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Get ready for a world-changing introduction to social enterprise. Join us on the 5th-7th August at The Edge, State Library of Queensland, for a three-day conference packed with inspirational speakers, thought-provoking workshops and networking opportunities.

 

Social enterprise is the fusion of business and charity, a force that reveals making profits and making a difference can be complementary goals. At IMPACT, we believe social entrepreneurship should be young people’s go-to strategy for tackling the biggest problems of our generation. At the IMPACT Conference, you will have the opportunity to work with other young people in building your very own social enterprise idea that addresses an issue you’re passionate about.

 

This year we’re doing something a little different, and that’s reflected in our theme: ‘Out of the Box’. We’re encouraging you to go beyond the scope of familiarity, consider things from new perspectives, and work in teams to design solutions to critical issues in the social enterprise sector.

 

You will gain the skillset to build a business, pitch an idea and tackle complex community problems – all whilst learning from leading change-makers in the field. You can check out exactly who we’ve got coming along below!

 

Each year we also endeavour to source food, drinks and items from our participant packs and prizes from socially responsible business and enterprises. In the past we’ve had catering provided by Zambreros, Thankyou, Food Connect and bags from Boomerang Bags.

 

This year we’re also trying to reduce our environmental impact by providing a digital conference booklet that will also be available online.

 

Our conference this year is the most inclusive one yet, and our attendees will be a mix of university students, young professionals and senior high school students from all around Australia aged 15-25.

 

Whether you are new to social enterprise or are involved with the space, we’d love to have you there! The only things we’re asking you to bring are your passion, curiosity and an open mind.

 

So what are you waiting for?

 

Join us for our biggest and most exciting conference yet!

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Bradley Clair

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A Brisbane based social entrepreneur and the founder of AMPLFY.
His, and the company’s mission, is to “empower the world to become tinkerers, creators and innovators” by providing sustainably made portable speakers that also have a social impact.
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Damien Stone

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“Think better, be better, do more.” With over 20 years’ experience in marketing and branding, Damien Stone founded water3; a social enterprise eliminating the need for single use plastic water bottles. He is passionate about social enterprise and the environment.
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Dee Deng

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Founder and CEO of Hirehive, Dee Deng is a creative visionary with a multitude of experience in marketing, film, and video production. Hirehive is a peer-to-peer rentals platform for filmmakers and videographer to hire their gear to one another; sort of like Airbnb for film equipment.
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Lauren Shuttleworth

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Lauren Shuttleworth, feminist and Founder and Director of Words with Heart is passionate about conservation and women’s and girls’ empowerment through education. Her social enterprise creates eco-friendly stationery, a percentage of the funds goes towards women’s and girls’ education.
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Nicholas Johnson

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Nicholas Johnson is Founder of Pro Bono Econos, an NGO which provides high-impact volunteering opportunities for student economists to provide quantitative consulting to charities, financial literacy education to the underprivileged, and third sector research for improved impact studies. As an economist, Nicholas is particularly passionate about helping people do good well. He believes greater effectiveness comes from greater efficiency when we cut costs, not corners.
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Nicola Hazell

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Nicola Hazell is Head of Diversity and Impact Programs at Blue Chilli Incubator, where she provides opportunities for start-ups to grow their businesses and create community outcomes. She is a passionate communicator, storyteller and advocate for social justice, with a background in journalism, politics and social sector public affairs.
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Nkosana Mafico

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Philanthropist, entrepreneur, writer and public speaker are a few hats that Nkosana Mafico often wears. He is the founder of Shanda Enterprises, CYALA – Council for Young Africans Living Abroad and a Business Management honours student at the University of Queensland.
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Paul Niederer

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Paul Niederer is one of the leading authorities in equity based crowdfunding investment. As CEO of ASSOB (Australian Small Scale Offerings Board) he supports high growth companies and investors in obtaining funding through Peer to Peer investing. He’s also one of the top 10 in the world’s most influential in equity crowdfunding.
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Peter Ball

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Peter Ball is the Managing Director of Impact Academy. He has a wealth of business knowledge and has worked extensively with social enterprises and non-profit organisations. He is also a director, mentor and advisor to many budding social entrepreneurs.
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Manita Ray

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Manita is the National Manager for Pollinate Energy's Australia Branch. She innovates in the sustainability sector, leading an international social enterprise that provides sustainable energy solutions to slums in India. Manita will be sharing her expertise in the operational aspects of social entrepreneurship with a keynote that will make you a business wizz.
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Dr Sam Prince

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Multi-talented Dr Sam Prince is a medical doctor, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Zambrero, of which he is the founder, is a fast growing food franchise. Through its partnerships, the business has provided over 4.5 million high protein and high vitamin meals that help nourish and strengthen people suffering from malnutrition in developing countries.
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Navdeep Pasricha

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Navdeep Pasricha is a 19 year old social entrepreneur passionate about young people. After serving as a youth coach for 3 years, he founded iYouth to make an impact on a bigger scale. Committed to the mental health of Australia’s young people , iYouth currently works with schools and youth organisations. Their work, based on empirical research, helps people achieve their full potential.Navdeep is the 2015 IABCA National Young Community Achiever of the Year, Winner of the Bond Business Accelerator and Head of Volunteers at Startup Weekend Gold Coast.Navdeep believes that “collaboration creates change” and is always eager to do so.