Social enterprise in Australia: Lessons from Israel

Nathan attended the 2013 VC and Entrepreneurs Trade Mission to Israel, run by AICC in Tel Aviv, where he represented Monash University's Faculty of Arts. He is currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce and Arts and is the international students officer at the Monash Students Student Society.

Abstract 

Founded only 65 years ago, Israel has been at the forefront of innovation across the developed world. With a population of a little over eight million, it is hard to believe that Israel has the third highest number of companies listed on the NASDAQ exchange and also the highest density of start-ups in the world. At the same time, Israel is also home to over 34,000 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and it is estimated that over 1/3 of Israelis are volunteers. It is of little surprise then that Israel is a natural home for social entrepreneurship. Political, cultural and social factors in Israel have created an environment conducive to social entrepreneurship and there is potential for development in Australia.  

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Could technological entrepreneurship drive economic growth?

Benjamin attended the 2013 VC and Entrepreneurs Trade Mission to Israel, run by the AICC in Tel Aviv, where he represented The University of Sydney's Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences. He is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts/Law and is the Events and Communications Officer at the Left Right Think-Tank and a feature writer for Obiter Intervarsity Law Journal.

Abstract

This paper discusses the prevalence, success and importance of entrepreneurship in Australia, with particular attention to the technology sector. It details the characteristics of Australian entrepreneurs using quantitative data from national and international studies. The paper considers the importance of technological entrepreneurship to the future of economic growth, before concluding with a discussion of policies to better support the emerging high-tech sector.

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