Social Enterprise in Brisbane

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

Social Enterprise World Forum 2022

Brisbane City Council is proudly supporting White Box Enterprises to deliver the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) 2022. This global event travels each year to a different city, bringing together leaders in social enterprise, policy makers, community leaders, philanthropists, investors, and academics to help progress the global transition to a new impact economy.

Coming to Australia for the second time, the 2022 SEWF will take place on 28-29 September at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. This year, the event will focus on themes including Indigenous social enterprise, climate solutions, excellence and failure, and policy and systems. With a series of keynotes, Q&A panel sessions, in-person and online networking and masterclasses, the SEWF will champion the ability for social enterprises to lead inclusive and sustainable economic development.

This is an opportunity to be part of the global movement creating meaningful impact for social and economic change.

Bursary packages - apply now

In addition to supporting White Box Enterprises to deliver the SEWF, Council is fully subsidising eligible Brisbane-based social enterprises to attend the SEWF.

If your business is driven by a social or community cause and derives the majority of profits from trade rather than grants or donations, you can apply for one of 40 bursary packages funded by Council.

Each bursary package includes one general admission ticket to the SEWF (28-29 September) and one ticket to participate in the Social Enterprise bus tour (26 September).

Apply now

Stronger Social Enterprises: Business Coaching

Council is committed to advancing the development of Brisbane social enterprises.

In 2022, Council is continuing to fund one-on-one business coaching to assist established social enterprises to grow and develop their business model.

Prominence Consulting is providing tailored one-on-one business coaching from 7 March to June 2022, focusing on the areas that will be most beneficial to the social enterprise within the coaching time available.

Business coaching is a collaborative two-way relationship between a business and a professional coach, to help in progressing a key goal or goals that are important for the development and success of the business. 

2022 participants:

  • Blackstorm Engineers
  • City Farm Nursery
  • DiverCiti Services
  • Empathy First
  • Green Fox Studio
  • HELP Enterprises
  • Lovewell cafes
  • Mammojo
  • Mantua Sewing Studio
  • People With Purpose

Hear from past participants

"Social enterprises have unique processes and systems, and with the help of a business coach we were able to increase productivity across the business and maximise the social impact we make."

Tim Sprey, Jigsaw Australia

"Having a business coach come in was helpful. The workshop itself is going really well but the business coach was an impetus to give ourselves a kick start and develop organisational strategies to assist the daily business operations."

Monique Lowndes, eWaste Connection

“We have developed a stronger business model and strategic plan due to the insights and tailored guidance of our coach. Working with our business coach has enabled our team to articulate our strengths, identify gaps in knowledge and build a solid framework for future growth. We are now poised to respond to larger opportunities with more confidence and competence.”

Kat Dekker, Give Industries

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 Brisbane Business Hub.

The Queensland Social Enterprise Council (QSEC) is currently occupying the space along with numerous social enterprises benefiting from working alongside like-minded entrepreneurs. QSEC is recognised for its leadership in the development of the social enterprise sector in Brisbane and Queensland and is also driving the need for a national strategy.

Previous program

Council funded a social enterprise accelerator program from 2016-2020, helping 51 social enterprises develop and advance their businesses.

More information

To find out more information about Council’s support for social enterprise in Brisbane you can:

Last updated: 19 May 2022

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