Social Entrepreneurship Summit 2022
New perspectives for Social Entrepreneurship in the new normal
7th, 8th and 9th September
Welcome to #SES2022
Deadline for submissions extended to May 20
The Social Entrepreneurship Summit – SES – brings together academics, students, business leaders, government officials and social entrepreneurs to co-create solutions to the most challenging issues of our society. This summit aims at gathering all different actors to foster collaboration among themselves and to intensify the hands-on support to social entrepreneurs and all ecosystem partners. The summit is organized by Equalisi BVBA, in cooperation with the Chair of Social Entrepreneurship at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium) and the Innovation and Tech Transfer Program at Universidad Mayor de San Simon in Bolivia.
We are proud to present the SES2022 edition “New perspectives for Social Entrepreneurship in the new normal” to be held in a hybrid format: participation is possible online and on-site in Cochabamba, Bolivia. For two days, participants in the summit will discuss and present their ideas on how SEs initiatives are contributing to addressing the emerging challenges due to the current pandemic. We have seen that some SEs have rapidly adapted to change, while others couldn’t cope with the pressure of the system due to a lack of resources and support. We would like to explore, discuss and reflect upon what is called the “new normal” and how do SEs are coping, transforming and adapting to be able to address the most pressing challenges of our society.
At the summit, participants will benefit from the provoking talks of distinguished Key Note Speakers, as well as from direct contact with numerous social entrepreneurs at the social entrepreneurship fair. We are grateful for the support of our partners, especially our host institution in Bolivia, Universidad Mayor de San Simon. This summit also counts with the support of projects such as ELANET, SEfficiency and VLIR IUC in Bolivia.
Who can participate?
Academics with research interest on Social Entrepreneurship;
University leaders (International Relations, Outreach, Community Engagement) with the main interest in the relationship between the university and local communities;
Students and professionals, with interest in social entrepreneurship;
Social entrepreneurs and business representatives, currently working on all type of projects with a social or environmental impact;
Business leaders and practitioners with connections to Social Entrepreneurship and CSR;
Policymakers and other government agencies;
NGO’s and other organizations with social/environmental projects;
Leaders from incubators, accelerators, coworking spaces, and innovation.
A new way of organizing a conference in COVID times
It is our ambition to organize SES2022 safely and responsibly, in light of the current situation worldwide related to the COVID 19 pandemic.
We started with this event in 2019 in Santa Marta, Colombia, with more than 120 participants, of which 70 presentations from 15 different countries. In 2020 and 2021, the summit took place online due to the pandemic. Despite the online setting, our summit congregated more than 200 participants each year. We have reunited academics, practitioners and entrepreneurs from more than 35 different nationalities, sharing their research, projects and social entrepreneurship initiatives. The Summit also features the Social Entrepreneurship Fair, where entrepreneurs can showcase their products and projects. This fair counted with more than 30 social entrepreneurs during the first edition of the summit and during our online conferences, we had video presentations of entrepreneurs from Belgium, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Uganda, Nigeria and Tanzania.
SES2022 is planned to be held as a hybrid conference. This means both, onsite in Cochabamba and online. We hope for favourable conditions to have the opportunity to meet in person and to host virtually those participants who are unable to travel. We will closely monitor the situation in Bolivia and communicate in due time, should our plans of hosting an onsite conference change.
What can you expect
from the #SES2022
Get inspired by different presentations from academics, students, business leaders, government officials and social entrepreneurs and other relevant stakeholders from the entrepreneurial ecosystem;
Create long-lasting connections and explore new paths for creating sustainable solutions;
Receive feedback on your current projects on (in support of) social entrepreneurship;
Get new knowledge/skills to bring your ideas and proposed solutions to the next level, with innovative and worth ideas to create a positive impact in your community.
What are the participation styles?
Academic Presentation: All types of scientific research are welcome for presentation, including literature reviews; conceptual papers; case studies; qualitative and quantitative research;
Presentation of University Initiatives: We invite universities to present their exemplary cases on how to support/stimulate social entrepreneurship from teaching, research or outreach activities;
Practitioner’s Presentation: We welcome social enterprises, practitioners and government officials to share their ideas and experience on the topic, by presenting their cases, best practices and discuss their challenges with a broader audience to create awareness, establish new connections, and receive feedback;
Round Table Debates: We welcome proposals that would like to open up the debate on challenging topics in the support of social entrepreneurship;
Social Entrepreneurship Fair: At this fair, local social entrepreneurs will be presenting and selling their products.
Important dates #SES2022
Deadline for abstract submission - 1000 Words
Notification of selected authors
Registration deadline for authors
Conference sessions and fair
Main topics for submissions to #SES2022
Submissions should mention one of the above types and elaborate on the proposed ideas in a short abstract of 1.000 words. Both presentations in English and in Spanish are welcome, upon a clear presentation of preference. All submissions will be subject to peer-review. There will be an opportunity to publish full papers after the conference (only in English).
We look for submissions on the following topics:
Social Entrepreneurship and their innovative business models;
Building a strong and supportive ecosystem to support social entrepreneurs;
Social entrepreneurship and BoP context (with attention to vulnerable communities and disadvantaged groups);
Social innovation (including presentation of best practices and cases);
The role of universities to promote and support social entrepreneurship;
Case studies of successful social entrepreneurs;
Circular economy and new business models.
This is not an exhaustive list of topics. Therefore, we will welcome any other submission on topics related to Social Entrepreneurship.
Costos de inscripción
There will be an opportunity to publish full papers after the conference both in English and Spanish. Call for Proposals will be circulated at a later stage.
In Spanish, we will continue with our book series published by Universidad del Magdalena Press. Authors presenting their work in Spanish can submit their manuscript for consideration after the conference, following the guidelines for the publication that will be presented during the SES2022.
General admission: 40 Eur
Student: 25 Eur
Social Entrepreneurs: 25 Eur
General admission: 150 Eur
Student: 100 Eur
Social Entrepreneurs: 100 Eur
For participants coming from Bolivia, there is a reduced price for onsite participation of 40 Eur
Please note that there will be no refunds in case you are registered for onsite participation but decide for whatever reason to participate online.
Prof. dr. Nikolay A. Dentchev
Chair of Social Entrepreneurship - Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Prof. dr. Abel Diaz Gonzalez
Posdoctoral researcher - Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Chair of Social Entrepreneurship
PhD. Carlos Acevedo Peña
Programa de Innovación y Transferencia de Tecnología
Universidad Mayor de San Simón