• energise enlighten empower

    Until peace is profitable

  • Service Update

    Katarsis Ventures ceased trading at the end of February 2020.

    A statement from the founder can be read here. Our commitment to supporting some of our portfolio of social enterprises will continue over the long-term through other arrangements.

  • A flavour of our work

    The company’s investment thesis built on nearly 20 years of experience of social policy, social enterprise and social investment. We worked 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.

  • Founder

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

    tackling what keeps change makers awake at night is what 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, having started out in the UK.


    He is relocating now to advise and nurture social innovation, enterprise and investment with change-makers in the city-region of Auckland, New Zealand.



  • 350+

    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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