#ImpactWomen events to look out for!

by Emma Becirovic - Ogunte contributor


One of the best ways to grow as a social entrepreneur is by attending an event where you will nurture your connections, increase your professional visibility, and learn from others through panels and debates. The right platform can contribute to your organisation’s learning culture both by bringing up-to-date knowledge, (or diverging opinions!) into your social enterprise and sending knowledge back out into your area of impact. Your confidence and credentials will also be reinforced by appearing at innovative events where you can share your valuable perspectives and experiences. Why not step onto the scene at some of the following events? Most are returning every year. Log them in your calendar to attend future editions!

If you’re interested in nurturing ecosystems, and educating and empowering others

-   Broadening Horizons: Social Enterprise Mark CIC conference

When: 5th-6th June 2017

Where: the University of Winchester, UK

Themes: “Broadening horizons for social enterprise and pushing the boundaries of the traditional social enterprise market”. The event will challenge participants to think about the wider world, Brexit and the market opportunities. For Social Enterprise Mark Holders on the 1st day and other social enterprises on the second day.

- OuiShare - Cities of the World Unite!

When: 5th-7th July 2017

Where: Paris, France

Themes: Cities and citizens are at the heart of the next great transformation.

Join 1,500 visionaries, entrepreneurs and movement builders to explore how digital technologies and a more collaborative culture can address the great challenges of our time and build systemic change.

- Social Enterprise World Forum

When: 27th-29th September 2017

Where: Christchurch, New Zealand

Theme: “Ka koroki te manu – Creating our tomorrow”, is an invitation to create a global legacy of positive change and to take an active role in shaping the world’s future. Key streams: Social enterprise in recovery and regeneration; Global citizenship and international development. Nb: Bursaries available.

- Unleashed, powered by the Centre for Social Enterprise Development

When: November 2017, date TBC

Where: Ottowa, Canada

Themes: “Money, markets, people, and ideas”. A radical conference bringing together ‘thinkers, disrupters, and doers’ for one day to share their insights and experiences in the social enterprise field.

- Women in Enterprise Conference (WEC)

When: 24th-25th November 2017

Where: Kano, Nigeria

Themes: Discussing and cross-pollinating ideas on entrepreneurship. Run specifically with women in mind and designed to inform and inspire other women who already are or want to run their own enterprises.

- Fourteenth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability

When: January 2018, date TBC

Where: Cairns, Australia

Themes: Special focus is “forging solidarity: collective sustainability solutions in a fragmenting world”. This research network attempts to locate what is being experienced in the context of longer, broader and deeper views of the four fundamentals (environment, culture, economy, society) of sustainability.

- Empower- Reach Out to Asia’s Annual Youth Conference on Personal Leadership, Service Learning and Global Citizenship

When: Early March 2018

Where: Qatar

Themes: sustainable tourism; previous themes include youth development for

peaceful societies and sports as youth empowerment. Intends to inspire, inform and mobilize young delegates and to enable young people to take leadership roles in addressing local and international developmental issues

If you’re interested in environmental sustainability

- SEED West Africa Symposium 2017

When: 20th July 2017

Where: Accra, Ghana

Themes: “Reinvent? Replicate! - Replicating Eco-Inclusive Enterprise Solutions for Green Economy and Sustainable Development in West Africa”. Bringing together over 100 enterprises, financial institutions, policy makers, business development service providers and civil society representatives this event aims to generate approaches to and explorations of the business models which will contribute to an inclusive green economy and sustainable development in West Africa.

-  International Conference on Sustainable Development - run by European Centre of Sustainable Development

When: 6th-7th September 2017

Where: Rome, Italy

Themes: “Creating a unified foundation for the Sustainable Development: research, practice and education". Inspired by the critical challenge of human, environmental, and economic sustainability concerning the present and future generations in a global-scale context

If you want to influence and work with policy makers

-   Social Enterprise Policy and Practice

When: 7th September 2017

Where: Glasgow, Scotland

Summary: Bringing together 220+ social enterprise leaders, practitioners, supporters, policy makers and funders to gain insight, this annual event will let you share experiences and best practice, and network.

If you want to talk about money and markets

- Summit ’17- Social Enterprise Alliance

When: 18th-20th September 2017

Where: California, USA

-  Annual Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs

When: 25th-27th September 2017

Where: Virginia, USA

- Social Capital Markets “SoCap”
When: 10th-13th October 2017

Where: San Fransisco, California

Theme: Socap convenes thousands of impact investors, world-class entrepreneurs, and innovative cross-sector practitioners dedicated to increasing the flow of capital toward social good.

- Social Venture Network- 30th anniversary conference and celebration

When: 7th-9th December 2017

Where: San Francisco, USA

- Social Exchange Marketplace

When: March, 2018, date TBC

Where: Edinburgh, Scotland

What do you think of these events? What appeals to you, and what is lacking? We’d love to gain an insight from you, as women in social business, about what you want to find in an event, either as a visitor, co-sponsor or panel participant.

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