Social Enterprise Series 2022

Presented by ACU Co-Lab

The Social Enterprise Series is a 10-week in-depth learning program designed to educate future global changemakers about the practical components of establishing or growing a thriving social enterprise.

Our industry experts will walk you through the key components of building an enterprise that has a positive social impact, and you can put your new 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 fully subsidised and open to university students, staff and the broader community. Topics are delivered via livestream to a national audience.

Delivered by StartSomeGood Pty Ltd

Workshops and dates

Attend the full program to be in the best position to develop a winning pitch for the Social Enterprise Award or choose specific workshops directly relevant to your project.

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The change you seek

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

Wednesday 13 April
4 – 6pm AEST

Designing your business

Business modelling and value proposition design

Wednesday 4 May
4 – 6pm AEDT

Understanding the issues

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

Wednesday 20 April
4 – 6pm AEST

Building your tribe

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

Wednesday 11 May
4 – 6pm AEDT

Ideation for impact

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

Wednesday 27 April
4 – 6pm AEST


Pitching and storytelling masterclass.

Wednesday 18 May
4 – 6pm AEDT

Show me the money

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

Wednesday 25 May
4 – 6pm AEDT

The road is long

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

Wednesday 8 June
4 – 6pm AEDT

Legal considerations for social entrepreneurs

Compliance, measurement, certification and evaluation.

Wednesday 1 June
4 – 6pm AEST

Crowdfunding for social enterprises and impact projects

Formulas for success and how to avoid mistakes.

Wednesday 15 June
4 – 6pm AEST

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Social Enterprise Award

Attend three or more workshops and you will be eligible to enter 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 one-hour sessions)
  • access to ACU student groups for project support
  • promotion of the winning business/project through ACU Co-Lab’s community ecosystem.

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

Key dates

Closing date: 11.59pm, Sunday 3 July 2022

How to enter

The Social Enterprise Award is open to any eligible entrant 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 Sunday 3rd July 2022.

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

Limited use of notes and eye contact with camera
Storytelling and passion of delivery
Professional manner

Pitch content – 60 points

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

Audio/video quality – 10 points

Quality of the audio and video presentation

Entry into the Social Enterprise Award has now closed

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