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Free initiative supports Bundy’s social innovators

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Steve Williams leads iActivate.

Locals are invited to apply for iActivate, CQUniversity’s innovative short course for developing a social enterprise or “business for good”.

The free program kicks off in Bundaberg in August with those residents passionate about social change able to join a growing movement for good in the region.

For the first time, the popular 13-week program will be offered free with local face-to-face and online support, thanks to the Queensland Government’s $8 million Social Enterprise Jobs Fund.

More than 20 entrepreneurs have already graduated from the iActivate accelerator course, as they designed, built and grew their big-impact businesses.

From August – October 2022, up to 24 local entrepreneurs from 12 enterprises can join iActivate, to learn practical and proven methods for developing social enterprise and business-for-good, while connecting with other passionate entrepreneurs.

The program includes a graduation and social enterprise pitch event in Bundaberg, and a digital badge and micro-credential for your LinkedIn and CV.

CQUniversity Social Innovation Program Manager Steve Williams says iActivate offers an exciting opportunity for the Wide Bay – Burnett region.

“iActivate has made a huge impact in communities like Townsville, where local people are tackling local problems with the social enterprises they designed and developed through the iActivate program,” he said.

“CQUniversity already plays a big role in Bundaberg, and we know the region is full of passionate people who want to address the big issues in their community.

“iActivate provides a platform and a network to help local people start building practical, creative, business-based solutions.”

iActivate applications are open now and close on Friday 22 July, apply here, or email socialinnovation@cqu.edu.au for more information.

Peak body Queensland Social Enterprise Council analysis shows every successful Australian social enterprise creates an average of 15 jobs, generating three dollars for every dollar of investment.

QSEC currently has six social enterprise members in the Wide Bay – Burnett region, including Impact Community Services Commercial Laundry and Recycling, offering supported work environments for local people with disabilities to gain employment and grow skills.

Learn more about iActivate at cqu.edu.au/iactivate.

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