The How To For Social Enterprise Creation and Impact Investing 

8-11 AUGUST 2017




Australia is in the early stages of developing a social entrepreneurship culture. This conference and boot camp aims to accelerate that development at a critical time in Australia’s economic realignment.


Activation of a new generation of entrepreneurs and investors committed to addressing local, national and international societal challenges.

WHY / iAccelerate and the University of Wollongong

iAccelerate is a new, dedicated regional entrepreneurial incubator and accelerator facility with over 50 current resident companies. The Centre is run by the University of Wollongong and is committed to creating a new generation of businesses that address local and global challenges and create new opportunities. The University is well placed to play an active role in social enterprise. Its Global Challenges Program is a strategic research initiative that is focused on transformative interdisciplinary research that touches people’s lives and changes worlds.


Entrepreneurs, Investors, Government Policy Makers, Researchers, Students, and anyone inspired to make significant and lasting changes for the betterment of society.


University of Wollongong, iAccelerate Centre, Innovation Campus, Squires Way, North Wollongong. Wollongong is a regional gateway to the Southern NSW coast and well placed with close links to Sydney, Canberra, and to smaller regional communities across a large geographic region.


We have a number of confirmed speakers at the forefront of sustainability and social enterprise including: 


Recorded video address

Al Gore / Co-founder and chairman of Generation Investment Management /Former Vice President, United States of America / Member, Board of Directors, Apple Inc.
Social Change Maker / Impact Investor

Former Vice President Al Gore is co-founder and chairman of Generation Investment Management. He is a senior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and a member of Apple, Inc.’s board of directors. Gore spends the majority of his time as chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a non-profit devoted to solving the climate crisis.

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Key Note Speaker

Tim Flannery / Australian of the Year / Professor University of Adelaide / Director South Australian Museum / Principal Research Scientist Australian Museum / Visiting Chair at Harvard University
Climate Change Activist / Social Change Maker

Tim Flannery is one of the world's most prominent environmentalists. In 2007 he was named 'Australian of the Year', arguably Australia's highest honour. He delivered the 2002 Australia Day Address to the nation. In 2013 he founded, and is now chief councillor, of the Australian Climate Council, Australia's largest and most successful crowdfunded organisation. His latest book is 'Sunlight and Seaweed.' Text Publishing. 2017.

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Prof Joe Steensma / Academic / Washington University / St Louis
Professor of Practice in Environmental Health and Social Entrepreneurship

Prior to his academic career, Joe was active in business and public affairs. He founded Industrial Solutions Group (ISG), which grew to become one of the premier occupational and environmental health companies in the US. Joe specializes in social entrepreneurism, environmental / occupational health, and biostatistics. He is passionate about sustainability and the role enterprise plays in advancing societies. 

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Mikaela Jade / Founder and Managing Director, InDigital
United Nations Permanent Forum Indigenous Issues Delegate

Mikaela’s company InDigital works to develop innovative new ways to digitise and translate knowledge and culture. Indigital Storytelling uses drones, 4D mapping, image recognition and cultural law to bring cultural sites alive. She is a Tribal Link Alumni member (New York), Professional Associate of the University of Canberra and Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Program.

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William Rosenzweig / Haas School of Business / University of California Berkeley
Social Entrepreneur / Impact Investor / Change Maker

William Rosenzweig has spent his career as an entrepreneur, educator and venture investor. Will was founding CEO of The Republic of Tea, the company that started a tea revolution and created the premium tea category in the US. Whilst at the University of California Berkeley, Will developed the country’s first MBA courses in Social Entrepreneurship and Social Venture Development. 

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Mara Bun
Director / Moderator / Advisor

Mara is a Company Director, moderator and advisor to companies, governments and research agencies who seek to advance collaborative initiatives. Raised in Brazil, educated in the US, and calling Australia home for 25 years, her diverse executive career has spanned finance, non-profit and consulting.

