Social Enterprise in Brisbane

Brisbane City Council is committed to the advancement of new and emerging social enterprises. These programs are in addition to existing small business initiatives, which are all part of building Australia’s most small business-friendly city.

Brisbane Social Enterprise Hub

The Brisbane Social Enterprise Hub, the city’s first dedicated CBD office space for the sector that channels opportunities to enhance social or environmental wellbeing, is now open at The Capital.

The Queensland Social Enterprise Council (QSEC) and social enterprise Impact Boom are currently occupying the space. QSEC are recognised for their leadership in the development of the social enterprise sector in Brisbane and Queensland and are also driving the need for a national strategy. Impact Boom is a certified social enterprise focused on the support and development of social enterprise globally.

Council is looking into more ways to help social enterprise now and into the future, so stay tuned.

Social Enterprise Program

Brisbane City Council has committed $200,000 over four years to support the development of new and emerging social enterprises with the Social Enterprise program, which will run from 2016‑20.

Social enterprises are organisations that:

  • are led by an economic, social, cultural or environmental mission consistent with a public or community benefit
  • trade to fulfil their mission and derive a substantial portion of their income from trade
  • reinvest most of their profit/surplus into the fulfilment of their mission.

2020 program participants

Congratulations to the successful enterprises accepted into the 2020 Elevate+ Social Enterprise Accelerator Program delivered by Impact Boom.

List of 2020 Elevate+ Social Enterprise Accelerator Program recipients including name and description.
Enterprise name Description

Bloom

Bloom is an investment web application for environmentally-conscious investors. Bloom’s mission is to reduce global carbon emissions by empowering people to invest in impactful climate solutions while seeking a competitive market return.

With Bloom, climate finance is no longer an exclusive high net-worth club or restricted to wholesale investors. With no minimum amount required, and via a simple mobile experience, private investors can grow their wealth while having a positive impact on the planet.

Face It. Sunscreen

Face It. Sunscreen is a soon to be released, mineral based, reef safe sunscreen. Currently, there are two types of sunscreens on the market; chemical sunscreens that are harming our environment with their harmful chemicals and plastic laden packaging, and mineral based sunscreens, some of which may be reef friendly.

Face It. Sunscreen are on a mission to create the best alternative to sunscreen that is good for consumers and good for the planet.

Food Connect Shed

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.

Australia's first community-owned local food hub, the Food Connect Shed, provides the infrastructure to create a stable market for farmers, completely divorced from market forces, and to create a home to many ethical food entrepreneurs.

Green Fox Studio

Green Fox Studio is Australia’s first creative agency within prison walls, offering incarcerated individuals the chance to build necessary social skills and professional development in the creative industry. This makes for an easier transition back into society, and eventual employment, upon their release.

Jack Mountain

Jack Mountain sources regeneratively grown meat alternatives for sale to hospitality businesses and direct to consumer. Their Australian products are sustainably grown, with a focus on not just being carbon neutral, but carbon positive.

Law on Earth

Law On Earth is a public, self-service legal platform addressing the global access to justice issue.

Law on Earth uses technology to replicate the full client-lawyer interaction but for up to 90% less cost. Users benefit from cost-effective legal advice, help available 24/7, free guides and the ability to watch the recorded advice again and rely on it.

Mind For Me

Mind For Me is an empowerment platform, for people to establish support networks where help can be easily and fairly exchanged with their friends, family and neighbours. Childminding, pet sitting and tasks around the home and garden can unlock dormant resources in the community. Taking money out of it, a helping hand becomes accessible to those that really need it.

ReThink info hub + store

ReThink aims to create a community that is more inclusive of those with a disability and more sustainable at home, by providing employment for people living with a disability through the retailing of lower waste household consumables. By selling everyday household consumables (non-perishable) in mostly repurposed and reusable packaging, to date, their low waste products have helped the local community to eliminate over 32,000 pieces of plastic.

Sprout

Sprout is an IoT Farm Management system that enables farmers to more easily manage their farms and increase crop yields. The farmer can assign tasks to specific beds and delegate them out to the community who, in turn, can access information and tutorials to autonomously carry out the work.

