Social Enterprise Series

Presented by ACU Co-Lab

The Social Enterprise Series is an eight-week in-depth learning program designed to educate future global change-makers about the practical components of establishing or growing a thriving social enterprise.

While our industry experts will walk you through the key components of building an enterprise that has a positive social impact, you will be encouraged to put your newly learned skills to work by crafting a video pitch for the chance to win the Social Enterprise Award – $10,000 to kickstart your project.

The Social Enterprise Series cost is 100% subsidised, and is open to university students, staff, and the broader community, with topics delivered via livestream to a national audience.

Delivered by StartSomeGood Pty Ltd

Workshops and dates

Attending the full program will place you in a better position for developing a winning pitch for the Social Enterprise Award or choose specific workshops directly relevant to your social impact project.

The change you seek

Exploring purpose, vision and impact. Introduction to social enterprise. Impact models and theories of change.

Wednesday 15 September
4 – 6pm AEST


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Understanding the issues

Exploring root causes and solving the right problem. Introduction to issue mapping.

Wednesday 22 September
4 – 6pm AEST

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Ideation for impact

Introduction to human-centred design. Purposeful prototyping and pilots.

Wednesday 29 September
4 – 6pm AEST

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Designing your business

Business modelling and value proposition design

Wednesday 6 October
4 – 6pm AEDT

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Building your tribe

Digital marketing essentials. The five stories of social change and identifying your customer avatar.

Wednesday,13 October
4 – 6pm AEDT

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Pitching and storytelling masterclass.

Wednesday 20 October
4 – 6pm AEDT

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Show me the money

Finding your ‘first money.’ Understanding investment, philanthropy, and sales. Legal considerations for social entrepreneurs.

Wednesday 27 October
4 – 6pm AEDT

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The road is long

Personal sustainability and building great company cultures. Team building and project management.

Wednesday 3 November
4 – 6pm AEDT

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Social Enterprise Award

Attend three or more workshops and you are eligible to lodge a pitch entry into the Social Enterprise Award.

The Award recognises an individual or team who have developed a novel social enterprise idea and are at any stage of development, from idea stage to market. Your idea may be for a business that sells a physical product, or one that offers a service.

The winning video pitch entry receives:

  • $10,000 prize
  • six months of mentoring by a member of ACU’s executive staff

(five x one-hour sessions)

  • access to ACU student groups for project support
  • promotion of winning business/project through ACU Co-Lab community ecosystem.

An additional ACU student prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the best student entry that does not win the grand prize.

Key dates

Closing date: 11.59pm, Sunday 14 November 2021

How to enter

The Social Enterprise Award is a virtual competition and is open to any eligibly entrant nationally who attends at least three Social Enterprise workshops. To participate you must lodge your application online.

Submitting your application

  • All entrants are to record and upload a short video pitch no longer than three minutes. This video is to feature yourself or team outlining the problem you have identified and your innovative solution.
  • Entries are via our online application form where lodgement must be complete before the Closing Date of 11:59pm AEST 14 November on Sunday.

Judging criteria

The winning Eligible Entry will be decided by a panel of judges appointed in the sole discretion of ACU and the selection of the winning entry will be based on the following judging criteria of the Eligible Entry, as determined subjectively by the judges:

Presentation skills – 30 points

  1. Limited use of notes and eye contact with camera
  2. Storytelling and passion of delivery
  3. Professional manner

Pitch content – 60 points

  1. Clarity by which you have outlined the problem, your solution, and the addressable market size.
  2. The innovative nature of your solution.
  3. Your strategy for taking the idea to market.
  4. Identification of competition.
  5. How robust your proposed business and revenue models are.
  6. Demonstrable skills required to build and execute a solution, and noticeable passion for delivering the outcome.

Audio/video quality – 10 points

  1. Quality of the audio and video presentation
Entries for the Social Enterprise Award have now closed.

Terms and conditions

PART A – Competition Details


Competition Details






Australian Catholic University Limited ABN 15 050 192 660 (ACU) of 8 Napier Street, North Sydney NSW 2060



Social Enterprise Award


Competition Period (times in AEST)

Competition Commencement Date

9am AEST on Wednesday 29 September 2021

Competition End Date

11:59pm AEST on Sunday 14 November 2021


Eligible Entrants

This Competition is only open to any person who, during the Competition Period:

§ resides in Australia; and

§ has attended at least 3 of the Social Enterprise Series Workshops via zoom; and

§ submits an Eligible Entry.

