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Matt Pfahlert

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer

Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship Ltd

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Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship Ltd

22 Ford Street

Beechworth, Victoria, 3747


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Typo Station


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Matt Pfahlert | CEO
Matt is a well-known social entrepreneur with a long standing commitment to rural Australia. In 1996 Matt received the Sir Weary Dunlop Young Australian of the Year Award for his work in establishing the Typo Station Youth Project for disadvantaged young Victorians (now named Evolve). Matt received Leadership Victoria's Community Leader of the Year award in 2004 and in 2013 was awarded a Churchill fellowship to study youth entrepreneurship programs and social enterprise models in rural communities in the UK, Canada, and the US. Matt is also a board member of Social Traders and Regional Partnerships Australia. Matt Pfahlert: Co-founder of ACRE Rural Business Consultant

Beechworth leading the way for youth entrepreneurship and job creation - Cathy McGowan MP

Ms McGowan said ACRE CEO Matt Pfahlert and the ACRE team had established a sustainable job creation model that would help rural and regional communities thrive, and retain young people in the area.
Mr Pfahlert said the ACRE idea had been in the pipeline for a number of years, and harnessing the skills, talent and knowledge in regional Australia would lead to successful enterprises. "It all came about trying to find a way to make our rural communities become thriving again," he said. "

Big ideas, innovation and ingenuity at Indi Summit - Cathy McGowan MP

Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship CEO Matt Pfahlert, based in Beechworth, is urging a change in mindset and approach to sustainable job creation in the future.
"In a world of escalating change, rural Australia has experienced a tripling of youth unemployment since 2007," Mr Pfahlert said. "At the same time recent research suggests 60 per cent of our young people are being trained for jobs that are unlikely to exist in the future. (FYA - Future of work, 2015)." Mr Pfahlert said the great challenge at this time is to educate our young people to become job creators, and not just job seekers. "This shift requires our communities to become more entrepreneurial, without forgetting people and the environment along the way," he said. Contact details: Matt Pfahlert - 0448 805 517

Mayor, Councillor and CEO Forums - Rural Councils Victoria

The keynote address was presented by Matt Pfahlert, cofounder and CEO of the Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship (ACRE).

AVCLP Leadership Community Development Programs North East Victoria

Matt Pfahlert: Social Enterprise Unlimited
Fresh from Churchill Fellowship studies to the US, Canada and the UK, Matt Pfahlert will explore the role social enterprises are playing in rejuvenating rural communities. He will present his key findings and profile a number of projects leading the social enterprise movement worldwide. Matt has received widespread recognition as a social entrepreneur and community leader across Australia. In 1993 at age 24, Matt founded the Typo Station youth project (now named Evolve) where he was CEO for eleven years. Using outdoor wilderness experiences, this project focussed on life skills and personal growth for early school leavers and was sustained without government funding. Evolve now employs over 30 full time staff and is expanding nationally. For his efforts, Matt has received a number of awards including: Since 2002, Matt has been an inaugural board member of the Telstra Foundation, a national philanthropic organisation supporting digital inclusion and Indigenous projects involving children and young people. Matt then worked for the Victorian State Government as a Partnership Broker facilitating community infrastructure in regional communities on projects connecting the community, business and education sectors. Since 2008, Matt has worked as a business consultant on projects combining economic and social benefits. This work involves strategic and business planning, organisational development, & leadership programs. In 2012, Matt commenced a business named Social Enterprise Unlimited (SEU). This business works with commercially successful businesses designed to solve social and environmental issues. Clients include enterprising not-for-profit organisations and commercial businesses wanting to achieve a competitive edge and greater social impact. Matt has recently joined the Social Traders board, a national industry organisation committed to growing the social enterprise sector in Australia. Matt and his wife Gina live in Beechworth with their two children and are owner/operators of '1860 Luxury Accommodation'. In 2008, '1860' was voted by Travel & Leisure magazine as one of the top 100 places to stay worldwide. Matt recently founded the Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship (A.C.R.E) to accelerate youth entrepreneurship education and business development nationally. ACRE is being supported by the Beehive Project, a social enterprise dedicated to the development of Australia's premier cycle tourism and training destination. In 2013 Matt was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study social enterprise incubators and entrepreneurship education models of best practice in the US, Canada and the UK.

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