Our shared impact
Our clients are most often focused on innovation in their industry, which may or may not be benefitting from markets working well.
They may be tackling challenges or supporting emerging trends in responsible consumption and production. Services often focus on reducing inequalities. Technology ideas focusing on more sustainable cities and communities. By supporting them through early stages of development, market access, and growth, they grow and network. Ultimately this creative, collaborative effort delivers peace and justice.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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
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
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.
Enterprise teams supported
$15 million +
Pipelined in hard places and growing
Countries in our portfolio so far
Target number of entrepreneurial people supported by 2030 BUT HOW! We believe adaptive, personalised accessible technology is the answer!