• energise enlighten empower

    Until peace is profitable

  • What We Do

    We're on a mission to demonstrate social profit potential in emerging markets and developing economies. This is is possible when we nurture innovation, enable enterprise and pipeline investment in hard places


    Wars over resources are already happening. We choose to work with like-minded change-makers facing this storm head-on. Together we build resilience, strong and capable enterprises. Ultimately we change the storyline and believe together we can achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

    Education Africa

    Mission: social entrepreneurship as a business model and a learning environment for education in Nigeria and central Africa

    In partnership with the Emmanuel Ivorgba Foundation, we have cofounded a social enterprise Education Management and Development Company in Jos, Nigeria. We are a trustee of EIF, which is also a shareholder in this company. The EIF has already supported 6000 students through its model schools, trained 3000 young leaders through its programmes and supported 250 startups with funding, mentorship, and training. Through our new company, we want to replicate the model through social franchising, acquire secure land on which to build new schools, and support our network with online-to-offline education management and professional development support.


    Website coming soon.

    Take Speak to Your City!

    Mission: to support Speak Social, Portugal to build franchise pipeline

    This business development project builds on our long-term support for the Co-founders. We are focused on helping develop the pipeline of Co-founders through a social francise network in cities across Europe. Read more here and email richard@speak.social 


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    Mission: creating value for those shaping change internationally

    We have added huge value to programmes and strategic interventions to make the support system work better for entrepreneurial people. As consultants and collaboration partners we help discover insights, shape thinking, support strategic developments. We design, develop and deliver results-driven programming. This builds on over 10 years experience designing and deploying innovation incubators and acceleration programmes into strategic change initiatives in a range of contexts, complexities and countries.

    R&D enterprise and entrepreneurship support

    Mission: to meet millions of entrepreneurial people in the moment they need support, enabling them to be change makers

    Digital research about how to expand support to large communities of entrepreneurial people in affordable, adaptable and timely ways. This includes automation, big data and augmented reality learning environments. We aim to raise funds for MVP in 2020.

  • Services




    Investment Readiness

    • MODEL: 
    • Support you to develop and validate a strong value proposition at the heart of a viable business model
    • Develop Integrated cashflow, profit and loss and balance sheet projections. We use LivePlan and this integrates into Cloud Accounting Software such as Xero
    • MARKET: 
    • Competitive analysis and positioning 
    • Research to support assumptions and route to market strategies
    • Scope out the team required, identify new hires and development plans
    • Coaching throughout the process
    • Mentoring based support for leaders of the organisation to lead the startup and manage the change required

    Be your own accelerator!

    • Startup and Scale-up Coaching and Mentoring Based Support
    • Starts with a Leader’s or Enterprise Review to identify and help you clarify your goals
    • Weekly or monthly digital or face-to-face conversations delivering personalised support
    • Added value support related to more complex goals with you personally or adding capacity to your enterprise

    Consultancy & Technical Advisory

    • Co-produce and respond effectively to your Terms of Reference
    • Short and long term, remote or embedded team member
    • Able to bring small teams together as appropriate from an international, intercultural network of associates
    • Flexible payment options, including PBR where appropriate
  • A flavour of our work

    The company’s investment thesis builds on nearly 20 years of experience of social policy, social enterprise and social investment. We work in the UK, Europe and further afield in some of the world’s hardest places.

    Research to inform policy

    Influencing the vision

    As a contribution to the European Commission’s event Social Entrepreneurs: Have your Say in Strasbourg 16–17 January 2014, the British Council commissioned a specific think-piece ‘What will Social Enterprise look like in Europe by 2020?’

    Research to influence practice

    Empowering the next generation to address society’s needs

    With society having become so complex, and its issues developing an immunity to politics; what to do? In this think-piece we engaged some radical thinkers with practical proposals, and practitioners with some radical thinking.

    Tailor-made interventions to boost outcomes

    Digital tools and the arts

    The Digital Innovation Fund for the Arts in Wales commissioned us to help them identify and develop investment and market readiness for the first cohort of their projects; and to implement new training and capacity building in the next round.

    International development innovation

    Pioneering innovation ecosystems in hard places

    Innovation Lab Nepal was one of the first labs of its kind. Based on an lab, incubator and community reaching across the country it focused on breakthroughs in emergency response. World Vision International commissioned us to help get this off the ground, being embedded in the team for three months, in the aftermath of the country's earthquake.

    Alliances for civilisation

    Entrepreneurship support in the context of hard places

    Commissioned by UNAOC and in close association with leading European foundation Fondazione CRT, we were a partner in this three-year intercultural entrepreneurship programme. We supported 25 of the cohort very closely, to establish enterprises, become investment ready, negotiate deal flow, access home and international markets. We have been involved in 10 similar and sometimes very different approaches and methodologies over five years.

    Long-term collaborations

    Enabling innovation, enterprise and investment pipelines

    We are a social enterprise. The financial profits we make, are an opportunity to bend rules, work outside limits, and push the boundaries of the most effective, personalised, adaptable, just-in-time support accessible for entrepreneurial people in hard places. Demonstrated by our long-term partnership here with Oggro Ventures, since 2014.

  • Reflecting and learning

    Our blog

    19 juin, 2019 · entrepreneurship,social enterprise,franchising,change maker,social impact
    The skeptic A way for charities to raise money. This is how I was introduced to Social Enterprise. This oversimplification is still used today. I was not hooked. #SocEnt is a totally different approach to doing business, and tackling complex societal challenges. When I was introduced to...
    19 juin, 2019 · entrepreneurship,enterprise,social enterprise,social impact,change maker
    We are,Skilled in building relationshipsAble to use expertise and experience to help entrepreneurs and enterprisesAble to help you set and realise your objectives. We do this by,Drawing on deep and wide knowledge and experience of small enterprise and its core functions; andWe evaluate and...
  • Founder

    Richard’s mission is to be the change maker’s change maker;

    tackling what keeps entrepreneurs awake at night keeps him awake at night!

    Richard J Catherall

    Founder Director

    Richard has developed deep insights and unique experience mastering innovation, enterprise and investment in hard places internationally. He is an international development professional dedicated to excellent support for enterprise and entrepeneurship.



  • 250+

    Enterprise teams supported

    $15 million +

    Pipelined in hard places and growing


    Countries in our portfolio so far

    1,000,000 +

    Target number of entrepreneurial people supported by 2030 BUT HOW! We believe adaptive, personalised accessible technology is the answer!

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