Social Entrepreneurs Accelerator Program

Council sponsorships for budding social entrepreneurs

Applications close on 12 June 2015

Council is offering an opportunity for budding social entrepreneurs to gain a funded placement in the Accelerator Program of the Melbourne School of Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) for 2015.

Rates of unemployment in disadvantaged communities are significantly higher than the general community. Council has identified the need to develop strategies to create employment opportunities for local residents from disadvantaged backgrounds as a way of addressing social exclusion and overcoming barriers to economic participation faced by these groups.

In 2013 and 2014 Council sponsored two residents each year to participate in the SSE Melbourne Accelerator Program. This program builds the capacity, skills, networks and confidence of social entrepreneurs to run viable, effective social enterprises. The program is conducted over a 4-month period through workshops, mentoring, peer learning, digital platforms and one-to-one support.

Participants are selected because they want to establish a local business with a social purpose. Applicants must be Moreland residents or have a social enterprise idea that would benefit the Moreland community.

This year, Moreland City Council is sponsoring up to three participants, who either live with a disability, or are from a refugee, new arrival, CALD or indigenous background.

Visit Melbourne School of Social Entrepreneurs to register your expression of interest. Applications close on 12 June 2015.

2014 Council-sponsored program participants

Alex Dawia, Mekai

Alex has worked in Australian Indigenous communities as a social worker, and on economic development programs around the world with the UN and UNICEF.

Mekai is a sustainable development enterprise importing vanilla from PNG to Melbourne. Mekai works with communities in PNG who cultivate the vanilla, assisting in developing food security and promoting sustainable agriculture in PNG. Mekai uses the sale of vanilla to develop programs in education, water security and sanitation in PNG.

“Thank you SSE for giving me this life long chance.” – Alex

Marjetka McMahon-Krizanic, Roarhouse

Marjetka has 15 years of experience in the area of community development, art access, social inclusion, education and training with individuals, groups and organisations in the disability and mental health sector.

Roarhouse is a non-profit, vibrant, socially inclusive live showcase of music, spoken word, poetry and performance arts event presented fortnightly at various venues. Roarhouse is driven by artists and volunteers, supporting performance opportunities for our entire community, including those marginalised, disadvantaged or challenged with mental health issues.

“An excellent course filled with expert facilitators, informative speakers and supportive groups. I feel confident and excited, now equipped to move forward and make my social enterprise a success. Thank you SSE!” – Marjetka

Further information

For more information about the program contact Moreland Council on 9240 1111 and ask for the MetroAccess Officers, Elle Steele or Carolyn Hughes.