The MaRS Centre for Impact Investing is proud to be one of the partners of the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) on October 2-4, 2013 in Calgary. The 2013 SEWF will bring together 1,200 individuals from more than 30 countries and speakers from more than 20 countries. While attendees will come from diverse backgrounds—social enterprise practitioners, traditional non-profits, for-profit businesses, philanthropists, intrapreneurs, support agencies, funders and investors, consultants, indigenous groups, and students—they all share a dedication to resolving the world’s most complex and confounding social challenges.
Who will you connect with?
Many of the world’s leading decision-makers, thought leaders and change agents from across sectors will attend the 2013 SEWF, including:
- social enterprise practitioners;
- traditional non-profits and for-profit businesses;
- entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs;
- support agencies and policy makers;
- indigenous groups;
- students and young professionals.
The Social Finance Forum is convening at the Social Enterprise World Forum
October 2-4, 2013 – Calgary, Canada
The MaRS Centre for Impact Investing is proud to provide SEWF attendees the opportunity to dive deep into the world of social finance and impact investing.
Here is a taste of what is offered:
- The Social Finance track, convened by co-chairs Tim Draimin, Social Innovation Generation (SiG), and Joanna Reynolds, MaRS Centre for Impact Investing, includes four breakout sessions:
- Scaling Social Impact: Reducing the friction between financial and social Impact goals
- Linking Demand and Supply: The role of intermediaries in impact investing
- Inclusive economies are breaking the poverty cycle
- Thinking Big: Making more than change for early-stage ventures
- Good Deals
- Venture Pitch Fair
- A two-day Finance Solutions Lab
- A meeting on Canadian Leadership in Impact Investing: Advancing key recommendations from the Canadian Task Force on Social Finance
The program for the Social Finance Forum breakout sessions can be found here.
Register for the Social Enterprise World Forum to join us for the Social Finance stream.
Follow SocialFinance.ca for in-depth coverage leading up to and during SEWF 2013.
SEWF 2013 will focus on six program tracks:
- Social Finance
- Indigenous Social Enterprise
- Skills Building
- Policy & Research
- Social Innovation
Each track offers its own breakout sessions with panel presentations and opportunities for engaging dialogue. There is total of 36 breakout sessions!
Each session will be recorded and posted online so that discussions and insights can be consulted, referred to, and used again and again by anyone dedicated to the advancement of social enterprise.
History of SEWF
The inaugural SEWF met in Edinburgh, Scotland. Since then, it has been held in Melbourne, Australia; San Francisco, USA; Johannesburg, Africa; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
A steering group oversees the operations of SEWF. Consisting of social enterprise leaders committed to collaborating internationally to advance social enterprise development, the 13-member group includes representatives from Canada, the US, Scotland, England, Germany, South America, South Africa and Australia.
Visit www.sewfonline.com to learn more about SEWF and its steering group.
SEWF 2013 will be a watershed moment, galvanizing the social enterprise movement, propelling it into the mainstream and raising social impact to new levels. To achieve this end, the forum will focus on three key elements: collaboration, the power of great ideas and a systemic approach to change. Strategic initiatives will include:
- An extensive communications strategy, including partnerships within the social enterprise sector and mainstream media;’
- Pre- and post-event articles and online discussions;
- 17 main stage speakers and more than 80 breakout session panelists;
- Numerous platforms and opportunities to network, celebrate success, share insights, collaborate, discuss and analyze the latest trends, and explore policy options;
- Topics exploring the entire range of impact, including service delivery, scaling, pattern change and systemic change;
- Efforts to convene and facilitate dialogue across all sectors devoted to enhancing social impact, from social enterprises to policy makers, private sector leaders, social good businesses, not-for profits, philanthropists and intrapreneurs.