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Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF)

SEWF 2014 (Korea, October 14-16) is the international event for social enterprises all over the world to come together and discuss policy and practice, to learn from one another and to network.

In October 2012, 850 delegates from 33 countries participated in the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF2012), the premiere global event focused exclusively on social enterprise, hosted by NESsT in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

In 2014, the Work Together Foundation took the lead in organizing this significant international gathering with an ambitious agenda: “Social Change through Social Enterprise”. We hope to see you all in Seoul this October.

Check out the SEWF 2014 website here to learn more about this exciting event and how to register.

Below, find information about SEWF 2012 and its proceedings.

Social Enterprise: Investing for Impact

The overall theme of SEWF2012 was the growing field of impact investing and focuses on attracting new investment capital for social enterprise.

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Antony Bugg-Levine, co-author of the newly released book Impact Investing: Transforming How We Make Money While Making a Difference, was a SEWF2012 keynote speaker.

SEWF2012 Lead Sponsor

NESsT wishes to thank BNDES for being the Lead Sponsor of SEWF2012, supporting the overall theme of impact investing.
BNDES|www.bndes.gov.br


Governo Federal Brasil|www.brasil.gov.br

Student Scholarships

63 students won SEWF2012 Scholarships for free registration in exchange for volunteering part-time at the event. The scholars were selected from over 160 candidates and represent an impressive, diverse group from 17 countries and 9 Brazilian states. >More

SEWF2012 Proceedings

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NESsT is delighted to share proceedings from this seminal event held for the first time in Brazil and Latin America. The SEWF2012 sparked a national conversation around the power and potential of social enterprise to address critical social problems in Brazil and around the world. >More


Social Enterprise in Brazil
NESsT is delighted to partner with Project Brasil27 to document and share here some of the many rich discussions and ideas that emerged from the SEWF2012 track focused on “Social Enterprise in Brazil.” The objective of this document, commissioned by NESsT and sponsored by ICE (Instituto de Cidadania Empresarial), is to synthesize the content of all the five panels of the “Social Enterprise in Brazil” track, and share the results with a wide Brazilian and international audience. >More

Social Enterprise Suppliers

From the venue itself to delegate materials, design, entertainment, food, gifts, internet cafe, photography & video services, recycling, site visits, travel & tourism services, etc., the SEWF2012 was supplied by Brazilian social enterprises! Meet some of our amazing SEWF2012 social enterprise suppliers.


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SEWF2012 Venue: A Social Enterprise Itself

The SEWF2012 venue is a social enterprise itself! The Centro Cultural Ação da Cidadania is operated by Ação da Cidadania, a leading Brazilian community organization dedicated to overcoming hunger and poverty. Ação da Cidadania rents out the Centro Cultural as a venue for community and cultural events, generating income to support its social programs. The historic building was built in 1871 as a storage facility on the waterfront docks of Rio, and renovated in 2002. To view additional photos of the Centro Cultural, click here ›


Projeto Porto Maravilha - Companhia de Desenvolvimento Urbano da Região do Porto do Rio de Janeiro (CDURP)|www.portomaravilha.com.brThe SEWF venue is in the heart of the Porto Maravilha, a major urban waterfront renewal program, including a comprehensive strategy to maintain and promote the cultural, historical and social patrimony of the region… >More


SEWF2012 Sponsors
Mundo Verde|www.mundoverde.com.brThe Lemelson Foundation|www.lemelson.orgIBM|www.ibm.comGoverno Federal Brasil|www.brasil.gov.brNESsT|www.nesst.orgSolazyme|www.solazyme.comInstituto de Cidadania Empresarial (ICE)|www.ice.org.brUBS|www.ubs.com/brCoca-Cola Brasil|www.cocacolabrasil.com.brNeoenergia|www.neoenergia.comTrico Charitable Foundation|www.tricofoundation.caOuro Verde Amazônia|www.ouroverdeamazonia.com.brInstituto 3M|www.instituto3m.org.brPwC|www.pwc.comBrookfield|www.brookfieldbr.comBNDES|www.bndes.gov.brHalloran Philanthropies|www.halloranphilanthropies.orgUnited States Diplomatic Mission to Brazil|brazil.usembassy.govServiço Brasileiro de Apoio às Micro e Pequenas Empresas (SEBRAE)|www.sebrae.com.brActis|www.act.isGrupo Orsa|www.grupoorsa.com.brInstituto Redecard|www.institutoredecard.org.brVale|www.vale.comBrasil Plural|www.brasilplural.com
SEWF2012 Supporting Partners
Câmara de Comércio Americana - American Chamber of Commerce (Amcham)|www.amchamrio.comSocial Business Conference 2012|www.sbc12.co.ukAshoka|www.ashoka.org.brAspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)|www.aspeninstitute.org/policy-work/aspen-network-development-entrepreneursMaryland Institute College of Art (MICA)|www.mica.eduFachberatung für Arbeits- und Firmenprojekte (FAF)|www.faf-gmbh.deSocial Ventures Australia (SVA)|www.socialventures.com.auIntellecap|www.intellecap.comSocial Enterprise UK|www.socialenterprise.org.ukCDI|www.cdi.org.brAfrican Social Entrepreneurs Network (ASEN)|www.asenetwork.orgSocial Enterprise Council of Canada|www.secouncil.ca/enCatarse|www.catarse.meABVCAP|www.abvcap.org.brSecretaria Especial de Desenvolvimento Econômico Solidário (SEDES)|www.rio.rj.gov.br/web/sedesEuropean Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA)|www.evpa.eu.comArtemisia|www.artemisia.org.brSocial Enterprise Alliance (SEA)|www.se-alliance.orgCommunity Enterprise in Scotland (CEiS)|www.ceis.org.ukAssociação Brasileira de Captadores de Recursos (ABCR)|www.captacao.orgFundação Roberto Marinho|www.frm.org.brSocial Traders|www.socialtraders.com.auCanadian Centre for Community Renewal|www.communityrenewal.caDesignEchos|www.designechos.com.brUniversity of Johannesburg, Centre for Social Entrepreneurship (CSE)|www.uj.ac.zaEast Africa Social Enterprise Network (EASEN)|www.easenetwork.netGIFE|www.gife.org.brThomson Reuters Foundation|www.trust.orgProjeto Porto Maravilha - Companhia de Desenvolvimento Urbano da Região do Porto do Rio de Janeiro (CDURP)|www.portomaravilha.com.brVox Capital|www.voxcapital.com.brMandalah|www.mandalah.com.brClearlySo|www.clearlyso.comIncubadora Afro Brasileira|www.ia.org.brFIRJAN|www.firjan.com.brEnterprising Non-Profits (enp)|www.enterprisingnonprofits.ca
SEWF2012 Media Partners
Capital Aberto|www.capitalaberto.com.brEcoD|www.EcoDesenvolvimento.orgEmpreendedorismo Rosa |www.empreendedorismorosa.com.brAlternative Latin Investor|www.alternativelatininvestor.comAlliance Magazine|www.alliancemagazine.orgFinancial Times|www.ft.componteAponte|www.ponteaponte.com.brSocial Enterprise Live|www.socialenterpriselive.comPrêmio Empreendedor Social|www.ponteaponte.com.brNextBillion Brasil|brasil.nextbillion.netAmericas Quarterly|www.americasquarterly.orgStanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR)|www.ssireview.org