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Best Opportunities for Social Enterprises & Entrepreneurs | May 2024

Venturing into social entrepreneurship is akin to launching into the vast expanse of space, the cosmos stretching infinitely before you. It’s a journey that often mirrors a voyage through the unknown depths of the universe, where each moment holds the unpredictability of a comet’s path. Yet, fear not, brave explorers! We stand as your North Star, shining a light as we navigate the celestial map to this month’s top five opportunities for social enterprises and entrepreneurs ready to broaden their universe and deepen their impact.

Westpac Youth Impact Challenge

The Australian School of Entrepreneurship proudly collaborates with the Westpac Youth Impact Challenge, a dynamic platform empowering young Australians between 7 to 21 years to address and solve the pressing issues facing their communities and the world at large. This inspiring nationwide initiative beckons young visionaries to put forward innovative solutions, whether through business ventures or social change projects. Individuals or groups up to three are invited to pinpoint challenges within their local or global environment and propose groundbreaking ideas to tackle them. Are you ready to make history with your transformative idea? This is your chance to contribute to meaningful change and demonstrate leadership and creativity. Register for the Westpac Youth Impact Challenge today, and join a movement of young innovators dedicated to shaping a better tomorrow. Registrations close 31 May.

Social Impact In The Regions Bursaries

This is your the chance to be a catalyst for change with the Social Impact In The Regions (SIITR) Bursaries 2024. SIITR is awarding 10 bursaries to passionate individuals and social enterprises in regional or rural Australia, keen on creating significant social and employment opportunities. These include five bursaries from the Westpac Foundation for social enterprises and another five for social impact practitioners striving for community betterment. Winners will gain access to the inspiring SIITR conference in Kempsey, NSW, with selected bursaries also covering travel and accommodation. This gathering is an unparalleled opportunity for learning, connection, and sharing, set against the backdrop of Kempsey’s vibrant community. Ideal candidates are those making tangible contributions to their communities and eager to share their insights. Apply by 10 May 2024 to join a movement of leaders dedicated to innovating social impact in regional areas. Applications close 10 May.

National Game Changer Awards

The National Game Changer Awards, presented by Social Traders, are a beacon of recognition for those pioneering a more equitable and fair Australia through social enterprise. With an expanded lineup of awards, this initiative shines a spotlight on visionaries and impact champions pushing the boundaries of business for good. Celebrating collaborations that unlock new opportunities, innovative solutions to societal challenges, exceptional dedication to social procurement, and leadership in ESG practices, these awards are designed to honor the remarkable efforts of individuals and organisations across various sectors. Whether you’re a social enterprise making waves, a business driving change, or an individual dedicated to social procurement, these awards offer a prestigious platform to be acknowledged for your transformative impact. Submissions close 2 June.

Unleashing the Potential of Social Enterprise: Course with CEO & Harvard Lecturer Jim Bildner

Dive into the world of social entrepreneurship with the Social Impact Hub’s exclusive course, “Unleashing the Potential of Social Enterprise: Operationalising and Scaling for Impact,” led by the esteemed Jim Bildner. This virtual masterclass encapsulates years of expertise in nurturing social ventures, offering a blend of dynamic strategies, implementation skills, and insights into achieving lasting influence. With components including pre-reading materials, engaging masterclasses, and post-session support, this course is a must for social enterprises eager to scale their impact. Register now to transform your vision into reality and join a network dedicated to making a difference. Unlock a 15% discount on your pre-reading and masterclass ticket by using the exclusive code ‘SCC15’ at checkout. Course happening 20 & 27 June.

Social Enterprise Festival 2024

The Social Enterprise Festival returns to UTS in 2024 to connect NSW and ACT’s social enterprises with conscious consumers in a vibrant, family-friendly setting. This free event offers the largest marketplace of social enterprise goods in the region, featuring over 70 artisan products, ethical services, and a multicultural array of food and music. Attendees can engage in educational workshops and listen to leaders discuss the impactful role of social enterprises in creating a fairer economy. From waste-free cooking to tech solutions for caregivers and climate action for kids, the festival promises an inspiring experience for all. Festival happening 3 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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