Got an enterprise idea that could create positive social or environmental impact?

Create the change you want to see in this world

The Elevate+ Program is a comprehensive, 20 week, Social Enterprise Accelerator to help you develop a sustainable & scalable enterprise which creates positive social impact

We take the loneliness out of entrepreneurship and connect you with our thriving community of passionate social entrepreneurs, our alumni and leaders in the field


12 Weekly Digital Modules, providing knowledge & exercises to guide you to success


12 in-person group workshops led by passionate & experienced industry professionals


Personal & Group mentoring sessions to help you scale your enterprise & maximise your impact


Networking, Pitch events & strong exposure to help you gain customers, partners or funders




Elevate+ is proudly supported by Brisbane City Council.

Elevate+ presenters and mentors represent some of Australia’s leading organisations, to which we are highly grateful.

Impact Boom would also like to thank the Yunus Centre, Griffith University, for kindly providing workshop venues and wide support.


Key dates (all dates TBC)

Applications open

8 October 2019

Meet Mentors, Alumni & Brisbane Social Enterprise Community

3 December, 5:30-9pm. Wandering Cooks. RSVP here.

Applications close

5pm AEST on 20 December 2019

Selected participants informed

From 7 January 2020

Cohort is publicly announced at sector-wide event

28 January, 5:30-8:30pm. Details to come.

In person workshops with leading industry professionals at central Brisbane location

4 February - 2 June 2020, 5-8pm Tuesday evenings.

Private pitch event to expert panel at central Brisbane venue

5 May 2020

Public Pitch Event at The Triffid with the lord mayor, investors & industry

Wednesday 3 June 2020, 5-10pm


12 weekly digital modules

Each module will provide you with key knowledge, exercises and insights to help you develop a sustainable enterprise and create impact. Flexible modules allow you to learn in your own time and combine it with other work. Strengthen your new skills during the in-person sessions. You'll gain access to a private online group alongside other program participants and leaders.



Welcome to Elevate+. Setting Ourselves Up For Success.

Gain a clear understanding of the program, fundamental traits of successful entrepreneurs and useful strategies to practice throughout Elevate+ as we work to scale your enterprise and impact.



Purpose, Vision, Impact. Project Management and Effective Teams.

Clearly defining our ‘why’, desired impacts, roles, teamwork theory and other frameworks that will drive our startup projects from the core.



Understanding Root Causes & solving the right problem.

Gain a clear grasp of important Design Thinking, Co-Design & Systems Thinking strategies to understand, redefine and respond to the right problems from the beginning, so you don't waste time later.




Game Changing Business Modelling and Value Proposition Design.

Understanding and designing innovative business models is crucial to a social entrepreneur’s success. We learn how to best deliver value to your customers and stakeholders.



Creativity Jam! Conceptualisation & Ideation To Create New, Sustainable Possibilities.

Learn innovative methods to create world-changing solutions through strategic design. Analyse, expand on and improve the way you are delivering value.



Purposeful Prototyping and Pilots.

Learn quick, iterative and effective prototyping and piloting methods to validate concepts with your target audience. Throw away assumptions and respond to customer and stakeholder needs effectively.




Impact Marketing & Branding Strategy.

Learn key tools to understand the market in which you operate. Define a personal and enterprise brand strategy. Understand social media and other marketing methods to create a trusted brand.



Financing Projects and Getting Them Off The Ground. 

Understand the best financing methods to fund your project and learn from leading investors. Get effective crowdfunding tips and learn how to become impact investment ready.



Powerful pitching & storytelling Secrets.

Learn the art of storytelling to capture, engage and influence an audience. Receive and practice pitching secrets to successfully sell your project.




Key Legal Considerations For Social Entrepreneurs.

Gain a clear understanding about how to best protect your Intellectual Property. Understand legals and get contracts right. We'll talk business structures, tax and what’s best for your social enterprise.



Understanding The Ecosystem. Leading Social Enterprises.

Get strong insights from organisations, support bodies & leading global social entrepreneurs. Hear success and failure stories to keep you on track. Mix and network with local social entrepreneur leaders.



Creating Tracks and Moving Forward With Impact. 

Methods and tools to keep entrepreneurs on track to delivering viable enterprises that deliver impact. Impact measurement and metrics. Reflection and clear planning to move forward.


