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This Week in Social Entrepreneurship: More Things to Look Forward to in 2017!


Be with like-minded individuals in the different festivals you can join this year!

We hope you are all settling well into 2017. We are back this week with events and opportunities to add to your calendar & articles and news clips on social entrepreneurship around the globe. Enjoy!

Opportunities and Events

The Global Good Fund Announces 5th Annual Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurs

Now on its fifth year, learn more about The Global Good Fund’s annual fellowship for social entrepreneurs in partnership with Johnson & Johnson who will sponsor three fellows who have innovation ideas when it comes to healthcare challenges.

Startup Fest in Montreal – July 12-15, 2017

Join the Startup Festival in Montreal this July and be amongst global entrepenreneurs, founders, investors, and mentors. Startupfest is for everyone whether you are a startup or an investor. Register now as early bird tickets are up for grabs until 18 February!

SXSW in Austin, Texas – March 10-19, 2017

If you’re in Austin, Texas this March, drop by The South by Southwest Conference featuring professionals and big names in the creative industry. Visit their website for more details.

Radical Self Care Project 

Starting February 1, take part of a 28-day program that focuses on authentic and intentional self care, which tends to get buried under all the responsibilities we need to attend to. Check this out as it may be for you!


News, Reports, Insights

MSU launches speaker series January 19 featuring social entrepreneurs

Montana State University is kicking off a four-part social entrepreneurship speaker series. Speakers will impart knowledge on topics such as environmentally sustainable products, food security, autism and music education, and more. Visit their site for more details.

Millenials (and more) turn to business to make social change

Read this article from the University of Southern California News about how millenials are now more and more looking into businesses to make social change. In 2008, USC founded the first social enterprise program housed in an American business school known as Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab. Learn more about it through the link above.

JDC’s Social Hackathon aims to help vulnerable Israelis

In Israel, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Community hosted a social impact hackathon in partnership with large tech players like Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Microsoft. With over 100 participants in 30 mentors, the event asked the programmers to develop programs and apps to address challenges in Israel with regards to people of old age or with disabilities. 21 ideas were chosen to be further developed and 3 of these received top awards.



Relevance is vital for social entrepreneurship

The Hindu Business Line talks about the importance of relevance in the realm of social entreprenership and how the first step is to “understand the people at whom the venture or product is aimed”.

The profit in social impact: Business models that balance social relevance and bottom lines

There is a current rise in investments in enterprises whose business models give equal emphasis to profitability and social relevance. This is an interesting read especially for social entrepreneurs who strive for social impact.

The 17 Rules These Entrepreneurs Say You Should Break in 2017

Meet 17 entrepreneurs who share tips and secrets on what to give up this 2017. Learn from their experiences to be more productive, present, and healthy in growing your businesses and ideas this year.


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The best conferences for social entrepreneurs in 2016

Photo from SOCAP 2015

Photo from SOCAP 2015 at Fort Mason, San Francisco.

As a social entrepreneur or community organiser, your time and your funds are often precious, so you have to be selective about the events you attend. Here’s our selection of the most valuable conferences happening this year, where you’re more likely to find collaborators, funders or partners, to gain new insights and perspectives and to be inspired by those who came before and what’s possible when people put their mind to making a difference.

If you think we missed anything crucial please mention it in the comments!

Sankalp Africa Summit
February 24-26 in Nairbo, Kenya.
The third Annual Sankalp Africa Summit will continue the exciting conversations on entrepreneurship, innovation and inclusive development. All conversations at this year’s Summit will revolve around the theme of “Spurring the Entrepreneurship Economy”. It will take a comprehensive look at the different strata of society which shape, influence, and stimulate inclusive and high-impact enterprises, while also building markets to efficiently carry these businesses to scale, enabling them to reach their full potential. Over the last 2 years, Sankalp Forum, a global platform with regional editions, has convened over 1200 diverse stakeholder groups in Africa with the intent to create an ecosystem approach to enterprise-led development. We invite you to participate in this exciting movement and look forward to meeting you!

Find out more.

Nexus Australia Youth Summit
March 6 – 8, 2016 in Sydney, Australia.
The Nexus Australia Youth Summit will bring together young philanthropists, impact investors, social entrepreneurs and allies – including family business members, successful entrepreneurs, and inspiring social change leaders. Connecting the financial, intellectual, creative, and social capital of our generation in action-oriented, solutions-focused, and safe space, the Nexus Australia Youth Summit aims to inspire learning and collaboration between a uniquely powerful network of peers. They will discuss the challenges facing the world today and innovative solutions to them.

By application only, applications close January 26.

Nonprofit Technology Conference
March 23-25, 2016 in San Jose, California.
The Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) is the U.S. nonprofit sector’s signature technology event. They assemble over 2000 of the best and brightest nonprofit professionals from around the world. Together, they collaborate, innovate, and discover new ways to spark change with technology.

