A series of Good Enterprise workshops for budding social entrepreneurs is beginning with a launch party this Thursday evening (14 March) in Wellington.
The Good Enterprise workshop series is being put on by the crew from Enspiral, a Wellington hub for Social Enterprise, alongside the team behind the innovative locally based education platform called Chalkle. These organisations have collaborated with the Sustainability Trust – whose new base in Forresters Lane, off Tory Street, will be the venue for the workshops.
Enspiral intern and co-organiser Kaye-Maree Dunn says the momentum for the Good Enterprise series reflects the rise and rise of social entrepreneurship as a distinct way of starting and growing new businesses.
“We knew the time had arrived to create this type of launchpad because there is a very real demand for it,” says Kaye-Maree.
“More and more people want and need to know more about what it takes to manage a venture that contributes directly to social or community goals. That’s the driving force for these workshops, which are being targeted to be as affordable as possible for anyone in the community who might be seeking options to upskill and to learn about social entrepreneurship from several angles.
“The workshops themselves will be covering everything from testing ideas for viability through to ways to survive as an entrepreneur. There is also a strong connection to the social entrepreneurship intern programme established at Enspiral and we expect there will be some stories that will be emerging from that programme as well,” says Kaye-Maree.
“The workshops wouldn’t be happening without access to workshop facilitators who have a real depth of experience and expertise in this field to share. We’re very fortunate to have people involved like Viv Maidaborn, Michael Elwood-Smith, Joshua Vial, Rochelle Furneaux, Ray Wolken and many others”.
A total of 10 Good Enterprise workshops and one masterclass will be run between 19 March and 30 April. Details of the full programme are available online at www.chalkle.com and www.enspiral.eventbrite.com