Kitchen Challenge

Kitchen Challenge

Enterprise name

Kitchen Challenge with Food Works Australia

What’s the social or environmental cause your enterprise addresses?

We want to reduce inequalities and have no gradient of difference. We want to see more people in meaningful employment, creating strong and collaborative economies. We want to create more social innovation, develop better leaders and get policy changed.

Theory of Change: Our long-term goal is to have connected, understood and purpose driven cultures, reduced inequalities and improved employment opportunities and to see social prescribing as a mainstream pathway to improving health.

This will cure the problem of poor engagement, lack of systematic approaches, disconnected cultures, demoralised vulnerable communities and ineffective use of the health service by the medium to long-term patient.

Describe your trading activity (what do you sell and who are your customers?)

We develop leadership amongst teams. We do this in a disruptive, immersive, transitional and blended way – our field of practice to develop such impact is in the Kitchen. Kitchen Challenge is our main focus with a number of other projects. In addition we offer consultancy and policy advice in areas of social prescribing, health, food, education for corporates, universities, schools and other social enterprises.

How are you going with the work?

We have been trading with Kitchen Challenge just over 2 years after our fonder was awarded a Distinguished Talent Visa by the Government. We now have over 145 Alumni for Kitchen Challenge and offer it in Australia, New Zealand, UK and soon India and the USA.
We have clear impact results, lean data, theory of change and developing the finer details for the licensing of our product to allow us scale.

What is the biggest challenge?

As with all companies managing a pipeline is a challenge.

What is your hope for the future?

We wish to achieve our theory of change. Get policy adapted in our field and improve the equalities for all by having better purpose driven. collaborative and shared value approaches understood and implemented by the many not just the few.

www.kitchenchallenge.com.au

VMCH

VMCH

Enterprise name

VMCH (Villa Maria Catholic Homes)

What’s the social or environmental cause your enterprise addresses?

We are a Not for Profit Aged Care and disability organisation. We have just formed a partnership connected to a coffee shop to help our clients with a disability acquire work experience.

Describe your trading activity (what do you sell and who are your customers?)

Aged Care and disability clients

How are you going with the work?

Partnership is in the formation phase.

What is the biggest challenge?

Development of a sustainable business model that will deliver positive outcomes for our clients and cater to their individual needs.

What is your hope for the future?

Expand through partnership to deliver more skills and employment opportunities to people with a disability.

www.vmch.com.au

Chit Chat Coffee Cart

Chit Chat Coffee Cart

Enterprise name

Chit Chat Coffee Cart

What’s the social or environmental cause your enterprise addresses?

Social isolation and multicultural skills training.

Describe your trading activity (what do you sell and who are your customers?)

Mobile coffee cart located in the Moe Library selling teas and coffees made by volunteers.

How are you going with the work?

We are a fledgling social enterprise slowly expanding our customer base and building a group of regular coffee drinkers. We hope to introduce a range of biscuits, cakes, slices and preserves made by our volunteers. Each week we are building our customer numbers and the confidence of the volunteers is growing along with it.

What is the biggest challenge?

Keeping a steady flow of volunteers. We offer free training in safe food handling and coffee making and once the volunteers get really good at what they do, they head off and get a job! (The ideal outcome really but it makes it difficult to maintain the work roster).

What is your hope for the future?

Our future hope is to employ a regular barista and continue to train volunteers. We are hoping to host volunteer-run, multicultural cooking classes so that they volunteers can earn a small income.

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CrimCheck Ltd

CrimCheck Ltd

Enterprise name

CrimCheck Ltd

What’s the social or environmental cause your enterprise addresses?

Alleviating social isolation in the elderly by the provision of community transport and social support services.

Describe your trading activity (what do you sell and who are your customers?)

We deliver background screening services nationwide.

How are you going with the work?

We currently provide our services to over 2,000 organisations across Australia.

What is the biggest challenge?

Our biggest challenge is competing with commercial entities who often advertise using our trademarked name through online searches. Many of our competitors have been purchased by overseas companies but still portray themselves as Australian Companies.

What is your hope for the future?

That we can expand our services to more organisations when they realise that not only are we competitive, but also have a social purpose.

www.crimcheck.org.au

Go Kindly

Go Kindly

Enterprise name

#GoKindly

What’s the social or environmental cause your enterprise addresses?

We are an ethical business, addressing several causes. We use no single-use plastic packaging, and donate 50% of our profits to supporting women experiencing homelessness.
We create bed+bath goods, made in Melbourne with fair wages across our supply chain.
Our signature product is a bedroom pillow. We have several new products in the pipeline – a kids pillow and a Christmas gift pack.

Describe your trading activity (what do you sell and who are your customers?)

We sell online, across Australia with free shipping

How are you going with the work?

We recently won a place in the ING Dreamstarter program, and raised $20,150 from a crowd funding campaign. We donated $1000 to our 2 charity partners in Fy19 – after 6 months of operations.

What is the biggest challenge?

Investment! We are making a profit, and passionate about ensuring we always make a profit so we can support our charities, and women experiencing homelessness. The challenge is scaling the operations when we give back 50% of our cash.
We need to grow slowly and incrementally so that we can self-fund our growth. We are always on the hunt for partners and collaborators so that we can increase our customer base, and slowly build our business.

What is your hope for the future?

We have a crazy goal to be providing $100,000 per annum to preventing homelessness for Women, within the next 4 years. We want #GoKindly to be THE ethical place to go for bed+bath goods.

www.gokindly.com.au