Ashoka U Exchange

The Ashoka U Exchange is the world’s only global social entrepreneurship in higher education conference. The Ashoka U Exchange aims to bring together higher education leaders, students, faculty with social entrepreneurs and innovators from the for-profit and non-profit sectors to embolden the vision for higher education as a world changing experience and to provide the cutting edge collaboration opportunities and new insights to catalyze the transformation of higher education.

Clinton Global Initiative University

Each year, Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) hosts a meeting where students, national youth organizations, topic experts, and celebrities discuss solutions to pressing global issues. At this meeting, nearly 1,200 attendees will come together to make a difference in CGI U’s five focus areas: Education, Environment & Climate Change, Peace & Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health

Columbia Business School Social Enterprise Conference

The Columbia Business School Social Enterprise Conference brings together thought and industry leaders along with industry professionals, including social sector and business leaders, entrepreneurs, and investors, to continue maturing the field of social enterprise.

Conscious Capitalism

The 4th annual Conscious Capitalism conference will be held at Bentley University May 22-23, 2012. The conference will feature a blend of corporate leaders, academics, and thought-leaders who will together explore the frontiers of knowledge on what it means to be a conscious business in the 21st century. Participants will benefit from interactions with the participating executives and thought leaders, as well as about a dozen hands-on workshops designed to help attendees implement the principles of successfully leading a Conscious Business.


Emerge is one of the leading conferences on social entrepreneurship for students and it happens every year at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. It is organized by the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Oxford University and StudentHubs and is open to all students everywhere. Emerge brings leading social innovators to Oxford to inspire and inform students through their stories of impact. The event supports students pursuing careers in social entrepreneurship with workshops and networking opportunities.

Global Engagement Summit

The Global Engagement Summit (GES), founded in 2005, is a completely student focused, student-organized, and student-run. Through their annual Summit, yearlong programming and staff curriculum, GES build the capacity of the next generation of Changemakers.  Every April, approximately 80 student delegates from universities across the globe come to Northwestern University, each with their own community development project or social entrepreneurship venture that they hope to bring to the next level. The Summit features a week of capacity-building workshops, critical discussions, community building and networking, and outcome resources. GES is personally tailored to each delegate’s interests, on topics ranging from “social impact metrics” to “blending for-profit and non-profit models” to “using social media for social good,” and connects them with mentors that are leaders of various social change organizations.

Global Health and Innovation Conference

This social entrepreneurship conference connects leaders, change makers, and other participants from the field of social entrepreneurship as well as the fields of global health and international development. The Unite for Site Global Health and Innovation Conference consisting of over 2,000 participants from over 55 countries connects individuals who seek to use social entrepreneurship to identify global issues and create positive social change. The 2012 conference will take place on April 21st and 22nd in New Haven, Connecticut.

Global Social Venture Conference

The Global Social Venture Conference is a two day conference held in Berkeley, California and organized by the University of California Haas School of Business. The event combines a social enterprise conference with the awards ceremony for the annual Global Social Venture Competition, a student-led business plan competition that provides financial rewards, publicity, and mentoring for winners, such as Re:Motion Designs, a company that provides high performance, low cost prosthetic limbs to amputees in the developing world. In addition to the awards dinner, the conference includes a symposium, panel discussions, and speakers.

Impact Conference

The 3rd Annual Impact Conference seeks to advocate economic development and social enterprise locally in Miami, Florida, where this conference for social entrepreneurs takes place. The Impact Conference @ Sustainatopia 2012  will be the ideal  opportunity to learn, network, and connect with hundreds of top impact leaders and organizations from Latin America, the Caribbean, and the state of Florida- in addition to organizations worldwide which have an interest in expanding to the region. The 2012 convening will take place on April 22 – April 25, 2012.

Opportunity Collaboration IXTAPA, MEXICO

The Opportunity Collaboration is a four-day problem-solving, strategic retreat for nonprofit leaders, for-profit social entrepreneurs, grant-makers and social investors engaged in economic justice enterprises. On World Poverty Day, break down the silos of unproductive competition and go beyond the boundaries of conventional poverty alleviation. The gathering leverages resources, shares innovations, enlists allies, builds coalitions and creates force multipliers.

