DutchSA's second Social Enterprise event was very popular with 76 attendees who came not just for great business networking and learning about the best known social enterprises in South Australia. The major draw card were the high profile CEO’s/founders from these social enterprises, who all happen to be young female entrepreneurs, awe inspiring self starters, brilliant communicators and magnificent influencers. Before we run out of superlatives we will give a brief summary of their presentations.
First up was Taboo, the startup from Isobel Marshall (Young Australian of the Year) and Eloise Hall (youngest ever 40 under 40 winner) which sells female hygiene products online and through major retail outlets. Taboo donates its profits to One Girl’s education programs in Sierra Leone and Uganda that aim to keep young girls in school and help break the poverty cycle. When you are not the target audience, you can buy these products for girls who can’t afford them! Next presentation was by Louise Nobes (also 40 under 40 winner) who started the 42 coding school in Australia. This school is free for students and brings an innovative collaborative, project based learning method that develops seriously good programmers that are in high demand. Louise credits the idea of starting 42 in Adelaide to DutchSA member Bert Verhoeven (Associate Professor Innovation and Enterprise). Finally, Carmen Garcia, who runs Community Corporate, presented about her journey that led her to combine her passion of organising community with helping refugees to land jobs in corporate Australia, and give them the full benefit of their skills, resilience and loyalty. We closed with a panel discussion, let by our own social impact warrior, John van Ruth and we learned that all of us can make a difference. Not necessarily by starting our own social impact initiative, but most certainly by engaging social enterprises in our companies, to take our corporate social responsibility and create lasting social impact.
This event was made possible by our event sponsors PWC (main sponsor) and Fragile to Agile.
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