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    "Building Ecosystems for a more sustainable and resilient society"

    8th, 9th and 10th September 2021 – Guayaquil, Ecuador

     Hybrid conference

     For more information and full CfP:  www.equalisi.com/ses2021 


    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 the 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 ESPAE Business School (Ecuador).

    The first edition of the summit was organized in 2019 in Santa Marta, Colombia, with more than 120 participants, of which 70 presentations from 15 different countries and 30 participants in the fair. In 2020, the summit took place online due to the pandemic. Despite the online setting, our summit congregated more than 200 Participants, 26 countries, featuring 85 presentations and a wonderful online Social Entrepreneurship Fair with more than 30 online videos from social entrepreneurial projects with entrepreneurs from Belgium, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Uganda, Nigeria and Tanzania

    We are proud to present the SES2021 edition "Building Ecosystems for a more sustainable and resilient society" to be held in a hybrid format: participation is possible online and onsite in Guayaquil, Ecuador. For two days, participants in the summit will exchange ideas on how to develop ecosystems that contribute to addressing our most challenging sustainability issues, which now are becoming more complex due to the pandemic. 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.

    What does it mean a "Hybrid conference"      

    It is our ambition to organize SES2021 safely and responsibly, in light of the current situation worldwide related to the COVID 19 pandemic.

    Currently, SES2021 is planned to be held both, onsite in Guayaquil and online. This means that we are looking forward to giving the possibility to participants (those unable to travel to Guayaquil) to join the conference online to attend the sessions and present their work to others.

    Nevertheless, we will be monitoring the evolution of the pandemic in Ecuador in close coordination with our local host institution ESPAE. In case that the current conditions continue to be unfavourable for organizing the onsite part of this conference in Guayaquil, we will move ahead with the SES2021 in a fully online manner. All interested participants (onsite or online) will be notified in due time, as we understand that planning a trip under current circumstances might take extra time.

     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, innovation.

     What can you expect from this summit?

    • 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 main 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.

    Publication opportunities

    There will be an opportunity to publish full papers after the conference both in English and Spanish.

    In English, participants are welcome to submit their manuscript to

    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 of SES2021.

    Important Dates

    • Submission of Abstracts - April 30, 2021
    • Notification of Authors - June 10, 2021
    • Submission of Revised Abstracts or Short Papers - August 10, 2021
    • Registration Deadline - August 15, 2021
    • Conference Get Together and keynote address - September 8, 2021
    • Conference sessions - September 9 & 10, 2021
    • Social Entrepreneurship Fair - September 10, 2021

    More Information

    Abel Diaz Gonzalez
    Vrije Universiteit Brussel

    +32 484 413091

     Nikolay A. Dentchev
    Vrije Universiteit Brussel

    +32 477 91 71 21

    Ph.D. candidate - Business Economics
    Vrije Universiteit Brussels
    Brussels, Belgium
    +32 484 413091


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