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Best Opportunities for Social Enterprises & Entrepreneurs | January 2024

As we usher in 2024, the world of social impact continues to sparkle and ignite like a grand New Year’s fireworks display. The journey into this vibrant landscape may seem as thrilling and unpredictable as a sky lit with colourful explosions, with time management being the elusive sparkler to master. But don’t worry, intrepid visionary! We’re here to light up your path, guiding you towards the most illuminating opportunities to enhance your skills, knowledge, revenue, and impact this January.

AMP Foundation Tomorrow Makers IGNITE 2024

The Tomorrow Makers IGNITE program is your opportunity to transform your vision into reality. This unique and awesome 12-month program offers a robust grant of up to $110,000 and bespoke capability development tailored to ensure you start trading within a year. You’ll receive guidance from sector and business experts and a dedicated mentor who will provide invaluable insights and support throughout your journey. The IGNITE peer support program, delivered by Impact Boom, will further enhance your learning experience – from professional development sessions, monthly online group workshops led by experienced facilitators, access to an online collaboration platform, engaging online learning modules, and so much more. Whether you’re ready to launch your social enterprise or scale existing operations, IGNITE can be your springboard for creating positive social impact. Applications close 30 January.

Social Impact Fellowship

The Social Impact Fellowship has supported over 150 changemakers from various backgrounds to enhance their impact and create positive change. Through immersive workshops, mentorship, access to high quality masterclasses and hands-on experience working on a project for a for-purpose organisation; fellows have the opportunity to improve their skills, knowledge, and purpose while building connections with a diverse cohort. Alongside the core impact-focused content, Fellows can choose from five impact pathways. These pathways enable fellows to access curated knowledge, experiences, mentorship, and connections that align with their chosen stream, alongside the broader impact and sector knowledge shared with the whole cohort. Applications close 31 January.

F. M. Kirby Prize for Scaling Impact

The F. M. Kirby Prize for Scaling Impact is an annual global prize of USD $150,000 in unrestricted funds that amplifies and accelerates the work of an enterprise working to scale its impact on social or environmental problems around the world. The Kirby Prize recognizes enterprises pursuing strategic pathways to impact at scale, who are close to the challenges at hand, who center the voice and experience of the populations they serve, who have demonstrated traction, and who embody courageous and collaborative leadership. This prize is open to any legal form, geographic location, and any social or environmental impact area. Applications close 8 January.

UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour Award

The prestigious UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour Award is now accepting nominations for its 2024 round, inviting individuals and institutions to showcase their exceptional contributions to urban development. This distinguished award recognizes efforts in improving the quality of urban life and ensuring affordable housing for all, aligning with Sustainable Development Goal 11 on sustainable cities and communities. The UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour Award emphasizes the importance of engaging youth in creating sustainable urban environments. It seeks to inspire and mobilize individuals, organizations, and governments to take significant steps towards achieving inclusive, resilient, and equitable cities. Applications close 17 May.

Industry Growth Program

Unlock your SME’s potential and drive growth with the Industry Growth Program. This remarkable grant and advisory service offered by the Australian government is designed to support innovative small and medium enterprises in their journey towards commercialisation and expansion. With grants ranging from $50,000 to $250,000 for early-stage commercialisation projects and grants from $100,000 to $5 million for commercialisation and growth initiatives, this program provides a substantial boost to eligible SMEs. If your business has a novel product, process, or service that sets it apart, this program is tailor-made for you.

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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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