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Social and Environmental Impact

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  • What role does blockchain have in your work?

  • What are the opportunities for social and environmental impact enterprises

  • How is it being used at the moment and what does it mean for the non-techies in this community?

Here’s your chance to have conversations with humans who are entrenched in the industry and hear:

  • what they are doing,
  • how they are using the technology,
  • find out what the future holds and how it may impact you, and
  • explore the opportunities available for you…

Come along and join us for our second-speed mentoring event for 2018. We’ve asked several speakers to be mentors for this month’s meeting. So far we’re pleased to announce:

  • Nichola Cooper – MiVote
  • Jamie Skella – Horizon State
  • Lizzie Mettam – Think5678
  • Ellie Rennie – RMIT University
  • TBA????

How do these events work?

  • Casual networking (15 mins)
  • Introduction to the process, Moral Fairground and the sponsors
  • Speed Networking (20-30 mins) make new connections – each conversation will be five minutes, and you’ll have two minutes to speak and two minutes to listen
  • Don’t worry we’ll keep track of the time and let you know when it is time to change
  • Conversations with Mentors for 60 minutes every 10-15 mins each mentor will move to a group and open the discussion – with a set topic
  • Casual Networking continues

Why are we introducing Speed Networking?

  • It is a fun way to meet a lot of people in a very short time and introduce yourself to them and practice your story.
  • Sometimes we may give you a question to answer – for example,
  • What is it you do and why?
  • Practice your pitch, or
  • what is an ethical enterprise?

What is Speed Mentoring?

  • When we have run this format in the past – it’s been amazing how animated the conversations have been.
  • Fun, educational, informative and insightful are just a few words we received from the feedback.
  • Each mentor will set a topic for the evening. They will present the issue to a group and start the conversation, after 10-15 minutes they will move onto the next group and start again.
  • This is an opportunity for each group to meet each mentor to discuss a very specific topic. Conversations are a fantastic way to gain insight from others and share our knowledge and the lessons we have learnt from our experiences.

The focus of this networking event is to meet like-minded people, get to know who is out there trying to change the world, and to build relationships. It’s not about making a quick sale.


See our April Mentor Bios 

 

The Logistics

Date: Wed April 18  2018   |  Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Venue:   Donkey Wheel House  |  The Difference Incubator TDi  |  673 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Book Tickets  $30 for Adults  $25.50 for MFG Business Members or Students

Tickets includes: – Access to an evening of networking and mentoring – Light catering and soft drinks – Coffee and Tea – Automatic entry to go into a draw to win a free ticket to our next networking event – On the night bring your business card to go into a draw to win “Emergent”, Stephen Scott Johnson latest book.

Tram: Any tram along Spencer Street or Burke Street, Melbourne.
Train: Closest train station is Southern Cross.
Parking Stations nearby: Book early to save

Partners

moral fairground evolve with us Moral Fairground is devoted to promoting sustainable and fair trade business practices. Our mission to educate, inspire and encourage people to make choices that will have a positive impact on the world, the environment and the people we share it with.

 

The Difference Incubator TDiThe Difference Incubator (TDi) is our Venue partner. TDi fundamentally believes that if you’re passionate about seeing change in the world, building businesses where social and financial returns are aligned is the best way to achieve it. Through our method we seek to build better businesses with an alternative, sustainable revenue streams, ultimately helping us crack entrenched social and environmental challenges.

 

Qi TeasQi Tea is an award-winning Fair Trade brand that specialises in organic, Fairtrade functional teas. Each variety contains an array of herbs, carefully blended for taste and balance.
If you are a retailer wanting to stock delicious, organic and Fair Trade teas or if you are personally wanting to purchase some, click here.

The Toxic Fox Show is a podcast for conscious business owners who give a damn! About the impact their business has on you and future generations. The interviews are conversations with entrepreneurs who run a business that aims to have a positive impact on the world. The second season will be recorded and released this year.

Kinfolk

Charity Partner

 


March Event

Which Capital to use to Start, Grow & Scale your business MoralFairground Monthly Ethical Network Events

 

What’s it about?

The session will explore the various capital options available to founders to start, grow and scale a business with social or environmental impact at its core. Cameron will provide examples of how different sources and types of capital have been used by others and outline options available to founders.

What can you expect to walk away with?

  • Insights into the capital options for businesses pursuing social and/or environmental impact
  • Guidance on what options may best suit their idea or business

Who’s your Facilitator? 

Cameron has spent two decades working for a more equitable and sustainable world. His career includes paid and volunteer roles across government, community and business sectors, specialising in building and leading teams, networks and businesses that deliver social, environmental and economic value. Cameron is co-founder and director of Red Hat Impact, a new enterprise

that provides founders, entrepreneurs and business managers with capital, consulting and connections to grow businesses with positive social and environmental impact.

