Day 1 – Wed 11 April
Welcome: Why ecosystems, why now?
An overview of the Summit theme, and a call to action for all participants.
Recipes for social finance & entrepreneurship
Eva Varga, co-author of ‘A recipe book for social finance’, presents her findings, while Antonella Noya introduces the OECD’s work on social entrepreneurship. Followed by audience Q&A.
Cities for social change
Which European cities are leading the way when it comes to enabling social innovation to flourish?
Join representatives from the ‘Impact City’ of The Hague, Paris, Eurocities and the OECD. Followed by audience Q&A.
Improve your ecosystem for better entrepreneurship
How fit is your local ecosystem for social entrepreneurship and social impact?
Find out as we test-drive a brand new self-assessment tool developed by the European Commission/OECD. The tool will be valuable to policy-makers, but also to entrepreneurs and networks advocating for more support, and to investors, incubators and others wanting to direct their support in the right area.
Roadmap of an Impact Entrepreneur
Every enterprise – social or otherwise – needs to scale to maximise its impact. But how does one scale? This masterclass covers the basic roadmap of an impact entrepreneur. Together with EY Financial Expert Peter Scheer, we’ll solve a number of cases from impact entrepreneurs at different stages on the roadmap as well as hearing from other entrepreneurs making a difference in the field.
Conclusions from the test drive and from the day’s conversations.
Impact Late Cafes
After hours inspiration:
Europe’s best social innovations
Join Tessa for an inspiring session that explores the latest cross-border solutions and explains the background to the European Social Innovation Competition. Bring your own stories too!
The magic ingredient?
AI and big data for refugee/migrant integration
Forbes 30under30 entrepreneur Nathanael shares his vision for tech and data-driven solutions to integration, and what he’s learned so far. Bring your questions!
Stop drowning in impact measurement!
Tips from ACT Group
Impact measurement doesn’t have to be hard… or does it? Hear from ACT Group’s Teo – who has initiated or developed 20+ social ventures and support organisations – and share what’s worked for you.
DAY 2 – Thurs 12 April
Generating profit with purpose
How do you balance commercial objectives with social ones? What are some of the common traps to avoid? Laura and Nathanael share experience from Italy (food/circular economy/employability) and France (integration/inclusion/technology). Bring plenty of questions!
Establishing strong partnerships
How do you secure – and successfully manage – a partnership with an influential corporate partner? Social Investment Scotland gives the inside scoop on their collaboration with major supermarket brand Asda.
Measuring your (social) impact
Hear more about Social Enterprise NL’s latest research and their work towards standardised impact indicators.
Clara will talk you through the five phases of impact measurement, looking at the different challenges and requirements of each. This session will help entrepreneurs identify where they currently are and what the next step should be.
Master sales to deliver your mission
Selling often has a bad reputation. Yet in social ventures, selling effectively is what enables most organisations to deliver their mission. Join WR Partnership for expert advice and feedback on using sales to better communicate, influence and grow your business.
Filling the gaps for investment readiness
This plenary explores skills for investment readiness from the perspective of both investor and investee.
The conversation will pick up on specific needs raised in the masterclasses, and explore how policy tools such as the European entrepreneurship framework of competences (EntreComp) can help address these. It will be followed by an audience Q&A.
Day 2 – Afternoon Session
Private sector finance
Join a session with Erste Group Bank, which invests in start-up enterprises in seven European countries, and leading ethical and sustainable bank Triodos Bank; or with ABN AMRO’s Social Impact Fund, which invests in Dutch organisations and aims to grow the overall social impact market. A rare opportunity to hear more about what they’re looking for and ask your questions.
What difference does government make?
Scotland and Luxembourg are great examples – in different ways – of how much can be achieved when governments approach social impact holistically. Learn from insiders in each country as to how this came about and bring home tips for replicating their success in your own country or region.
What’s shaking up entrepreneurship in Europe?
Wondering how blockchain, Brexit or new data protection laws might affect social entrepreneurship? Wondering how you can make the most of digitization, EU policy changes, or cross-border funding?
This quick-fire session will get you up to speed on the major trends, opportunities and threats facing European social ventures and those supporting them. It will also look at where EU policy fits in and consider what EU institutions should focus on in 2018 and beyond.