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

The Yunus Social Business Centre has been established to contribute to Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus’s philosophy of driving systems change through social entrepreneurship and enterprise. The Centre aims to equip people with the knowledge, capacity, connections, and opportunities to innovate and create change through social business. We do this through leading research, teaching, and engagement in the field of social enterprise, entrepreneurship, and innovation at Griffith University

The Centre is part of the Griffith Business School and based out of the Logan Campus. We are active across Griffith’s campuses and work at local, regional, national, and international levels.

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Programs and activities

Impact and Data Management Service

We have partnered with Griffith Business School's Economics and Business Statistics experts to offer an Impact and Data Management Service to social enterprises, and enterprising community organisations to enable them to better appraise and articulate the economic value of their social impact.

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Social Entrepreneur in Residence

Our Social Entrepreneur in Residence program attracts and hosts outstanding talent in the field of social innovation and enterprise at GBS in order to facilitate the exchange and sharing of knowledge, experience and expertise.

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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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Social Enterprise Clinics

The Yunus Centre provides Clinics to Griffith students and staff actively engaged in social enterprise. The Clinics are short and intensive one-on-one sessions with the Yunus Centre Directors, and may also include the Yunus Centre’s Social Entrepreneurs in Residence.

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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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GLO@Logan High School Challenge

This three-day experiential challenge provides students with the ability to generate creative and innovative concepts and solutions. The 2018 challenge focused on topical environmental issues in regional Queensland. Students learned about human-centred design and prototype using 3D printers, robotics, virtual reality and coding technologies.

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Social Innovation Fireside Forums

The Social Innovation Fireside Forums provoke conversations of best practices to assist with social enterprise formation, development and sustainability. The Forums host experts who share their experiences in developing a ‘for purpose’ business and associated opportunities and challenges.

The next Forum will be held in September 2018.

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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Social Entrepreneur in Residence crowdfunding project

GBS Social Entrepreneur in Residence Emma-KateRose has commenced the Food Connect crowdfunding project.

Emma-Kate possesses considerable academic nous – she has skills spanning across the research, lecturing, management and enterprise development fields – and currently serves as the General Happiness Manager of Food Connect.

The company'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.

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 recent earthquake in Indonesia.

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SOCIAL ENTERPRISE WORLD FORUM

The Social Enterprise World Forum 2018 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.

Interim Director, Alex Hannant, will be representing Griffith and presenting work underway at the YSBC.

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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June 17, 2019

Commonwealth Games: good for the Gold Coast, bad for business

New Griffith research examines local business opinion about the Commonwealth Games, 12 months on.

June 17, 2019

Round Table discussion on Labour Market Needs Forecasting offers valuable insights for Australia Awards scholars

Participants of the Australia Awards Labour Marketing Needs Forecasting Short Term Award presented by Griffith University recently participated in a Round Table discussion led by experts from across the labour market sector. The Round Table brought together key experts from the National Centre for V...

June 16, 2019

FASEA approves Griffith’s financial advisory diplomas and courses

Griffith University has welcomed accreditation by FASEA of the Business School’s three bridging courses and Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning, including historical and current program structures.

June 12, 2019

Australia Awards scholars visit Griffith

Australia Awards scholars from Indonesia recently visited Griffith University for two weeks to partake in the inaugural Labour Markets Needs Forecasting Short Term Award. During the course, awardees travelled through Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Adelaide and on to Canberra where the program came to a c...

June 12, 2019

Young professionals shaping the future of the Australia-US alliance

Perth USAsia Centre (University of Western Australia) partnered with Griffith Asia Institute to deliver a 3 day program for a group of young Queensland professionals on the future of the Australia-US alliance in the Indo-Pacific century. The Australia-US Alliance Young Leaders Dialogue (5-7 June 201...

June 12, 2019

Aurora glows in Griffith Innovation Challenge success

An app-based scheme designed to reduce food wastage has emerged triumphant at the annual Griffith Innovation Challenge.

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