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1. THE BEGINNING
This innovation initially came to life when…
Co-founders Jay Boolkin and Anne Lennon met at the Nexus Youth Summit in late 2016. Having set up of 5 social enterprises, the two bonded over a lived experience of the challenges facing Australia’s social entrepreneurs and change makers. Frusted by the currently fragmented Australian social enterprise landscape within which social entrepreneurs struggle to find support, Anne and Jay decided to join forces to create Social Change Central, Australia’s first social impact opportunities portal. Social Change Central exists to create a cohesive and collaborative Australian ecosystem in which social enterprises can thrive, effecting widespread positive change.
2. WHAT & HOW
The purpose of this innovation is to…
- Connect social entrepreneurs with the support they need.
- Understand the challenges social entrepreneurs face and create tailored solutions.
- Identify and fill ecosystem gaps.
- Enhance cross-sector collaboration.
- Raise public awareness and commercial support for social enterprise.
It does this by…
Leveraging technology to connect members with the most up-to-date social enterprise opportunities and practical resources through our one-stop online portal – from funding to awards, events, competitions, incubator and accelerator programs and more;
- Providing concierge advisory service;
- Linking enterprises and intermediaries in the ecosystem.
- Raising awareness of social enterprise through published content and hosted events.
3. PURPOSE & BENEFITS
This innovation improves on what came before because…
As Australia’s ONLY social impact opportunities portal, Social Change Central connects, encourages and supports social enterprises and aspiring entrepreneurs through an easy-to-use, comprehensive self-service database which collates the most up-to-date opportunities available in Australia and internationally. Previously, finding support often depended on the personal networks of those involved rather than the venture’s potential to deliver lasting change.
Its various benefits to the customer/end-user include…
- Access to the biggest range of social change opportunities from all over the world.
- An Opportunity Tracker so you never miss a deadline.
- Recognition and promotion as a changemaker.
- Growing your network.
- One-on-one tailored advice.
4. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE
In the past, this problem was solved by…
Spending hours finding essential information about funding, educational programs and other key opportunities via closed Facebook groups, personal networks, ad-hoc Google searches or organisation-specific websites and intermediary newsletters.
5. TARGET MARKET
It is made for…
Closed Facebook groups, personal networks, ad-hoc Google searches or organisation-specific websites and intermediary newsletters.
Australian changemakers, entrepreneurs, startups, charities, B Corps, community groups and local grassroots organisations. Social Change Central is for anyone passionate about social progress and believes for-purpose business models can become part of the mainstream.
It is available for sale through…
our website – www.socialchangecentral.com
Our marketing strategy is to…
Build our audience by continually sharing the latest and greatest opportunities via our social channels. collaborate with sector intermediaries to develop and promote practical online resource materials. facilitate networking and knowledge sharing events. engage government/private intermediaries to highlight the work of our members. seek out and participate in speaking events.
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Maven Judge Vote: Social Change Central – Smart 100 2018
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