Giving people in need a ‘hand up’ rather than a ‘hand out'

The Yunus Social Business Centre was established to contribute to Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus’s philosophy of alleviating poverty by giving people in need a ‘hand up’ rather than a ‘hand out’. It aims to provide education and access to micro-loans that will enable individuals to set up and start their own social business ventures

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The Yunus Social Business Centre (YSBC) at Griffith University will provide social business education and access to micro-loans that will enable individuals to set up and start their own social business ventures.

2017 Griffith Lecture

Nobel Peace Prize recipient Professor Muhammad Yunus presented the 2017 Griffith Lecture at the Queensland Conservatorium on Tuesday, April 11.

In his address, Professor Yunus outlined his famous Three Zeros theory - zero poverty, zero unemployment and zero net carbon emissions.

Social enterprise

Alex Hannant is the CEO at the Ākina Foundation - an organisation focused on the growth of social enterprise. Ākina provides a range of specialised services that support social enterprises to start-up and succeed, from innovation process to investment strategy.

Alex recently visited Griffith University to deliver Social enterprise: a growing movement in a changing world as part of the Griffith Business School Entrepreneurship Seminar Series.

View his presentation here.

I am proposing to create a new kind of business. Business based on the selflessness that is in all of us. I am calling this, social business.   Professor Muhammad Yunus

Social enterprise map

Social Enterprise is growing across South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales.

Study social business

Griffith University’s Yunus Social Business Centre  is looking to provide an entrepreneurial education program for prospective social business entrepreneurs starting in mid-2018. This twelve-week program will be hosted at the Logan campus with an initial focus on the Logan area, encouraging low-SES, Indigenous, migrant, and refugee community members and students who are either unemployed or underemployed to participate.

The program aim is for participants to produce a formal business plan that they 'pitch' to potential lenders in order for them to proceed to start their own social business.

For this program, the YSBC will operate in concert with a variety of social enterprise organisations in the Brisbane region, all sharing the common goal to combat community disadvantage and inequality.


Community members and social organisations are invited to assist in this mission by identifying and proposing candidates for the twelve-week social business program, and by volunteering to serve as mentors, counsellors, and business advisers for the individuals in the program. To allow a wider reach of the Social Business Entrepreneurship Education program, the YSBC welcomes donations to support the successful applicants and to provide a funding pool for the micro-loans required to fund new social business ventures.

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Contact us

Professor Evan Douglas

Director, Yunus Social Business Centre, Griffith University

Email: e.douglas@griffith.edu.au

Preethi Weerasinghe

Secretary, Yunus Social Business Centre, Griffith University

Email: p.weerasinghe@griffith.edu.au

Phone: (07) 3735 7523