William Stubbs is an award-winning social entrepreneur, writer, speaker and consultant. The son of a software entrepreneur and an artist, William was influenced early on by the power of technology and creativity to change the world and help others.


Experiences of childhood depression led William to be fascinated by social change and public health and in 2011 he co-founded the acclaimed mental health non-profit Spur Projects - now known for its cutting-edge mental health campaigns including Soften the Fck Up, #oldmate and the world's first global mental health data project How is the World Feeling?


In 2016 he was recognised by the Queensland Mental Health Commission with the Jude Bugeja Peer Experience award for his work in progressing mental health in the public space. He has also been named as one of Australia’s Top Young Social Entrepreneurs, nominated for the Australian Mental Health Prize and a Semi-Finalist for the Queensland Young Achievers Awards.

William is a  Telstra Foundation Ambassador, World Economic Forum Global Shaper and mentor to Indigenous business accelerator Barayamal.


With an inspiring but relaxed speaking style, William is an active public health and social commentator, regularly engaged at conferences and on television and radio, including featuring in the ABC prime time doco-series Man Up.


As a consultant, William specialises in innovation, futurism and social impact and has worked on projects including the development of a five and ten year vision of the future of transportation for a large government client and review and mentoring of social enterprise community groups.


In 2017 William will be releasing two books: All These Bad Ideas, an amusing and educational collection of personal stories of failure and Dangerous to Go Alone, a science fiction adventure exploring anxiety and virtual reality.



  • Create Change Award
  • Young Achievers Awards, Finalist, 2017

  • Top Young Social Entrepreneur
  • Business News, 2016

  • Australian Mental Health Prize
  • Nominee, 2016
  • Cosmopolitan Media Bachelor of the Year
  • Nominee, 2016

  • Jude Bugeja Peer Excellence Award
  • Mental Health Week Achievement Awards 2016

  • Youth Contribution Award
  • Australasian Men's Health Forum, 2013

  • Social Innovation Award
  • Deloitte, 2013
  • Unleash
  • Innovation Lab Talent, 2017


  • G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance
  • Delegate

  • Digital Brisbane
  • Ambassador
  • World Economic Forum
  • Global Shaper

  • Telstra Foundation
  • Ambassador
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