Could you see your social enterprise in Queensland?

Are you running a successful jobs-focused social enterprise that has the capacity to scale? Would you consider coming to Queensland? We can help make it happen.

Over the last four years White Box has worked with philanthropists, the Queensland government and private sector organisations to help jobs-focused social enterprises expand in Queensland.  There is an appetite to do more of this in 2024.

We have strong networks and partners who want to see the social enterprise movement in Queensland accelerate. If you’re a large-scale jobs-focused social enterprise with capacity to scale, now is the time to consider what a move to Queensland could look like and additional impact you could create.

Our goal is to create more jobs through social enterprise in QLD.

Jigsaw, headquartered in Sydney, was the first social enterprise White Box worked with to expand into Queensland.

"Our Mt Gravatt location was our second hub to open, in 2020, and could not have been possible without the support of the Queensland Government and White Box Enterprises, who helped us establish our Brisbane hub and get operations off the ground." said Jigsaw Australia CEO, Paul Brown. 

Today Jigsaw supports 159 people with disability to prepare for employment and employs 40 individuals at award wage rates out of its Brisbane hub.

“We have placed nine graduates into employment with local and national employers including Brisbane City Council, Gold Coast Hospital, the RSPCA and the National Archives of Australia." said Paul.

"We've also partnered with a number of Queensland businesses to help them become more inclusive workplaces. We're proud to continue creating even more impact for people with disability with the support of valued partners like White Box."

How we help.

White Box acts as the intermediary. We work with you to determine the support you need based on your scenario, and connect to you the people who can help. The support could come in the form of grant funding, property, introductions to potential customers and other hands-on support on the ground.

The opportunities are not limited to Brisbane. Every community across Queensland could benefit from a jobs-focused social enterprise. So, whether your business model is best suited to regional or metro, so long as it's scalable and you’re curious about expanding, let's start the conversation. 

Curious? Please submit an EOI

Initially, we’d like to sense-check how many social enterprises are interested. Once this is clear, we will determine next steps (and a potential selection process if necessary). We don’t want this to be an arduous process. For the EOI, please send an email to Mark Daniels with a few supporting docs to give us an overview of your business.  Ideally we’d like to see:

  • An outline of how your social enterprise could achieve financial success and social impact in Queensland (no more than 500 words).
  • Demonstration of your financial success and social impact. Ideally you are employing more than 20+ individuals experiencing disadvantage (Supporting documents could include annual reports, links to your ACNC reports, and impact measurement reports).
  • A ballpark breakdown of the support that your social enterprise would require to establish a presence in Queensland (‘Back of the envelope’ type-numbers and other forms of support required).

Please send through your EOI before April 15.