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Hong Kong 2016

Hosted By: Hong Kong General Chamber of Social Enterprises


The Hong Kong General Chamber of Social Enterprises (HKGCSE) was proud to be the host organiser of SEWF 2016, the first international forum for social enterprises in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong General Chamber of Social Enterprises Limited is the voice of social enterprise, providing a platform for social enterprises in Hong Kong to share best practice. Connect through events and networking groups. Negotiate policy issues with key decision makers and politicians. Promote their work in the media and the Chamber’s publications and website and support each other in promoting and strengthening the presence of social enterprises in Hong Kong. We contribute to building an ecology that is conductive to the social enterprise movement.


In view of the rapid, positive development of the social enterprise movement in Hong Kong, HKGCSE decided to bid to host SEWF 2016:

  • To demonstrate and share the positive experiences in Hong Kong to facilitate movement in other societies;
  • To further promote and consolidate Hong Kong’s international status as a leader in social enterprise through social innovation;
  • To bring together compassionate and knowledgeable social enterprise practitioners, policy-makers, academics, social investors, leaders and entrepreneurs globally to consolidate and augment our joint social enterprise mission.


  • 3 Keynotes
  • 8 Plenary Sessions
  • 22 Workshops
  • Gala Dinner
  • Networking Lunch
  • Local Heritage / Cultural Trip
  • SE Visit in Hong Kong
  • SE Visit in Taiwan


Under the theme of “New Frontiers New Markets”, the SEWF 2016, comprised of 3 keynotes, 8 plenary sessions and 22 workshops, was held from 25th to 27th September 2016 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. More than 100 speakers, including experienced social enterprises practitioners, academics and volunteers from around the world (from over 24 nationalities) shared their ideas and insight into social innovation and the development of social enterprises. Over 1000 delegates from over 26 countries attended the event.


Based on evaluation and feedback forms received and the scores given by the participants, on a scale of 1 to 5 (5 being the highest), the overall satisfaction of the SEWF 2016 is 4.2. The SEWF 2016 achieved the targets and made a successful impact on the future development of Social Enterprises in Hong Kong and global perspectives. Delegates were inspired by the fund-raising strategies and appreciated the efforts that Hong Kong has paid in data collection for social impact measurement of social enterprises.

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