Previous Event:

Edinburgh 2018

Hosted By: CEIS

THEME: Inspiring a new decade of impact


Scotland was delighted to host the Social Enterprise World Forum a decade on from hosting the inaugural event in 2008. Returning to Edinburgh, the event wanted to show how one of the leading social enterprise nations had continued to make progress by creating a world class social enterprise ecosystem. This served as a great platform for discussion with international social enterprise leaders, policy makers, academics, young people and supporters. The event reached new heights in representation with participants from 47 Countries attending SEWF and its fringe events spanning 10 days. Scotland was a great host country as the social enterprise sector from throughout the highlands and islands and central Scotland mobilised to welcome visitors, share experiences and build international network


  • 1400 delegates
  • 47 Countries
  • Media reach
  • 62.86% of the total expenditure of £852,308 with 44 third sector organisations
  • Worked with partners to allow 400 people to access bursaries to attend
  • Scottish Parliament holding a debate on SEWF during the event
  • School and youth profile at the event


SAP MOOC – we were delighted to create a massive open online course with SEWF global partner, SAP on How Social Enterprises Enhance Corporate Supply Chains. The MOOC was filmed during SEWF 2018 and attracted 3707 learners at its launch on January 22nd, 2019. The course is still highly relevant and popular and has continued to attract leaners with a total of 5591 participants enrolled a year after its launch.

Masterclasses – we conducted 14 masterclass sessions [link to masterclass sessions hosted in] in partnership with our learning and skill building partner, SEI. These sessions saw international social enterprise leaders providing expert advice and guidance to social enterprise practitioners who were keen to learn from and engage with the best in the business. Further info on the platform and further courses can be accessed here.

Post-event report – Read the full SEWF 2019 report.