Our shared impact
Our clients are often focused on innovation in their industry and infrastructure. It may be responsible consumption and product, reduced inequalities or sustainable cities and communities driving them and these outcomes are achieved as their models scale and network. Ultimately this collaborative effort delivers peace, justice and strong institutions.
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: 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.
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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 email@example.com
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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.
In addition to services provided through the negotiation of terms of reference or partnership agreement, we provide a range of "productised" services including,
Be Your Own Accelerator - Startup and Scale-up Coaching and Mentoring
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 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.
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.
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.
Entrepreurial teams supported
$12 million +
Pipelined in hard places and growing
Countries in our portfolio so far
Target number of entrepreneurial people supported > 2025 BUT HOW! We believe adaptive, personalised accessible tech is the answer!