Brisbane's Top Emerging Social Entrepreneurs Join Impact Boom's Elevate+ Accelerator Program To Grow & Scale Impact
Impact Boom has welcomed an amazing group of 25 passionate social entrepreneurs into the Elevate+ Accelerator Program in Brisbane.
14 high potential, emerging social enterprises are tackling an array of pressing community issues both locally and internationally, such as homelessness, refugee and migrant support, sustainable consumption, waste reduction, child malnutrition, and health problems. Projects are creating positive social and environmental impact and literally saving lives.
Keep your eyes on these inspiring social entrepreneurs as they evolve, develop their projects and maximise their impact.
We'd like to thank Brisbane City Council for proudly supporting Elevate+, as well as the entire cohort for the hard work and grit they have demonstrated in getting to where they are.
Meet the 2018 Cohort of social enterprises
Bertonni’s mission is to create meaningful employment opportunities and pathways out of disadvantage for people experiencing homelessness, through the design and manufacture of high-end porcelain homewares and lighting.
There is currently a lack of employment options for people living in disadvantage; at the same time, consumers increasingly desire products that are not only beautiful and functional, but also imbued with narrative and an imperative to create social change. Bertonni aims to fulfil the needs of this consumer market, whilst becoming a global leader in the training and employment of people experiencing homelessness.
Founder - Mike Lepre.
The Brisbane Tool Library Inc. will allow users to share resources, goods, services, and even skills. The “library of things” will loan out all kinds of stuff that people may want to use once in a while, but not own. It will allow people who cannot afford to own their tools, or who simply do not want to buy new ones, to use them. Some items can be loaned out while other can be used on site.
The main goal is to go beyond the material consumption of the current “take, make and dispose” system. Recycling, re-using and re-purposing is possible, a circular economy means that products no longer have a life cycle with a beginning, middle, and end. The new products’ life will be “from start to start”. Brisbane Tool Library would like to build a fundamentally different way of thinking showing that some goods that people perceive as waste, can be a resource for other people or projects.
Moreover, this project will allow people to save money on products and services that might otherwise have been un- or under-used.
Team - Sabrina Chakori and Anna Schneider.
Chatfor10 connects refugees and volunteers via a messaging app, so refugees can get authentic and convenient practice communicating in the language they are learning.
For the volunteers, Chatfor10 micro-volunteering enables them to make a real impact, without it impacting their schedule or wallet.
Founder - Michael Mersiades.
Enrich’d Creative is a social enterprise enriching lives in the space where culture and creativity meet. They offer a range of unique creative experiences facilitated by young women from culturally diverse backgrounds, who draw on their own cultural knowledge and creative talents to provide fun and engaging activities for all ages.
Through the experiences offered, they aim to achieve their purpose of sharing and celebrating the vibrant cultures that call Australia home, while providing supported and meaningful employment opportunities for young women from culturally diverse backgrounds.
Founder - Kim Rollason-Nokes
Five Mile Radius is an Australian Design Studio building with locally sourced materials. Five Mile Radius consult with clients and design projects that use site specific materials, involve local people and their culture and respond to the local climate.
Their public engagement division is developing an exciting range of digital and physical means for sharing their processes with the world. They create content, networks and tools aimed at inspiring and helping people to go local themselves. Act local, think global.
Team - Clare Kennedy, Tom O'Shea, Acacia Stevenson
Visual Spatial Neglect (VSN) is a pervasive condition afflicting many brain injury patients (in particular post stroke patients), and the condition effectively removes a patient's ability to see one side of the world.
Many sufferers aren't aware that they have the condition (this is referred to as anosognosia) and so, coupled with common physical aspects of brain injury such as mobility and balance difficulties, it can progress to become a very dangerous affliction.
Currently, there is no at-home therapy solution to treat visual spatial neglect, meaning that patients have to rely on relatively expensive dedicated therapy. Hemia Optics have designed a system to help treat VSN within a patient's home to increase functional outcomes for sufferers and to allow a greater degree of independent living.
Founder - Ben MacMahon
Lána is the share economy for clothing. It's like Airbnb or Uber, but for your wardrobe. It allows users to browse, share and rent quality clothing for all occasions.
Lána's market is made up of two groups of people; Owners and Borrowers. Owners are the people who are listing their clothes on the Lána platform. Borrowers are the people who are renting the listed clothes.
At present, customers can access the Lána platform via their website. It's mobile friendly. Their goal is to develop the website into an app when they have the funding to do so.
