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Our passion is supporting social ventures in rural, regional and remote communities. Our specialty is working with clients to apply business and finance skills to solve social and community challenges.
 

PROGRAMS

 
 
 

Social change 101

Our Social Change 101 program is for socially-minded individuals looking to develop an idea or grow an existing social venture. It’s also suitable for those innovating from within an established organisation, looking to transform a new or existing program into a social enterprise. This program provides an opportunity to build the skills, knowledge, confidence and networks needed to create a credible business plan to guide the start-up or growth of social enterprises that drive social change and economic recovery/development in their community.

The program offers:

  • A learning environment that is participant-led, action-orientated and relevant

  • Practical sessions with experienced social enterprise and business operators who share their skills and knowledge on areas such as social impact, pitching, business planning, legal obligations, financials and communications

  • A dynamic network of fellow social innovators, community leaders and support organisations to provide vital inspiration, encouragement and connections through the program and beyond

  • A focus on the individual, their social enterprise and community

  • An enterprise business plan that has been critiqued by experts.

 

Twelve full days for up to fifteen participants + four mentoring sessions, a business plan review and networking events


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Workshops

Introduction to social enterprise

 

Introduction to social enterprise

This three-hour workshop is designed for people who are hearing a lot about social enterprise and want to know what it is and how it works. We define what a social enterprise is; explain different business models and how they work; and describe the potential to deliver solutions for community needs including social and economic development.

This workshop assists participants to consider if a social enterprise is relevant for them and/or their organisation and the next steps to take.

Three hours, for up to 20 participants

 

Social venture workshop

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The Social Venture workshop is delivered over a full day to help people better understand their venture; identify if their idea has small business, community program or social enterprise potential; to better understand the business planning process; and raise awareness of local networks and resources.

Participants are guided through a social venture mapping activity that provides them the beginnings of an enterprise business action plan.

Full day, up to 20 participants

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Tailored solutions

Half day-workshops

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Half day workshops may be offered as a single event or form part of a tailored series; and may be combined with one-to-one mentor/advisory session or program.

Workshop themes include:

  • Board basics; good governance
  • Strategic alliances that work
  • Meeting management
  • Social media and effective communication
  • Media training 
  • Enterprise planning and development
  • Business case preparation
  • Grant and tender preparations and writing
  • Funding sources, inc Crowd funding
  • Money management; financial analysis and planning
  • Theory of change; program logic

Three to four hours, for up to 20 participants  

 

full-day workshops

Full-day workshops may be offered as a single event or form part of a tailored series; and may be combined with one-to-one mentor/advisory session or program.

Workshop themes include:

  • Ideate and innovate
  • Enterprise development – viability, sustainability and growth
  • Business case preparation
  • Financial analysis and planning
  • Grant and tender preparations and writing
  • Understanding leadership and teams
  • Building your team and talents
  • Great work with volunteers
  • Customers – who, where, what?
  • Theory of change and crafting a program logic 
  • Social impact measurement
  • Media training and production 

Full day, for up to 20 participants

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Community

One-to-one or small group mentoring, professional coaching and advisory services. Individual support focused on current challenges, identified needs, enterprise goals and growth aspirations.

Keen to connect with local networks and others with similar values and aspirations? In need of funding? We know who’s who and can help you connect with great people.

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