Are you wondering at the best social entrepreneurship events in USA? If YES, here are 22 best social entrepreneurship events in USA.
If you are a Social Entrepreneur and you live in the United States of America or elsewhere in the world, there are loads of social entrepreneurship events that are designed for people like you. These events are designed to provide platforms for networking, learning from the best in your line of business, and of course, getting the needed skills and exposure that will help you scale up your social enterprise.
Interestingly, 30% of new social enterprises don’t make it past the first 24 months. By attending social enterprise events and conferences, you can acquire the tools required to ensure your business doesn’t fall into this percentage. What’s more, most social enterprise events and conferences are free or incredibly low budget.
Having said that, here are some of the best social entrepreneurship events that hold every year in the United States of America;
Best Social Entrepreneurship Event
Buy Good. Feel Good Expo
Location: Toronto/Los Angeles
Buy Good. Feel Good. is dedicated to building a community of people and organizations who believe that business should have a positive impact on the world. The “Buy Good. Feel Good.” Expo is North America’s largest Expo dedicated to social enterprises.
Discover products that make a positive impact, from jewelry and apparel to investment and travel opportunities. Buy Good. Feel Good. connects consumers with the brands that make a difference.
World-Changing Women’s Summit
Location: Sonoma, CA
The World-Changing Women’s Summit hosted by Conscious Company Media seems to be the pinnacle immersive event for women-identifying leaders of the business space.
An intimate event (under 300 attendees), the WCW’s Summit has drawn the likes of Eileen Fisher, Kim Jordan (from New Belgium Brewing), Tara-Nicholle Nelson (a former podcast guest!), and many more impressive female leaders and innovators.
Accelerate Good Global
Location: San Francisco, CA
Accelerate Good Global (AGG) is a one-of-a-kind social impact tech conference, which takes place in SF on March 17, 2020.
Hosted by nonprofit Fast Forward, the summit convenes the tech nonprofit ecosystem: the tech nonprofit entrepreneurs who are building tech to solve social issues ranging from education to human rights, tech and CSR leaders, and anyone interested in tech for good.
AGG sparks meaningful conversations both on stage and off through a morning of fireside chats with leaders in the social impact tech space and an afternoon of hands-on workshops, micro-mentoring, and community-building.
Location: Washington, DC
What started as a storytelling showcase and luncheon at The Yale Club of NYC attended by more than 200 social entrepreneurs, influencers and impact investors committed to advancing female founders, has evolved into a two-day brand amplification event focused on expanding the ecosystem of support for women and new majority founders leading social enterprises.
They’re bringing together social entrepreneurs, tech innovators, digital creators and impact investors for curated content, high-quality brand-to-brand connections and community-building. If you’re on a mission to make money and make a difference in the world, then you can’t afford to miss PurpleCON.
Social Innovation Summit
Location: Chicago, IL
The Social Innovation Summit brings together corporate executives to talk about using technology and innovation to affect positive social change. A larger-scale event, attracting 1,000 plus attendees, the Summit attracts everyone from executive directors of well-established nonprofits, to venture capitalists, government leaders, and social entrepreneurs.
The themes seem to hover around corporate giving and philanthropy, attracting many folks (and speakers) from the likes of Starbucks, Google, and Nike. Former speakers have included Mark Cuban, Heads of CSR & Impact from Wells Fargo, Uber, Tesla, and many more international corporations..
The Heart Series Conference
Location: Los Angeles, CA
The Heart Series is hosted in Southern California, and is a two— day event that facilitates discussions with leaders from the world’s most innovative companies. The event encourages entrepreneurs, as well as organization and brand leaders, to share how business can create a socially good impact in society.
Harvard Social Enterprise Conference
Location: Boston, MA
The Harvard Social Enterprise Conference is one of the largest student— run social impact conferences on Harvard’s campus, and one of the leading forums of dialogue in America.
The conference strives to unite students, academics, and professionals to discuss the topic of social enterprise. The 2018 conference theme is, “What is the Bottom Line?” with an emphasis on social and political turmoil in order to promote civic engagement through social enterprise.
The tracks at this year’s conference include: Startup Society, Unleashing Human Potential, Reimagining Capitalism, and Disruptive Potential.
The Impact Conference at Sustainatopia
Location: Different Cities in US
Sustainatopia is an annual, world— renowned, business conference and celebration for social, financial, and environmental sustainability. This year the conference will be taking place in Boston and will have roughly 300 speakers from around the world discussing topics of global sustainability and unity.
Net Impact Conference
Location: Atlanta, GA
The Net Impact Conference is based in Atlanta, and for 25 years has given attendees skills, experiences, and connections to create tangible social impact through their careers. The Net Impact Conference hosts a range of individuals, from small to corporate companies, students to professionals, in order to take on social challenges, protect the environment, and invent new products.
This year’s Net Impact Conference will go a step further and help attendees map out a “Path to Purpose”, and experience unlike any conference has hosted.
Slow Money Conference
Location: Boulder, CO
Slow Money is a non— profit organization, and the Slow Money Conference will be held in Boulder, Colorado. The organization strives to bring new sources of capital to small food enterprises in order to support the usage of healthy soil.
