What do men’s underwear, plastic bottles and a man in a monkey suit have to do with social enterprise? For those who attended the Impact Academy/ Milaana Social Enterprise Inspiration and Internship Night, probably more than they ever expected.
Do good and do well: the theme was clear throughout all the presentations. Local social entrepreneurs inspired attendees to get involved in community organisations that would provide them with meaningful personal and professional experience. Whether it was bringing social enterprise to youth with IMPACT, boosting blood donations with Young Bloods or tackling men’s depression with Spur Projects, there was an absolute smorgasbord of great causes to support. And they’re looking for bright, young and inspired people to join their ranks in a variety of internships, from market research to social media managers to executive secretary work.
Let me give you a taste of what was shared and the types of projects young leaders can get involved in: For those with a passion for safety and care, Driveabout has an app aimed at improving the driving skills of Australian drivers. The Kids Safe project has a specially designed hi-visibility top for children. Redi Assist is there to address the needs of care-givers with the Care Passport, while Nippi Mobility offer an awesome transport option for the wheelchair bound.
Care about the environment? How about helping Water3 introduce public refill stations for reusable bottles, moving away from single-use plastic bottles? Want to improve health while you’re at it? Pure Sports Hydration has you covered with their range of fruit-based hydration supplements.
Go Monkey Go is a fundraising start-up with the goal of helping bright ideas survive and a boss so committed he’ll dress as a monkey to grab your attention (it works!). Or how about MEMBER, a men’s underwear label for the socially conscious that helps not-for-profits generate sustainable revenue? No matter the cause, all the guests had an important message for the audience: We want you!
A huge thanks to all the presenters who came and shared their amazing projects and gave their time to chat with attendees. It was an incredible learning experience and a fantastic opportunity to join a tribe of real change-makers. For more information on any of the presenters, be sure to check out the organisations tab on the Milaana website.