Featured resources

The Swinburne Social Startup Studio

Social Enterprise Fundamentals

Now launched and freely available, The Social Enterprise Fundamentals are a set of videos, workbooks and interactive workshops providing the ‘nuts and bolts’ of social enterprise to new and emerging social entrepreneurs as well as anyone who’s ever wanted to know more about social enterprise. Free to access and available online.

What is Social Enterprise?

See our page What is Social Enteprise?

Learning and development opportunities to help you on your social enterprise journey are available at ACRE. Click here to find out more.

Starting out

Become a Social Enterprise
Using the Business Model Canvas for Social Enterprise Design

Free download: Learn how to balance commercial success and your impact to achieve the change you’re passionate about.

Impact Reporting


Seedkit was developed to help social enterprises track and communicate their impact. 

Seedkit is initiated and powered by the Centre for Social Impact Swinburne and Melbourne Social Equity Institute, with funding support from Victoria State Government. Seedkit was co-designed with a group of social enterprises. 

Check out their beginners guide to get started. 


Reports and statistics

2017 Swinburne Map for Impact

The Map for Impact project was commissioned as part of the Social Enterprise Strategy implemented by the Victorian Government in 2017. 

Through a process of desktop research, surveying and online data mining, the project identified 3,500 Victorian social enterprises and determined that the sector practises inclusive employment and contributes $5.2 billion to the Victorian economy. 

Business For Good

In 2022, Social Enterprise Australia commissioned Impact Tracks to do this research. Its authors are Ben Gales and Josie Khalil. It was funded by Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation. Read more> 

Understanding the Impact Costs of Work Integration Social Enterprises

In 2023 this report on research was undertaking by the Centre for Social Impact Swinburne. Commissioned by Social Enterprise Australia and funded by the Westpac Foundation. 



Marketing and promoting your enterprise

Social Traders certification

What does certification mean? Find out more at Social Traders.

Marketing your social enterprise

Advice to maximise your impact. Read or listen on Impact Boom

Reach conscious consumers

Looking for somewhere to get your good business promoted? (Think) Enough can help 

Funding and financing pathways

A list of incubators and accelerators, plus intermediaries that can help you source the right social finance for your social enterprise is available from Impact Investing Australia.