Co-Founders - Edda Hamar and Judith Ortiz
Mammojo seeks to address the global disparity in maternal and infant health issues through the sale of high-quality, innovative, breastfeeding friendly activewear, or Lactivewear®, if you will.
They believe in removing the barriers that allow people to live life to the full. They also believe that by creating quality products to address first world problems, they can use proceeds from the sale of these products to make a positive contribution to the world, whether it be donating to life-saving research, care and equipment for premature babies or by helping to reduce the shocking mortality rate during pregnancy and childbirth for mothers and their babies in developing countries.
Co-Founders - Melita Shirley and Jonathan Shirley.
MyMedHealth app creates distinct value for both the patient and the health service through the development of a tracking app for patients, coupled with a web interface for clinicians to view data and make timely decisions about their care.
For the patient it is a step forward in their desire to be in the driver’s seat of their own health care. This product will streamline their current health metric data collection and allow them to partner with clinicians. This could mean the difference between fortnightly rather than weekly appointments and the early detection of signs of potentially fatal sepsis through an alert system. The early detection and prompt treatment of sepsis (within an hour) could mean the difference between life and death.
MyMedHealth app allows for the right care to be provided at the right time. For the health service, this would have significant financial and practical advantages and will align with strategic drivers such as providing as much care as possible in the home and reducing outpatient clinics. It would allow busy clinicians the opportunity to reduce the frequency of avoidable appointments and focus on patients that need to be there. This app and web platform also has transferability across other chronic health conditions and could make a significant impact on reducing the health care budget.
Co-Founders - Joanne Allen-Keeling, Venessa Lonie, Alenta Kabamba
The dream of two sisters, the Social Good Outpost (SGO) is pioneering new ways that the design industry interacts with social causes and organisations.
SGO focuses on addressing and understanding the needs of organisations with a social purpose. Combining graphic designers and community leaders under the one roof, SGO works with non-profits, social enterprises, and start-ups to provide graphic design, web design, and strategic development. Operating on a sliding scale model of business, SGO offers clients accessible leading edge design, which may otherwise be out of their reach in traditional design studios. At the intersection of creativity and the community, SGO is driven to be the go-to designer for social impact in Australia.
Co-Founder - Elise Stephenson
Sound Off for Schools is a 'silent revolution' to bring Mindfulness Education to schools in Brisbane. Their technology allows students to wear wireless headphones to hear the low ambient music and teacher instructions to learn the skill of being present and to be guided through meditation and movement of the body connected to the breath.
The program is designed to allow students an opportunity to 'tune in' to their own breath, thoughts and movement of the physical body to begin learning the skill of being present and mindful. The headphones are noise-cancelling and provide a very intimate and personal experience for the participant to learn mindfulness skills and strategies (without the distraction of their peers!). The content of the program can be designed for each specific context and predominately focusses on; Matters of the Mind - resilience, regulation of emotions and awareness of thoughts and; Conscious Curriculum - enhancing learning, focus in the classroom and meta-cognition. All programs are based in Yogic philosophy and grounded in the physical movement of the Yoga Asanas.
Founder - Nicola Bone
The Unknown Project is a Brisbane based social enterprise promoting access to education and opportunities for young people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds in the community.
The Unknown Project leave clues on wrapped books as a 'don't judge a book by its cover' model, serving as a metaphor for the treatment and rhetoric surrounding refugees and asylum seekers in Australia. With their proceeds, they supply school resources to The Romero Centre (a refugee support centre in Dutton Park). In 2018 they will move more into community engagement through events.
Co-Founders - Olivia Roney & Rory McGahan
Welcome 360 is an eLearning platform that shares immersive video content helping with daily life challenges, such as using banks, libraries, or shopping centres. Welcome 360's partners include government departments, non-profits, and the private sector; enabling them to provide better services and relevant information to new members of the community.
Their research suggests that migrants can often only develop life skills and confidence by repeating training scenarios. Unlike meeting with caseworkers, clients can use Welcome 360 content whenever and wherever they need, addressing accessibility and demand issues.
This is a tool for unlocking migrant potential in their own hands.
Co-Founders - Amanda Alexander, Jogen Phang, Steve Williams.
Yaku Latin Goods is a Brisbane-based social enterprise that promotes ethical Latin American products in Australia which support social projects.
They identify and import organic, direct trade and socially responsible products that are retailed through organic markets in Brisbane and online. Through their Yaku Model, they donate a percentage of the profits to ALPANI, a project in Peru that assists children with chronic malnutrition. As they expand their business, they want to maximise their support to projects regarding health and education in socially disadvantaged communities in Latin America and Australia.