Cathy McGowan, Federal member for Indi officially launched the Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship (ACRE) in Beechworth in May 2016. Guests included the Chief Operating Officer, Sam Baumber from the Social Enterprise Academy in Scotland who ACRE have a formalised a partnership with.

ACRE was formed in response to declining rural communities and opportunities for young people with generous support from the Yulgilbar Foundation, the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust and the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation. ACRE exists to build thriving rural communities through igniting entrepreneurship in young people and their communities. ACRE has received significant philanthropic backing to develop a pilot program and provide programs to support local government, business and community groups.

The official launch puts ACRE in the spotlight and provides new opportunities for young people. It is ACRE’s vision is to have entrepreneurial talent valued in the same way we already value talented young artists, scholars and athletes. Through a holistic approach ACRE will work with young people and their communities to help them move from a job-seeker to job-creator mindset.