Resource of the Week: Ultimate Guide to Social Enterprise Conferences

Posted by on March 23, 2012 in Entrepreneurship, How-To, Non-Profit, Resources


Our team at seToolbelt is thrilled to be heading to Oxford, UK next week for the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship. This gathering brings leaders from government, private, public, investment, and academic sectors together to learn, network and engage around some of the world’s most pressing problems. If you’re not able to make it the Forum in person this year, you can catch much of the program via live streaming video here.

Conferences can be a great way for social entrepreneurs to network with potential supporters, partners, and funders and to get the word out about their ventures. Just look at our friends over at SoJo. They launched the public beta version of their website at last year’s SociaLIGHT conference in Toronto. Right away, they had 1,000 eager young social entrepreneurs using their product and saw a huge boost in social media coverage.

Which brings us to this week’s resource:

The Ultimate Guide to Social Enterprise Conferences

This resource (in the form of a blog post) reviews a host of conferences specific to social entrepreneurship, some that you may have heard of already, and a few that might be new. It includes conferences targeted at early stage entrepreneurs as well as those who have been working in the field since its beginning. Conferences for students, conferences for financiers, conferences for people working in health and international development. The most useful aspect of this resource (aside from the links to each conference’s website) is the synopsis of each event’s primary focus, audience, and associated activities.

Hope to see many of you in Oxford next week, and at other social enterprise conferences throughout the year!


Lindsay Miller

Lindsay leads, a free open content resource hub that helps social entrepreneurs plan, start, manage, and grow successful social enterprises. She has worked as a consultant to social enterprises and nonprofits in the US and abroad, served as the Programming Lead for the Skoll World Forum, and studied as a Skoll Scholar in Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford's Said Business School. She lives in Hood River, Oregon.

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