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The report explores definitions and types of social enterprise, the needs and realities of social enterprises at various stages of the life cycle – start-up, development, growth, maturity – challenges of financing social enterprise in Australia and bridging the gap – towards an ecology of finance for social enterprise.

This research report explores in more depth than has previously been the case, the financial needs and realities of social enterprises in Australia. The report explores definitions and types of social enterprise, the needs and realities of social enterprises at various stages of the life cycle – start-up, development, growth, maturity – challenges of financing social enterprise in Australia and bridging the gap – towards an ecology of finance for social enterprise.