Sprout allows small scale farmers to increase productivity through simplified community engagement, task management and insights through data analysis.

SwapU

SwapU connects people who want to swap goods with other swappers in a bid to promote a circular economy. These swappers negotiate an agreed value of their items and trade item for item or item for item plus cash.

The Connection Project

The Connection Project is a multi-levelled social enterprise connecting humanity through food and conversation. As the nation is at a crisis point with suicide rates going up year after year, the Connection Project knows that human connection plays a massive role in this epidemic and aims to reconnect Australian families through the power of a shared meal and conversation.

Tracy Poblano

Tracy Poblano designs swimwear for the Australian way of life, swimwear made from regenerated waste from oceans and landfill. Tracy’s newest product is swimwear made from recycled plastic PET bottles.

Tracy provides sustainable, quality swimwear that improves the environment and gives back to ocean conservation and the natural world.

Virtual Custodians

Virtual Custodians design and develop interactive and multi-user virtual experiences that depict and describe the cultural heritage of First Nations people who are the traditional owners of capital cities and regional towns.

4th Space

4th Space is a private practice specific to the homelessness and domestic violence sectors. It is a non-traditional form of private practice that meets people where they’re at, addressing the problem of inadequate mental health support for people experiencing homelessness.

2019 program participants

Congratulations to the successful enterprises accepted into the 2019 Elevate+ Social Enterprise Accelerator Program delivered by Impact Boom.

List of 2019 Elevate+ Social Enterprise Accelerator Program recipients including name and description.
Enterprise name Description
Abide Abide connects students in need of low-cost housing with baby boomers who have a spare room and who could benefit from a bit of extra support and company around the house. Abide’s vision is to enhance community engagement in order to offer a better quality of life for both students and seniors.
Bee One Third One-third of our global food system depends on bee pollination. Bee One Third work with small to medium businesses to host, manage and monitor the health of beehives situated on rooftops as well as through suburban neighbourhoods, to increase local bee populations.
Cost Price Cafe At Cost Price Cafe there are no profits. By operating with a unique model, Cost Price Cafe's delicious goodies are as inclusive and accessible as possible, for everyone.
Eco Games Eco Games create video games to educate, inspire and fund the conservation of natural ecosystems.
Ecoweeders Ecoweeders offer a safe, environmentally-friendly and cost-effective weed management service to residents, landowners, estate managers and Bushcare community groups in Brisbane.
Mantua Sewing Studio Mantua Sewing Studio is a social enterprise bringing to life ethical, Australian-based sewing manufacturing.

Through the under-utilised, but highly skilled sewing expertise of women from refugee and migrant backgrounds, Mantua provides Australian labels with a quality, affordable end-to-end design and manufacturing service, that is not only good for the environment but good for their local community.
Motley Bunch Motley Bunch aims to improve well-being and bring joy through the gesture of giving flowers. Using flowers that would otherwise be discarded, Motley Bunch re-arranges the flowers and distributes bouquets throughout the community to people experiencing disadvantage.
Mumma Got Skills Mumma Got Skills addresses perinatal anxiety and depression by providing artistic workshops for new mothers. In addition to paid workshops, Mumma Got Skills contributes a percentage of each ticket sold towards providing free workshops for mothers in need.
Myoni Three friends from university created Myoni. Free from bleaches, BPA plastic, latex and other nasties; Myoni Menstrual Cup is Australian made and owned. One cup replaces hundreds of disposables, saving time, money and waste. Myoni strives to contribute positively to our planet and give back to the broader community.
Nature Freedom Nature Freedom is an organisation for young adults between 18 and 35 with disabilities and mental health challenges. They create employment and training opportunities for working in the bush and provide social inclusion for their adventure programs, involving young adults from all walks of life.
Navisafe Navigation for the visually impaired presents a unique challenge, which requires specialised infrastructure and techniques, allowing users to safely and independently arrive at their destination.

