Interview with Celia

“Go in with honesty and transparency” – Celia Hodson

Celia Hodson is a multi-award-winning entrepreneur and SEWF 2021 Speaker. Having been a business executive with extensive experience in leading social change in the UK, Australia, India and Brazil, Celia retired early only to set up a ‘Buy One Give One’ period products social enterprise ⏤ Hey Girls ⏤ in 2018. Three years on and her trailblazing organisation has donated over 18 million period products to UK girls and women via a network of 200 donation partners!

In this interview with SEWF, Celia shares her top tips on how to secure successful partnerships, how to employ the best team and SEWF’s impact on social entrepreneurs.

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“I’m excited by the community hub model because it can be very difficult ⏤ if not impossible ⏤ for rural social entrepreneurs to find the resources and time needed to travel to international conferences. So a model like this is great, because it affordably combines the benefits of face-to-face interaction with peers from a given region, with the expansive learning that comes from engaging with others on a global level”. ⏤ Pete Ekstedt, SENVIC Regional Manager

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Latest SEWF 2021 Speaker additions

K’odi Nelson
Executive Director, Nawalakw
Amneh Shaikh-Farooqui
CEO, Polly and Other Stories
Jirra Lulla Harvey
Director, Kalinya Communications
Goto M Cooper
Founder/Executive Director, Educate the Future Liberia (ETF Liberia)
Sebastian Rocca
Founder and CEO, Micro Rainbow CIC
United Kingdom
Neelam Chhiber
Co-founder, Industree Foundation
Attending or planning to attend SEWF 2021? One session not to miss is the closing panel on being “young and engaged – changing the way the world does business”.

DATE: Wednesday 29th September 2021 (Europe/Africa/Americas) / 30th September Bangladesh, Taiwan and Australia.

SESSION TIME: 23:40-00:20 BST (UK) (GMT+1) / 19:40-20:20 ADT / 08:40-09:20 AEST / 06:40-07:20 TWT / 04:40-05:20 BST (Bangladesh).

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Social Shifters

Global Innovation Challenge Finalists announced!

SEWF Youth Forum Partner, Social Shifters has confirmed the results for the Global Innovation Challenge Finalists are now in! 🌟 After reviewing over 1,000 applications, 50+ finalists have been confirmed for the Global Innovation Challenge. Didn’t make it this year? Check out this reel from Social Shifters for more ways to keep learning.
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Interpretation at SEWF events

At SEWF, we strive to create an inclusive environment for all social entrepreneurs and participants attending our events from different parts of the world. SEWF 2021 (28-29 September) and the Rural Forum (27-28 October) will feature an option for interpretation for participants attending different sessions at these events.
Save our 2021 event dates

– Youth Forum: 27 September →
– SEWF 2021: 28 – 29 September →
– Rural Forum: 27 – 28 October →
– Academic Forum: 16 – 17 November →

Get SEWF event tickets for less

– Early bird tickets still available:

  • Academic Forum early bird ticket ends 10 October

– Low income tickets: for low income, lower middle income and conflict-affected countries.
– Start-up social enterprise/student/youth event ticket.
– Group discount: 10% for groups of 10 or more.
– Standard ticket
– The Youth Forum ticket: free to all under 30.

Get details on event specific tickets: Youth Forum | SEWF 2021 | Rural Forum | Academic Forum

SEWF Academic Forum Call for Papers Live.
Deadline for SEWF Academic Forum Call for Papers extended!

Read our call for papers and submit a 400-word abstract by 17 September 2021for consideration in the Academic Forum programme. Researchers, academics, teachers and practitioners are all encouraged to submit an abstract for a panel or a paper. You do not need to submit an abstract to register to attend the Academic Forum. →

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Do you work in social procurement?

Over the last decade, SEWF has worked with corporate partners, national and regional governments and social enterprise agencies to support the adoption of social procurement systems. Join intermediaries, corporates and governments including the Scottish Government, Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency Acumen, Buy Social Canada, Buy Social USA, Johnson & Johnson, SAP, Social Enterprise UK, Social Traders, Yunus Social Business and more on the Community of Practice today. →

Partner updates and opportunities

UNITAR: For the first time in history, UNITAR and KIDsforSDGs will co-host a public Global Goals Week event to celebrate the launch of the inaugural UNITAR Youth Ambassador Asia Pacific Programme. The event on September 18, 2021 (2-6 pm Hong Kong time) will consist of thematic dialogues, expert panels, youth panels, youth SDG project showcases and, of course, networking opportunities with youth social entrepreneurs across Asia Pacific.

The event is honoured to welcome Social Enterprise World Forum as a supporting organisation, which will be given a dedicated showcase to highlight the community’s impact towards advancing social entrepreneurship.

Kindly register and we look forward to welcoming you to the event.

More information about the event is available here, and our recent article on youth social entrepreneurship can be viewed here.

Fashion Revolution: Open Call for Proposals: Small But Perfect (a 30 month [January 2021 – July 2023] collaborative project co-funded by the European Commission’s COSME programme) is currently accepting proposals for a unique accelerator programme of mentoring, funding and showcasing that connects fashion businesses across borders by encouraging transnational collaboration. There is a funding allocation of €10,275 per partnership. The open call seeks to find projects working on a business idea for a product or service that will make the fashion industry more circular or sustainable.

Deadline: 3 October 2021
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SEWF Resource Library

Resource Library
In the SEWF Resource Library, you will find examples of social enterprise policies, strategies, and studies that capture national, regional, and local action on social enterprise development. This is the most extensive collection of social enterprise resources globally and the collection is always expanding. View the SEWF Resource Library here.
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