The Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship (ACRE) is a for-purpose organisation that exists to build thriving rural communities through igniting entrepreneurship in young people and their communities.

ACRE is informed by international best practice in rural community rejuvenation and has been applying these principles and programs in Victoria since 2013.


Old Beechworth Gaol

In 2016 ACRE led the community buy back of the Old Beechworth Gaol through  a consortium of local investment and philanthropic support.  Over time the site will become a vibrant precinct for the social, cultural and economic benefit of the region.

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ACRE operates the Social Enterprise Academy in Australia through a social license agreement. 

Founded in Scotland, the Social Enterprise Academy (SEA) is a world-renowned learning organisation which has now expanded into nine countries. Its helps people use their personal strengths to build sustainable enterprises and achieve greater social impact as well as educating the next generation.

The Social Enterprise Academy Australia delivers learning and development programs with a focus on learning by doing. The programs are flexible, practical and responsive to the needs of communities and are suitable for a range of learners, from disengaged young people through to community organisations CEO’s.

During 2018 ACRE is working with 20 schools across North East Victoria and over 1200 students to deliver the Social Enterprise in Schools program.


To date, over 120 business, community and government leaders have completed accredited training to build an enabling environment for entrepreneurship in rural communities.

Over 1500 people have participated in workshops  and presentations on social enterprise, rural entrepreneurship and rejuvenation. 

Over 1200 students from primary, secondary, TAFE and alternative education settings have been participated in the Social Enterprise in Schools program


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