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Our Participants

Right to Work Collective is a work-integration social enterprise (WISE) working to empower young adults with autism and intellectual disability (ID) by providing training and mentoring programs and connecting them with partner regional businesses. Their new regional micro-enterprise hub project will further contribute to their community inclusion vision.

The Horse Rug Whisperer is an established and growing equestrian business providing horse and rider equipment, training, coaching and other equine services, and repair services; employing, mentoring and training at-risk youth from around the Yass Valley region.

Simply Homeschool‘s Hive project aims to further connect homeschooling families. Simply Homeschool provides high-quality, affordable, engaging, integrated, flexible, real-life relevant, family-friendly homeschool curriculum and support. 

The Chamaeleon Collective is a collective of artists living with disability named after the constellation and reptile, both constant and adaptable. Chamaeleon arises from the need for dancers living with disability to channel their energies and talents into a professional program that is supportive, accessible and at the leading edge of contemporary performance.

The Horse Rug Whisperer is an established and growing equestrian business providing horse and rider equipment, training, coaching and other equine services, and repair services; employing, mentoring and training at-risk youth from around the Yass Valley region.

Simply Homeschool‘s Hive project aims to further connect homeschooling families. Simply Homeschool provides high-quality, affordable, engaging, integrated, flexible, real-life relevant, family-friendly homeschool curriculum and support. 

Six8 Coffee Roasters is a profit redistribution social enterprise based in Yass. Six8 is coffee that’s doing good from bean to cup and beyond! They give $1 from every kilogram of coffee sold to their impact partners working to Rescue, Prevent and Restore children from sexual slavery.

Psychmatch is on a mission to improve treatment outcomes in mental health through better matching. Unlike physical health, with mental health, one size does not fit all. Psychmatch makes treatment easier for both the client and therapist by facilitating good therapeutic alliance.

Stepping Stone Canberra provides inclusive employment and practical training opportunities for migrant and refugee women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds through an innovative and sustainable vegetarian cafe located in the beautiful gallery space at Strathnairn Arts.

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The Leadership Classroom is on a mission to lead a better world by supporting good people to become great leaders through outstanding professional development.

Magnolia Learning helps people create, communicate and collaborate by building knowledge, skills and confidence through arts-based approaches. This skill development agency uses professional artists to share their expertise in workplaces to foster team cohesion, trust, communication and creativity.

Flazéda is Canberra’s alternative performing arts hub. Their focus is on elevating alternate performance art and artists through professional development and performance opportunities. This new initiative from Jazida Productions will provide more classes, more workshops, link artists up with mentors, and provide a performance space where new and established artists can showcase their work and audiences can enjoy those performances in a safe and supportive environment.

Jasiri is an experiential education social enterprise that supports young women, including those living with disabilities to play an active role in shaping our democracy. Through immersive workshops and, including its flagship Civic engagement program, Girls Take Over Parliament (GTOP), Jasiri provides young people with the opportunity to develop new skills, attitudes, and ways of thinking and direct pathways to work with politicians to help diversity our leadership and transform the future of our nation.

Funhouse Studio is a digital agency meets social enterprise established to support young creatives who want to change the world for the better.

The Climate Factory‘s Community Climate Forest initiative will store carbon, cool the local environment and be planted and maintained by the community. This will be a grass-roots activity that helps solve the inaction of climate change at the Federal level.

It will provide green jobs, educate students on the value of forests and the amounts of carbon they capture and importantly give people hope for the future.

The Magic Tea Room will be a social enterprise retail hospitality venture to support the work of the Cooma Multicultural Centre (CMC) and to celebrate the diversity of Chai!

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Quality gardening and ‘handywoman’ services delivered by and for the post-crisis support of women with lived experience of domestic violence, addiction, and justice system involvement.

UnitingCare Kippax and operates two work-integration social enterprises based in West Belconnen.  Their mission is twofold—to provide job opportunities to individuals who would otherwise struggle to find work and training and also to provide an invaluable service to struggling families.  This mission is enabled by a commercial business model that provides quality and affordable B2B and B2C horticultural and removalist services.

The Magic Electricity Box is a music publishing social enterprise. We make songs that change the world. Our impact mission equips and empowers emerging songwriters who are culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD), Indigenous, LGBTQI and from under-represented women’s groups.

Digital media agency provides market-leading media services with social impact outcomes. Focused on cost effective media and marketing material made in a timely way with measurable outcomes for SME’s.

A specialist consultancy helping business manage the workforce impacts of sexual, domestic and family violence. Our focus is twofold, ensuring your organisation can meet the needs of people experiencing abuse to enable recovery, and creating cultures that encourage people using harmful behaviours to seek help, reducing violence and breaking cycles of abuse. Structured together, we support your business to remove barriers to women’s workforce participation, improving workplace gender balance.

A Canberra-born social enterprise on a mission to shake up the Aussie drinking culture.  Altina has created innovative Zero Proof Craft Cocktails that pack a punch without the alcohol.  Most importantly they have created experiences around alcohol-free living, including bespoke cocktails, alcohol-free events, and masterclasses. The focus for Altina is to use their brand as a vehicle for change by starting the conversation about mindful drinking and continuing it by working with the community to create unique and memorable alcohol-free experiences.

An ethical soap-making business run by Lianne and Mick from the beautiful country town of Bungendore, in New South Wales. An ethical soap is fundamental to the existence of Base. By associating the purchase of every-day hygiene products to the provision of health and hygiene programs for Australian communities, we aim to encourage people to buy ethically and locally.

Getaboutable is a social enterprise focused on improving travel and leisure options for people with disabilities. All profits are re-invested to empower people with disabilities to participate in travel and leisure activities, and to help the travel and leisure sector be more inclusive for people with disabilities.

Space To Be is passionate about helping people create space in their lives, by removing what is no longer loved, used or needed. They understand that by creating physical space in your home or workplace, you create room for new experiences to come into your life.

Uncle Chuck’s is founded by a team of students from the University of Canberra and Canberra Institute of Technology. They created an Uncle Chuck’s Hot Pocket, a wholemeal pocket is packed with hidden healthy ingredients. Their goal was all about creating food or drink that is eye-catching, tastes great, healthy, viable and popular options for the sports canteen in the ACT.

Artsource Global enables artists to rent their art direct to business- putting local art in entrance foyers, board rooms, and waiting rooms. Artsource Global enables artists to gain additional income from the rental of their artwork, addressing the issue of starving artists.

Canberra City Farm is a not-for-profit group incorporated in April 2012. Since 2013 we have been establishing a demonstration education centre in Fyshwick Canberra, and collaborating with other like-minded organisations under the banner of Urban Agriculture Australia.

Cookie Joy to the World is selling handmade jars of dry cookie mixes to make baking easier for their customers. They love home-baked goods and wanted to make something special that customers can share or give as gifts.

Rebus is an award-winning mixed ability company using theatre for social change. Their projects look at issues surrounding the challenges faced by people with a Disability, Mental Illness or lived experience of any type of marginalisation, inviting the audience to help us find the solutions.

Kulture Break is a charity youth services provider with a community arts focus. They are committed to the wellbeing, transformation, and empowerment of young people and the community. They do this by engaging young people is a safe, active and productive environment using the arts as a form of expression that empowers and transforms individuals.