CSnet wins grant from AusIndustry
Community Services.net was founded in 2009 by Australian human services practitioners and software developers wanting to solve the problem of data collection to demonstrate the achievements of human services. The company retains a multi-disciplinary team and the integration of sector experience and technical skill sets are fundamental to the strategy.
About the grant:
Community Services.net (CSnet) is one of 24 innovative Australian businesses awarded a grant under the Australian Government's Entrepreneurs' Program for Accelerating Commercialisation. The Program is the government’s flagship initiative to increase Australian business competitiveness and productivity. It provides expert guidance and connections through Commercialisation Advisers and contributes up to 50% of project costs.
The grant will assist CSnet to commercialise the web-based software for human services. Director Mandy Doon, said:
We want to contribute to solving complex social problems and be involved in stronger collaboration across not-for-profits, government and the private sector. Web-based software like CSnet will streamline the daily tasks for not-for-profit workers and volunteers to collect good data in real time. It will generate reports 24/7 about what is being achieved with clients, measure social outcomes, and support up-to-date analysis of what can be improved. Effective use of CSnet will give social impact investors and funding agencies confidence that real value is being achieved through the work of human services.
As a certified B Corp, CS.net is committed to measuring its own impact, and meeting higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. In line with that aim, the CSnet commercialisation projects include an independent study of the impact of CSnet on the productivity of its human services customers. Mandy said:
Support from AusIndustry for a productivity study of not-for-profits and information communications technology use is unique in our sector. We want to support our CSnet customers to be ready for social impact investment opportunities. New CSnet features deliver what users and investors need from next generation human services client information systems.
The AusIndustry grant will assist us to deliver on our commercialisation goals and identify future innovation through the research. Being a B Corp and measuring our own impact is important and will remain part of our company DNA as we grow.