Lithgow Micro-Franchise Model
Lithgow faces a challenge common to many regional towns in Australia - declining economic activity as the younger generations turn to the cities for job opportunities. In collaboration with Enterprise Connect, a group of students completing the Innovation and Enterprise Program's Social Entrepreneurship unit, explored the opportunities micro-franchising could offer. A framework for a supported micro-franchising service was developed, providing graduates from the local TAFE and other local opportunists, with the mentors and training needed to start a micro enterprise.
The RARE Program is now supporting the project's progression through the implementation stage. This is a long term engagement, with numerous, practical opportunities for RARE students to apply their expertise to a living, growing, progressing social enterprise addressing real community challenges.