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Australia’s social venture ecosystem: understanding the support and development landscape

A report for the Paul Ramsay Foundation investigating early-stage social venture support programs and Apex organisations
Publisher
Social enterprise Social impact Entrepreneurship Social impact investing Australia
Description

This research report focuses on Australia’s social venture ecosystem – the entrepreneurial ecosystem that grows and sustains social ventures across Australia. Specifically, it details findings in relation to two broad aims, which are:

  • To develop a comprehensive understanding of the program-based supports available for early-stage social ventures in Australia, including, but not limited to, programs described as ‘accelerators’ and ‘incubators’; and
  • To identify and understand ‘Apex organisations’ – sometimes called ‘peak’ or ‘industry’ bodies and networks in other contexts – that operate at a systems level, with the primary aim of building Australia’s nascent social enterprise, social business and social impact investment fields.

Key findings:

  • The program-based supports available for early-stage social ventures can be grouped into four different ‘Types’, according to their objectives, the nature of the organisation offering the program and the core target program participants; and
  • In Australia’s nascent social venture ecosystem, many ‘Apex-style’ functions are being performed by organisations that are not traditional Apex organisations.
Related Information

Australia’s social venture ecosystem – the support and development landscape https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7id8FA4wQyA

Publication Details
DOI:
10.25916/57xr-2204
Access Rights Type:
open