Being a social entrepreneur can feel a bit like living on an uninhabited island: there is lots of unchartered territory to explore; you have access only to the resources you bought with you; and there is a limit to the amount you can achieve, without someone helping you to build up a community.

As a person whose journey into entrepreneurship began around six years ago, I know how tough that island can be.

At times, it can feel isolating and can be hard to navigate your way around (constantly carving out a track is exhausting work).

If you are anything…


In case you missed it, the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) is coming to Brisbane, Australia in 2022!

SEWF is an opportunity for social enterprise leaders and practitioners worldwide to network and exchange ideas. The multi-day event of roundtables, panels and open forums will discuss issues relevant to running a social enterprise, measuring impact and navigating the ecosystem.

The Australian Social Enterprise Virtual Unconference, held in July 2021, was attended by almost 600 people from across the country. …


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…


Julia Keady, CEO and founder of The Xfactor Collective, looks at the connection between wellbeing and the systemic issues that led to widespread burnout across the social sector.

Have you ever heard of someone buying a car and asking for a $25,000 discount because they don’t want to pay for the overheads to make the car?

They ask the car dealer if they can reduce the price, as they are not interested in paying for the salaries of those who designed the car, the electricity costs of the factory where it was made, or the shipping to get it to…


Social Traders announced this week that Business and Government Members spent $222m with Certified Social Enterprises over three years.

Importantly, this spend generated a wide range of impacts:

  • 1,430 jobs supported
  • 379k training hours delivered
  • $13.3m in community goods and services delivered
  • $2.5m donated to charity
  • 5k tonnes of waste diverted from landfill

Social Traders CEO, Mike McKinstry, said: “What’s exciting is that the take-up and impact of Social Enterprise Procurement is only growing. Our membership has almost doubled every year and that trend isn’t slowing down. …


“I am very excited because we have brought together the judges of this year for the Early Ethical Entrepreneur Pitch Competition to ask them what they are looking for in a pitch.”
— Susanna, Director at Moral Fairground

Entering a pitch competition for start-ups and especially start-ups in the ‘business with purpose’ space can be very rewarding, but it can also be a little overwhelming. Just what are the judges looking for? How does one make a winning pitch? What will help score higher points to make an impact on the panel’s final choice?

A winning pitch lends itself to…


Got a great idea but don’t know how to get it off the ground? Finding the time and funding to kickstart a new social innovation can be difficult. You can have what you think is the best idea in the world but without the resources to make it happen, all you really have is, well, an idea. And ideas are a dime a dozen.

To make things even more challenging, because you’re an individual it is likely that your idea is ineligible for funding from many grant-makers, trusts, and other philanthropic funders which are limited to funding organisations with charitable…


The Kenneth Myer Innovation Fellowships 2022 program has opened for applications today, seeking exceptional leaders with breakthrough solutions to Australia’s most pressing social and environmental problems and the capacity to bring them to fruition.

The program offers Fellows a unique opportunity to focus exclusively on their project for 12 months, with each receiving $120,000 plus up to $30,000 to cover operational expenses, as well as other professional supports.

Launched by the Sidney Myer Fund and The Myer Foundation in 2014, the program has already empowered 24 Australians to turn their big ideas into reality, including:

  • 2014 Fellow Jordan O’Reilly’s HireUp platform for people with disabilities to engage their own support workers
  • 2016 Fellow Anna Rose’s work to build a national movement of farmers taking climate action through establishing Farmers for Climate Action
  • 2020 Fellow…

Image credit: Devon Bunce/Digital Storytellers

In case you missed it, the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) is coming to Brisbane, Australia in 2022!

SEWF is an opportunity for social enterprise leaders and practitioners from around the world to network and exchange ideas. The multi-day event of roundtables, panels and open forums will discuss issues relevant to running a social enterprise, measuring impact and navigating the ecosystem. Last week’s Social Enterprise Unconference was the first initiative in a series of ongoing activities designed to unite the sector in Australia in preparation for the event (along with the National Social Enterprise Strategy).


Running a social enterprise is crazy hard work, especially when you only have so much capacity and resources at your disposal. We get it. That is why finding the time to stay across what is happening can very difficult, even for the most seasoned, time-efficient changemaker.

The social enterprise sector is multi-faceted, spanning the worlds of social innovation, charities and not-for-profits, social finance and impact investing, philanthropy and more. …

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