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China Social Enterprise and Investment Forum 2018 Conference 

Theme: Poverty Alleviation through Impact Investment


31 May -1 June 2018, Shenzhen China


Organizer: China Social Enterprise and Investment Forum

CSEIF Rotating Presidency: China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation

Supporting Organization: UNDP China; UNDP SDG Impact Finance; Futian District Government, Shenzhen Municipality

About CSEIF Annual Conference

As the most influential conference in the social enterprise and investment sector in China, CSEIF Annual Conference has been able to build a platform to promote cross-boarder exchanges, achieve consensus for cooperation, foster international links and exchanges. CSEIF 2018 Annual Conference is organized by China Social Enterprise and Investment Forum (CSEIF) with China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation as CSEIF Rotating Presidency, under the support of UNDP China. 

CSEIF was jointly initiated by a group of 17 Chinese top foundations and venture philanthropy organizations in 2014, with the vision of creating a positive ecosystem to support the development of social enterprises and investment in China.

The theme of the conference is Poverty Alleviation through Impact Investment. Despite the continuous growth of the world economy and the gradual reduction of the global poverty population, there are still more than 800 million people living below the extreme poverty line and the global poverty is still one of the greatest challenges. Poverty alleviation remains as one of the most important goals for international development in both the Millennium Development Goals and Sustainable Development Goals set by United Nations. With the largest number of people lifted out of poverty, China has led other countries to realize the MDGs and set a good example for poverty reduction worldwide. Clear targets were set for the future fight against poverty at the 19th CPC National Congress. According to this years Government Work Report, more will be done to alleviate poverty through the development of local industries, education, and healthcare, and through the development and conservation of local ecological resources. The government will shore up weak links in infrastructure and public services, creating a self-generated impetus to reduce poverty. The above-mentioned sectors overlap with the key sectors of impact investment. That is why the 2018 annual conference of CSEIF will discuss how to leverage impact investment for the scaling up of social enterprises as accelerated efforts for targeted poverty alleviation.

This year's conference includes not only 1 plenary session and 8 breakout sessions, but also 2 interactive workshops and SE Market with more than 20 social enterprises, as well as 2018 Shape the Future Social Enterprise and Investment Awards Ceremony and SE Roadshows. We are delivering a well-planned CSEIF 2018 and inviting more impact investors from China and abroad,and expecting 900-1000 guests and a variety of topics will be covered at different activities to renew a new chapter of helping Chinese social enterprises to scale up.

Highlights of CSEIF 2018 Conference

  • Cross-Sector Speakers Are Gathered To Promote Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship with Business Wisdom!

    All-Star Guest Speakers Lineup:

  • Ma Weihua, President, National Fund for Technology Transfer and Commercialization; Chair of Board, China Global Philanthropy Institute

  • He Jie, Vice Governor, Shenzhen District Government, Shenzhen Municipality

  • Nicholas Rosellini, UN Resident Coordinator in China

  • Doug Miller, Chairman, Asia Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN)

  • Adam Bendell, CEO, Toniic

  • Ma Jun, Chair, China Green Finance Committee

  • Tang Ronghan, President, eHong Capital

  • Steven Ying, Founder and Partner, High Impact Capital Advisors

  • Farhad Reza, President, Build BangladeshSun Lijun, Vice President, Alibaba Group, General Manager, Rural Taobao

  • Shi Yan, CSA Project Founder and Leader, Shared Harvest; Vice President, International CSA Network (URGENCI)

  • Dr. Pradip Kumar Sarmah, Ashoka Lemelson Fellow, Founder, Rickshaw Bank; Executive Director, Centre for Rural Development (CRD)

  • Qin Yuefei, Founder, Serve for China

  • Krisztina Tora, Director for Market Development, Global Steering Group for Impact Investment

  • Lv Zhao, Founder, NPI

  • Feng Yen, Professor, Department of Social Work, National Taiwan University

  • Philo Alto, Founder and CEO, Asia Value Advisors

  • Zheng Weining, Founder, Canyou Group

  • Li Nan, Head of UNSIF

  • Alicia Darvall, Director for Global Partners, B Lab

  • Patrick Cheung, Founder, Dialogue in the Dark HK

  • Through the Power of Capital, Impact Investment is Greatly Boosted to Accelerate Targeted Poverty Alleviation. 

    He Jie, Vice Governor of Shenzhen District Government is going to deliver a keynote speech about Shenzhen’s vision to create a highland for impact investment for China and even the world, as well as Doug Miller, Chairman of Asia Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN) would like to talk about impact investment in Asia and cases in poverty alleviation; during Impact Investor Talkshow, we will have Ma Jun, Tang Ronghan, Steven Ying, and Farhad Reza to share their experiences in this very industry. What’s more, breakout sessions of Impact Investment and Investment for Poverty Alleviation will also be hosted to explicate approaches to facilitate social enterprises to scale up from perspectives of both investors and investees. 

  • Social Impact and Business Value Are Multiplied by Efficient Connection between Investors and Investees. 

    From SE Market to Interactive Workshop and SE Roadshow, there are numbers of opportunities to support the development of social enterprises. One of the most exciting things in this year’s conference would be the signing ceremony of many preeminent social enterprises which have managed to secure the financing of tens of millions Yuan on site! 

  • The Announcement of 2018 Social Enterprise and Investment Awards Calls for Actions to Jointly Shape A Better Future. 

    2018 Shape the Future Social Enterprise and Investment Awards is co-organised by CSEIF and Caixin Global with an all-star review panel, including Bai Yansong, a renowned TV host; Neil Shen , Global Managing Partner of Sequoia Capital and Founder of the China Fund; Ma Weihua, Chairman of Shenzhen Global Philanthropy Institute and Former President of China Merchants Bank.

    13 awards have been set up to further social impact and positively respond to China’s national development strategy, including three top awards: 2018 Social Enterprise Award, 2018 Youth Social Entrepreneur Award and 2018 Woman Social Entrepreneur Award; 2 international awards: Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau Social Enterprise Award as well as Belt and Road Social Enterprise Award; 6 specific field awards among poverty alleviation, healthcare, social care, education and employability, sustainable development along with social benefit product; 2 awards in social investment: 2018 Social Investor Award and Award for Best Investment Value Social Enterprise. All nominees will be invited to the award ceremony and witness the great moment of this industry. 

Ⅲ More to Find Out

  • Social Enterprise Road Shows

5 minutes for social impact and business model, 5 minutes for feedbacks from investors, plus pre-conference training workshops. You can’t miss it!

  • Social Enterprise Fair

Want to illustrate new ideas? Want to showcase social products? Creative Market is where you can create a big buzz!

  • Interactive Workshops

Participants as your customers, such workshops would foster closer ties, and generate mutual understanding and support!


(*subject to the conference handbook)


Type Sales End Price Quantity

[Early Bird] CSEIF 2018 Conference VIP Ticket

2018-05-06 23:50 ¥1088

[Early Bird] CSEIF 2018 Conference Standard Ticket

2018-05-06 23:50 ¥688

[Early Bird] CSEIF 2018 Conference Gala Dinner Ticket

2018-05-06 23:50 ¥488

CSEIF 2018 Conference VIP Ticket

2018-06-01 18:00 ¥1588

CSEIF 2018 Conference Standard Ticket

2018-06-01 18:00 ¥988

CSEIF 2018 Conference Gala Dinner Ticket

2018-06-01 18:00 ¥688

Date Time

2018-05-31 08:00 - Start

2018-06-01 18:00 - End

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