Presenter at the Monthly Ethical Networking Events
Speaker at the Ethical Enterprise Conference 2017
redhatimpact.com

Door Prizes

  1. Automatic entry to go into a draw to win a free ticket to our next networking event.
  2. On the night bring your business card to go into a draw to win “Emergent”, Stephen Scott Johnson latest book.

The Logistics

Date: Wed 21st March 2018 Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Venue:   Donkey Wheel House  |  The Difference Incubator TDi  |  673 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Book Tickets  $30 for Adults  $25.50 for MFG Business Members or Students

Tickets includes: – Access to an evening of networking and mentoring – Light catering and soft drinks – Coffee and Tea – Automatic entry to go into a draw to win a free ticket to our next networking event – On the night bring your business card to go into a draw to win “Emergent”, Stephen Scott Johnson latest book.

Tram: Any tram along Spencer Street, Melbourne.
Train: Closest train station is Southern Cross.
Parking Stations nearby: Book early to save

Partners

moral fairground evolve with us Moral Fairground is devoted to promoting sustainable and fair trade business practices. Our mission to educate, inspire and encourage people to make choices that will have a positive impact on the world, the environment and the people we share it with.

 

The Difference Incubator TDiThe Difference Incubator (TDi) is our Venue partner. TDi fundamentally believes that if you’re passionate about seeing change in the world, building businesses where social and financial returns are aligned is the best way to achieve it. Through our method we seek to build better businesses with an alternative, sustainable revenue streams, ultimately helping us crack entrenched social and environmental challenges.

 

Qi TeasQi Tea is an award-winning Fair Trade brand that specialises in organic, Fairtrade functional teas. Each variety contains an array of herbs, carefully blended for taste and balance.
If you are a retailer wanting to stock delicious, organic and Fair Trade teas or if you are personally wanting to purchase some, click here.

The Toxic Fox Show is a podcast for conscious business owners who give a damn! About the impact their business has on you and future generations. The interviews are conversations with entrepreneurs who run a business that aims to have a positive impact on the world. The second season will be recorded and released this year.

Kinfolk

Charity Partner

 

YHER | Women Are The Best Levers For Change | YGAP

YHER  a Female-focused program run by YGAP 

Why Do You Give A Damn?

We believe that investing in local impact entrepreneurs will help the anticipated economic growth on the African continent in the next few decades be equitable. One of the best ways to achieve this equitable growth will be to invest in female African entrepreneurs.

We know women are vibrant and vital architects of society.

We know women are the best levers for change in our world.

We also know female entrepreneurs need to be championed.

More women are pursuing entrepreneurship in Africa per capita than anywhere else in the world. Unfortunately, they face greater challenges and are more likely to run low-growth businesses with few employees that primarily sustain their immediate families. For this reason, YGAP conduct a continent-wide search to bring together an unrivalled group of 15 African Female Founders for its YHER Accelerator. Founders running high-impact ventures aimed at improving the lives of women and girls.

What do you do?

Our mission is to help local entrepreneurs improve the lives of people living in disadvantage. YGAP believes in backing local entrepreneurs as they are the best positioned to find solutions to local problems.

  • ACCELERATOR A week-long intensive entrepreneurship program designed to fast track your early stage venture.
  • We’ll provide training and mentorship while also connecting you to an inspiring group of fellow female entrepreneurs MENTORSHIP Connection to a network of mentors from across the world throughout the Accelerator week.
  • HIGH-TEA An opportunity for you to network with investors, funders, mentors and supporters.
  • FUNDING Funding is available for the winners of our peer review and audience votes.
  • GROWTH SUPPORT Potential to qualify for Growth support, including ongoing tailored support and grant or investment funding to help scale your venture.
  • COMMUNITY Ongoing connection with our virtual community to help you along your entrepreneurial journey.

Why Does It Matter?

We truly believe that change is driven by socially conscious businesses and we want to see women running bigger and better ventures.

When it comes to venture capital, women receive only 3–5% of the funding available and less than 5% of venture capital firms are led by women, and the number is even smaller for women of colour.

For female entrepreneurs who are early stage and focus on social impact – the challenge becomes even harder.

We believe backing local entrepreneurs is the most effective, sustainable means of tackling poverty because it redistributes power and choice to disadvantaged communities. These local leaders understand the unique challenges and strengths of their communities and are often much better positioned to identify opportunities to change lives through the establishment of social business opportunities.

YGAP focuses on early-stage ventures that improve access to education or healthcare, create jobs or build safer homes.