Satter Conference on Social Entrepreneurship

The Satter Conference on Social Entrepreneurs features experts from the fields of academia, non-profit, and for-profit business discussing knowledge, theories and strategies for social enterprise success, with a focus on measuring social impact and fundraising.





SEEED – Social Enterprise Ecosystems as Economic Development

The Social Enterprise Ecosystems as Economic Development (SEEED) conference at Brown University will convene an audience of social entrepreneurs, interested professionals, academics and students to explore new and important ideas in Social Entrepreneurship.

SHINE Unconference for Social Entrepreneurs

The SHINE Unconference for Social Entrepreneurs seeks to provide a “mini business school” to beginning and experience social entrepreneurs alike that will provide practical tools and advice, mentorship, and networking opportunities to help social enterprises succeed. A unique feature of the conference is its one-on-one advice sessions, pairing new entrepreneurs with experienced mentors to work on topics such as marketing, funding, investment, and more.

Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

The Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship is a joint venture between the  Skoll Foundation and The Skoll Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. The Skoll World Forum seeks to encourage collaboration among social entrepreneurs, social investors, and other thought leaders in the quest for effective solutions to the world’s most serious problems. In addition to the speakers and panelists, the Skoll World Forum hosts the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship.

Social Capital Markets

Social Capital Markets, commonly known as SOCAP, is an annual conference focusing on “the intersection of money and meaning,” including social investing, corporate philanthropy, and social entrepreneurship. The schedule features seven “tracks,” including tactical philanthropy, mobile technology, food systems, innovation in international development, impact investing, new money, and metrics and systems thinking. SOCAP12 will be held October 1-4, in San Francisco, CA.

Social Enterprise Conference

The Social Enterprise Conference, presented by the students of Harvard’s Business and Kennedy Schools  features over 100 speakers and panelists sharing a wealth of information and knowledge on addressing social issues and advancing as a social entrepreneur. The 1000 conference participants have a chance to network with other social entrepreneurs, learn from experts in the field, and explore career opportunities. The Social Enterprise Conference has workshops and small group lunches with leaders in non-profit, public, and private fields, as well as the Social Enterprise Career Fair and the Pitch for Change competition, in which entrants submit proposals and pitch their ideas for new social enterprise ventures.

Social Enterprise Exchange

Social Enterprise UK and  Social Enterprise Scotland have joined forces, bringing together Voice and S2S for the first time to stage the world’s biggest social enterprise event for those running and interested in social enterprise. The Social Enterprise Exchange conference will be held on March 27, 2012 in Glasgow Scotland which was held February 1-2 in Cardiff, Wales, attracted nearly 1,000 delegates and exhibitors to a wide variety of panels, discussions, and breakout sessions exploring everything from the basics of starting and setting up a social enterprise to expansion, mergers and acquisitions, and more. Voice10 also offers free “surgery” sessions for social entrepreneurs seeking customized business, financial, or legal advice.

Social Enterprise Summit and World Forum

The Social Enterprise Summit and World Forum is a 3 day conference of panels and sessions that brings together social entrepreneurs from over 30 countries around the world. The hundreds of people attending the Social Enterprise Summit and World Forum learn about social entrepreneurship, share ideas with other social entrepreneurs, network, and make connections. There were over 40 panels and workshops at the 2010 Social Enterprise Summit and World Forum held April 28-30 in San Francisco, California. There were also tours of social enterprises based in San Francisco, as well as the Social Enterprise Leadership Awards to honor the most inspirational social entrepreneurs. In 2011, the Social Enterprise Summit and World Forum will be held in Chicago, Illinois.

Social Enterprise World Forum

The Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) focuses on the practical, how to side of running a successful social enterprise and includes opportunities for networking and marketing as well as panel discussions, presentations, keynote speakers, and other events. The 2012 Social Enterprise World Forum will be held October 16-18, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and will focus on building a social enterprise movement worldwide.



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