Hope in a challenging environment

Hope in a challenging environment

A reflection by TDis, Carlo Demaio, on the PNG Highlands township of Porgera. READ MORE

Mitch Wallis puts his heart on his sleeve about working with TDi

Mitch Wallis puts his heart on his sleeve about working with TDi

We were so grateful to Mitch from Heart On My Sleeve for sharing this video story of his experiences working with TDi. READ MORE

When life gives you lemons… pivot your business model

When life gives you lemons… pivot your business model

Nemika Brunton is based in Alotau, Papua New Guinea.  We met her during the YuMi Tourism Partners Pilot program.  The program addressed starting small, testing and learning, and how to adapt and respond to market needs.  These lessons have certainly helped Nemika shift her business focus in response to COVID-19. Tourism is a key industry for the town and many of the local businesses were tourism based.  So, the impact of COVID-19 hit the town hard.  Many locals - including Nemika - have adapted quickly to totally new businesses and customers. READ MORE

Why mindset matters to women’s entrepreneurship and why we should invest in it, especially now

Why mindset matters to women’s entrepreneurship and why we should invest in it, especially now

At The Difference Incubator (TDi) we’ve been supporting social entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses for over a decade. In 2019 we partnered with PNG Women’s Business Resource Centre and Kate Wilson from Kamaji Tree Consulting and Coaching, with the support of the Australian Government, to unlock the full potential of eleven talented female social entrepreneurs in PNG.    At TDi, we know that an individual’s mindset is a big driver of business success. For us, mindset is made up of the underlying beliefs we hold about ourselves, others and the world. It shows up in all ... READ MORE

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

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

YuMi Wins Shared Value Award 2018

YuMi Wins Shared Value Award 2018

Across the Asia Pacific inspiring and impactful shared value initiatives were selected as finalist for the Shared Value Awards 2018. We are so excited to share that last week from that fantastic group, YuMi Tourism Partners, a joint initiative between TDi, Carnival Australia and The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, won a shared value award in the category Shared Value Project by an Organisation or Collaboration. This partnership is aptly named YuMi which commonly means "together" in Pacific Bislama and Pidgin languages. Partnership is imbedded at every level of the program which READ MORE

Two Feet Profile: big little brush

Two Feet Profile: big little brush

The Two Feet Melbourne Accelerator 2018 is up and running, and our first cohort of the year, Melbourne, is already in the thick of it. They’ve covered mission, modeling and a variety of other key ingredients that are a part of the Two Feet Accelerator that will help to supercharge their journey to impact over the next few months. (From Sydney and want to take part in Two Feet? Applications are still open! Check it out here.) We’ve just announced the 7 social entrepreneurs who made the cut, which you can read here. And now before we do anything else, we wanted to share with you a ... READ MORE

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