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The Social Traders Conference 2019 is a unique opportunity to meet with, reconnect and learn from the largest gathering of social enterprise practitioners in Australia.  This event is open to all social enterprises and interested parties.

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State of Social Enterprise in Australia

20th August 2019

08:00 - 19:00

Abbotsford Convent,
1 St Helier Street,
Abbotsford Victoria 3067

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Program

Tuesday 20th August 2019
7:30-8:30

Registration

8:35-8:50

Welcome

David Brookes – Managing Director, Social Traders

8:50-9:00

Official Opening & Remarks

Hon. Martin Pakula – Minister for Jobs, Innovation & Trade, Victorian Government

9:00-9:50

Keynote

The State of Social Enterprise in Australia, Canada & Beyond

In his capacity as Board Member, Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) and Managing Partner, Buy Social Canada, David LePage will discuss the progress of the sector across four pillars, how that has and continues to play out across Canada and Europe.
Matt Pfahlert, CEO of Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship (ACRE) will discuss the progress of the social enterprise sector in Australia over the last decade.
There will be opportunity for Questions from the audience in this session

David LePage – Managing Partner, Buy Social Canada
Matt Pfahlert – CEO, Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship

9:50-10:30

Sector Debate

Social enterprises will emerge from the edges into the mainstream – it’s debatable

A lively debate between practitioners and academics as we look at the case for the Affirmative and that for the Negative.

Featuring, for the Affirmative [in no particular order]

  • Alex Hannant – Co-director, Yunus Centre for Social Business, Griffiths University
  • Sabrina Chakori – Founder, Brisbane Tool Library
  • Sally Quinn – Co-founder & Executive Director, Green Collect

Featuring, for the Negative [in no particular order]

  • Carolyn Curtis – CEO, The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI)
  • Rob Pekin, – Founding Director, Food Connect
10:30-11:00

Break

Morning Tea

11:00-12:00

Breakout: Pick a Session


Opportunities & Challenges in Rural & Regional Australia 

There will be opportunities to ask questions during the session. 

Matt Pfahlert – CEO, Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship


Social Enterprise Certification – the Good, the Bad & the Ugly 

This session will explore the progress of the sector, the role of certification, and why we believe it’s time has come. Nina will highlight the inherent challenges in certifying a diverse sector and how ST has evolved its certification to cater for the spread, while maintaining the brand social enterprise.

There will be opportunities to ask questions during the session.

Nina Yousefpour – Manager, Social Impact & Standards, Social Traders


Marketing Your Enterprise  

Hosted and facilitated by Tom Allen of Impact Boom, this panel-style session will showcase three leading social enterprises. Each enterprise will discuss how they approach marketing as a social enterprise, their successes and challenges.

There will be opportunities to ask questions during the session.

Tom Allen – Founder & CEO, Impact Boom
Cinnamon Evans – CEO, CERES


Business Tools for Social Enterprise 


Social Enterprise Bingo 

It’s easy to get through the day without meeting anyone new. We have a solution for that dilemma.
Join us for a game of social enterprise bingo – you’ll be surprised who you may meet!

Brett DeHoedt – MC

12:00-12:15

Break

Return to Auditorium

12:15-13:15

Plenary

Access to Capital: Getting the Funds Your Enterprise Needs From Birth to Maturity

Alastair McGibbon, CEO, Social Enterprise Finance Australia (SEFA) will host a panel to discuss the paths to access capital, specifically from a range of intermediaries.

Panelists:

  • Tom Dawkins – CEO & Co-founder, Start Some Good
  • Sally McCutchan – CEO & Executive Director, Impact Investing Australia
13:15-14:30

Break

Lunch

14:30-15:30

Breakout: Pick a Session


Start up Support 

Libby Ward-Christie – Director, Swinburne Social Startup Studio
Kate Saporta – Manager, Swinburne Social Startup Studio


Making the shift to a B2B market 

Steve Betinsky – Director, Social Enterprises, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC)
Katie Wyatt – Co-director, Wake by Reach


Pitching Support   

Hosted and facilitated by Tom Allen, Impact Boom, this session will demystify what makes a good pitch.  Watch live pitches in front of an impressive panel who eats pitches for breakfast.

Luke Terry – Founder & Managing Director, Vanguard Laundry Services
Alex Oppes – Director, Impact Investing, Social Ventures Australia
Belinda Morrissey – CEO, English Family Foundation


Impact Measurement 

Kevin Robbie – Director, Think Impact


Social Enterprise Bingo 

It’s easy to get through the day without meeting anyone new. We have a solution for that dilemma.
Join us for a game of social enterprise bingo – you’ll be surprised who you may meet!

Brett DeHoedt – MC

15:30-16:00

Break

Afternoon Tea

16:00-16:45

Plenary

Social Enterprise: Uncut & Uncensored

We see the headlines and read all about the success stories.  However, the road to build, sustain and grow a social enterprise is far from smooth.  Generating impact takes hard work – and often with a twist and turn along the way. 

Come hear the real story – UNCUT & UNCENSORED from our panel of social enterprise practitioners 

  • Mark McKenzie-McHarg – Executive Director, Mt Buffalo Community Enterprise 
  • Amy Orange – Founding Director, Harvest Fair 
  • Chris Ennis – Founder & General Manager, CERES Fair Food 
16:45-17:00

Closing Remarks

David Brookes – Managing Director, Social Traders

17:00-19:00

Networking Drinks

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