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Event: SEWF 2021 Rural Forum

Do you work in rural social enterprise or rural community development? Join SEWF’s first-ever virtual Rural Forum to connect and learn from rural social enterprises from around the world.

The rural forum will now take place on 27th & 28th October.

Social enterprises are often the glue that keeps rural communities together yet face a range of challenges different to those in urban communities. That's why Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) is partnering with leading rural social enterprises in Canada, Australia, Scotland, India and elsewhere to create this event to support, connect and build the rural social enterprise community.

As part of their 2021 events programme, they will be spotlighting Canada, while also addressing priorities and issues of social enterprise from around the world. Topics will include:

  • Young people in rural communities and the next generation

  • Community land and land and asset ownership

  • Environment and climate change

  • Rural leadership

  • Indigenous community-based models

  • COVID-19: Impacts and opportunities

Times: There will be two blocks each day to allow for live participation from around the world.

Language: The event will be in English with French interpretation and closed captioning. Other languages to be confirmed.

Programme and speakers: Details coming soon! Subscribe to their newsletter and follow Social Enterprsie World Forum on social (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn) to stay up-to-date.

Ticketing: There is a ticket cost to attend the event as virtual events still involve considerable resources. As a social enterprise, SEWF do not intend on generating a profit and they thank all of their partners and sponsors for their support, which has significantly reduced fees. 

Ticket types

  • Early bird: Closes 31 August 2021

  • Standard ticket: From 31st August 2021 the price will increase to £39.00.

  • Low income, lower middle income and conflict affected countries: As defined by World Bank Atlas at June 2020 (also available here). The qualifying criterion is the regular business address of the delegate. Registrations will be checked and if the delegate address does not match the selected category the ticket will be cancelled.

  • Student / youth: Anyone under 30 years old or any full-time student. Please use your university/college email address to register.

  • Group discount (10% for groups of 10 or more): Please contact with the number of tickets required. Please note that group discounts are only available for the same event and ticket type.

  • Bursaries: Two types of bursary available: 1) COVID-19 Hardship bursary, 2) Bursaries for social enterprises based in low income, lower middle income or conflicted affected countries. More details and to apply. Limited bursaries available. Deadline 31st August.

Ticket prices include a non-refundable booking and administration fee. Following registration, ticket swaps are not possible. Ticket sharing is also not permitted and SEWF reserves the right to cancel a ticket with no refund if this occurs.

Got a question? Please check out SEWF event FAQs, which they update regularly. If you don’t find your answer, please contact

To find out more information and to sign up, please click HERE.


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