If you are a socially conscious person, why don't you run your business in a way that will help achieve social objectives? - Muhammad Yunus

As a society we find ourselves at a unique juncture of change, challenge and opportunity. Climate change, technology, the future of work, inequality, environmental strain, social unrest. It’s clear that new, holistic solutions, and progressive change are needed.

This is why The Yunus Centre exists. To equip you with the knowhow to navigate change and create positive societal impact.

We are interested in how innovation and entrepreneurship can build inclusive and sustainable economies, and creative and cohesive communities. Are you in?

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Programs and activities

Entrepreneurship Seminar Series

Join us at this outstanding Series each month and hear from leading academics and industry experts, as they cover a wide range of business topics relevant for 'start up' businesses and small to medium enterprises. Attendees also have the opportunity for networking with like-minded professionals following the presentations.

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Courses

We’re developing a new generation of leaders and professionals in a diverse range of industries and environments. We offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses, community education, online learning, work-integrated learning, and executive education.

Fellowship Program

Our Fellowship Program attracts and hosts outstanding talent in the field of impact innovation and social enterprise to facilitate the exchange and sharing of knowledge, experience and expertise. Students will have access to incredible projects and networks through their connection with these Fellows.

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GLO@Logan High School Challenge

This three-day experiential challenge provides students with the ability to generate creative and innovative concepts and solutions. Challenges are held in May and late November annually and are focused on either STEAM or HEALTH issues, as well as developing an entrepreneurial mindset. Students learned about human-centred design and prototype using 3D printers, robotics, virtual reality and coding technologies.

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Social Entrepreneurship Starter-kit

Social Entrepreneurship Starter-kit is an online-based learning program designed to support students undertaking a Griffith University course relating to social enterprise, community impact, sustainable business, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

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Advancing Regional Innovation Program

Griffith University, along with Logan City Council and Redland City Council, are the lead partners in the Queensland State Government's Advancing Regional Innovation Program which aims to turn our regions into hubs for innovation and enterprise.

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MAPPING PEOPLE AND ORGANISATIONS

As part of the 2019 ‘Social Enterprise Sector Stand-up Project’ (SESP), led by QSEC and Griffith University, a number of discovery, action research, and engagement activities were undertaken.

This included crowdsourcing a map of the impact innovation ecosystem in Queensland, and creating a directory of supports available to people and organisations engaged in social impact, innovation, and enterprise activities.

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The Yunus Centre Fellow crowdfunding project

In 2018, two of our Fellows brought their passion and expertise together to make real an idea of a community-owned fair-food hub. Emma-KateRose from Food Connect and Anna Guenther from PledgeMe worked together to launch an equity crowdfunding project.

Food Connect's vision is to create a world where everyone has access to healthy, fresh, ecologically-grown food that is fair to growers, buyers, and the planet. Owning the infrastructure is one proven way to help achieve that goal. The crowdfunding project was a rollercoaster but did eventually hit it's target!

PROVIDING POWER TO THOSE IN NEED

Amidst the continuing devastation in Lombok, Queenslanders are rising up to help

Tony Sharp is one of our Social Entrepreneurs in Residence and the founder of Substation33, the organisation building portable solar power stations from electronic waste to help those affected by the earthquake in Indonesia.

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SOCIAL ENTERPRISE WORLD FORUM

The Social Enterprise World Forum is an international event for social enterprises from all over the world to come together, share wisdom, build networks and discuss how to create a more sustainable future.

The event attracts social enterprise practitioners, social entrepreneurs, policy makers, community leaders  and more from all across the globe.

Co-Director, Alex Hannant, will be representing Griffith and presenting work underway at the Centre.

MUHAMMAD YUNUS AT GRIFFITH

Nobel Peace Prize recipient Professor Muhammad Yunus presented the 2017 Griffith Lecture at the Queensland Conservatorium on Tuesday, April 11.

In his address, Professor Yunus outlined his famous Three Zeros theory - zero poverty, zero unemployment and zero net carbon emissions.

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I am proposing to create a new kind of business. Business based on the selflessness that is in all of us. I am calling this, social business.

Professor Muhammad Yunus

Social enterprise map

Social Enterprise is growing across South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales.

GRIFFITH INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Griffith has an exciting ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship, supported by remarkable teaching, research, enterprise and our industry partners.

We are creating opportunities, disrupting existing ways of thinking and doing, and creating solutions with impact for local and global problems. We are providing support for a new wave of thinkers, and we want you to be part of it.

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Business news

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December 09, 2019

GBS researcher leads government study to identify consumer attitudes towards new mango varieties

The National Mango Breeding Program is a collaborative research agenda commenced in the early 1990s between CSIRO, and the governments of Western Australian, Northern Territory and Queensland. This month a study initiated by the Western Australian government and led by Associate Professor Robin Robe...

December 08, 2019

Griffith’s commitment to sustainable development shines in high profile film

Griffith’s EcoAdapt project and Griffith Centre for Coastal Management highlighted in BBC-produced film.

December 04, 2019

Griffith awarded $3.3 million in funding for ARC Discovery and Linkage projects

Griffith University has been awarded $3,376,073 for ARC Discovery and Linkage Projects.

December 04, 2019

Griffith’s first Schwarzman scholar

Griffith Bachelor of Commerce graduate Caitlene Hillman has been awarded a prestigious Schwarzman Scholarship for 2020/21.

December 04, 2019

Destination North Queensland: Intercultural interactions between Indian and Indigenous Queensland entrepreneurs

A unique networking opportunity for intercultural interactions and business linkages between Indian and Indigenous women entrepreneurs was presented last month in Cairns. Dr Dhara Shah and Professor Michelle Barker from the Department of Business Strategy and Innovation, Griffith University led a de...

December 03, 2019

Griffith graduate named Australia China Alumnus of the Year

Global health crusader and Griffith University graduate, Professor Qiyong Liu, has been named the 2019 Alumnus of the Year at the Australia China Alumni Awards (ACAA) in Beijing. Professor Liu won the award in recognition of his remarkable achievements and sustained successes in public health, and p...

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