Eight winners were selected from a pool of 30 finalists, judged by an expert panel including Simon Gillies (PwC), Professor Jo Barraket (Swinburne), Allan English (Silver Chef) and Ian Mclelland (Guardian Australia).
“This year’s finalists demonstrate the quality and diversity of Australia’s social enterprise sector, and through this event we acknowledge the enormous social and community benefits that are being achieved,” said Social Traders Managing Director David Brookes.
The 2015 Social Enterprise award winners are:
Australian Social Enterprise of the Year (Small)
Nundah Community Enterprises Cooperative Ltd (QLD)
Nundah Community Enterprises Cooperative (NCEC) is a collective of people that operates two social enterprises: Espresso Train Cafe in Nundah and the NCEC Parks and Maintenance Crew. Combined, these enterprises provide over 5000 hours of supportive part-time employment annually to the collective’s 20 members, who all have a disability.
Australian Social Enterprise of the Year (Large)
Salvos Legal Limited and Salvos Legal (Humanitarian) Limited (NSW)
Salvos Legal is a revolutionary law firm which commenced practice in 2010. Salvos Legal provides property and commercial law services to full fee paying clients. All profits are then directed into Salvos Legal Humanitarian which provides free legal advice and representation to disadvantaged and marginalised members of the community in New South Wales and Queensland.
One to Watch Award
Pollinate Energy (VIC)
Pollinate Energy aims to provide safe, affordable energy solutions to India’s vulnerable urban slum communities. It provides education about, and facilitates the introduction of, solar and fuel-efficient alternatives to kerosene and solid fossil fuels.Pollinate Energy also trains and supports a team of local micro-entrepreneurs – or “Pollinators”.
Social Enterprise Innovation Award
Sprout is pioneering new ways to deliver community infrastructure and build social capital in new housing developments. While residents of rapid growth areas can often face a decade long wait for community infrastructure, SproutHub provides an immediate, scalable partnership model that delivers small facilities that can grow and adapt with the community over time.
Social Enterprise Investment Award (Tied)
STREAT (VIC) – investment by Social Ventures Australia & NAB
STREAT is a Melbourne-based social enterprise that provides homeless and disadvantaged young people aged 16-25 with a supported pathway into the hospitality industry. In 2016, STREAT will embark on the flagship redevelopment of the Cromwell Manor site in Collingwood, which will enable STREAT to scale its operations to be fully self-sustaining and be able to assist 250 young people per year into work.
Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Food Justice Truck (VIC) – Crowdfunding by StartSomeGood
The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre’s Food Justice Truck (FJT) is a mobile fresh food market that offers ethically sourced and locally produced fresh fruit, vegetables and produce to the general public and asylum seeker communities. Start-up funding for the venture, which commenced trading in March 2015, was sourced via StartSomeGood, a crowdfunding platform dedicated to social change initiatives.
Buy Social Award
Good Samaritan Industries (on behalf of the Western Australia Disability Enterprise Alliance)
Western Australian Disability Enterprises (WADEs) has worked closely with the Western Australian State Government to increase government supply opportunities for Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs). In the last three years, WADEs has secured almost $22 million in contract arrangements with state and local government agencies, enhancing and delivering hundreds of employment opportunities for people with a disability.
Social Enteprise Champion Award
Luke is a serial entrepreneur with a unique ability to turn great ideas into reality. Luke is the CEO of the Toowoomba Clubhouse and is also leading the development of a multi-million dollar commercial laundry that will operate as a social enterprise and employ long-term disadvantaged people. Luke has also led the development of Ability Enterprise Ltd – a social enterprise providing employment opportunities for people with disabilities.