Workshops, weekends, and more with CQUni Social Innovation

Published:15 March 2018

Hundreds of people will be attending social innovation events with CQUni in the coming months.

It’s already been big year for social innovation opportunities for CQUni staff and students – but our communities aren’t missing out, with a big range of events across our national footprint.

While the new iChange social innovation orientation program has already inspired hundreds of staff and students, hundreds more community members are signing up to get new ideas for social innovation and enterprise at a series of workshops, weekend intensives, and other opportunities.

Up first, CQUni Alumni Relations is promoting the #StartingGood Social Enterprise Virtual Summit 2018 to alumni across Australia and internationally.

The free event, coordinated by StartSomeGood crowdfunding platform, brings together world-renowned social innovators, who will share their inspiring visions.

Interested innovators can register now to participate in summit sessions across 19 – 31 March, at

Then across 6 – 8 April, CQUni Cairns is hosting Big Fish Cairns Young Innovators Weekend, a free entrepreneurship program designed to develop skills and solve social problems.

Co-presented with the Young Entrepreneurs Project, the event will bring together 60 budding changemakers aged 15 – 24, for three days of intensive and fun learning through doing.

From brainstorming and team-forming, participants will then learn to build market-ready social ventures, and pitch their ideas to guest judges.

Supoprted by Advance Queensland and Cairns Regional Council, the event will also feature Taj Pabari, the 2017 Young Australian of the Year for Queensland, and founder of Fiftysix Creations. Young changemakers can register for Big Fish Cairns now!

CQUni Brisbane is also hosting two big events for aspiring social entrepreneurs, presented by Queensland Social Enterprise Council.

On Wednesday 18 April, Business Model Canvas for Social Enterprise will feature inspirational pracademic Dr Ingrid Burkett from The Australian Centre for Social Innovation, to explain adapting the innovative business tool specifically for social enterprise.

Then on Wednesday 16 May, Crowdfunding for Social Enterprise will share vital crowdfunding know-how to get a campaign off the ground, thanks to Tom Dawkins co-founder and CEO of the industry-leading StartSomeGood platform.

Also in May, CQUni Melbourne is set to participate in Melbourne Knowledge Week for the third time.

The festival of ideas, innovation and collaboration is on 7 – 13 May, at venues across the Victorian capital.

CQUniversity’s role includes partnering with Melbourne City Council for the Open Innovation Competition on Accessibility, challenging residents to design solutions for better local accessibility for people with disabilities.

Finally in Rockhampton, CQUni is a major supporting partner of Beef Australia 2018, which will feature a Pitch in the Paddock event for tech innovators in agriculture.

Aspiring entrepreneurs with smart ideas are being invited to pitch their start-up concepts to industry stakeholders, influencers, media, and customers at the inaugural initiative on 9 May at Rockhampton State High School Stadium.

CQUniversity is committed a comprehensive social innovation agenda for students, staff and our communities, driving social change through education, engagement and entrepreneurialism.