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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
About the Yunus Centre
Alex Hannant, Co-Director of The Yunus Centre Griffith University, discusses what the centre does, what it takes to be a changemaker and our Fellowship program.
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!
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.
PROVIDING POWER TO THOSE IN NEED
Amidst the continuing devastation in Lombok, Queenslanders are rising up to help
Tony Sharp is one of our Fellows and the founder of Substation33, the organisation building portable solar power stations from electronic waste to help those affected by the earthquake in Indonesia.
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.
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.
January 10, 2020
Academic recognised for contribution to sustainable tourism
Griffith University’s Professor Susanne Becken has been recognized for her contribution to sustainable tourism with two prestigious awards.
January 08, 2020
Pathways help ‘first in family’ student to success
Joel Klein never thought he’d make it in a university setting but thanks to Griffith University’s VET program and study support, he’s now thriving.
January 08, 2020
Tax clinic a rewarding experience for students
Challenging real-life scenarios have been equipping students with skills to provide tax assistance at Griffith Tax Clinic while helping free clients from tax burdens.
January 06, 2020
Humanitarian graduate helps change the cycle of crime
Sudanese born orphan, Beny Bol, uses restorative justice principles to resolve conflict and build resilience in Logan and Melbourne communities. He is the President of the 60,000 strong Queensland African Communities’ Council, Program Manager for ‘Youth Off The Streets’ and works closely with the Po...
December 19, 2019
International anti-corruption leaders join new Integrity School
Two world-leading figures in anti-corruption will join Griffith University as speakers and instructors in the inaugural Asia-Pacific Integrity School to be hosted in March 2020. The Integrity School is a 5-7-day intensive program operating thanks to a partnership between Transparency International A...
December 19, 2019
Griffith PhD candidate awarded grant to research ethical decision making in Indigenous financial markets
At the recent Australasian Business Ethics Network (ABEN), Clare Burns, PhD candidate and sessional academic in the Department of Business Strategy and Innovation was awarded an ABEN-Ecstra grant to research ethical decision making in financial markets. The grant allocation was competitive and under...