The following persons are ineligible to enter the Competition:

§ anyone that resides outside Australia during the Competition Period for a period of more than 7 days.


Eligible Entry

To enter the Competition, Eligible Entrants must during the Competition Period:

1. submit an entry via the online application form; and

2. submit a video pitch at the same time as lodging an entry, where the video length must be no more than 3 minutes.


Maximum Eligible Entries

Not applicable. Eligible Entrants may submit as many unique Eligible Entries as they like.



The Prize is ‘The Social Enterprise Award’.

First prize will be a $10,000 cash prize, available to all Eligible Entrants.

Second prize will be a $1,000 cash price, available only to ACU students who are Eligible Entrants.

The Prize will be paid via direct bank deposit.


Total Prize Pool




The winning Eligible Entry will be decided by a panel of judges appointed in the sole discretion of ACU and the selection of the winning entry will be based on the following judging criteria of the Eligible Entry, as determined subjectively by the judges:

Presentation skills – 30 points

1. Limited use of notes and eye contact with camera

2. Storytelling and passion of delivery

3. Professional manner

Pitch content – 60 points

4. Clarity by which you have outlined the problem, your solution, and the addressable market size.

5. The innovative nature of your solution.

6. Your strategy for taking the idea to market.

7. Identification of competition.

8. How robust your proposed business and revenue models are.

9. Demonstrable skills required to build and execute a solution, and noticeable

passion for delivering the outcome.

Audio/video quality – 10 points

10. Quality of the audio and video presentation


Judging Date

The winner will be selected by 5pm AEST on Thursday 2 December 2021.


Winner Notification

The winner will be notified by email within three business days after the Judging Date, using the contact details provided in his or her Eligible Entry.


Claim Period

To claim the Prize the winner must provide the following details by 5pm AEST on Thursday 16 December 2021:

§ if an ACU Student, their Student number; and

§ Bank details including payee name, BSB, and account number.


Special Conditions (if any)

Entries can be lodged by individuals or groups. Group applications need to be lodged by the team lead on behalf of the group (rather than multiple entries of the same pitch).

Entries that are substantially similar to, or otherwise consist of or contain content submitted into a previous iteration of the Pitch Plus Awards Competition will be considered ineligible and disqualified from the Competition.

Multiple entries are permitted.

Should an entrant’s contact details change, it is the Eligible Entrant’s responsibility to notify ACU.

The judges reserve the right not to award a Prize.


Competition Contact Details

Mr Anthony Bayss

(02) 9701 4756

Part B – Terms and Conditions

1. Terms

1.1 The terms that apply for the Competition consist of, in order of priority to the extent there is any inconsistency or conflict:

2. the information, instructions and details contained in Part A – Competition Details (Part A);

3. the terms set out in Part B – Terms and Conditions (Part B); and

4. any other information set out in promotional advertisements (if any) for the Competition,

which together are the Terms.

4.1 Capitalised words used in Part B will have the meaning given to it in Part A.

4.2 By participating in the Competition, you do so at your own risk, and you agree to be bound by the Terms. If you do not accept these Terms, you must not participate in the Competition and will not be eligible for any prizes offered in the Competition.

4.3 To the extent that the Competition is conducted on, advertised or promoted on a social media platform owned by a third party (such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), you acknowledge and agree that the Competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or promoted by such third party.

5. Who can enter

5.1 You are eligible to enter the Competition if you satisfy the Eligible Entrant criteria.

5.2 Eligible Entrants under 18 years old must have parental or legal guardian permission prior to submitting an Eligible Entry.

6. How to enter

6.1 The Competition will run for the Competition Period. If there is no specified time for the Competition Commencement Date and/or Competition End Date, time will be midnight on the stated day.

6.2 To enter the Competition, Eligible Entrants must submit an Eligible Entry, follow any additional instructions specified in Part A, and ACU must receive the Eligible Entry, during the Competition Period.

