Eidos Challenge: Social Procurement

On August 30st, 2017, Eidos Institute will open applications for the Eidos Social Procurement Challenge. Self-nominated teams will have until Friday the 3rd of November 2017 to submit an idea. The winner will receive a $25,000 contribution towards turning their idea into reality.

The Challenge, in partnership with the English Family Foundation, is driven by a carefully developed question – How do we build the capacity to scale on the supply side of ‘Good Procurement’ in a flexible and collaborative way? The competition will crowdsource the best ideas from across Australia to solve a challenge that can boost the economy and the impact of our community organisations.

“Eidos turns conversations into action through the ideas of the crowd. Our partners nominate an issue they are passionate to explore and together we define the problem, stimulate engagement and actively seek solutions. This flips the traditional way of solving problems which are typically procurement led, costly and timely” – Bruce Muirhead, CEO, Eidos Institute.

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Social Enterprise World Forum 2017 Bursary Fund finalists announced


63 Australian social enterprises have been announced as successful recipients of the Social Enterprise World Forum Australian Bursary Fund.

Designed to provide assistance to support Australian social enterprise leaders attend the Social Enterprise World Forum in New Zealand later this year, the successful applicants will receive a bursary to the approx. value of AUD$2,000 - covering flights, accommodation and Forum attendance.

As part of their contribution at the Forum the recipients will participate in a series of facilitated networking events to encourage and build the next cohort of future social enterprise leaders.

“We received a terrific amount of interest for the Bursary Fund applications and are really pleased that through this process we’re able to provide such a unique learning and networking opportunity for the next wave of Australia’s future social enterprise leaders,” Said David Brookes, Managing Director, Social Traders.

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Family investment funds secure Good360’s local future

The Australian arm of the US-based Good360 charity group, which is chaired by 2016 Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, has secured the financial backing from a band of prominent family investment funds as it moves towards self-sufficiency. 

Eight family investment funds, including the Sidney Myers Foundation, the Snow Foundation and the English Family Foundation, have collectively chipped in $1.5 million to keep the local operation of Good360 running for the next three years. Good360, which connects charities with businesses looking to donate excess stock, was set up in Australia last year by Alison Covington, a former director of public transport company Transdev.

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