Social Traders in partnership with the English Family Foundation, Philanthropy Australia and NZ-based Ākina Foundation has launched an Australian bursary fund to help local social enterprise leaders attend the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF2017).
Taking place in Christchurch, New Zealand this year (September 27-29), the annual Social Enterprise World Forum invites the best and brightest social enterprises from around the world to come together, share wisdom, build networks and discuss how to create a more socially inclusive future through the vehicle of social enterprise.
The new bursary fund will provide up to 50 successful social enterprise applicants with financial assistance of around $1,700 for flights, accommodation and conference tickets.
The financial assistance is designed to enable diverse participation and increase the connection of Australian social enterprise practitioners and their New Zealand and global counterparts.
The selected Australian cohort will also attend facilitated networking events before and after the Forum.
“This is a unique opportunity for Australian social enterprises to participate and contribute to a global movement,” says Social Traders’ Managing Director, David Brookes.
“It hopefully provides a valuable professional development and networking experience for these individuals to play a leadership role in the further development of the Australian social enterprise sector.”
Allan English, founder of the English Family Foundation, says the Australian social enterprise sector will stand to benefit significantly from the exchange of ideas and knowledge shared at SEWF2017.
“At such a critical stage in the development of the social enterprise sector in Australia it is important to foster opportunities for our social entrepreneurs to gain access to global best practice and learnings,” English says.
“This Forum is an excellent opportunity to do just that.”
Applications for the Australian Bursary Fund are open now. Successful applicants will be announced at the Social Enterprise Conference on 21 June in Melbourne.