12 Industry-led group workshops

Participants consolidate their knowledge, hear from industry leaders, grow their network, get mentoring and maximise their impact. The group workshops run from a central Brisbane location and Brisbane Powerhouse. There are 12 key workshops which will be held on a Tuesday evening 5-8pm, and there will also be other activities, such as individual and group mentoring.



Elevate+ presenters & mentors

The Elevate+ team is made up of a diverse range of highly experienced purpose-driven industry professionals who are highly passionate about creating strong social and environmental impact. Participants are supported by leading industry professionals with both local and international experience during in-person presentations, workshops and mentoring.


Tom Allen
CEO, Impact Boom & Lead Facilitator


Carlie Daly
Facilitator/mentor Impact Boom & Mumma Got Skills


Alex Hannant
Co-Director, Yunus Centre, Griffith University


Danielle Duell
CEO, People With Purpose


Rob Pekin & Emma-Kate Rose
Food Connect Foundation


Rowan Lamont
Design strategist, Designworks 


Luke Terry
Founder, Vanguard Laundry


Kate Ritchie
Principal Lawyer & Trade Marks Attorney, Ethikate


Prof. Brad Jackson
Professor of social innovation, Griffith University


Anna Guenther
Chief Bubble Blower, Pledgeme


Steve Williams
Social Innovation, CQUniversity


Davinia Nieper
Founder, #MakingITHappen


Tony Sharp
Co-Founder & CEO, Substation33


Leanne Farnworth
Branding & Design Expert


Tom Dawkins
Co-Founder & CEO, StartSomeGood


Sabrina Chakori Founder
Brisbane Tool Library


Mike Lepre
Founder, Bertonni


Ruth Drinkwater
Start-up Strategy & Investment Expert


Yasmin Grigaliunas
CEO, World’s Biggest Garage Sale


Anne-Marie Walton
Founder & CEO, Kidswantu


Nikoline Arns
Cross-Disciplinary Designer


Luke Faccini
Founder, The Sponge


Nina Yousefpour
Engagement manager, Social Traders


Alex Hooke
Social Procurement Lead, Social Traders


Karen Meissner
Brand Essence + Connection Expert, Brand.4.Profit


Andrew Hamilton
Social Scaffolding


Chris Townsend
CX, Design strategist


Impact enterprises we support

We’ve worked with a range of top, emerging social enterprises to help them grow and scale their impact.


Alumni testimonials


Tom's knowledge, expertise, and commitment as a mentor and facilitator to all involved in the Elevate+ Accelerator was unquestionably outstanding. What an amazing opportunity to have had working under the mentorship and guidance of a true leader in his field.

Jack Stone, Founder, Bee One Third


“Elevate+ has been amazing at connecting us with the like-minded people, tailored business skills and great mentoring. Tom Allen is unwavering in his support, enthusiasm and generosity for social enterprise startups like ourselves. Elevate+ has been a fantastic experience and has really helped launch our business.”

Alexandra Coglan & Lewis Carter, Co-Founders, EcoGames


“We found the Impact Boom Elevate+ program invaluable at this stage of our journey. The presenters were relevant and experienced, the subject matter was thoroughly covered and there were ample opportunities to network and collaborate with other members of the cohort, as well as externally. Tom Allen, as facilitator and organiser has created a generous and in-depth program and gladly gave of his time and connections to help the businesses involved. Armed with the latest knowledge in business startup and social enterprise, and having attracted an investment as a result of this program, we are delighted to say that Elevate+ has had a material positive impact on our business and the maternal health initiatives that we support.”

Jonathan and Melita Shirley, Co-Founders, Mammojo.


“Elevate+ really helped us push forward through the final stages of our idea into launching the business. Tom has designed an excellent program for anyone wanting to launch or scale their social enterprise.” 

Mike Lepre, Founder, Bertonni.


“This has been a total game-changing program for myself personally and Ethni. I can’t thank you enough for your long, hard hours and passion you’ve poured into making it possible. I’ll look forward to continuing to work together.”

Kim Rollason-Nokes, Founder, Ethni.


Our impact

As a social enterprise ourselves, Impact Boom believes knowledge and education are the keys to healthier communities and a better world.

In order to help provide community members with assistance, on top of Elevate+ and our weekly free resources, Impact Boom commits to providing entrepreneurship workshops with community members. In the past this has included the First Nations Impact Entrepreneurship event and the Accelerating Multicultural Entrepreneurship event. Our next workshop will be focussed on providing entrepreneurship support for women.