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.
Online directory Social Change Central launches to connect social enterprise startups to opportunities
Social Change Central is a portal looking to connect social enterprise entrepreneurs to all the different types of resources and support they may need to help grow their venture.
Queensland social enterprise accelerator Impact Academy calling for applications to fifth program intake
“Ambitious change makers” and social enterprise startups are being called on to apply for the upcoming Impact Academy accelerator intake, a 20 week program looking to help startups in the socent space.
The rising popularity of Impact Investing means less barriers to funding for socially conscious startups
Three years ago, Gourley and a number of partners established a socially-conscious business and through that experience, Gourley learnt a lot about creating a profitable venture that also made a social and environmental impact. This was one of the main reasons he created the recently announced $100 million Impact Investment Fund.
Social startup TravelGiver celebrates first birthday, new travel partners and launch of corporate programme
It’s been a little over a year since TravelGiver – a travel booking site for socially-conscious travellers – was launched by founder Kimi Anderson. In celebration of its first year of growth, the startup has announced a range of new travel partners and charity projects, a corporate program for businesses, and the launch of a new website that will making the booking process easier.
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.
Earlier this year, we covered a story about Michael Fraser, who also goes by the moniker “The Arbitrator”. Mr Fraser identifies himself as a consumer and business relationship advocate and has recently made headlines regarding his ongoing interactions with senior members of the Commonwealth Bank. He is communicating with them on behalf of a number of alleged victims who say their complaints have not been heard by the institution.
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.
In a society where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, the collective message that our young women and men overwhelmingly receive is that a woman’s value and power lie in her youth, beauty, and sexuality, and not in her capacity as a leader. How and why should we change this? Last Tuesday ThinkActChange, tackled this question.