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Events / 2021 events



We will continue to update this page throughout the year. If your question is not answered below, please contact digital@sewfonline.com

Event details

What time zones are the events based around?
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In 2021, we are partnering with Common Good Solutions in Nova Scotia as event co-host to shine a spotlight on Canada, therefore, the focus will be on Nova Scotia time zone (AST/ADT). Please note: Hopin will adjust the programme timings to your time zone. We still recommend that you check the times shown on Hopin with the programme, which will be provided on the SEWF website nearer to the event date.

Will there be an in-person SEWF event in 2021?
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No. Due to COVID-19, we will not be holding an in-person SEWF. All events will be virtual. We are developing a model for Community Hubs for SEWF 2021 in September, which would enable groups to self-organise around SEWF 2021, streaming content (either live or recorded) and enabling local networking and other activities. More information on Community Hubs coming soon!

Policy Forum

When is the Policy Forum?
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27 – 28 April. Please check the programme for event times.

Rural Forum

When is the Rural Forum?
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8- 9 June. Please check the programme for event times (coming soon).

Youth Forum

When is the Youth Forum?
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27 September 2021. Times to be confirmed.

SEWF 2021

When is SEWF 2021?
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28-29 September 2021. Times to be confirmed.

Academic Forum

What date is the Academic Forum?
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16-17 November. Times to be confirmed.

Event language and accessibility

What languages will the event be in?
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The main language will be English with interpretation and some presentations in French.

Will the event have closed captioning?
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Yes. For the Policy Forum this will be available through a third-party platform, which participants will need to have open in a separate browser.

What kind of technology will I need to participate in SEWF?
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SEWF will take place on Hopin. For the best experience, participants will need a computer with a camera and microphone, an internet connection, and a web browser like Chrome or Firefox. Our team will provide instructions for our online event platform to ensure everyone is informed how to participate.


How do I book a ticket?
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Tickets are booked through Hopin. On booking, wou will be asked to create a Hopin account, if you do not have one already. Please enter your details using an email address you have access to as this is where Hopin will email you with event updates and email confirmation.

Please note that ticket swaps/name changes are not possible once you have registered for the event.

What is the ticket cost?
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The Policy Forum is free to attend. The Youth Forum is open to under 30s only and is also free to attend.

There is a ticket cost to attend the Rural Forum, SEWF 2021 and the Academic Forum as virtual events still involve considerable resources. As a social enterprise we do not intend on generating a profit and we thank all our partners and sponsors for their support, which has significantly reduced fees.

There are early bird discounts available, as well as combination ticket discounts. There are also discounted tickets for young people (u30), full-time students, start-up social enterprises and those based in low income, lower middle income and conflicted affected countries.

Bursary support is available for the Rural Forum and SEWF 2021. For information and to apply: Rural Forum bursary (deadline: 24 May) and SEWF 2021 bursary (deadline 31 July).

Can we request an invoice instead of paying with a credit card?
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All payments must be made by credit or debit card via our event Hopin registration page, which uses Stripe to process payments.

Purchasing more than one ticket (up to 9 tickets)?
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Unfortunately, it is not possible to buy multiple tickets at the same time as Hopin requires each participant to be registered at the time of purchase to ensure access to the event. Please see below for purchasing 10+ tickets.

How do I make a group booking?
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Not applicable for the Policy Forum. For other events, a 10% group discount can be provided for groups of 10 or more. Please contact digital@sewfonline.com with the number of tickets required and a CSV file with the following information for each registration in the following order (email, first name, last name, job title/position). Please note that these details will be shared with our event platform Hopin so that tickets can be issued. To access the event, all participants will need to create an individual account with Hopin. Group payment will be required prior to issuing tickets. Please note that ticket swaps are not possible. Please refer to our terms and conditions for more information.


Can I request a refund if I will no longer be attending the event?
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Refunds must be submitted in writing by email to enquiries@sewfonline.com, email subject “Refund” with your ticket confirmation and payment receipt attached. For a refund to be acknowledged, you must provide these details, and have received written confirmation in return. Refunds are accepted up to 14 days before the event. There will be no refunds after this time. Ticket prices include a non-refundable booking and administration fee. All refunds will be notified and processed within one month of the event end date.

Programme and speakers

Where do I find the programme?
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The programme for the Policy Forum: https://hopin.com/events/sewf-2021-policy-forum. Other event programmes will be announced in the coming weeks and months. Please subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on social media to keep updated.

Who is speaking at the event?
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In April we will be making our first speaker announcements for the Policy Forum. All speakers will be listed in the programme and on our website ahead of the events.

Can I nominate a speaker?
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Nominations for our flagship forum SEWF 2021 (28-29 September) can be made through this form (deadline 30 June). Please note that there are limited speaking opportunities.

How are the event programmes created?
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All programme content is co-designed by SEWF working in partnership with 2021 co-host Common Good Solutions and other key partners and stakeholders.

At SEWF Digital in 2020, you featured nominated sessions. Will this happen in 2021?
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Instead of featuring nominated sessions, we will have dedicated “rooms” during the networking space at SEWF 2021 in September for participants to meet around specific topics or geographies.

Recorded content

Will sessions be recorded?
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All Main Stage sessions for all SEWF events will be recorded.

When and where will content be available? / How do I access this content?
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Recorded content will be available on the SEWF video library on our website. To access the content you will need to agree to the terms of use and register. 

Partnership and sponsorship

Who are the sponsors and partners for the events in 2021?
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For a full list of sponsors and partners, please visit Partners and sponsors.

Interested in partnering with us?
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Contact us to find out more about how becoming a SEWF partner, event sponsor or community hub supporter can help you achieve your goals to support the social enterprise movement.

SEWF and Common Good Solutions

Where can I find more information about SEWF?
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More information about SEWF can be found here.

Where can I find more information about Common Good Solutions?
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More information can be found here

Media enquiries

Please send more information to enquiries@sewfonline.com so that one of our team can assist you (e.g. interview request, covering content at the event, etc).