Circular Economy Incubator Series - Show me the money

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?



21 June 2023

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM


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The funding you seek has implications for your legal structure and next steps, which you should think about before you start.

It will also have implications for how you measure, evaluate and report on your progress and impact.

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.
  • understanding of measurement and evaluation approaches.

We will then be joined for a short panel discussion and Q&A with experienced social entrepreneurs, discussing their fundraising journey. Panelists TBC.

Attendees of this workshop will be awarded the following digital badge:

Understanding funding options

Presenter: Tom Dawkins

Tom is co-founder and CEO of StartSomeGood, a social enterprise which helps people design, launch and grow social impact projects and the host of the ACU Social Enterprise Series.

StartSomeGood runs 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.

Presenter: Lara Stephenson

Lara co-founded Social Good Outpost to bring good design to purposeful organisations. Through listening and guiding clients to clarity and bringing business-oriented creativity to solving problems, she designs communications with authenticity, and supports businesses with tools for smoother work. Lara specialises in helping social enterprises get frameworks around their mission and impact. She creates designs that support social change and leads clients through their journey in a calm and empowering way.

About the Circular Economy Incubator Series

The Circular Economy Incubator Series is an eight-week, in-depth learning program designed to educate future changemakers about the practical components of the circular economy.

In this series, brought to you in partnership with StartSomeGood, industry experts will walk you through the key components of building a circular economy-focused business.

And you'll be able to put your new skills straight to work by crafting a video pitch for the Circular Economy Award - your chance to win $10,000.

The Circular Economy Incubator Series is free to attend and open to university students, staff and the broader community. Topics are delivered online in an interactive format.

Workshop topics include:

  • Introduction to the circular economy
  • The change you seek
  • Ideation for impact
  • Designing your business
  • Marketing essentials
  • Crafting your story and pitch
  • Show me the money
  • The road is long

Learn more about the series and how to submit your video entry

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