Three Aussie Social Entrepreneurs given priceless kick start

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Macquarie Group Foundation & SSE Australia Bolster Local Change Makers Three ground breaking change makers from the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) Australia have been awarded a Kick Starter grant by the Macquarie Group Foundation for their innovative enterprises addressing social and community needs. Recognising the need to support early-stage social enterprises, the Macquarie Group Foundation has awarded seed funding of $10,000 to three SSE Australia fellows following intensive business mentoring from Macquarie Group senior executives. Celia Hodson, CEO, SSE Australia stated that without the support of valuable partners such as Macquarie in fostering social change makers, many ideas with a propensity for long term social impact would not come to fruition. “We can’t stress enough the important role that the Macquarie Group Foundation has played in the development of the 2014 Kick Starter winners. Now in its fourth year, Kick Starter has attracted over 100 participants, provided priceless mentoring support and $120,000 in grants. Without Macquarie, these entrepreneurs may not have got the support they need,” said Hodson. 2014 Winners:

  • Bottle for Botol – A social enterprise driving environmental and generational cultural shifts from using single serve plastic cups for clean drinking water in Indonesia to a sustainable model that partners with Australian schools to provide environmentally friendly drinking bottles and refillable water coolers.
  • Help Me With It – A social innovation in volunteering with a mission to connect individuals who need help, with individuals who can volunteer their time. The only project of its kind which empowers individuals to seek help in a self-directed way and make a difference within their community.
  • Families Talking Depression A social enterprise that aims to address the needs of partners, family members and friends of people dealing with depression by providing practical & down-to-earth help, centralised & easily accessible resources, and a community forum for support.

Lisa George, Head of Macquarie Group Foundation said that supporting individual social entrepreneurs had a positive collective impact on the wider community. “We were so impressed with the calibre of the social entrepreneurs competing for the grants, the strength of their business cases, and the potential of their ventures for creating social impact. We’re very proud that we can provide both financial and mentor-based support to people with great ideas who are making their communities a better place,” said George. 2013 winner Jamie Moore, from the highly successful Hello Sunday Morning social enterprise which aims to address Australia’s drinking culture, stated that winning one of the Kick Start grants helped drive his enterprise forward. “Kick Starter was a great boost to our organisation, of course the money was great but more than that Macquarie has been supportive in terms of resourcing and mentoring from Day 1. Since the grant, we have attracted a further 15,000 users to our site, strengthened our board, and received over $1 million in investment to grow our impact,” said Moore.

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