This Week In Social Entrepreneurship: Events, Challenges, Opportunities, Insights and More.

14 August 2017

Events & Opportunities:

Social Good Crowdfunding — Perth, 17 August 2017

StartSomeGood, the Crowdfunding Platform for Social Good, and Impact Seed, Perth’s social business champions, presents this Social Good Crowdfunding workshop with StartSomeGood CEO Tom Dawkins.

This workshop is designed for social enterprises interested in using crowdfunding to launch new products and services, but is relevant for anyone with a community benefit project you need to raise funds for.

Pitch For Good 2017 — Deadline September 4th

The City of Parramatta wants to assist new social enterprises to establish in the Parramatta area. If you have an idea for a social enterprise that will do good in the City of Parramatta, and need an extra funding boost to get the project off the ground, then apply for Pitch for Good! #PitchForGood2017

Crowdfunding Workshop, Western Australia

Want to get your own crowdfunding campaign up and ready for launch? This practical and informative workshop will teach you everything you need to know to be great at Crowdfunding, presented by Tom Dawkins, founder of social impact crowdfunding platform

FREE: Crowdmatch Info Session, Australia — 16 August 2017

Wine and nibbles will be provided — please register so we know how much to get! This event features StartSomeGood CEO and Co-founder Tom Dawkins, who will share our learnings from these initiatives, how the model is evolving and how it could support you to better catalyze innovation and support innovators and community leadership. We will also hear from Melanie Bainbridge, who led the City of Fremantle crowd match-powered Freomatch Challenge from the City side.

Impact Seed Crowdfunding Masterclass and Workshop, Australia — 17 August 2017

This session is presented by Sydney-based Tom Dawkins, Co Founder of, which has seen over 800 projects successfully funded to the tune of $8M. Tom knows a thing or two about how to run a successful crowdfunding campaign, he doesn’t make it to Perth very often, and so this workshop and masterclass are not to be missed.

Want to learn about the incredibly high success rate on partner-matched funding campaigns and maybe launch a campaign on Impact Seed’s own platform, powered by StartSomeGood?

Then Book now. Seats are strictly limited to 20 for a small, organic and high-value workshop.

Become a Dreamstarter — Deadline Midnight, 25 August 2017

The next round of #Dreamstarter is open for applications! Be part of the best crowdfunding program in the world. We’re looking for social businesses that not only create positive social impact, but are also original, shareable and have an existing network to tap into and leverage. Together with our partner, StartSomeGood — an online crowdfunding platform — we want to help businesses created for social good reach a much wider audience and generate a greater level of support, and significantly more donations.

So, if you have a start-up or an established social business you need help getting off the ground, please apply to run a Dreamstarter crowdfunding campaign today.

The Roddenberry Fellowship 2017

The inaugural Roddenberry Fellowship is a call to action. It’s a vision for the US, and in an era of conflict, it’s a way forward. They are on the look out for 20 activists, leaders, advocates, and change makers whose work has the greatest potential to protect the most vulnerable and make the US a more equitable and inclusive place to live.

I Have an Idea! (Now What…?) Bootcamp — (Toronto, Canada — 20 Oct)

What does it really take to be an entrepreneur? Find the answer to “I don’t know what I don’t’ know” with this one day workshop to create and maintain a sustainable business! If you have a business and are stuck or thinking of a business and don’t know where to start, this Bootcamp is for you!

Ethical Entrepreneur Pitch Competition — Melbourne, Australia

The Early Ethical Entrepreneur Pitch Competition is going to be held as part of the Ethical Enterprise Conference 2017, on 16th and 17th of October in Melbourne, VIC.

Jolkona Catalyst: Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program 2017–2018

Application Deadline: Deadline has been extended to August 31, 2017! Jolkona is now accepting applications from citizens from a number of countries see the list on their site. They are actively looking for opportunities to expand the list of countries they work with.

Opening up to an era of social innovation conference — Lisbon, Portugal

The conference aims to boost social innovation in Europe because social innovation is a good, cost-effective way to advance inclusive and wealth-creating public policies, by developing a new narrative and giving this new narrative the means to take root, grow, blossom and bear fruit. 27–28 November in Lisbon, Portugal.

Social Enterprise Exchange — Accelerate Workshop, UK

Social Enterprise Exchange is a new initiative providing a comprehensive programme of support to social enterprises across the Sheffield City Region to promote social entrepreneurship and contribute toward job creation, growth and social inclusion.

How to start your own social enterprise — Podcast

Learn how to start your own social enterprise, with StartSomeGood’s founder Tom Dawkins. #podcast #socent

News, Reports & Insights:

Private sector has role to play in stimulating social enterprises

In this short video, Ray Mahlaka speaks to David Harrison to understand how social entrepreneurs can get investors to buy into what they’re most passionate about and the most powerful investment in South Africa: education and children. If we want to drive economic growth in South Africa, we have to start there, Harrison says.

A nurturing social enterprises ecosystem can address multiple problems in India

While the social sector is experiencing growth every day, there are several incubators that mentor and advise the younger venturers to manage manpower, resources, and act as knowledge hubs. Few of them include UnLtd India, Villgro, Deshpande Foundation, IKP Knowledge Park, Center for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship, among others. And more importantly, they help navigate the key challenge faced by this crucial sector, i.e. funding.

Small Business Today, Social Enterprise Tomorrow

Given recent trends in demography, business turnover, and the movement for more social enterprise, the time is ripe to consider this option. This sort of acquisition can open up much-needed opportunities for small businesses across North America to become enduring assets for our communities, while strengthening the charitable sector.



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