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5 Best Opportunities for Social Enterprises (August)

We get it. Life is crazy and balancing out your time can be super hard. With so much going on it’s difficult to stay ahead of the learning game and easy to lose track of what’s happening in the world of social impact. The trick is to stop trying to read everything out there. There’s too much. And you’re too busy. Instead, give us roughly 3 minutes and we’ll brief you on five of the best social enterprise opportunities happening right now! If you’re passionate about creating positive social and environmental impact, our handpicked content is all you need to stay informed and inspired. For the month of August, here are the top 5 opportunities to build your skills, knowledge, revenue and impact… Do you have a story to tell that aligns with collaborative practice and action towards any of the Sustainable Development Goals? Collab4Good are calling all social innovators, entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, collaborators, lived experience individuals, community workers, capacity builders, funders, policy makers, researchers and evaluators from near, far and wide to join them to activate their ground-breaking event on 11-12 November 2021 at the Old Adelaide Gaol, Impact Chains. Don’t miss this terrific opportunity to connect and collaborate with others to inspire and build our collective capacity to drive positive impact! Apply today! Applications close 8 August.

Payment by Outcomes for Social Enterprise

Australia's work integration social enterprise (WISE) sector presents a powerful opportunity for policy makers, philanthropists and practitioners who want to create supportive work environments that assist people experiencing barriers to work to handle uncertainty and change. For all of us, much depends on the supports that we can lean on as they navigate challenge and change. Funding for this kind of support, the quality of which generates superior employment outcomes that we know our sector can achieve, is currently very limited. Payment by Outcome (or PBO) mechanisms are powerful way for governments to work with the social enterprise sector to solve complex social problems like reduced incarceration, unemployment, or homelessness. White Box Enterprises is leading an exciting body of work that will see the WISE sector co-create a set of PBO design principles to strengthen the voice of the WISE sector across government, and raise the profile of PBO mechanisms across Australia as an effective means of directing funding to the most impactful models. Check out their PBO page to find out all about this work and how you can get involved!
Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to present to business and social entrepreneurial leaders who are influential in the community and have the mentoring skills and resources to help you take your idea or business to the next level. Apply now for your chance to present at the Early Ethical Entrepreneur Pitch Competition as part of Moral Fairground's Ethical Enterprise Conference. The winner will be part of the Early Pitch Booster Program, providing access to mentorship, professional services, and advice valued at over $50,000. Applications close 2 September.

Kenneth Myer Innovation Fellowships

The Kenneth Myer Innovation Fellowships 2022 program has opened for applications, seeking exceptional leaders with breakthrough solutions to Australia’s most pressing social and environmental problems and the capacity to bring them to fruition. This is a once-in-lifetime opportunity to step out of your day-to-day working life and focus exclusively on your big plan for action for one year! Fellows each receive $120,000 and up to $30,000 for operational expenses. Don't miss out on this unique and life-changing opportunity, apply today. Applications close 5 September.

Enterprising Stories: Unwrapping the Unconference

Enterprising Stories is a live online show and community of practice that aim to build momentum for the social enterprise movement across Australia and the world. The show showcases the most inspiring people and businesses who are sparking a positive post-COVID-19 economic recovery. Powered by Digital Storytellers, Enterprising Stories invite all kinds of ‘Business for Good’ to connect, engage and be a pivotal part of the movement to ‘Build Forward Better’. This episode will loop back to the Social Enterprise Virtual Unconference to unpack some of the key learnings and insights from the event. Episode airs 11 August.

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Jay Boolkin
Jay Boolkin

I'm passionate about positive social change and the power of social entrepreneurship to tackle some of the world’s biggest problems. I believe that for-purpose business models can become part of the mainstream and I am enthusiastic about advocating for business models that are genuinely built around a social or environmental mission.

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