Social Enterprise World Forum

Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) was developed and first launched by CEIS in partnership with the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands & Islands Enterprise and various International partners.

A steering group consisting of social enterprise leaders, committed to collaborating internationally, oversee the SEWF to advance social enterprise development and to resolve the world’s social challenges.

The inaugural forum held in Edinburgh in 2008, marked the beginning of this annual international gathering attended by 400+ social enterprise practitioners and support agencies from around the globe. Traversing the continents, the SEWF was hosted by Melbourne, Australia in 2009; San Francisco, USA in 2010; Johannesburg, Africa in 2011; Rio de Janeiro in Brazil in 2012; Calgary, Canada in 2013,  Seoul, South Korea in 2014 and being hosted by Milan, Italy in 2015. The forum has grown exponentially having welcomed over 1200 delegates from 50 countries.

CEIS Events has experience in managing all aspects of the SEWF from programme development to speaker, sponsor, supplier, exhibition, logistics and delegate management. We also provide remote and onsite support to all SEWF hosts as the experienced steering group event management partner.



View our 2014 study tour report here.

View some articles and podcasts from the 2014 event in Seoul, provided by media partner Pioneers Post below.

Setting the scene on South Korea’s social enterprise landscape

Jerr Boschee’s top 10 tips for taking an innovative idea to market

SEWF2014 calls for radical global social enterprise strategy

SEWF2014 Introduction

Social enterprise declaration signed by sector leaders in Seoul

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Seoul 2014

“A wonderful introduction to social enterprise in Korea; Beautiful Store had very impressive scale and a professional management structure. While Beautiful Coffee is making a real difference for growers. It was good to get an honest reveal on price and quality issues”

“The overall management was outstanding from visa applications, communication and content. The foreign contingents planning is something out-with UK control and participants appreciate the efforts taken by the team to ensure this went as smoothly as possible”

“I would highly recommend attendance at the World Forum and the study visits, the impact can already be measured. I am a far more supportive social enterprise employer as a result have formalised our career break policy, volunteering policy and organised a review of our supply chain”

“It was evident that all projects visited had been well briefed. Their presentations were focused and relevant to the individual projects, however it was not clear how the local infrastructure and relationship with government, national and local worked on the ground”

“Anshu Gupta’s presentation on Goon J and Environmental Sustainability in Social Enterprise had me on the edge of my seat. Bridging the social and economic gap has never looked more powerful and inspiring. I am driven to do more!”

“This was excellent – the care and attention to detail that CEIS generally paid to this element was first class and greatly appreciated by all participants”.

Calgary 2013

“Very impressed with some of the work and input from First Nation projects”

“Meeting so many delegates and speakers who do great things reinforced my ambition to make the most of the potential in my own organisation for market-leading social enterprise”

“The networking was key at the conference, meeting people who you would naturally never meet was the highlight. Walked away with great contacts and the beginnings of professional relationships”


Rio 2012

“Inspiring presentations from social enterprises who were passionate about their projects”

“Excellent networking with delegates from all over the world. Illuminating sessions, engaging speakers and informative breakouts”
“Good engagement of student volunteers to allow them to assist and attend the event”


Johannesburg 2011

“Great African singers and dancers during opening ceremony”

“Some great plenary sessions, Jerr Boschee on top form, Dr Mamphela Ramphele (LetsemaCircle, SA) was thought provoking”

“Many good quality breakout sessions, including social enterprise in education, social franchising”

“Well designed, with a group of speakers who were largely engaging and with topics that aligned with overall theme of the programme. Good opportunities to network out with the formal programme”



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