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. 

Along with the combined 300 Bursary & Scholarship recipients, tickets have been selling fast! With just 3 months until the forum, we are preparing for a record number of attendance, with over 700 tickets now allocated.

This afternoon Hon Te Ururoa Flavell announced the launch of the forum’s Māori bursary fund. Thanks to support from ‘He Kai Kei Aku Ringa’ Māori Entrepreneur Fund, this new bursary fund will support around 30 Māori social entrepreneurs and practitioners in Aotearoa (NZ) to attend and participate in SEWF 2017. This is made possible by the generous contributions of Te Puni Kōkiri and Hikina Whakatutuki. This fund will assist and enable diverse participation, capacity building, and increase the connectivity of NZ’s leading social entrepreneurs at SEWF 2017. A massive thank you to our partners for making this happen! Expression of interest are now open. Applications will officially open on Monday July 10th. 

Here’s some more information about our current Bursary & Scholarship recipients:

  • NZ Bursary Fund: Through the nationwide bursary fund, we awarded 156 social entrepreneurs from all over New Zealand, from the Far North to Southland. This has been made possible thanks to the generous support of the Bay Trust, Community Trust of Southland, D.V. Bryant Trust, Foundation North, J R McKenzie Trust, TSB Community Trust, Wayne Francis Charitable Trust, Todd Foundation and the Department of Internal Affairs.
  • Youth Scholarship: Launched in partnership with the Inspiring Stories Trust, our young people scholarship has so far enabled 81 young people to get financial support to attend the forum. This was made possible thanks to the Ministry of Youth Development, Wayne Francis Charitable Trust, and Youth Enterprise Trust. We hope to reopen this fund soon when new funding partners come on board.
  • Australian Bursary Fund: The Akina Foundation worked with Social Traders Australia, the English Family Foundation and Philanthropy Australia to create a bursary fund with the generous support of numerous donors. 63 Australian social enterprise leaders were awarded a bursary last week. All of them  look forward to taking part in the conversations at SEWF 2017 to create a more cohesive social enterprise ecosystem with enhanced networking and development opportunities.

We're also thrilled to announce that the Ākina Foundation will be supporting rising social entrepreneurs from a couple of accelerator programmes: 

  • Te Whare Hukahuka: 20 social entrepreneurs who graduated from the Ka Eke Poutama programme and are now running their own enterprise will join the Forum to share their recent experience of starting up.
  • Vodafone Foundation: the 10 participants of this year's Community Technology accelerator programme will be working to launch technology-based innovation products focused on positive outcomes for youth; they will join us at SEWF 2017 to get inspired as they work their way through an intensive idea generation and validation process!

We look forward to meeting them all!