30 finalists, representing some of the best and most innovative social enterprises in Australia, have been selected as the shortlist for the 2015 Social Enterprise Awards.
The 2015 finalists include businesses that provide life-changing solar energy products to developing countries; an organic food delivery service that supports environmental education programs; a smash-repair workshop providing training and employment to young people at risk; and a commercial legal service that directs all profits towards providing free legal representation for disadvantaged members of the community.
Social Traders Managing Director David Brookes said this year’s finalists provide a snapshot of the talent and innovation that exists amongst Australia’s 20,000 social enterprises.
“Across Australia, social enterprises are developing innovative ways to address some of our most pressing social, environmental or economic issues. Social enterprise has the ability to create employment, generate income and strengthen local communities.”
“This year’s finalists demonstrate the quality and diversity of Australia’s social enterprise sector, and through this event we acknowledge the enormous social and community benefits that are being achieved.”
“We congratulate all of this year’s finalists on their achievements, and for the amazing contributions they are making to their communities, ” David said.
The 2015 Awards received 75 entries across seven award categories, including the new category of Social Enterprise Champion.
Finalists for the 2015 Social Enterprise Awards are:
Australian Social Enterprise of the Year (Small)
• Nundah Community Enterprises Cooperative Ltd (QLD)
• Illumination Australia (VIC)
• CoDesign Studio (VIC)
• CERES Fair Food (VIC)
• Melbourne Farmers Market (VIC)
Australian Social Enterprise of the Year (Large)
• Salvos Legal Limited and Salvos Legal (Humanitarian) Limited (NSW)
• Finding Workable Solutions Inc (SA)
Social Enterprise Investment Award
• STREAT (VIC) – Investment by Social Ventures Australia/National Australia Bank
• Sustain Community Housing (NSW) – Investment by Social Ventures Australia/Social Enterprise Finance Australia
• MiHaven Property Fund (QLD)– Investment by Social Enterprise Finance Australia
• Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Food Justice Truck (VIC) – Crowdfunding by StartSomeGood
Buy Social Award
• Greater Bendigo City Council (VIC)
• Good Samaritan Industries (on behalf of the Western Australian Disability Enterprise Alliance) (WA)
• Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (SA)
Social Enterprise Champion Award *(New category in 2015)
• Matthew Gordon (VIC)
• Luke Terry (QLD)
• Russell Deal (VIC)
• Miranda Sharp (VIC)
• Jonathan Brown (VIC)
• Robert Hannaford (QLD)
Winners will be selected by an independent judging panel of content and sector experts, headed by respected global strategy advisor Simon Gillies from PwC.
Winners will be announced at an Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 3rd June in Melbourne.