Date/Deadline: 15 Jun, 2022

The Social Enterprise Series is a FREE 10-week in-depth learning program designed to educate future global changemakers about the practical components of establishing or growing a thriving social enterprise.

Industry experts will walk you through the key components of building an enterprise that has a positive social impact and you will be encouraged to put your newly learned skills to work by crafting a video pitch for the chance to win the Social Enterprise Award – $10,000 to kickstart your project.

The Social Enterprise Series cost is 100% subsidised, and is open to university students, staff, and the broader community, with topics delivered via livestream to a national audience.

Workshops and dates

Attending the full program will place you in a better position for developing a winning pitch for the Social Enterprise Award or choose specific workshops directly relevant to your social impact project. All workshops are online, 4 – 6pm AEDT.

The change you seek | Wednesday 13 April
Exploring purpose, vision and impact. Introduction to social enterprise. Impact models and theories of change.

Understanding the issues |Wednesday 20 April
Exploring root causes and solving the right problem. Introduction to issue mapping.

Ideation for impact | Wednesday 27 April
Introduction to human-centred design. Purposeful prototyping and pilots.

Designing your business | Wednesday 4 May
Business modelling and value proposition design

Building your tribe | Wednesday 11 May
Digital marketing essentials. The five stories of social change and identifying your customer avatar.

Pitching | Wednesday 18 May
Pitching and storytelling masterclass.

Show me the money | Wednesday 25 May
Finding your ‘first money.’ Understanding investment, philanthropy, and sales. Legal considerations for social entrepreneurs.

Legal considerations for social entrepreneurs | Wednesday 1 June
Compliance, measurement, certification and evaluation.

The road is long | Wednesday 8 June
Personal sustainability and building great company cultures. Team building and project management.

Crowdfunding for social enterprises and impact projects | Wednesday 15 June
Formulas for success and how to avoid mistakes.

Social Enterprise Award

Attend three or more workshops and you are eligible to lodge a pitch entry into the Social Enterprise Award.

The Award recognises an individual or team who have developed a novel social enterprise idea and are at any stage of development, from idea stage to market. Your idea may be for a business that sells a physical product, or one that offers a service.

The winning video pitch entry receives:

  • $10,000 prize
  • six months of mentoring by a member of ACU’s executive staff (five one-hour sessions)
  • access to ACU student groups for project support
  • promotion of winning business/project through ACU Co-Lab community ecosystem.

An additional ACU student prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the best student entry that does not win the grand prize.

If you’ve got an idea you think could make the world a better place, these fully-funded workshops cover the essential ingredients of starting up a social enterprise. Register today and get the confidence and skills you need to succeed with purpose, profit and impact.

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