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Social Entrepreneurship - can business solve a social problem?

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Social enterprises are businesses that trade to intentionally tackle social problems, improve communities, provide people access to employment and training, or help the environment.

Using the power of the marketplace to solve the most pressing societal problems, social enterprises are commercially viable businesses existing to benefit the public and the community, rather than shareholders and owners.

In the Australian context, there is no legal structure called social enterprise but we define social enterprise as organisations that:

  • Are driven by a public or community cause, be it social, environmental, cultural or economic

  • Derive most of their income from trade, not donations or grants

  • Use the majority (at least 50%) of their profits to work towards their social mission.
    Source: Social Traders

But, can these businesses solve a social problem? Is it the role of business or should it be left to government? Join Law Squared and guests at this FREE event as we discuss the role of Social Entrepreneurship - can business solve a social problem?

Speakers for this flagship event include: Matthew Boyd from Vollie and Loretta Bolotin from Free to Feed and Now to Launch, Pete Yao, Chief Impact Officer, Thankyou Group and Kim Smiley, Co-Director, Wake by Reach.

Matthew Boyd will share his journey of creating a social enterprise and the role it can play in solving a social problem, and the trials and tribulations he has faced as a founder and co-CEO.

Vollie is an online marketplace that connects skilled people to non-profits and charities for skills-based online volunteering. Vollie projects are exclusively online, meaning that people can donate their skills and experience from anywhere in the world, and around their busy personal and professional schedule.

Loretta Bolotin is the Co-Founder and Partnerships Manager of Free to Feed is a Melbourne based social enterprise championing people who have sought refuge and asylum in Australia. Free to Feed’s advocacy is delivered through employment in food-based initiatives – cooking classes, immersive experiences and events, and ever-evolving, curated offerings. Free to Feed is also the partner of Now to Launch, an exciting entrepreneur program helping new arrivals to realise their culinary dreams.

Loretta will share her journey of creating a Social Enterprise and the journey from working for not-for-profit to founding a social enterprise.

Pete Yao from The Thankyou Group started at Thankyou as a volunteer in the organisation’s early years and went on to become one of the organisation's very first full-time employees in 2012. With experience in youth social work and a genuine heart for helping others, Pete’s studies in international development opened his eyes to poverty on a wider scale and the importance of addressing current issues of injustice affecting communities globally. Pete is now Thankyou’s Chief Impact Officer and carries the responsibility of overseeing the development and implementation of projects worldwide as well as managing the social enterprise’s innovative Track Your Impact system. Having completed a Bachelor of Commerce and Arts majoring in Human Resource Management and International Studies, Pete’s knowledge of development and passion for the developing world enables him to lead our Impact Department in ensuring that the projects Thankyou funds are sustainable, cutting edge and committed to empowering local communities.

Kim Smiley is the ignitor and co-Director of Wake by Reach, a social enterprise that exists to create deep human connection in the modern workplace.

Kim is a passionate champion for people living lives that are meaningful to them – and this is what personally attracted her to join The Reach Foundation in 2013. She brings more than 17 years of corporate and sales leadership experience to her role.

Kim imagined, developed and launched Wake by Reach in 2015 and has led their work with more than 55 companies to date, touching more than 6000 individuals who have participated in a Wake experience – and maintaining a connection score of over 90%.

As Wake’s co-Director, Kim gets to bring the work of Wake to corporates, sports teams and any modern workplace who believe that if we’re connected to ourselves and our teams, we will be more engaged, emotionally intelligent and productive at work. Wake use a combination of facilitation, provocation, sensory, reflection and theatre to inspire more human-ness at work.

Kim, like all of us, is a human beyond her professional bio and is mum of 3, a wife of 1 and enjoys good food, great wine and fabulous company. She’s also part of the F45 fitness craze (essential after all that wine, food and good company).

Come along for a networking, grazing platter and some drinks!

This event is brought to you by Law Squared.



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