-person from £45

 

13 September

Good Finance Addressing Imbalance Live

What: A one-day, hybrid event bringing together leaders from diverse-led charities and social enterprises as well as investors, innovators and changemakers from across the social investment space.

Who: Open to all

Where: London, UK and online

Tickets: Free, available here

 

14 September

Impact Summit

What: ‘Europe’s leading purpose-led business event’ is an annual gathering for those who want a thriving global economy that puts people and planet first.

Who: Entrepreneurs, executives, educators and anyone who wants to change the status quo by using purpose-driven business models to tackle global challenges.

Where: Online

Tickets: From £30

 

15 September

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.

 

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: Early bird £50 until 30 July

 

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. Speakers include Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa.

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: General pass from £149, impact pass from £75, available here.

 

26 September

SEWF Social Enterprise Bus Tours

What: A tour of local social enterprises ahead of SEWF22, 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: Brisbane/Logan, Australia

Tickets: AU$85, available here

 

27 September

SEWF Youth Forum

What: A hybrid event that will give attendees the opportunity to participate in workshops led by Australian youth-focused organisations, be part of digital-only masterclasses on social entrepreneurship, be part of mentoring sessions, network with peers from across the globe and more.

Who: Open to anyone aged 16-30

Where: Brisbane and online

Tickets: Physical pass available for AU$30, digital pass available for £5.

 

27 September

SEWF Academic Symposium

What: A hybrid event that will engage academics, educators, students, scholar-practitioners, policymakers and those working with or in social enterprise. With the theme 'co-creating' the event objectives are to share research to enhance policy and practice, inspire national and global collaborations between researchers, and advance social enterprise pedagogy and education.

Who: Open to all; anyone interested in presenting or being involved in the symposium can submit their abstracts and papers by 18 July, and receive notification of decision on submissions by 19 August.

Where: Brisbane and online

Tickets: From AU$30, available here

 

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

 

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: Early-bird member rate $1300, non-member $2150 until 2 September. 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$1049

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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