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Craig Parker
Executive Director / Head of Structured and Asset Finance / Westpac

Craig is responsible for Westpac's global structured finance and securitisation business principally domiciled in Australia, New Zealand and Asia.  In 2013, a consortium led by Craig’s team at Westpac with the Benevolent Society and the Commonwealth Bank issued the first of its kind Social Benefit Bond. Its aim is to support the efforts to keep at-risk families together, there-by reducing the number of children entering the foster care system in NSW, and paved the way for socially responsible investors.

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Natasha Hannah / Office & Community Manager, Catalysr program for Migrants and Refugees
Social Change Maker / Grass Roots Event Co-ordinator

Catalysr is an entrepreneurial program for migrants and refugees. This social enterprise aims to provide a way for individuals to overcome the employment barriers they face when coming to Australia - seeking to create a better future for themselves and future generations. The Catalysr program unleashes the potential of migrants and refugees by providing them with mentoring sessions, a network with that will aid in the establishment of their business, and funding pathways. Catalysr's first program ran in April 2016, with Natasha joining the team in June 2016. She started as a volunteer, and in January 2017 I began working part-time while finishing her Juris Doctor degree at UNSW.

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Michael Traill
Chief Executive, Social Ventures Australia

Michael joined SVA as founding CEO in 2002 after 15 years as a co-founder and Executive Director of Macquarie Group’s private equity arm, Macquarie Direct Investment. 

Michael currently has a range of primarily social purpose Chair and board roles including Chair of Goodstart Early Learning, Chairman of Assetic Pty Ltd, a Director of M H Carnegie & Co, Sunsuper and a member of the Council of the National Museum of Australia. 

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David Landers
General Manager, Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa

Senior executive specialist in formulating and operationalising Asia strategy to take business to the next level. Career spans most markets, with considerable experience operating and living in China, Hong Kong, India and throughout Southeast Asia. Senior leadership roles in government (Australian Trade Commission), high technology venture capital (Allen & Buckeridge), China start-up management (Asia Foods), multi-national corporate (PepsiCo) and top-tier management consulting (Booz Allen & Hamilton). Seasoned executive and company board director with deep subject matter expertise across a range of industry sectors, most notably technology, food and financial services.

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Aly Khalifa / North Carolina State University
Design and Engineering Innovator / Entrepreneur focused on Social Impact

Aly is the Institute for Non-profits' Social Entrepreneur-in-Residence. He is a design entrepreneur specialising in invention development. He has launched products for some of the most exciting consumer brands and has garnered more than 2 dozen patents. Aly and his wife Beth created SPARKcon, which is the US’s largest open-source creative festival, attracting 75,000 attendees annually. 

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A series of inspirational talks on making a difference – hearing from both international and regional speakers. FIND OUT MORE

Day 1/ INSPIRE GALA DINNER A Meal with a Conscience

Dinner with a focus on food sustainability, which will include key note expert speakers on food sustainability. The menu will consist of local food cooked by local chefs - produced, sourced and cooked with a conscience. FIND OUT MORE

DAY 2 and 3 / BOOTCAMP

The Bootcamp is aimed at those who are ready to roll up their sleeves and get down and dirty with turning social entrepreneurship into sustainable self-funding social enterprises. Come and immerse yourself in a series of intense learning sessions about how social entrepreneurship and impact investors work.

The workshops are focused on building sustainable social enterprise, how to attract funding, how to invest for impact and more. Who is this for:

Change Makers/ Social Enterprise Founders, Researchers and

Change Enablers/ Impact Investors, Government Policy Makers.


End of day 3 is our Pitch Night




Day 4/ ONE-ON-ONE Sessions with our experts
Designed to be follow-up sessions to get those expressing interest to the next stage.  

Questions? For further information about IMPACT 2017 - contact Kelly Salmon, Marketing & Events Manager

If you are interested in presenting or sponsorship opportunities - contact Melissa Ryan, Senior Manager, Innovation Development