Events / SEWF 2022



28-29 September 

SEWF22 happened in Brisbane, Australia and online via Hopin thanks to our 2022 Co-host White Box Enterprises! Thousands of social enterprise leaders, policymakers, philanthropists and purpose-led people joined the event to access newfound opportunities, grow their networks and get inspired by experts while being part of the world’s largest social enterprise event.

SEWF22 was a two-day hybrid event focused on “Co-Creating the Future”. Live at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre and online via Hopin, we threw a spotlight on Australia this year and invited our Global Social Enterprise Community to be part of this event. (See our FAQs and Sustainability Statement). Whether you thought about starting a social enterprise, had been running one for decades or are an advocate for the sector, at SEWF22 there was something for everyone.


SEWF 22 speaker poster
  • SEWF22 convened industry experts and speakers who work locally and inspire globally. This event provided an opportunity for our participants to share their work with a global audience.
  • Participants engaged in inspiring conversations and informative plenaries across five thought-provoking program themes: Indigenous Social Enterprise, Unusual Suspects, Excellence & Failure, Climate Solutions, Policy & Systems.
  • Participants and speakers presented solutions and were part of those working to bring change. 
  • We had breakout sessions with smaller groups where people could share their big ideas and listen to unheard social enterprise stories and lessons that matter. 
  • Participants had the opportunity to gain new insight, knowledge, skills and contacts to help develop and rebuild their enterprises or careers.
  • Connections with old friends were rekindled. Participants also met new people including potential investors and partners through several networking opportunities.
  • In-person participants could also add any of our fringe events (Australian Social Enterprise Youth Forum, The Funding Network Crowdfunding Event, Bus Tours and more) to their SEWF22 experience! 
  • And with SEWF22 Community Hubs, social entrepreneurs all over the world were able to join the event through community gatherings, locally.
“The meaningful connections made at SEWF 2021 was like finding the various missing pieces in our organization’s jigsaw puzzle, ones which empowered us to turn theory into action, and make our purpose whole”.
⏤ Kenneth Kwok, SEWF 2021, Hong Kong

Key event information


28-29 September 2022 


SEWF22 was a two-day hybrid experience happening live at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane (Australia) and online via the Hopin platform. 

Ticket information

There were three options for participation: 

Physical Pass: With this option, participants joined SEWF22 in-person. Physical Pass includeed access to the two-day event at the BCEC, access to exclusive in-person only sessions, in-person networking, expo, evening entertainment and all Digital Pass features. Optional add-ons included social enterprise tours, evening activities and partner-led events. The ticket price started from $330 AUD. 

Digital Pass: Participants could join SEWF22 online via Hopin. The Digital Pass allowed you to connect with thousands of like-minded people with early (online) access including profile-based matching, participant contact list, online meeting scheduler and chat, access to hybrid sessions streamed live from Brisbane with live chat and Q&A, online networking and more. The ticket price started from £29 ($51 AUD approx.)

SEWF22 Community Hubs: Through SEWF Community Hubs, social enterprises and entrepreneurs engaged with SEWF22 content, network, shared ideas and opportunities with each other locally. Check to see SEWF22 Community Hub.


Applications reopened to apply for SEWF22 Digital Pass Bursaries from 29 August to 12 September 2022.

All thanks to the generous support of SEWF22 partners and sponsors, bursary categories available included:
  • Youth
  • Financial Hardship
  • Low income, lower middle income or conflict affected countries
Please note that the second round of Digital Pass bursaries was available only to people residing outside of Australia. Bursaries (Physical Pass and Digital Pass) for people resident in Australia closed in June 2022.

The event was held in English with and CC captions available on Hopin.

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