Regional Activation and Industry Events

2022 - 2023

Regional Activation and Industry Events

Queensland’s economic recovery needs impact businesses that are run well, supported, able to respond to social procurement opportunities and can access the right capital at the right time.

The Queensland Government has supported QSEC and sector partners to help reveal the diversity and depth of market for social enterprises (SE) to advance business activity in regional areas across Queensland.

Regional Activators have been engaged to help unlock opportunities for SE on the ground in key regional areas and promote direct engagement with potential industry partners through Industry Forums (see below for details and dates of events).

Regional Activation Lead - Su Marshall

Su has a wealth of community development experience spanning 20 years across community service settings, including legal community service, women’s and youth development, community education and local government. This includes leading the development of grass roots activities and transforming a domestic violence state-wide program. Su’s values and vision are to work collaboratively alongside individuals and businesses to create positive social, cultural, and environmental impact.


Regional Activators

We have engaged seven Regional Activators for the following areas:

Far North Queensland
North Queensland
Central Queensland
Emerald & Central Highlands 
Wide Bay Burnett 
Darling Downs & South West Queensland
South West Cluster (Moreton Bay, Sunshine Coast, Redlands, Gold Coast, Logan, Ipswich & West Moreton)

Sector Development Activation

CQ University (Office of Social Innovation)

  • iActivate is CQUniversity’s innovative short course for developing a social enterprise or “business for good”.

Dates: Aug 29th - May 2023 - Details here

Areas: Cairns, Rockhampton, Wide Bay, Darling Downs (check program for specific regional dates)

Nundah Community Enterprises Cooperative Ltd & Community Praxis Co-op

  • Strengthening the ecosystem for place based social enterprises.

Workshops in Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba and Moreton Bay.

Dates: October 2022 -April 2023 in collaboration with Neighbourhood Centres

Workshop 1 

  • 26 October - Wilsonton Neighbourhood Centre
  • 4 November - Caboolture Library

For more information about the program click Here

White Box Enterprises Ltd

  • The strong and sustainable capacity building program for work integration social enterprises (WISE) is designed to:

connect participating enterprises with experts in relevant areas of strategic and operational priority.

identify priority concerns and opportunities in support of resilience and sustainability.

develop a roadmap that articulates actions required to strengthen strategic and operational resilience.

foster confidence in enterprise leaders to drive the necessary changes and lead complex teams in support of their vision.

  • The program will be run twice as hybrid models (in-person and online)

  • Far North Queensland (for SEs from as far south as Townsville right up to and including Thursday Island) – based out of Cairns for the in-person component.

  • Non-metro Brisbane (for SEs in non-metro SE Qld including Darling Downs and Moreton Bay regions) – based out of Ipswich for the in person component.

Dates: EOI for FNQ  program please contact us on by 31 August.

Contact: More information

James Cook University

  • Social enterprise sector development - FNQ project

Areas: Cairns/Port Douglas, Tablelands (Atherton/Mareeba), Thursday Island, Cooktown, Lockhart River, Weipa

Dates: TBC


QUT (Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies)

  • Developing your enterprising leadership and partnerships - Details

Areas: Brisbane and remote/regional QLD

Dates: TBC

BDO Financial Education

  • Financial Education for QLD social enterprises

Areas: Cairns, Rockhampton, Mackay, Brisbane

Dates & Program Information: Program Information


Impact Boom Pty Ltd

  • Elevate+ social enterprise accelerators and additional sector capacity building
Would you like to get support to strengthen your social enterprise?

APPLY NOW for Australia's leading social enterprise accelerator program, and get wrapped with strong, subsidised support.

Elevate+ is currently open to South East Queensland based entrepreneurs and will:
- provide you with weekly workshops, allowing you to develop key areas of your business
- give you access to Impact Boom's online learning modules
- connect you with leading mentors, investors and their alumni for one-on-one and group mentoring
- generate strong exposure for you, both online and at public events
- take the loneliness out of being an entrepreneur.

Application deadline is 5pm AEST, 20th July. Don't miss out on this fully subsidised opportunity!

Areas: South East QLD

More details here

StartSomeGood Pty Ltd

  • Emerge pre accelerator program

Areas: Brisbane, Roma, Toowoomba, Goondiwindi, Hervey Bay, Bundaberg, Mackay


  • November 2022 (call for applications late Sep 2022)
  • April 2023 (call for applications February 2023)

Contact: Startsomegood

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