The Jesuit Centre for Social Entrepreneurship

A social enterprise incubator and hub that aims to improve social inclusion and economic outcomes for disadvantaged and poor communities by developing and supporting social entrepreneurs and enterprises, within the Jesuit and Catholic ecosystem, to become investment ready and financially sustainable.

The Jesuit Centre for Social Entrepreneurship (JCSE) is an exciting new initiative to deepen The Cardoner Project’s commitment to a faith seeking justice. It operates to equip young adults to become faith-filled leaders and social entrepreneurs, as a capacity-builder, and as a centre of excellence.

Our vision is that the Centre will become a hub for students, graduates, mentors, and aligned groups to share best practice ideas about social innovation, and to incubate and accelerate businesses for social impact. It will have a distinctively Jesuit and Catholic approach.

Central to achieving this vision is the education and mentoring of disadvantaged young people, especially refugees, in the incubation and acceleration of their own enterprises, by enabling them to become investment ready and financially sustainable.

The Centre’s Social Impact Model has three pillars that refect and support The Cardoner Project’s overarching vision and mission:

  • Young Leader Development
  • Incubator & Accelerator
  • Social Impact Network

JCSE has partnered with the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), allowing us to co-design solutions to social problems with the very people affected. This will allow for more effective approaches to be formed, creating a greater social impact. It will allow the powerful entrepreneurial spirit of refugees to be harnessed to effect change.

The Sisters of the Lovers of the Holy Cross run a social enterprise ice manufacturing business in Vietnam, with all profits going towards the operating and maintenance costs of the St. Vincent Diem Centre for Orphans and Disabled Children, as well as local outreach programs.

In helping the sisters scale their social enterprise through expertise and funding, we were able to secure the future of the children in the orphanage and allow the nuns to expand the reach of their social work.
— Tim Boyd, Cardoner Volunteer Corps, Vietnam (2012)