Individuals nowadays have many opportunities to connect with like-minded people and gain new knowledge, hone their skills, create new forms of collaboration and progress in their fields. There is no doubt that events and conferences are a great way for individuals to progress both personally and professionally, with the networking factor as the primary benefit. At Social Innovation Academy, we’ve done the research work and picked out top social innovation events in 2019 for all stakeholders interested in the field. Just continue reading – it’s that simple!


Here are top 8 social innovation events in 2019 to reserve your place at!


Impact Investing World Forum 2019

Impact Investing World Forum 2019 has been established as one of the leading social impact investment events in a worldwide spectrum. The conference has a focus on social impact and all types of investments that accelerate societal growth, ranging from social impact bonds to tech, banking technology, sustainability, sustainable investing, social innovation and many more. Interested in attending? Keep a lookout for this event on 24–25 April in London. It’s where the magic happens, and tickets start at £594. All you have to do is visit the official website for more info.


2019 Montreal Summit on Innovation

On May 24, 2019, during the 8th annual Montreal Summit on Innovation (MSI), the Quartier de l’Innovation (QI), the Fonds de Recherche du Québec and Aligo Innovation will join forces with experts, university researchers, entrepreneurs and donors to transform ideas into action. At the summit, which runs concurrently with C2 Montréal, MSI will foster discussion around key drivers of innovation and competition stemming from research and, above all, new ways of furthering science to benefit society at large. Through various panels, collaborative experiences and conferences, the MSI and its nearly 240 industry leaders will encourage invitees to rethink current research practices and reflect on the challenges to come.’[1]

As its theme, this event will focus on the pressing challenges that our societies have spent a long time attempting to tackle. Its motto is ‘the time is now’. Sound interesting? Do you want to meet aspiring business leaders and connect, collaborate or share your knowledge with one another? Reserve your place before it’s too late!


Social Innovation Summit 2019

The Social Innovation Summit is an annual event that represents a global convening of black swans and wayward thinkers. Where most bring together luminaries to explore the next big idea, we bring together those hungry not just to talk about the next big thing, but to build it.’[2]

What’s all the fuss about? On 4–5 June 2019, at Intercontinental Los Angeles, The Social Innovation Summit will bring together the world’s innovation leaders and changemakers to share their insights on how to make the world a better place. Registration is now open, with the choice of the Full Conference (June 4–5|$1,895.00), Day 1 only (June 4|$1,295.00), or Day 2 Only (June 5|$1,295.00).


The Collaborative 2019

The Collaborative is a must for all non-profits. But what’s it all about?

The Collaborative is a 3-day immersive experience designed exclusively for nonprofit professionals and social impact leaders to learn, share, and get inspired. From fundraising and marketing best practices, to the latest in technology and data, gain the tools, strategies, and connections you need to accelerate your organization’s impact.’[3]

Looking forward to it? The Collaborative will be held on 11–13 June in Boston, USA. Participants can register either as individuals or as a team, with both options coming with a variety of benefits.


ISIRC 2019

The 11th International Social Innovation Research Conference, or ISIRC 2019, scheduled for September 2019, is Glasgow’s turn to extend a warm welcome to individuals interested in social innovation. ISIRC is regarded as the world’s leading interdisciplinary social innovation research conference.

The conference brings together scholars from across the globe to discuss social innovation from a variety of perspectives. ISIRC 2019 will be hosted by The Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health, Glasgow Caledonian University from Monday 2nd to Wednesday 4th September 2019. The conference will take place at 200SVS, in the heart of Glasgow City Centre.[4]

Are you keen to share your insights with the social innovation world? Registration is now open!


Social Outcomes Conference 2019

The Social Outcomes Conference 2019 brings together prominent academic and practitioner voices from ‘different countries and disciplines for an in-depth exploration of the practice and evidence base around the implementation of outcomes-based models of public service provision from across the world.’[5]

The conference will take place on 5–6 September 2019 in Oxford, UK. Looking to book your seat?

The participation fee is £200 (2-day full fee), £100 (1-day full fee) or £50 (student fee), and includes lunch on both days as well as a conference dinner in Oxford on the evening of 05th September. The GO Lab offers a limited number of free places for UK public sector commissioners. If you are a public sector commissioner working in the UK and would like to attend the conference, please get in touch with us at’[5]

Keep watching for registration to open!


International Conference on Social Enterprise and Innovation 2019 (ICSEI 2019)

The International Conference on Social Enterprise and Innovation is due to take place on 17–18 September in Rome, Italy and ‘aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Social Enterprise and Innovation. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Social Enterprise and Innovation.’[6]

The conference has a range of registration fees based on the type of participation. Interested in attending? Stay tuned for the release of the scientific programme!


The Agents of Change Summit 2020

A general rule of event planning is to organise your time and workspace in advance. While 2020 may seem a way off right now, getting your planning done in good time helps to avoid any last-minute changes. So why not book your place early at this extraordinary event in 2020?

At ‘The Agents of Change Summit’ you can ‘join hundreds of public health leaders and luminaries to learn and share evidence-based strategies and the latest technological tools for accelerating health behavior change.’[7]

What is it about? ‘The Agents of Change Summit launched with more than 300 participants in 2016 and grew to more than 500 attendees in 2018. In 2020, the Summit will return bigger than ever with new technologies, insights and research. The Summit unifies and expands the community of change agents using marketing and technology to drive positive behavior change. Together, we have the power not only to change health in our own communities, but across the country, and around the world.’[7]

Registration opens in spring 2019. For queries, contact


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