How six entities are expanding the Malaysian social enterprise ecosystem

by Mirabelle Morah / September 2021

In 2021, the Social Enterprise World Forum has developed a network of Community Hubs to support groups from around the world to self-organise and hold local events (virtually or in-person) during our flagship forum SEWF 2021 (28-29 September).  The Community Hub in Malaysia consists of a coalition of private sector organisations, social enterprises as well as a state government agency and below is a spotlight on their activities.


The excitement to host a Community Hub in Malaysia

“In Malaysia, the SEWF Community Hub is made up of a coalition of private sector organisations, social enterprises, as well as state government agency in east Malaysia, Sarawak that anchors Malaysia’s SEWF 2021 Community Hub. The main coalition is made of Malaysian entities namely NeoUprise Sdn Bhd, Social Enterprise Academy MalaysiaMe.rekaBiji-biji, Purpose Malaysia and TEGAS Digital Innovation Hub. Fundamentally, we are excited at the chance to learn and exchange knowledge from other start-ups and social entrepreneurship communities around the world. With the dedicated theme of ‘continuity and evolution’ in the Malaysian social entrepreneurship landscape, we would like to explore the global practices abroad that we can adopt and localise, in order to push forward the social entrepreneurship agenda in Malaysia, which includes public and private sector participation nationwide”.

NeoUprise SEA Team

Activities that participants can look out for at the Community Hub in Malaysia 

“Aside from the main event on September 28-29 2021, the Malaysia Community Hub will be holding fringe events leading up to SEWF 2021. This is to build and create awareness among the community here in Malaysia prior to SEWF 2021, in view that there are value added and complementary activities happening throughout September. The SEWF Community Hub in Malaysia will hold engagements and events ranging from fireside chats, community networking, as well as capacity-building sessions on top of the SEWF main events. 

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We also hope to showcase some of these key highlights and activities, as well as feature some of the local Malaysian social enterprises and founders who will be part of the main SEWF event via virtual engagement and pre-recording sessions. This is our way of contributing and showcasing Malaysian social entrepreneurship to the global community via SEWF 2021″.


Local themes #SEWF2021 can ignite participants at the Hub to begin to focus on 

“For Malaysia, our overarching theme would be focusing on the continuity and evolution of social entrepreneurship. This is in the view of a big reset that is currently taking place in the Malaysian socio-economic landscape at the backdrop of the Covid 19 pandemic. There is an opportunity for grassroots social entrepreneurship to be pushed to the mainstream of the economy if adopted strategically in the ecosystem and be part of the national agenda moving forward. Common themes would be surrounding the sustainability of social enterprises, discussions around the post-pandemic recovery and how social entrepreneurship can influence systemic change”. 

SEWF’s impact on the Host Organisations 

“Collectively as a Malaysian coalition of SEWF Community Hubs, we have participated in SEWF forums since 2016 from Hong Kong to Christchurch, Edinburgh and up to Addis Ababa in 2019. We have found that aside from building connections & networks, gathering knowledge and thought leadership from SEWF speakers; we believe that holding discussions with participants from various backgrounds has given us more insight and different perspectives into social enterprise topics.  

Scaling and expanding our businesses, building connections with entities across different regions, continuing conversations on localising best practices, as well as recommendations on policies that promote the social entrepreneurship agenda have been some of the benefits we have gained from being part of SEWF over the years”. 

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SEWF Malaysia Team Meeting
SEWF Malaysia Team Meeting

Expected impact of the Community Hub on participants & the Malaysian social enterprise ecosystem

“Ultimately we want to reignite and rebuild the social entrepreneurship ecosystem in Malaysia following the pandemic conundrum and challenges over the last 24 months. It has to begin by engaging grassroots communities and this includes private and public sector players beyond social enterprises.  

In alignment with Malaysia’s theme of ‘continuity and evolution’ of the social entrepreneurship agenda, we hope that the SEWF Community Hub will be the door to expand the Malaysian ecosystem thinking that enables Malaysia to scale social entrepreneurship practices further, and can create impact within the country’s agenda”.

SEWF Community Hubs will have the opportunity to host their own experience tailored to their communities. Designed by and for social enterprises, #SEWF2021 is the event for the global social enterprise community. Join this event to connect with thousands of leading social entrepreneurs, access world-class content and be part of the world’s largest social enterprise conversation! Get your ticket.

Mirabelle Morah is the community and communications manager at SEWF