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Impact Economies

This exciting series of events are based around sustainability, social responsibility and entrepreneurship to inspire and support you to make a difference in the world.

We have paired up with the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability to bring you this series of exciting new events all themed around impact economies.

The impact economy is driven by organisations, entrepreneurs and social enterprises that focus on addressing societal challenges and the public good, which are often linked to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

If you are passionate about society and the environment these events are for you. Whether you have your own social enterprise, wish to launch an enterprise with sustainability at heart or align your career and research to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


The three online events in the series are:

Make the world, better

Thursday 17 February, 5pm-7pm 

Do you hope to have a positive impact on the world?

Attend this workshop to align your research and interests with a mission of social and environmental sustainability. We’ll take inspiration on how others have done this, discuss them with the group and commit to taking action to make the world, better.

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Stakeholder mapping

Tuesday 15 March, 5pm-7pm

What incentives drive you as an entrepreneur? Is it the bottom line - as many sales and shareholder benefiting profits as possible, by any means necessary?

Learn more about your stakeholders, how to understand and engage them with this hands-on workshop. 

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Empowering change - Enterprises for an Equitable Future

Wednesday 6 April, 3.45pm-5pm 

How does ‘the individual’ drive and empower change in the economic system?

This event will explore equality, diversity, inclusion, social enterprise and impact driven economies through real world examples, featuring a panel of women entrepreneurs who are leading environmentally and socially responsible enterprises across different intersections of identity and community.  

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Who can attend?

If you are a staff member, student or recent graduates at the University of Edinburgh and are interest in enterprise with an underlying social or environmental mission then join our inspiring talks from global and local thought leaders.

Impact economies