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SBC 2024

The Social Business Innovation Lab (SBI-LAB) is delighted to invite you to the Social Business Conference (SBC) 2024, which will be held in Barbengo (Lugano) on Thursday, May 23, 2024 at h 14:00. The SBC is a key event in Ticino to strengthen the impact start-up ecosystem and connect social entrepreneurs with impact investors. The theme of the panel is: Supporting tools for early-stage social businesses and impact investors in the Swiss and international ecosystems. Current status and future perspectives.

The focus areas of this year’s edition are: sustainable food, sustainable agriculture, human rights.

Confirmed panelists:

The SBC 2024 has four main goals:

  1. Introducing impact startups (early-stage) to potential investors and facilitate their growth and access to financing.
  2. Engaging local and international stakeholders to expand the Impact Startup and Social Business Ecosystem in Canton Ticino and beyond through concrete commitments (mentoring, sponsoring, financing, knowledge sharing etc.).
  3. Contributing to the achievement of the UN SDGs.
  4. Networking.

SBI-LAB was created through a partnership between Social Business Earth and Area 302. It identifies and selects the best talents in social business and social innovation in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), offering them:

  • A dynamic workspace to co-create and collaborate together with other social entrepreneurs
  • Tailored consulting from professionals in the area of sustainability and social business
  • Training programs
  • Access to a network of potential investors

The event is by invitation or manifestation of interest only and participation is limited.

If you are interested in participating, write an email to: specifying in the subject line: Manifestation of Interest – SBC 2024.

The venue of the event is Area 302, via Cadepiano 18, Barbengo (Lugano). It is reachable with bus line 431 or 433. Parking is available on site. Google maps location

The event will be held in English.


  • h 14:00 – Arrival and Check-in
  • h 14:30 – Welcome Greetings by Samantha Caccamo, Founder and CEO, Social Business Earth, Co-founder, Social Business Innovation Lab and Dr. Massimiliano Sassoli de Bianchi, President, Area 302, Co-founder, Social Business Innovation Lab.
    Musical Moment
  • h 15:00 – Sponsors and Supporters
  • h 15:30 – Round Table + Q&A
  • h 16:30 – Musical Moment
  • h 16:40 – Break
  • h 17:00 – Pitching Session by 5 innovative social entrepreneurs + Q&A
  • h 18:00 – Sapiens Natura Prize Ceremony
  • h 18:10 – Closing Remarks and Musical Moment
  • h 18:30 – Networking and rich cocktail with finger food (wine courtesy of Tenuta Castello di Morcote)


  • Standard Ticket – General Admission to the full program of the event – CHF 40.-

Registration is required.

We look forward to welcoming you to this one-of-a-kind event in Lugano.