Soil fertility is vital to human health and this conference fuels profit and conversation towards entrepreneurial finance supporting soil fertility, carrying capacity, sense of place, cultural and ecological diversity, and nonviolence.
Agents of Change Summit
Location: San Diego, CA
The Agents of Change Summit explores the science of behavior change through the best research and compelling case studies. The Summit, based in San Diego, engages innovators from the community of professionals using marketing and technology to change people’s health behaviors for social good.
Attendees participate in keynote speeches, interactive workshops, and breakout sessions that help strengthen behavioral change strategies.
IMPACT National Conference
Location: Multiple Cities
The IMPACT Conference, historically, is the largest nation — wide gathering of students, administration, and non— profit staff, and is essential to the national student service movement. Attendees engage in a variety of workshops that target subjects such as activism, politics, and advocacy.
Every year the conference is held at a different host campus in order to captivate a variety of students spanning the country, and this year it will be held at the University of Dayton in Ohio!
Nonprofit Technology Conference
Location: Different Cities
The Nonprofit Technology Conference is an annual membership organization conference that explores technology and technology strategies. Members of this conference are dedicated to technological advancement, sharing knowledge, vigorous research, and constant industry analysis.
The next conference will take place in New Orleans, with over 2,000 professionals from around the world represented and over 100 sessions of technology based exercises and talks.
The UNSUMMIT by COMMON
Location: Boulder, CO
In a faster flatter world, if you want to go far, you must go with others. In that spirit, the theme of the 2018 UNSUMMIT is: Unlocking Radical Collaboration. UNSUMMIT is an open source gathering of FearLess savants, rock stars, and badasses who know that saving the world has to be fun.
Location: San Francisco, CA
The Social Capital Market Conference is an event that explores solving global issues through market— based solutions. Every year the conference is held in San Francisco, and brings together a variety of impact investors, social entrepreneurs, foundations, governments, and institutions to increasing the flow of capital toward social good.
The Collaborative Conference
Location: Boston, MA
The Collaborative is a 3-day immersive experience designed exclusively for nonprofit professionals and social impact leaders to learn, share, and get inspired. From fundraising and marketing best practices, to the latest in technology and data, gain the tools, strategies, and connections you need to accelerate your organization’s impact.
The Fast Company Innovation Festival
Location: New York, NY
The Fast Company Innovation Festival is held annually in New York City and is a mega— assembly that highlights a wide range of occupations including design, entrepreneurship, technology, and social good.
Attendees attend exclusive access to some of the leading companies in New York City and develop their networking and personal experience. Over 10,000 attendants frequent this event and experience a variety of workshops, over 100 tracks, and 200 speakers.
Location: Austin, TX
The goals of SXSW Good are to bring a diverse group of individuals to explore advancements in the world of entertainment and create networking opportunities for these innovators. The conference is annually hosted in Austin Texas, and is a celebration of film, music, design, and interactive industries. Every year the event spans 24 tracks of programming, showcases, screenings, and exhibitions.
The SRI Conference
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
The SRI conference (Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing) takes place in San Diego, and highlights how long-term future value is intertwined with the health of people and the planet. The conference is for investors who enjoy the financial benefits of stock ownership but also want to make a difference in the world.
Attendees take responsibilities for investments, and learn strategies such as how to direct investment capital towards enterprises that contribute to the environment, how to treat people fairly, and produce healthy products.
DMA Nonprofit Conferences
Location: Different cities
The latest DMA Nonprofit Conference will take place in Chicago, and offers networking opportunities and insight for nonprofit marketers and fundraising professionals. This conference is considered the platform for exchanging information on fundraising ideas and innovative philanthropy. The event will have 110 speakers, 35 sessions, 10 hours of networking.
Sustainable Brands Conference
Location: Different Cities
At Sustainable Brands, you’ll find news and views from thought and practice leaders, online and live events, a robust resource library, peer-to-peer learning groups, E-learning, a terrific set of solutions providers and more — all designed to help corporate brand and sustainability professionals, social entrepreneurs and the eco-system of value partners who support them uncover, and successfully execute on new opportunities to profitably innovate for sustainability.
Sustainable Brands offers a large scale gathering, with 2,500 plus attendees and 300 plus speakers all over 4 days. The Sustainable Brands group now hosts 10 conferences over 6 countries.
The organizers promise, “you’ll meet an ecosystem of change-makers” at every level in some of the world’s most recognizable businesses and organizations. Whether it’s CSR and Sustainability you are looking for or Brand & Marketing it seems with such a large field of attendees and content, you’ll be able to find your angle.
B Corporation Champions Retreat, Global Summit
Location: Mexico (exact location TBD)
Traditionally an annual event (until a 2020 gap year), the B Lab has brought together the global community of Certified B Corporations (as well as nonprofit partners and the ‘B Curious’), to discuss the latest in their movement of using business as a force for good.
This event gathers some 500 or so attendees, from CEOs and Founders from mid to small-sized businesses to Sustainability and Impact Heads from major corporations in the movement like Danone. High-quality food and drink, breakouts and side activities that connect you with other like-minded individuals, and a community that’s welcoming and endlessly inspirational, there’s little to dislike!