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SEWF 2017 has, from the earliest moment, had a focus on growing the size and connectivity of the emerging social enterprise community in New Zealand, and internationally.

The Forum’s Pitch Olympics

During Social Enterprise World Forum 2017, we’ll be holding a Pitch Olympics, an exciting pitch competition between social entrepreneurs from across the world.

Shindig. 
n. a party at our place

Join us at the official social function of SEWF 2017. Enjoy a night filled with delicious wine, food, and music, showcasing the best of New Zealand hospitality.

Become Charlie at a Sustainable Chocolate Factory

As the countdown towards Social Enterprise World Forum 2017 continues we’re excited to let you know about the plethora of excellent activities to engage in before the Forum. 

To give you a better understanding of the Christchurch social enterprise sector, we offer you the opportunity to join us for tours of local social enterprises to experience their work first-hand, in the two days preceding the forum (September 25th and 26th). Click here to read more about the local tours.

Join us for 8 days of social enterprise experiences with the Transitional City Stream

We’re excited to announce the programme of the Transitional City Stream, made possible thanks to the continuous support of the Christchurch City Council. The 8-day programme of social enterprise tours and activities, from September 23rd to September 30th, will enable you to experience NZ social entrepreneurship first-hand by getting to know local practitioners and the wider communities, from the city to the peninsula and rural areas. The programme includes: 

What you Need to Know About the NZ Bursary Fund



We are pleased to announce the NZ Bursary Fund. The aim of this fund is to allow a diverse range of participants to attend the Social Enterprise World Forum 2017 through minimising financial barriers. 

Thanks to the kind support from our partners, we have been able to grant 300 amazing recipients with tickets and financial assistance for the forum. We received an overwhelming volume of applications, and the standard of entry was very high with the passion of both aspiring and practicing social entrepreneurs of all ages shining through. 

It’s a new year, and we’ve been working hard on a programme design which will motivate, inspire and connect you with social enterprise innovation from around the globe. One of the highlights of the programme will be our speaker lineup, and we’re excited to showcase the first of them here. 

We’re pleased to announce seven new partners signed up in support of SEWF 2017.

As we’ve been keeping ourselves busy putting together the final details of the SEWF programme in the past few weeks, we have also formalised a number of exciting new partnerships and we want to take this opportunity to announce them all. 


October saw the 2016 Social Enterprise World Forum assemble in Hong Kong, hosted by the HK General Chamber of Social Enterprises, in collaboration with Home Affairs Bureau.

Ākina Chair, Anake Goodall, presenting at Social Enterprise World Forum 2016 in Hong Kong

Introducing, the full programme for the 2017 Social Enterprise World Forum. 

With over 40 speakers already confirmed, the event is shaping up to be the biggest Social Enterprise World Forum yet.