We’re Looking for the next generation of great Queensland social enterprises

This is your chance to make your social enterprise idea happen.
For your idea to EMERGE, so it can make a positive impact for our community.

At the end of the day, life is too short to give your energy and skills to a company or work-life that bores you at best and at worst violates all you stand for.

Instead, use your smarts, skills, and creativity to create a positive impact in the world you’ll be proud to tell your grandkids about.

Transform your idea into a launch-ready impact project or business!

Mobilise the wild and wonderful energy of early-stage ideation into an actual plan you can follow step-by-step to design your social enterprise and get launch-ready by joining emerge, a state-wide social enterprise design program.  

emerge is a fully subsidised program supported by the Social Enterprise Sector Development Grants and run by the social enterprise experts at StartSomeGood.

That means it’s at no cost to you.

You just bring your creativity, courage and commitment.

We bring the community, the hard-won wisdom and the clear roadmap you can follow to create a launch-ready social enterprise.

This 10 week course is free to thanks to the funding support from the Queensland Government.  Don’t miss this opportunity to take your idea to the next level and make a difference!

How It Works

  • Delivered 100% online and run over 10 weeks.   Completely FREE!
  • You’ll receive 5 modules with 14 video lessons, action focused worksheets, peer learning pods and 3 x live group calls (all calls are recorded for you to listen later)
  • Be part of a cohort of passionate founders on the same journey, to design and launch an impact business.
  • You’ll be guided along this path through a series of video lessons, available for you to watch at a timing of your choice, and live video calls and coaching sessions.
  • You may have an option join a local in-person version of the course.  Check out our local host partners below and see if there is one near you.
  • Commitment Required: Approximately 4 hours/week.  

emerge 1

Runs from November 21-February 24,
with a break December 17-January 16.
Registration Closed

emerge 2

Starts 17 April running to June 23
Registration Closed

Local Hosts

We have partnered with organisations all around Queensland to offer local support and hosting for local in-person groups to participate.

This means you can go through the program as part of a local group, building your local networks and community.

Local Hosts

We have partnered with organisations all around Queensland to offer local support and hosting for local in-person groups to participate.

This means you can go through the program as part of a local group, building your local networks and community.

Why Join?

  • To make impact you need to get your idea out of your head and into the world.
  • This is a chance to learn the core principles at the heart of all successful social enterprise and create a realistic plan you can move forward with.
  • You could go it alone, but why would you want to?
  • Trying to figure things out by yourself is slow, and you’ll make costly mistakes.
  • emerge will save you time, money and frustration as we help you organise your thoughts into a business model with thoughtful design for a product or service your customers will love, which generates profit and creates REAL change on the issue area you are seeking to impact.
  • Time-wise, you’ll want to give yourself at least 3-6 hours a week to watch the videos, complete worksheets and connect with your peer learning group.
  • Of course the more work you put in, the more you get out of it. You may find that when passion and purpose collide, time dissolves, you get in the flow and you end up investing two or three times the suggested time commitment. We’d call that a good hustle 😉

“One of the key learning from the program was simply getting clarity on what my idea was. I had so many different ideas I could implement but I needed the direction and guidance to know which one to start with and why.”

– Mel Kenny, Made of Substance

“The storytelling module helped me understand how to tell my story in a way that really highlights why I do what I do. It helped explain my work much more clearly and in a much more engaging way of connecting with people.”

– Julia Schneider, launched Alive With Possibility, a transformational coaching practice using nature.


Tom Dawkins - Host of Good Hustle

Tom is the co-founder and CEO of social change crowdfunding platform and innovation agency StartSomeGood.com. He's the founding Director of the Australian Changemakers Festival, the founder of Vibewire, and opened Australia's first co-working space SquareOne in 2006. For twenty years Tom has been exploring how technology and culture can be harnessed as tools to create a more democratic and participatory society.

Nimmity Zappert - Good Hustle Facilitator + StartSomeGood Learning & Support Manager

Nimmity Zappert supports people to create impact through sharing her 20+ years of international senior management experience in the software industry. Nimmity is the Founder of All of the Good Things, an e-commerce business helping people to make good choices for people and planet. Nimmity is also the current Chair of the Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand.

