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SOCIAL CHANGE 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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Start Strong

 

Strong knowledge, stronger business for Aboriginal entrepreneurs. Start Strong is an education and mentoring program designed to support Aboriginal entrepreneurs to establish strong foundations and develop business acumen as they chart their course to business ownership. Whether an Aboriginal entrepreneur’s business idea is for-profit, profit-for-purpose or a social enterprise, Start Strong will help them to scope and scale their (ad)venture.

It will identify and guide entrepreneurs with innovative and scalable ideas from vision through to venture using workshops, webinars, peer-to-peer learning, cultural support, networking and mentoring. This three tiered program is co-designed by an Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal delivery team able to ensure participants experiences and learning prepares them to navigate the business world from a position of cultural strength. 

The program is tiered, beginning with community conversations and a series of awareness raising, ideation and talent seeking stand-alone workshops for Aboriginal entrepreneurs at any stage of their business journey. These are followed by the six-month Educate to Accelerate program for entrepreneurs looking to establish strong foundations and develop business acumen to launch or supercharge their business. The final tier provides one to one mentoring services.

This program is a collaboration with The Cultural Consultancy Group.


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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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