6.3 Entry in the Competition is free. Eligible Entrants are solely responsible for any costs associated with entering the Competition, including costs associated with accessing the internet.

7. Entries

7.1 You may submit up to the Maximum Eligible Entries. Multiple entries (where permitted) must be submitted separately and each entry by the same Eligible Entrant must be unique and original. If an Eligible Entrant submits more than the Maximum Eligible Entries, only the entry or entries most recently submitted (up to the permitted maximum) will be accepted by ACU.

7.2 All entries are deemed to be received at the time of receipt by ACU, not the time of transmission or submission by you.

7.3 By entering this Competition, you warrant to ACU that:

8. your entry is your own original work and does not infringe any third-party rights including intellectual property rights; and

9. you have the express consent of any identifiable person appearing in your entry (if applicable).

9.1 The use of any automated entry software or any other mechanical or electronic means that allows you to automatically enter repeatedly is prohibited and may render all entries submitted by you invalid.

9.2 ACU may disqualify and exclude any Eligible Entrant or any and all entries if ACU considers, in its absolute discretion that:

10. the Eligible Entrant has breached any part of these Terms, tampered with the entry process or engaged in any improper conduct calculated to jeopardise the fair and proper operation of the Competition; or

11. any entry is offensive, abusive, defamatory, discriminatory, vulgar, inappropriate, or threatens, intimidates or harasses any person, includes or is suspected of including or breaching any third party rights including intellectual property rights, incites or is capable of encouraging conduct that would be considered a criminal offence, damaging to the goodwill or reputation of ACU, in violation of the terms and conditions of the relevant social media platform used to enter the Competition or which otherwise fails to comply with these Terms.

11.1 Incomplete, illegible or indecipherable entries will not be eligible to win and excluded from the Competition.

11.2 ACU reserves the right to verify the validity of entries and entrants at any time. This includes requiring an entrant to provide ACU with proof of age, identity and/or residency.

11.3 All decisions about the eligibility of entrants and the validity of entries made by ACU will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into.

12. How to win

12.1 This Competition is a game of skill and chance plays no part in determining the winner(s).

12.2 All Eligible Entries will be judged individually on their merits based on the Criteria on or as close as reasonably possible to the Judging Date and the winner(s) (as applicable) will be awarded the Prize(s) (as applicable).

12.3 The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

12.4 Winner(s) will be notified in the manner set out in Winner Notification using all reasonable attempts.

12.5 Each winner’s name and State/Territory of residence will be communicated via email within 5 business days of the Judging Date.

13. Prizes

13.1 The winner(s) will be awarded the Prize(s) and must claim their Prize by the date and in accordance with the instructions set out in Claim Period.

13.2 The value of the Prizes is accurate and based upon the recommended retail value of the prizes (inclusive of GST) at the Competition Commencement Date. ACU accepts no responsibility for any variation in the value of the Prizes after this date.

13.3 A maximum of one Prize per Eligible Entrant applies, excluding South Australian residents who are eligible to win multiple Prizes in the event there is a major prize and minor prize.

13.4 Not used.

13.5 Unless otherwise stated in the Competition Details, ACU will, at its expense, deliver the Prize to the winner. It is the responsibility of each winner to be available or make arrangements for receipt of the delivery.

13.6 If a winner is under the age of 18, ACU may, at its discretion, award their Prize to the winner’s parent or legal guardian.

13.7 If the Prize or any part of it is unavailable for whatever reason, ACU, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to substitute the Prize (or any part of it) with a prize of equal or greater value and/or specification.

13.8 Subject to clause 3, ACU makes no representation or warranty in relation to any of the Prizes (including quality, suitability or merchantability) and a winner accepts and uses a Prize at his or her own risk and expense.

13.9 Each winner is responsible for all ancillary costs associated with the Prize, including costs in connection with using the Prize, taxes, network services of any description, data charges or installation costs (if applicable).

14. Unclaimed Prizes


15. ACU cannot contact the winner in the manner as set out in Winner Notification;

16. the winner does not claim the Prize by the date and in accordance with the instructions set out in Claim Period; or

17. the winner forfeits the Prize,

then in each case, ACU may, at its sole discretion: a) award the Prize to the next best Eligible Entry, and the alternate winner will be notified that they have won a Prize in the same manner as specified in Winner Notification; or b) retain the Prize.

