Social Enterprise Series - Show me the money

Learn more about finding your ‘first money’ and grow your understanding of investment, philanthropy, sales and the legal considerations for social entrepreneurs.



27 October 2021

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM


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Panel discussion and Q&A with experienced social entrepreneurs: Amy Orange (founder, Collab4Good and Harvest Fair), Dr Vanessa Rauland (founder, ClimateClever) and Cameron Neil (founder, Red Hat Impact and Ethical Fields)

Social entrepreneurs are powered by passion and inspiration, but you quickly reach a point where you need money as well. Where this money will come from is one of the great questions all start-ups must answer. The key is to find the right capital at the right time, but how do you know what that is? The funding you seek has implications for your legal structure and next steps, which you should think about before you start.

Learning outcomes

  • the different types of funding available and the pros and cons of each
  • legal considerations of different funding sources
  • what different types of funders looking for
  • how to test your value proposition with customers
  • the importance of validated learnings to help you access investment.

Presenter - Tom Dawkins

Tom Dawkins

Tom Dawkins is co-founder and CEO of StartSomeGood, a social enterprise which helps people design, launch and grow social impact projects. StartSomeGood run the Good Hustle social enterprise design course; crowdfunding platform; and impact accelerators and entrepreneur education programs for partners including Optus, ING, the United Nations Development Program and the City of Sydney. Tom was previously the founder of youth non-profit Vibewire, he was the first Digital Communications Director for Ashoka in Washington DC, and the founding Director of the Australian Changemakers Festival. He is a director of the Centre for Social Impact and the Social Enterprise Council of NSW and the ACT (SECNA).

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