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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
Halloran Philanthropies|www.halloranphilanthropies.orgIBM|www.ibm.comActis|www.act.isCoca-Cola Brasil|www.cocacolabrasil.com.brBNDES|www.bndes.gov.brUBS|www.ubs.com/brNESsT|www.nesst.orgTrico Charitable Foundation|www.tricofoundation.caThe Lemelson Foundation|www.lemelson.orgVale|www.vale.comBrookfield|www.brookfieldbr.comInstituto 3M|www.instituto3m.org.brGoverno Federal Brasil|www.brasil.gov.brUnited States Diplomatic Mission to Brazil|brazil.usembassy.govGrupo Orsa|www.grupoorsa.com.brServiço Brasileiro de Apoio às Micro e Pequenas Empresas (SEBRAE)|www.sebrae.com.brSolazyme|www.solazyme.comBrasil Plural|www.brasilplural.comNeoenergia|www.neoenergia.comOuro Verde Amazônia|www.ouroverdeamazonia.com.brInstituto Redecard|www.institutoredecard.org.brPwC|www.pwc.comInstituto de Cidadania Empresarial (ICE)|www.ice.org.brMundo Verde|www.mundoverde.com.br
SEWF2012 Supporting Partners
Mandalah|www.mandalah.com.brABVCAP|www.abvcap.org.brIncubadora Afro Brasileira|www.ia.org.brCommunity Enterprise in Scotland (CEiS)|www.ceis.org.ukEnterprising Non-Profits (enp)|www.enterprisingnonprofits.caClearlySo|www.clearlyso.comArtemisia|www.artemisia.org.brEuropean Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA)|www.evpa.eu.comSocial Enterprise Alliance (SEA)|www.se-alliance.orgSocial Ventures Australia (SVA)|www.socialventures.com.auCâmara de Comércio Americana - American Chamber of Commerce (Amcham)|www.amchamrio.comProjeto Porto Maravilha - Companhia de Desenvolvimento Urbano da Região do Porto do Rio de Janeiro (CDURP)|www.portomaravilha.com.brAfrican Social Entrepreneurs Network (ASEN)|www.asenetwork.orgAspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)|www.aspeninstitute.org/policy-work/aspen-network-development-entrepreneursCanadian Centre for Community Renewal|www.communityrenewal.caVox Capital|www.voxcapital.com.brFundação Roberto Marinho|www.frm.org.brFachberatung für Arbeits- und Firmenprojekte (FAF)|www.faf-gmbh.deIntellecap|www.intellecap.comCDI|www.cdi.org.brCatarse|www.catarse.meSocial Enterprise UK|www.socialenterprise.org.ukDesignEchos|www.designechos.com.brSecretaria Especial de Desenvolvimento Econômico Solidário (SEDES)|www.rio.rj.gov.br/web/sedesFIRJAN|www.firjan.com.brSocial Traders|www.socialtraders.com.auSocial Enterprise Council of Canada|www.secouncil.ca/enMaryland Institute College of Art (MICA)|www.mica.eduGIFE|www.gife.org.brThomson Reuters Foundation|www.trust.orgAshoka|www.ashoka.org.brEast Africa Social Enterprise Network (EASEN)|www.easenetwork.netUniversity of Johannesburg, Centre for Social Entrepreneurship (CSE)|www.uj.ac.zaSocial Business Conference 2012|www.sbc12.co.ukAssociação Brasileira de Captadores de Recursos (ABCR)|www.captacao.org
SEWF2012 Media Partners
Capital Aberto|www.capitalaberto.com.brNextBillion Brasil|brasil.nextbillion.netStanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR)|www.ssireview.orgSocial Enterprise Live|www.socialenterpriselive.comEcoD|www.EcoDesenvolvimento.orgEmpreendedorismo Rosa |www.empreendedorismorosa.com.brponteAponte|www.ponteaponte.com.brAmericas Quarterly|www.americasquarterly.orgFinancial Times|www.ft.comAlternative Latin Investor|www.alternativelatininvestor.comPrêmio Empreendedor Social|www.ponteaponte.com.brAlliance Magazine|www.alliancemagazine.org