18. Privacy and Publicity

18.1 You acknowledge that ACU may collect, store and use personal information in order to conduct the Competition (including notifying winners) and for related marketing, promotional, publicity, research and profiling purposes.

18.2 ACU will use and handle your personal information in accordance with its Privacy Policy, available at (as updated from time to time).

18.3 By entering the Competition you acknowledge and agree:

19. to ACU disclosing your personal information to third parties, including agents, contractors, prize suppliers and Australian regulatory authorities (as required); and

19.1.1 in the event the you are a winner:

20. that ACU may publish or cause to be published your name and locality in any media, as required under the relevant State or Territory laws; and

21. if requested by ACU, to participate and co-operate in any editorial, promotional and publicity activities relating to the Competition, and consent to ACU using your name and photos in such materials which may be published in hard copy or online.

22. Intellectual Property

22.1 All entries remain the property of each entrant.

22.2 By entering in this Competition, you:

23. grant to ACU an irrevocable, perpetual, royalty-free, worldwide and transferrable licence to use, copy, modify, adapt, make derivative works of and reproduce any content and materials (Materials) provided as part of your entry for promotion, marketing or publicity purposes; and

24. unconditionally and irrevocably consent to any act or omission that would otherwise infringe any of your moral rights in the Materials and waive all moral rights in the Materials.

25. Liability and Warranty

25.1 If for any reason the Competition (or any aspect of it) is not capable of being conducted as reasonably anticipated due to any reason beyond the reasonable control of ACU, including but not limited to vandalism, power failures, tempests, natural disasters, acts of God, civil unrest, strike, war, act of terrorism, computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorised intervention, fraud or technical failures, ACU reserves the right, in its absolute discretion, to:

26. disqualify any entrant (whether or not an Eligible Entrant); and/or

27. modify, suspend, terminate or cancel the Competition,

without liability to any person for any costs, loss or damage whatsoever arising out of, or in connection with, such action.

27.1 To the maximum extent permitted by law, ACU and its Related Bodies Corporate (as that term is defined in the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth)) take no responsibility for:

28. lost, delayed, damaged, undelivered, misdirected or unreceived Prizes; and

29. late, lost, incorrectly submitted or misdirected, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries,

and reserves the right to take any action that may be available.

29.1 Nothing in these Terms restricts, excludes or modifies (or purports to restrict, exclude or modify) any statutory consumer rights under any applicable law, including the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) (Non-Excludable Guarantees).

29.2 Except for any liability that cannot by law be excluded, including the Non-Excludable Guarantees, ACU and its Related Bodies Corporate are not responsible for and exclude all liability (including negligence), for any personal injury; or any loss, expense or damage (including loss of opportunity), whether direct, indirect, special or consequential, arising out of or in connection with this Competition or the Prizes, including: a) the entrant’s participation in the Competition, including undertaking any activity in or connected with their entry into the Competition; b) any theft, unauthorised access or third party interference; c) any entry that is late, lost, altered, damaged or misdirected (whether or not after their receipt by ACU) due to any reason beyond the reasonable control of ACU, including failure of an entry to be received by the ACU on account of technical problems or traffic congestion; d) any publication of any material, including any statements made by any staff member, journalist, other entrants or any other person; e) any problem or technical difficulties or malfunction of any computer equipment, software, internet connection (whether or not under ACU’s control), any injury or damage to the entrant's or any other person's computer software related to or resulting from participation in this Competition; f) any variation in Prize value to that stated in these Terms; g) any tax liability incurred by a winner; or h) use of a Prize.

30. General

30.1 ACU may, in its sole discretion and at any time, update, change or modify these Terms. Such change shall be effective immediately upon posting to socialenterpriseseries.

30.2 If there is a dispute concerning the conduct of the Competition, the decision of ACU is final and binding on each Eligible Entrant and no correspondence will be entered into.

30.3 Failure by ACU to enforce any of its rights at any stage does not constitute a waiver of those rights.

30.4 The Terms are governed by the laws of New South Wales. The parties submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of New South Wales.

30.5 Any queries regarding the Competition should be directed to the person listed in Competition Contact Details.

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