Where can you be found 

The YGAP Head Office is in Melbourne, but we run in-country operations in

  • Bangladesh
  • Kenya and
  • South Africa

Websites  YHER  &  YGAP 

YGAP links | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Youtube channel 

hashtags: #TheFutureIsFemale #GirlItISPossible #BePartOfSomethingIncredible

One of our female Entrepreneurs – Peggy Mativo – PACE International 

 

Founders and Board Members

  • Elena Critchley: YGAP Co-Founder
  • Elliot Costello: YGAP CEO and Co-Founder
  • Aaron Tait: YGAP Chief Impact Officer
  • Adrian Lynch: Senior Associate, Nodco Legal
  • Daniel Madhavan (Chair): Former CEO, Impact Investing Australia
  • David Curtis: Director of Innovation, World Vision Australia
  • Kaitlin Tait: YGAP Impact General Manager
  • Manita Ray: YGAP Chief Operating Officer
  • Marianne Roux: Head of Consulting, Cirrus Asia Pacific.

 

Ethical Enterprise Award 2015

Rewarding businesses that make a difference

It’s back! The Ethical Enterprise Award is returning for it’s third year in 2015 to recognise and celebrate the achievements of Australia’s most inspirational enterprises – innovative and ethical practices that deliver positive social and economic impact.

The Ethical Enterprise Award is open to any Australian business or organization of any size that delivers innovative, ethical, positive social, environmental and economic impact in local, state, national or international sectors.

“The winner of this coveted award will be publically recognised for its achievements for positive impact and profit as well as win $10,000 in cash to contribute towards their vision for positive change. The winners will also receive business development and promotional opportunities.” said Susanna Bevilacqua, founder of Moral Fairground, award co-founder.

Last year’s winner, Seven Women, is a development organisation which socially and economically empowers marginalised women in Nepal through skills training and employment.

Steph Woollard : SevenWomen : 2014 Award Winner

 

Stephanie Woollard, founder of Seven Women, was honored to receive the Ethical Enterprise Award in 2014.

 

“It was fantastic for the Seven Women team both here in Australia and Nepal to be recognised for the impacts we are making. Receiving the ethical enterprise award has given us a platform from which to expand our model of empowering women.”

 

 

“The Ethical Enterprise awards were designed to encourage and celebrate innovation and leadership in the sector, help catalyse its development and, ultimately, make the world a far better place,” said Phil Vernon Managing Director, Australian Ethical Investment.

Applications open   To apply: visit moralfairground.com.au/ethical-enterprise-award-2015

Deadline:  5pm, September 30, 2015

For more information:

Susanna Bevilacqua
Moral Fairground – CEO
T: 0409 943 254
E: susanna@moralfairground.com.au

Kirstie Ly
Communications Advisor
T: 0403 385 803
E: kirstie.ly@gmail.com

About Moral Fairground:

Moral Fairground is a Melbourne-based social enterprise and organiser of the annual Fair@Square, Australia’s largest ethical and fair-trade festival. Having been operating with the ethical sector since 2009, Moral Fairground’s aim is to create positive social impact by increasing economic opportunities and fairness within society – achievements met by creating avenues for enterprises to become more effective in delivering their social mission. Learn more at moralfairground.com.au

About Australian Ethical:

Australian Ethical is Australia’s only ethical superannuation and investment fund, and invests only in sectors that provide positive, sustainable change for society and the environment. They are the most fossil fuel free superfund and investment fund in Australia and disclose 100% of its portfolio. They do not invest in industries such as tobacco, uranium, coal mining, exploitation of people or old growth forest logging. They are the first publically listed company in Australia to earn B Corp certified status and one of only a handful of organisations worldwide. Learn more at australianethical.com.au

Responsibility In Business: Best Practices and ways to Improve

 Moral FairGround event EXPIRED

Business networking event for leaders and entrepreneurs to connect, collaborate and discuss their ethical business practices.

Date: 20/05/2015

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Venue: Nest Coworking : 829a High Street :  Thornbury :  Victoria 3071 : Australia

Cost: $20 Adult & $10 Concession/Members

Make your booking here

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Veronica Munro of Be Bold Consulting will be discussing and presenting three case studies of responsible businesses:
  • Martin Gleeson of Arktisma, a founding B Corp
  • Ben Burge of Powershop and Meridian Energy Australia;
  • Don Feaver of Branded Trust Assurance Systems

Veronica has a strong background in environmental sustainability. She helps companies adopt socially responsible practices and achieve a return on their investment for the benefit of their workers, community and environment. Veronica is well versed in B Corp certification and Trusted Organisation certification.

Light refreshments will be served, together with a great opportunity to meet and network with other like-minded businesses and individuals.

 

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Ps…  have an event you want listed?  Submit your event for consideration.  We’ll list events specifically for conscious businesses anywhere in the world.

 

featured image by Javier Calvo