Welcome to Elevate+!

This is our main menu, where the digital modules will be unlocked on a weekly basis. You’ll also find other useful information here, like the updated weekly workshop schedule, links through to presenters, mentors and other alumni.

We’re stoked to have you on board and are thoroughly looking forward to having you as a core part of our team. We’re here to help and ensure that this experience exceeds your expectations.


our online Community

Between our weekly in-person sessions, we’ll be interacting online on the Facebook group (voted for by the majority). Please continue to use this as a place to ask questions, share your progress, offer feedback, and let us know about opportunities and great resources you come across for the cohort.

We’ll also use it to provide important updates throughout the program.


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.

Please note, the below modules will be unlocked on a weekly basis as indicated by the schedule above.


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.


Conceptualisation, Ideation & Impact. Creating 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 and measuring impact.


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.


Upcoming Workshop dates

5 FEB, 5.30-8.30pm

Brisbane Social Enterprise Drinks & Elevate+ cohort announcement during informal networking event at Wandering Cooks, South Brisbane.

Griffith Uni (QCA), 226 Grey Street, South Brisbane, Webb Centre, Level 7.

12 FEB, 5-8pm

Welcome to Elevate+, Tom Allen.

Brisbane City Council team introduce themselves. Photos for press release.

19 FEB, 5-8pm

Videographer present for first part of session.

Defining Your Purpose, Danielle Duell of People With Purpose.

26 FEB, 5-8pm

5-5:30pm - Introduction to paired mentors from Price Waterhouse Coopers.

Defining Your Theory Of Change, Tim O’Brien & Amedeo Watson of Hatched.

5 MARCH, 5-8pm

Design Thinking Fundamentals For Successful Enterprise, Rowan Lamont.


Social Enterprise Tour. 8-4pm. Get your ticket now.

19 MARCH, 5-8pm, Griffith Uni (QCA). This week we’ll be in room S07, 2.18.

Business Modelling, Tom Allen | Crowdfunding Essentials, Tom Dawkins (Skype).

26 MARCH, 5-8pm

Finance & Investment with Ruth Drinkwater of Alkira Software.

2 APRIL, 5-8pm, The Edge, State Library

Group deep dive sessions. 

9 APRIL, 5-8pm

5-6pm Workshop with Alex Hannant of the Yunus Social Business Centre.

Key Legal/IP Considerations with Kate Ritchie of Ethikate Law.

16 APRIL, 5-8pm 

Social Enterprise - Key Lessons Learnt, Luke Terry of Vanguard Laundry

30 APRIL, 5-8pm

Branding with Leanne Farnworth (Skype), 5-5:30pm

Rebecca Green briefly presents Social Traders experience in the sector, 5:30-6pm.

Marketing and branding with Tom, 6pm onwards.

SUNDAY 5 MAY, 12-6pm

Casual BBQ & Pitch practice afternoon in Red Hill.

Please bring a plate to share or something to throw on the BBQ & BYO drinks.

7 MAY, 12-8pm

One-on-one mentoring, to be booked here. Via Zoom or in person at The Edge. You are encouraged to meet as a group at The Edge to work together on progressing.

14 MAY, 12-7pm

Private Pitch Panel, Arrive 12pm midday, Brisbane Powerhouse, River Studio.

Followed by informal dinner from bar (funded by participant). 

15 MAY, 5:45-8:15pm

Lord Mayor’s Social Enterprise Forum, Figs on Sylvan, 1/65 Sylvan Rd, Toowong

Good networking opportunity with wider Brisbane social enterprise & business community

21 May, 5-8pm

Group Mentoring Sessions, The Edge.

28th MAY, 5-9pm

Group Mentoring Sessions, Substation33, 31 Mary St, Kingston.

4 JUNE, 5-8pm

Pitch practice. Location TBC.

6 JUNE, 5-10pm

Public Pitch Event & Celebration, The Triffid.

Between us, our goal is to reach a strong crowd of at least 300 people and amplify the work you’re doing, create connections and celebrate your successes.


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


Danielle Duell
CEO, People With Purpose


Rowan Lamont
Design strategist, Designworks 


Ruth Drinkwater
Start-up Strategy & Investment Expert


Rob Pekin & Emma-Kate Rose
Food Connect Foundation


Steve Williams
Social Innovator, Marist 180


Kate Ritchie
Principal Lawyer & Trade Marks Attorney, Ethikate


Alex Hannant
Director, Yunus Social Business Centre


Prof. Brad Jackson
Professor of social innovation, Griffith University


Anna Guenther
Chief Bubble Blower, Pledgeme


Luke Terry
Founder, Vanguard Laundry


Davinia Nieper
Founder, #MakingITHappen


Tony Sharp
Co-Founder & CEO, Substation33


Leanne Farnworth
Branding & Design Expert


Tom Dawkins
Co-Founder & CEO, StartSomeGood




Nicole Dyson
Founder, Future Anything


Chris Townsend
Design strategist


Yasmin Grigaliunas
CEO, World’s Biggest Garage Sale


Robin Dick
SOcial Innovation, CQ University


Nikoline Arns
Cross-Disciplinary Designer


Luke Faccini
Founder, The Sponge




Elevate+ Alumni

You’ve joined a friendly, collaborative community, who looks out for one another and helps take the loneliness out of running a social enterprise.