The YSBC is involved in range of programs and activities over our four areas of strategy:
- Learning and development
- Supporting innovation
- Evidence and insight
- Global connectivity
Learning and development
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Social Entrepreneurs in Residence
The Social Entrepreneur in Residence program is part of Griffith Business School’s ‘Executive-in-residence’ program. It is a small cohort-based program lasting six months. The pilot cohort of four social entrepreneurs, started in June 2018, and is focused on the theme of sector development and will also help inform and design the on-going program from 2019.
The purpose of the Program is to attract and host 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
- Provide insight on, and contribution to, research, teaching, curriculum development and other GBS activities
- Promote collaboration in research, practice, and community engagement
- Foster, support, and accelerate new innovations in the field of social enterprise that result in positive societal impacts.
Anna Guenther is the co-founder and Chief Bubble Blower of PledgeMe, New Zealand's first crowdfunding platform. Since launching 6 years ago, over 1,200 creative, community and entrepreneurial campaigns have raised over $26million through PledgeMe.
Tom Allen is Founder and CEO of Impact Boom, a social enterprise empowering entrepreneurs and innovators to unleash their greatest potential to create a better world. Impact Boom provides its global community with insights, inspiration and resources, and has interviewed 100+ social enterprise leaders and changemakers on its blog & podcast.
Tony Sharp is the founder of Substation33, a local organisation that provides meaningful work and skills development for volunteers and employees, and generates social returns for YFS and the Logan community. Tony and is pleased to see the social enterprise ecosystem continues to grow, develop and expand into new and exciting subsets.
Emma-Kate has extensive skills in applied research, sessional lecturing, project management, event management and start-up enterprise development. She joined Food Connect as General Happiness Manager in 2011, coordinating a significant internal restructure, improving financial accountability and getting ‘investment-ready’ to scale impact.
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.
The $1 million matched funding program will enable local entrepreneurs, business leaders and key industries to collaborate closely and with government to harness innovation and unlock business potential, strengthen existing industries and prepare regional Queenslanders for jobs of the future.
The establishment of innovation spaces across the region, including the Griffith University Logan campus, will bring together students, community and industry partners and provide local startups and entrepreneurs with resources, networks and mentors.
Evidence and insights
Impact and Data Management Services
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, in the south-east region of Queensland.
The purpose of this service is to enable social enterprises to better appraise and articulate the economic value of their social impact, or manage data that relates to a core aspect of their operations.
The service is structured as a discrete project that will be completed within 10 weeks and offers two options:
- A cost benefit analysis of social impact – producing an assessment of the social / public value created by the social enterprise in economic terms.
- Solving a tailored problem involving the capture, management, analysis, or reporting of data related to the social enterprise’s core operations.
The project will be undertaken by teams of third-year economics students at Griffith University, supported by senior faculty and practice experts at the YSBC.
Social enterprises interested in applying for the service will be provided with clear criteria of hosting requirements, and examples of what outputs they can expect to be delivered.
The YSBC will manage the application process and agree terms with social enterprise hosts three months in advance of project commencement, to ensure optimal project design and preparation. The service is free of charge to successful social enterprise applicants.
Applications are closed for Trimester 2 2018. Applications for Trimester 1 2019 projects will open in September 2018.
Advisory on sector strategy and policy
The Centre is committed to convening dialogues, diagnosing gaps in knowledge and capacity, and identifying opportunities for high-impact interventions. Also, supporting decision-makers with independent analysis to inform strategies, policies, & program design with the Policy Innovation Hub.
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.
Centre Interim Director, Alex Hannant, will be speaking and representing Griffith University at the event in September.
Member of the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network
The Asian Venture Philanthropy Network, a unique funders’ network committed to building a high impact philanthropy and social investment community across Asia. Griffith University is a member with reach to a community of social investors with over 490 members across 32 countries.