Pivoting your business model during a crisis

Pivoting your business model during a crisis

A conversation with Geert from FarmWallGeert Hendrix founded FarmWall in 2016. Farmwall is an agrifood-tech startup that designs urban farming technology and experiences to enhance fresh produce accessibility in the city. In our constantly developing world, the need for more efficient and sustainable ways of living is rapidly becoming a must. Farmwall is a response to this call to action. Here’s what Geert had to share…Thanks for meeting with us Geert. You've recently been working with TDi as you’ve had to quickly pivot your business. So I wondered if you can share your story with other ... READ MORE

COVID-19 Support Options Available for Your Business

COVID-19 Support Options Available for Your Business

We have compiled a comprehensive list of support available to Social Entrepreneurs, Not-for-Profits and SMEs in Australia. READ MORE

Doubling your revenue and doubling your profits: a bold but achievable challenge

Doubling your revenue and doubling your profits: a bold but achievable challenge

This week has been full of tough questions, soul searching, tears and laughter. The theme of the week has been “Doubling your revenue and doubling your profits” – a bold challenge, but one that’s achievable. Here are some of the interesting themes and lessons that came up in the accelerator… READ MORE

PNG-Aus Partnership program connects a different kind of entrepreneurial network

PNG-Aus Partnership program connects a different kind of entrepreneurial network

“I’m very, very passionate about Indigenous female entrepreneurship, so, when I heard that this was going to be a cultural exchange that was purely women, that was really, really exciting.” Kylie Lee Bradford is one of 18 female entrepreneurs in a pilot program, Laikim Sister. The program is an initiative of the Australian Government under the #PNGAusPartnership to connect Indigenous Australian and PNG women entrepreneurs across three industries: traditional foods, cultural tourism and creative arts. The program is uniquely designed to deepen the trade connections between the ... READ MORE

Long-standing cultural connections forge new trade links between Australia and PNG

Long-standing cultural connections forge new trade links between Australia and PNG

While it seems like these women live separate lives in separate parts of the world, they are in fact, connected by a deep thread uncovered during the #PNGAusPartnership Laikim Sister pilot program. Laikim Sister is an Australian Government supported program delivered in partnership with TDi, that connects Indigenous Australian and PNG women entrepreneurs. The program highlights that there are deeply embedded and long-standing connections between Papua New Guinea and Australia, and when highlighted, they create opportunity for business and industry growth. Game Enough? creates foods and beverages that adopt the flavours of the Australian bush. READ MORE

Growing quickly?  5 tips to maintain your startup’s culture

Growing quickly? 5 tips to maintain your startup’s culture

One of the difficult challenges facing startups as they transcend the boundary from concept to small and medium-sized companies and beyond, is the ability to retain the familial vibe and “can-do” attitude that makes their organisations successful. While change is inevitable, just like product development, sales, and business operations, cultural change can and should be planned by making it part of your business strategy.   1) Your culture is your brand In every interaction you have, whether it be a sales meeting or interviewing potential employees, the values and behaviours ... READ MORE

Investing in more than a business: Investor engagement with Essence of Fiji

Investing in more than a business: Investor engagement with Essence of Fiji

Recently we took Deb Sadranu, Founder and Managing Director of Essence of Fiji to meet with our investment partners, Enterprise Angels in New Zealand.  Enterprise Angels has facilitated over $40M of investment in 80 different early stage and established businesses since launching in 2008. Founder Bill Murphy and Impact Investment manager, Kristen Joiner (pictured) are proactively building interest in impact investing amongst their members and many have expressed a strong interest in doing good and making money.  We have been working with Essence of Fiji, in partnership with Pacific RISE ... READ MORE

Two Feet 2017/18 – where are they now?

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 ... READ MORE

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

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

Anna Moegerlein works here at TDi heading up our consulting and business development in the Pacific. She recently sat down with Sam Cook at Pacific Legal Network (PLN) Australia to share about TDi’s work in the Pacific, and to shed some light on what drives everything that we do in the ‘do good make money’ space. *The following interview was originally posted on PLN’s blog here.   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? TDi was founded by investors and entrepreneurs to awaken the ... READ MORE

Announcing our Second leveraged Investment into the Pacific with Tanna Coffee

Announcing our Second leveraged Investment into the Pacific with Tanna Coffee

TDi are proud and excited to announce the second investment that we enabled into the Pacific. Following months of working closely with various partners across the region including DFAT and Pacific Trade & Invest, we are pleased to announce that we have leveraged $656,000 in investment capital,  for a business making a real difference to peoples’ lives in the South Pacific. In 2015, Cyclone Pam devastated many of Vanuatu’s 84 islands. One island, called Tanna, suffered the full force of the storm, and the coffee-growing hub, comprised of 750,000 plants, was almost completely ... READ MORE

Meet: Coconut Cluster

Meet: Coconut Cluster

We are excited to announce that our first enterprise in the Pacific has taken on investment. Coconut Cluster, based in Samoa, produce high quality virgin organic coconut oil and export it internationally and locally. Coconut oil traditionally has been used for cooking, but now is increasing in popularity as a beauty product in Western markets. TDi worked with Coconut Cluster to help them become investment ready, and ready to present to the Genesis Impact Fund, with whom they have taken on investment. Let’s take a step back. Since July 2015, TDi has been working with DFAT to explore ... READ MORE

STREAT

STREAT

This case study is from 2014. We're catching up with Ethical Property Australia to see what they're up to in 2017. Watch this space. STREAT is a social enterprise that provides homeless youth with the life-skills, work experience and training to start a career in hospitality. After a long gestation, STREAT’s founders, Bec Scott and Kate Barrelle, kick-started the organisation in 2010 with two small food carts in Federation Square and a class of nine trainees. STREAT now supports six Melbourne based businesses – including cafes, catering and coffee roasting businesses – which provide ... READ MORE

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