Matt is a pioneering social entrepreneur, with a long-standing commitment to rural Australia. As co-founder and CEO of ACRE – the Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship, Matt is driving the renewal of rural communities so that future generations may thrive. Matt started his first social enterprise in 1993 at the age of 23, working with ‘at risk’ young people in wilderness settings. His passion for positive social outcomes saw him receive the prestigious Young Australian of the Year Award in 1996. In 2013 Matt undertook a Churchill Fellowship to study social enterprise for rural and regional rejuvenation in the USA, Canada and the UK. Matt is active in sector development activities in Australia initiating the Social Enterprise Network for Victoria in 2018. In that year he also co-produced the inaugural Rural Symposium in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland to coincide with the 10th SEWF.