The African Social Enterprise Workshop (Asew) – 5th Summer Edition!

The African Social Enterprise Workshop (Asew) – 5th Summer Edition!

The African Social Enterprise Workshop (ASEW) – 5th Summer Edition!

Date: 17th – 18th August, 2023 (12PM WAT)

Join us for the African social enterprise workshops (ASEW) 5th edition, themed sustainability through market creation and access. Explore innovative strategies, access expert insights, and unlock your social enterprises potential in Africa. As partners for this workshop we are looking forward to seeing you at ASEW 2023!

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If you are a social entrepreneur or interested in starting a social enterprise in an African country, have a core social and/or environmental purpose, and are interested in the principles of sustainable market creation and access, this workshop is for you. Register below to attend.

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Leveraging the African continental free trade agreement for social entrepreneurs

Markets and the sustainable development goals (SDGs)
Agriculture and food markets

Artificial intelligence and your social enterprise

Youth-led and youth-focused market innovations for sustainability

Social innovation in the education sector

Social Entrepreneurs in Africa face grave challenges in accessing markets or creating new ones to achieve their social objectives while ensuring commercial viability

These challenges stem from limited resources, inadequate infrastructure, corruption, and regulatory hurdles prevalent in many African countries, which make it difficult for enterprises to achieve their social goals through classic business mechanisms.

However, with the emerging African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCFTA), the potential of disruptive technologies, and sustainability initiatives—such as the circular economy—, social enterprises in Africa have a unique opportunity to organize afresh and leverage their innovative capacities for new market creation and market access.

Together with our expert speakers, we will explore opportunities, barriers, and strategies for African social enterprises to organize sustainably. The workshop will facilitate knowledge-sharing among established social entrepreneurs in the field, policymakers and development practitioners will also discuss regulatory frameworks and innovative approaches.

During the workshop, practitioners and academic experts will conduct a practical session on creating sustainable products and services. Participants will receive guidance on developing new offerings that can sustain their efforts to address societal challenges and meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).