Social Enterprise Program

Update for all Ventures participants 

The University has made the decision to move all teaching activities, including our Ventures programs, online for Semester 1 from Monday 23 March 2020. You will be sent an email shortly with instructions on how to participate with your program online. For the latest advice, please consult the UQ community COVID-19 webpage.   

Last updated 23 March 2020

Join like-minded people to tackle the world’s most complex and urgent problems.

Our Social Entrepreneurship Program is a six-week program designed to create a space for UQ students from all faculties to come together and create projects that will have a positive social and environmental impact.

Workshops will include panel discussions with social entrepreneurs and draw on UQ expertise on the latest social entrepreneurship tools and methodologies to foster real-world experience. The program will support you to transform your ideas into sustainable action.

Applications for the Semester 1 program have closed.

Over six weeks, you will attend weekly workshops on how to develop a sustainable project that addresses a social or environmental need.

Sessions will also include contact with the local social entrepreneurship ecosystem and first-hand recounts of some of the challenges social entrepreneurs face.

Self-paced schedule

  • Session 1. Social Entrepreneurship 101
    An overview of social entrepreneurship, the local ecosystem and form teams.
  • Session 2.  Exploring the problem
    Understand the basics of design-thinking and the importance of problem discovery.  
  • Session 3.  Design Thinking
    Understand the importance of human-centred design, and the relevance of using Design Thinking in your process
  • Session 4.  Investment and Business Model Panel
    Discussion with industry experts about financing your social enterprise and the importance of robust business models
  • Session 5.  Business Models and Pitching. 
    Learn how to put together your business model and how to pitch it
  • Session 6.  Get feedback
    Pitch your own idea or business and get feedback from mentors.

This program is for students, staff and alumni from any faculty with an interest in creating organisations that:

  • meet a community need, i.e.: housing, education, food security or economic opportunity for marginalised groups
  • create a business model to be both the ends and means of a social goal
  • demonstrate better ways of doing business
  • generate income for another charitable or community purposes.

Don’t have an idea?

We can match you with a team based on your skill sets and interests. You’ll be provided with hands-on training and mentoring to test and prototype a social enterprise idea.

Applications are currently closed and will reopen in July. 

Social Enterprise Semester Two

Applications open 15 July 2020
Program commences Wednesday 19 August 2020 from 12-2pm