Currently, the visually impaired are not accommodated for in natural environments. Navisafe is integrating technology into the environments previously thought to be inaccessible to our disadvantaged communities.
Shenovi Shenovi helps migrants feel at home, by promoting welfare and opportunities. Shenovi empowers migrants through easily accessible local knowledge and advice online. 
Smart Soil Smart Soil develops IoT in-field data collection system with predictive software that takes the data about soil nutritional profile, combines it with information about microclimate, and turns it into a decision-making tool for small-scale organic farmers.  This tool will help them be fully aware of the state their soil is in, which is the single most important driver in increasing farm productivity. This is a world first solution for organic farmers that will help them better compete with larger, industrial practices.
Vessel Nundah Vessel Nundah reduces single-use plastics, (and the associated problems of land and sea pollution), through an affordable, BYO container shop for quality, locally made skincare and cleaning products.
Vivre Co Vivre Co provides education to girls from developing communities and empowers them to fulfil their potential.

Vivre Co provides eyelash beauty services to the Brisbane community to help women 'Feel Beautiful, Do Good'. Each service helps fund the education of girls living in poverty in Africa, providing disadvantaged girls equal access to a learning environment, education and mentorship.

2018 program participants

List of 2018 Elevate+ Social Enterprise Accelerator Program recipients inlcuding name and description.
Enterprise name Description
Bertonni Timeless, locally made products providing employment and training to people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
Brisbane Tool Library Increasing sustainability, reducing consumption & waste. Building a local economy based on a real sharing economy. Employing disadvantaged people and creating social stability.
Chatfor10 Connecting refugees to volunteers for fun and convenient language practice.
Enrich'd Creative Training, mentoring and employment pathways for young women from culturally diverse backgrounds.
Five Mile Radius Design studio for locally sourced construction materials. Fostering a culture where people build with what they've got.
Hemia Optics Treating post stroke brain conditions in home with health technology.
Lána Shared economy marketplace; a sustainable system for fashion consumption.
Mammojo Reducing the disparity of global maternal and infant mortality rates through the sale of high quality, breastfeeding friendly activewear.
MyMedHealth Patients driving their own health.
Social Good Outpost Creative design for changemakers.
Sound Off for Schools Mindfulness education for schools.
The Unknown Project Refugee engagement and education for young people.
Welcome 360 Immersive 360 video training for new migrants to Australia.
Yaku Latin Goods Weaving cultural bridges between Latin America & Australia, while supporting social projects such as those which tackle chronic child malnutrition.

2017 program participants

List of 2017 Elevate+ Social Enterprise Accelerator Program recipients inlcuding name and description.
Enterprise name Description
Good Confectionary Co Development of a range of chocolate products to promote mental health awareness and encourage mental wellness and how to maintain a healthy mind.
RACERice Food products to promote healthy snacks among children training for sports, in addition to a swimwear range. A percentage of profits go towards funding swimming lessons for children in developing countries.
Makira Gold Working with cacao farmers in the Solomon Islands to make high quality, organic cacao and then import this cacao into Brisbane for craft chocolate makers and the cacao superfoods market. This project will offer farmers a better price and help them to reach a premium market.
End Gamers The focus of End Gamers is moving from lots of conversation around gender equity and equality to best practise activities that can be specifically supported to affect change. It is a digital platform that will utilise artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Membank Development of an application that will allow the creation of personalised life story playlists, using music, pictures and stories, to be played to people with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Family and friends will be able to connect with the user on favourite memories regardless of distance and severity of illness.
Australian Refugee and Migrant Care Services (ARM Care) ARM Care provides holistic services to refugee and migrant communities who are largely under represented and lack basic care and support. It plays an intermediary role between migrants and the medical health services industry.
Globofit Globofit is a social platform and marketplace that will enable users to communicate better with professionals and businesses and to own/manage their own personal fitness, health and medical data in a single platform.
WantokApp WantokApp are a tech start-up focused on building an ecommerce marketplace and broader communication platform for the Pacific Islands, initially directed towards Papua New Guinea (PNG).

More information

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Last updated:31 January 2020