Business of change
Program builds on new ideas
IF you have a business idea with the potential to benefit the community, you need to build the right skills to turn your dream into a reality.
The School for Social Entrepreneurs is a not- for- profit organisation which has launched a four- month Social Change Program ( SC101) in the Townsville region.
Up to 20 individuals will be able to participate in the program, which will help them gain the skills and networks needed to develop an enterprise which tackles local social issues.
The program will start in September and will draw on a range of local mentors and experts.
The Townsville- based program will support local change- makers to have a lasting and positive impact on their community.
The “learning by doing” approach will engage a suite of leading experts over 12 program days to elevate social ventures or ideas to the next level.
The program was successfully piloted in Alice Springs in 2013 and is planned to roll out to 15 regional locations by 2017.
More than 400 people have com- pleted SSE programs in Australia since 2009.
School of Social Entrepreneurs CEO, Celia Hodson, said Social Change 101 brings together grassroots emerging social entrepreneurs with local business leaders to “catalyse social and economic prosperity in the community”.
“Evidence shows that regional enterprises ensure prosperity growth to regional communities, generating jobs and volunteer workers,” Ms Hodson said.
“Our programs give the next generation of social innovators the opportunity to learn, grow and apply their passion and entrepreneurial spirit to solving complex social issues.”
Recent graduate Melissa Tucker is the manager of Mildura Chocolate Company, a social enterprise which employs people with disabilities.
“With the support of a brilliant local mentor I was able to develop a rigorous business plan that’s given me clarity on how we can expand our production capacity,” Melissa says.
“Not only that, the Social Change 101 Program gathered like- minded social entrepreneurs in Mildura with the common goal of affecting change, thereby reducing the isolation often experienced in regional areas.”
The full, four- month Social Change 101 program in Townsville is being offered with generously subsidised fees.
Individuals can attend at a reduced cost of $ 800 per person or $ 1200 as a participant from an organisation.
A free information event will be held on Monday, July 27, in Townsville for anyone who would like to find out more about the course.
For more details or to register your interest, visit sse. org. au.
POSITIVE OUTCOME: School for Social Entrepreneurs Australia students, and ( inset) school CEO Celia Hodson.