In a little over 18 months, entrepreneur Darcy Small has taken his social enterprise The Bugisu Project from a simple idea to a startup whose coffee is earning a reputation with aficionados all over Australia.
ygap to launch Polished Man accelerator to support ventures working to end violence against children
An initiative of ygap, the funds collected through the Polished Man campaign are dedicated to trauma prevention and trauma recovery programs for children who are at risk of, or have suffered, violence.
Assisted Outing connects those with needs to assistants in the community who can take them out on outings, aiming to tackle the problem of social isolation.
TalkLife is perhaps one of the most important mobile innovations for 2014.
The South Australian youth mental health start up, is a global social network that enables young people to open up about taboo issues including depression, self-harm and even suicide, has grown to 8,000 users per day across 125 countries in the last two years.
The changes these people are trying to make in the world are wide and varied, from cleaning up pollution of our waterways to continuing the fight for the status of women in our workforce. Each cause is important and each person is a true crusader giving a voice to many that are not fortunate enough to be in position to voice theirs.
Social Enterprises, unprofitable, unscalable and uninteresting.
That is, at least to the majority of Australian investors according to opinions of many innovators in the community that has now almost become a subset of the startup ecosystem we call social entrepreneurs.