Find out more.

Skoll World Forum photo by globalX on flickr

Ambition at Skoll World Forum 2014

Skoll World Forum
April 13-15 in Oxford, England.

Each year, nearly 1,000 of the world’s most influential social entrepreneurs, key thought leaders, and strategic partners gather at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School to exchange ideas, solutions, and information. The Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship is the premier international platform for advancing entrepreneurial approaches and solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. Our mission is to accelerate the impact of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs by uniting them with essential partners in a collaborative pursuit of learning, leverage, and large-scale social change.

By application only. Applications due January 31.

OuiShare Fest

May 18-20 in Paris, France.
OuiShare Fest is an international event that takes place each May at teh Cabaret Sauvage in Pais. It gathers a global community of 1500 entrepreneurs and social innovators, non-profit and business leaders, grassroots activists and public officials ready to step out of their comfort zone and head towards new frontiers. After the Gold Rush… is the moment for action. Are you ready?

Find out more.

Asian Venture Philanthropy Network Annual Conference
May 23-25 in Hong Kong.
The Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN) is a membership network headquartered in Singapore that seeks to increase the flow of financial, human and intellectual capital to the social sector, and to improve the social impact effectiveness of members across the Asia Pacific region. They promote venture philanthropy in the broader philanthropic and social investment communities and provide specific networking and learning services to meet the needs of our members. Their annual conference brings together the key players in impact investment and venture philanthropy in Asia.

Find out more.

Anthea Watson Strong presenting at PDF.

Anthea Watson Strong presenting at PDF.

Personal Democracy Forum
June – exact dates TBA – in New York, USA.
PDF brings together close to 1,000 top technologists, campaigners, hackers, opinion-makers, government officials, journalists, and academics for two days of game-changing talks, workshops, and networking opportunities, offering an inspiring look into what’s ahead for the entire civic tech field.
Find out more.

Nexus Global Youth Summit
July – exact dates TBA – in New York, USA.
Nexus is a global movement to bridge communities of wealth and social entrepreneurship. We work to unite young investors, social entrepreneurs and allies to catalyze new leadership and accelerate global solutions.
Founded in 2011, Nexus puts the hope and promise of young people on the world stage by bringing together leaders at Nexus events around the world for inspiration, education, dialogue, and collaborative problem solving.

By application only. Find out more.

Social Capital Markets (SOCAP)
September 13-16 in San Francisco, USA.
Social Capital Markets is dedicated to accelerating a new global market at the intersection of money & meaning and is probably the world’s leading conference for the growing impact investing sector.

Find out more.

Opportunity Collaboration
October 9-14 in Cancún, Mexico.
Convene with thought leaders in social change from around the world. Learn best practices and the latest techniques & technologies to meet your greatest challenges. Connect with people who can contribute to your efforts. Find people with similar challenges and learn solutions. Find organizations with resources and capabilities to help you achieve your goals. Catalyze new paths to success. Build new and better processes, more efficient organizations, and better business models. Forge alliances and partnerships to multiply your impact.

By application only. Applications now open.

The Feast Impact East
October – exact dates TBA – in NY, USA.
The Feast Impact is an epic event that brings together inspired people from across disciplines to apply their skills to world-changing opportunities for innovation. Over three days, each participant will share what they know, gain personal and interdisciplinary insight, and advance the work of today’s greatest entrepreneurs.
Through collaboration, embodied experiences, and unlocking the power of our human potential, we create an experience of abundance unlike any other.

Find out more.

Meaning Conference
November – exact dates TBA – in Brighton, UK
Meaning is the annual gathering for people who believe business can and must be a force for positive change in our dynamic and volatile world. Their speakers are international thinkers and doers from business, academia and activism, each bringing an individual perspective on the challenges and opportunities we face.

Find out more.

The Fast Company Innovation Festival
November 9-12 in NY, USA.
Surprising conversations, keynotes, hands-on workshops and performances will take place in unexpected NYC locales. The most creative companies from around the city will open their doors to attendees for fascinating, in-depth tours. All featuring some of the biggest names in business, entertainment, technology, design, fashion and beyond.

Find out more.

Web of Change
November 28-December 2, 2016 in Big Sur, California.
The Web of Change annual conference brings together the foremost thinkers and doers in social media, digital strategy and social change. Web of Change events are where progressive organizers and digital strategists come to up their game, candidly share frontline experiences, reflect deeply on their impact and find the network and meaning needed to do transformational work.

Find out more.

What else is worth our attention? Let us know in the comments!

SOCAP photo by dianaconnolly101, PDF photo by Doc Searls and Skoll World Forum by global X, all used under a Creative Commons License.