What We Do
We're on a mission to demonstrate to others the social profit that is possible when we
nurture innovation, enable enterprise and pipeline investment in hard places
Mission: accessible, affordable, adaptable coaching, mentoring and advice for entrepreneurial people
HeyYoda.online is a digital-first approach to supporting entrepreneurial people through the early-stages of learning the rules of the game and how to influence them. Packages are flexible and supported by intelligence social media technology. Launched in April 2018.
Take Speak to Your City!
Mission: to support Speak Social, Portugal to build franchise pipeline
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. This includes supporting hundreds of younger entrepreneurs and pipelining more than $10 million in hard places. As consultants and collaboration partners we help discover insights, shape thinking, support strategic developments. We design, develop and deliver results-driven programming.
R&D rooted in entrepreneurship
Mission: to meet millions of entrepreneurial people in the moment they need support, enabling them to be change makers
As project coordinator we are leading a European and European-neighbourhood consortium to develop the first actually intelligent support system for entrepreneurial people. This will be design to be accessible as possible, potentially millions of people. We will be testing approaches to shift the premium onto learning, action and actual performance.
Richard’s personal 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
Richard has developed deep insights and unique experience mastering innovation, enterprise and investment in hard places internationally. This is complemented by a true depth of experience in public and private sectors in the UK.
He amplifies his own capabilities by bringing together intercultural, international and interdisciplinary teams; coproducing excellence in service delivery and performance.
A flavour of our work
The company’s investment thesis builds on 15 years 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 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, build domestic markets and access international markets. We have been involved in 10 similar and sometimes very different approaches and methodologies over five years.
Young entrepreneurs supported
$10 million +
Pipelined in hard places and growing
Countries in our portfolio so far
Target number of entrepreneurial people supported > 2025