Launch of Victoria's first social enterprise network

Published: 22 August 2019

Minister at the lectern launching the Social Enterprise Network VictoriaSocial enterprises across the state will be more connected, through the launch of a new Victorian initiative.

The Victorian Social Enterprise Network (SENVIC) was launched this week at the Social Traders conference in Melbourne by the Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Trade, Martin Pakula (pictured right).

The Victorian Government has provided $1.47 million towards the establishment of the network which will be delivered in partnership with CERES, Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship and Social Traders.

As identified in the Social Enterprise Strategy in 2017, the Victorian Social Enterprise Network will work to achieve an inclusive and sustainable society by supporting a thriving social enterprise sector.

The network will better connect the social enterprise community in metro and regional Victoria and enable access to learning, knowledge exchange and development opportunities.

The founding
    members of SENVIC.
The founding members of SENVIC (left-right): Bec Scott, OAM, CEO and Co-founder, STREAT; Matt Pfahlert, CEO, Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship; Sally Quinn, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Green Collect; Russel Shields, Founder and Chair of The Community Grocer; Cinnamon Evans, CEO, CERES & Chair, SENVIC; Craig Marshall, CEO, GAME Traffic and Contracting; David Brookes, Managing Director, Social Traders; Jaison Hoernel, CEO, Good Cycles; Lachlann Carter, CEO and Co-founder, 100 Story Building.

It has been formed with nine founding members who are leaders of some of Victoria's longest-standing and recognised social enterprises.

As part of the support for the sector the Victorian Government has also rolled out its Social Procurement Framework and funded more than 60 social enterprises through the Boost Your Business Voucher Program since 2018.

Four social enterprise leaders are also being provided with the opportunity to represent the state at the Social Enterprise World Forum in Ethiopia in October.

More information on the Social Enterprise Network is available on their website.