Kate Clugston - Good Hustle Creative Producer + Teacher "Personal Sustainability + Creating a Culture of Care"

Kate is a creative director/producer, online education designer and social enterprise launch coach with StartSomeGood.com. Kate's purpose is to create a culture of care, connection and compassion through self-awareness and supporting people create positive change in the world. She does this through her yoga teaching, her book the Radical Self Journal and her work at with emerging social entrepreneurs at StartSomeGood. Kate teaches the module on "Personal Sustainability and Creating a Culture of Care"

Alex Budak - Teacher "4 Pillars of Social Entrepreneurship" + "Changemaker Mindsets for Long-term Success"

Alex is a social entrepreneur and professional faculty member at UC Berkeley Haas, School of Business. where he created and teaches a transformative course called “Becoming a Changemaker" and serves as the Executive Director of the Berkeley Haas Global Access Program. He co-founded StartSomeGood.com with Tom in 2011.

Hildy Gottlieb - Teacher "Collective Enoughness"

Hildy is a change theorist and asker of powerful questions. In her role as Chief Boundary Pusher in the living experiment at Creating the Future, Hildy teaches people how to create systems change by changing the questions they ask, aiming systems large and small at bringing out the best in people.

Ben Pecotich - Teacher "Impact Business Models | Human-Centred Design & Innovation"

Ben is a designer, innovation coach, and social enterprise/startup founder. He collaborates with people to design and build ideas for happier communities that are more empowered, inclusive, and sustainable. He's the founder and managing director of Dynamic4 (a 17 year old purpose-driven design & innovation company, and certified B Corp).

Rob Irving - Teacher "Creating and Delivering a Great Pitch"

Rob inspires the best in people, purpose, performance, and impact. Founder, Impact Investment Summit Asia Pacific mobilizing community and capital for good. Lead Pitch Coach, The Funding Network – a fresh approach to capacity building for grassroots non-profit organizations and social enterprises.

Luke Faccini - Teacher "Raving Fans: Crafting Your Customer Avatar"

Luke is a brand storyteller. He helps good businesses become great brands. His company The Sponge is a purpose-centered branding agency and a Certified B Corp. Luke is also the co-founder of ByrontoBundy.com.

Brook McCarthy - Teacher "Digital Marketing Essentials"

Brook McCarthy is a digital marketing trainer, conversion optimization specialist and business coach with 15 years’ experience in online communications. Brook works closely with values-based self-employed people, to help them define their difference and grow their community online.

Natasha Akib - Teacher "The Art of Video Storytelling"

Tash is a digital producer who believes in individuals and communities telling their own stories. She specializes in using the skills of film production, media, and marketing for purpose-driven organizations and is responsible for developing, producing and facilitating Stories for Impact - Digital Storytellers’ educational workshops, tools, and resources.

Ben Reid - Teacher "Business Models"

Ben is Founder of Digital Creators and Chief Product Officer at Fusion Labs. Has run 5 startup accelerators in Sydney (muru-D, Remarkable) and worked in the trenches with over 60 startups, he also has a passion for social impact tech and social enterprise. In Ben's class you will discover the wide array of business models out there and learn how to identify which is right for you.

Hosted by

StartSomeGood is an award-winning global social enterprise and Registered B Corp. Over the last 6 years we have helped over 1,000 social impact businesses and organisations raise over $12 million AUD through crowdfunding. We’ve pioneered award-winning matched-funding partnerships with ING, Stockland, English Family Foundation and FYA among others.

Our purpose is to support emerging social entrepreneurs around the world to launch, raise funds and grow a community of supporters, creating a positive ripple of change for people and planet.

What We Cover

The Change you seek

  • Introduction to Social Enterprise
  • Theories of Change + Issue Mapping
  • Theories of Change + Issue Mapping

Module 1

Designing and Building Your Idea

  • Designing and Building Your Idea
  • Business Models

Module 2

Building Your Tribe

  • 5 Hooks of Social Change Storytelling 
  • Creating Your Ideal Customer Avatar
  • Sharing Resources via “Collective Enoughness”

Module 3

Getting Launch Ready

  • Crafting Your Story and Delivering a Great Pitch
  • Digital Marketing Essentials
  • The Art of Video Storytelling

Module 4

The Road is Long

  • Changemaker Mindsets for Long-term Success
  • Funding Options
  • Personal Sustainability + Creating a Culture of Care

Module 5

All live calls are recorded and you have lifetime access to all the lessons. 

Follow along over 10 weeks, or go at your own pace.

"It has unlocked new possibilities for my venture that I wouldn’t have thought of before."
"So many lightbulb moments! I’ve loved a lot of the frameworks – that’s been really useful as well."

This program is made possible by support of the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training, through the Queensland Government’s Social Enterprise Sector Development Grants.

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