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Youth Forum Programme launched!

by Mirabelle Morah / July 2021

Calling all young changemakers! On 27 September 2021, we will be holding our first-ever online SEWF Youth Forum in partnership with Co-host Common Good Solutions and Partner, Social Shifters. The event is free to attend for anyone under 30.

Designed by and for young people working in social enterprise, this will not be your typical online sit-and-listen conference or ZOOM workshop. With over 600 people registered already, it’s surely set to be one of the largest gatherings of young changemakers in 2021.

The SEWF Youth Forum is also the culmination of the Shifters Global Innovation Challenge which closed on 16 July 2021 (more details to follow). This is your opportunity to meet the finalists, as well as connect with the many hundreds of Challenge applicants from around the world.

Key event info


27 September 2021 (into 28 September morning if in Oceania)


11:00-00:00 BST (GMT+1) / 07:00-20:00 ADT

Who is this event for?

The event is free and open to all under 30s. Whether you’re a social enterprise founder, leader, team member, are at the idea stage, or perhaps just have a general interest in social enterprise and want to find out more, this event is for you!


The event will be held in English with French interpretation and CC captions available. Other languages may be available – details to be confirmed soon.

Where is it being held and where can I register?

The Youth Forum will be held on Hopin and you can register here to access the event.

SEWF Youth Forum: What to expect

  • Shifters Showcase: Hear from the finalists of the Social Shifters Global Innovation Challenge!
  • Inspiring panels featuring leading young social entrepreneurs from around the world. Topics will include circular economy and climate, mental health and wellbeing, STEM, diversity and inclusion and COVID-19.
  • Expert-led masterclasses with five streams:
    1. leadership and wellbeing
    2. finance and funding
    3. storytelling and campaigning
    4. business tools and strategies
    5. introduction to social enterprise.
  • Ask an expert: Book a one-to-one session for you and your team (up to four others) with a Masterclass leader to get feedback or advice on a specific aspect of your work. Limited places are available and bookings will open to registered participants in August.
  • Networking: Using Hopin’s 1-1 networking feature, you’ll be able to connect with others attending the event, much like bumping into someone during a coffee break.
  • Open spaces for networking and themed discussions with topics suggested by the community ahead of the event.
  • Small group meetings: Via Hopin’s meeting function you can invite up to four other people to a private meeting room.
Also read:  April's opportunities for global innovators and changemakers

The programme is online and will be regularly updated in the lead-up to the event with speakers and Masterclass presenters coming soon. Please note that times may vary and will be confirmed later in August.

Booked a ticket yet? Don’t miss out on this opportunity to join over 600 change-makers presently registered to attend the SEWF Youth Forum! Get a ticket HERE.

Thanks to: SEWF Youth Advisory Group, Youth Forum Co-host Common Good Solutions, Social Shifters and Social Shifters Youth Council.

SEWF youth forum
Social Shifters / SEWF Youth Forum (SEWF and CGS) / SEWF Global Partner SAP
Mirabelle Morah is the community and communications manager at SEWF