Two Feet 2017/18 - where are they now?

Over the years we’ve seen first-hand
how hard it can be to build sustainable organisations that create positive
change in the world. We’ve built an accelerator program specifically for social
entrepreneurs to give them the tools and confidence they need to build and run
sustainable social enterprises and mission-led businesses. Since 2013, over 250
people have taken part in our Two Feet accelerator program and we’ve seen the
incredible progress of many of those businesses.  To share their inspiration, here are just
some of the successful social enterprises we’ve worked with over the last few
years:

Big Little Brush:

How
they make money:
Selling sustainable, bamboo toothbrushes at the moment,
within the intention to increase their range. In their own words, Big Little
Brush sell little things to create big impact. 

How they do good: Their impact is
two-fold.  Firstly, the bamboo toothbrushes
are creating awareness of and reduction in the waste of traditional plastic
toothbrushes.  Secondly, profits from Big
Little Brush support organisations like Red Dust who provide health programs to
remote communities in regional Australia.  

Big Little Brush was borne from the
Co-Founder’s experience with a busted wisdom tooth, and the belief that
everyone should have access to primary health care as a fundamental human
right.

As we heard from BLB last newsletter,
since finishing the Two Feet program, Co-Founder Joel Hanna has used the
Business Model Canvas to clearly articulate their growth strategy. 

https://biglittlebrush.org/

WIRE:

How they make money: WIRE
provides a range of training, speakers, programs and other support to
organisations, enabling them to better address issues that affect women and
non-binary clients and employees. In particular, WIRE’s training and education
focuses on family violence, financial capability, gender equity, and resilience
and self-care.

How they do good: WIRE also
offers programs for women, non-binary and gender-diverse people direct to the
public at no cost, including a phone support line, walk-in centre and
activities program for those experiencing homelessness and isolation. Through
its feminist framework, WIRE is realising its vision: a society where women are
safe, respected, valued, informed, empowered, and free to make genuine choices.

WIRE has delivered training to organisations across sectors including community organisations, banks and government departments and is looking forward to expanding its training social enterprise following the Two Feet program.

https://www.wire.org.au/

Farmwall:

How they make money: They design and
implement technology enhanced, food producing solutions in urban spaces.
They build indoor
vertical veggie/herb gardens (or Farmwalls) for hospitality, workplaces, and
schools.

How they do good: Farmwall’s mission
is to transform our cities and built environments into food producing
ecosystems to better our social and environmental outcomes. Farmwall products
reduce food miles, food waste, the need for pesticides, all with minimal water
and energy costs.

As founder, Geert Hendrix puts
it—Farmwall began out of the belief that it’s possible to combine design, food
production and technology to create future food solutions that fit with our
existing ecosystem.

The Two Feet Incubator program helped
Farmwall shape their ‘why’ and articulate their vision. It was a vital stepping
stone in formulating the path for this rapidly growing startup.

https://farmwall.com.au/


YuMi Wins Shared Value Award 2018


TDi in the Pacific: Q&A with our Head of Pacific Programs Anna

Q: You currently work at TDi, can you please tell me more about what TDi does and why you get out of bed and go to work every day?

Q: Working at TDi I’m sure takes you on some interesting adventures in the Pacific. Are you able to share with us some of the projects you have been working on in the Pacific Islands region?

Q: The ‘hallmark’ of impact investing is the ‘social impact’. Can you please explain to us how TDi measures ‘social impact’?

Q: After an organisation has undertaken its ‘social impact’ assessment, are there on-going monitoring and reporting requirements?

Q: Do you have any tips you are able to offer Pacific businesses about how to get ‘impact investment ready’?

Q: It would be remiss of me to not ask you this as part of our Pacific Personalities interview segment – what is your favourite restaurant in the Pacific?


Meet Our New CEO: Anthea Smits

So first, what did you do before joining the team here as CEO of TDi?

What was your time at Disney like? 

What other skills and passion do you bring to TDi?

How did you first find out about Tdi and why did you feel it was right for you?

Speaking of passion, what inspires and drives you?

What is your vision for TDi both for 2018 and beyond?

What advice do you have for changemakers and social innovators who are working in this space?


Two Feet Profile: big little brush

First things first, tell us a little bit about yourself! 

What is big little brush about, and how did it come into being?

What is the issue you are working to create positive change on, and how does little big brush help?

What are you looking to get out of Two Feet?

What is your vision for the world?

What has been one of the biggest challenges you have faced, and how did you overcome this?

What has been your best moment so far with big little brush?

What advice do you have for mission-led enterprises or individuals?

What’s next for your journey and for the journey of big little brush, and how can people get involved?

We love sharing resources - can you give us 3 websites/resources that have helped you on your journey?


Melbourne Two Feet 2018 Cohort Announced!

WIRE

IAmDegradable

Blind Grit

big little brush

Holistic Psychology

The Timekeeper

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