• energise enlighten empower

    Until peace is profitable

  • 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


    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.

    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 Development Company in Jos, Nigeria. As a trustee of EIF, which is a shareholder in this company, the purpose of more entrepreneurial efforts is to design, develop and replicate sustainable education systems at primary, secondary and tertiary levels. 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.


    More information published soon

    Take Speak to Your City!

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

    This business development project builds on our ongoing strategic advisory and mentoring support for the Co-founders. Over a year we are focused on helping develop the pipeline of Entrepreneur Franchise Partners. 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 embedding innovation incubator and accelerator programmes into strategic change initiatives which in the last five years has including supporting such programmes to improve performance as well as being embedded to deliver content.

    R&D rooted in entrepreneurship

    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 rather than small cohorts is driving our business development. This includes automation, big data and augmented reality learning environments. While we have aimed to raise funds to conduct primary research and testing in this area, we have discovered through this process that technology in other sectors is applicable to this mission. We are in the process of negotiating access to that technology and hope to share soon.

  • Productised Services

    In addition to services provided through the negotiation of terms of reference or partnership agreement, we provide a range of "productised" services including,


    Investment Readiness



    • Review existing and development of new business models
    • Strong value proposition
    • Integrated cashflow, profit and loss and balance sheet projections 
    • We use LivePlan and this integrates into Cloud Accounting Software such as Xero


    • Support to validate your value proposition in the market
    • Build the financial model based on market insights and strategies
    • Competitive analysis and positioning 
    • Research to support assumptions and route to market strategies
    • We use LivePlan including Pitch Deck, Business Plan, Financial Models


    • Support to both 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 or manage the change for a more established enterprise
    • Optional AI enabled digital self-coaching 
  • Be Your Own Accelerator - Startup and Scale-up Coaching and Mentoring


    Leader’s/Enterprise Review

    • Confidential conversation to help highlight personal and professional development goals and your leadership profile
    • Prioritise objectives
    • Agree coaching plan

    3 to 6 month programme

    • Weekly or monthly online conversations supported by digital communications throughout

    Mentoring & Advisory

    • Added value support related to complex development goals at personal and enterprise level
  • A flavour of our work

    The company’s investment thesis builds on more than 15 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, build domestic markets and access 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.

  • Founder

    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

    Founder Director

    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.

  • 250+

    Entrepreurial teams supported

    $12 million +

    Pipelined in hard places and growing


    Countries in our portfolio so far

    1,000,000 +

    Target number of entrepreneurial people supported > 2025 BUT HOW! We believe adaptive, personalised accessible tech is the answer!

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