Past events

Past events

The first ever Social Enterprise World Forum in 2008 showcased the unique potential of bringing together individuals and organisations from the social enterprise movement around the world. Since then, we have held events on every continent and in 2020 we moved online to create SEWF Digital.

SEWF legacy of change

In 2008 when SEWF was founded, the sector lacked a global context. SEWF provided a platform where people could form long-lasting relationships, draw on and share models of best practice and drive the social enterprise movement together.

Since then, we have built momentum, developed networking opportunities, explored diverse social enterprise models, shared and created policies and exchanged learning experiences.

Our annual events and growing range of activities have allowed social enterprise leaders, practitioners and policymakers to engage and grow the social enterprise movement.

SEWF Digital 2020

In 2020, with just a few months to pivot our plans after the pandemic made meeting in person impossible, we hosted our first ever SEWF Digital events. SEWF Digital was our biggest global event to date, with over 5,000 reserved places from participants across 100 countries – 26% of whom were under 30 years old. A total of 234 speakers participated in 94 sessions. Prior to SEWF Digital, we held our first online Policy Forum, which engaged 162 policymakers and sector leaders across 30 sessions, featuring 43 different speakers.

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Starting with over 80 videos from the SEWF Digital event in 2020, we’re building a database of social enterprise content for the SEWF community. It’s free to subscribe and we’ll keep adding to the collection as each new event takes place.

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Explore the archives

Below you’ll find a list of SEWF past locations and hosts. Click on the location for more information, including participant numbers, reports and videos (available for 2016-2020).


Addis Ababa, Ethiopia / Hosts: British Council Ethiopia and Social Enterprise Ethiopia


Edinburgh, Scotland / Host: CEIS


Christchurch, New Zealand / Host: The Ākina Foundation


Hong Kong / Host: Hong Kong General Chamber of Social Enterprises (HKGCSE)


Milan, Italy / Host: ACRA-CCS


Seoul, Korea / Host: Work Together Foundation


Calgary, Canada / Host: Trico Charitable Foundation


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil / Host: NESsT


Johannesburg, South Africa / Host: University of Johannesburg


San Francisco, USA / Host: Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA)


Melbourne, Australia / Host: Social Ventures Australia


Edinburgh, Scotland / Host: CEIS