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Creative Ways to Refresh Your Business Model

Creative Ways to Refresh Your Business Model

This blog was written by Isaac Jeffries, an associate of TDi. Designing new business models is exciting – conversations full of optimism and intrigue, especially when you get the gut sense that this idea is a winner… It’s important that we don’t fall in love with our first idea. Yes, it’s a good idea, and there are several aspects that will probably succeed. But an idea being exciting does not mean that it has earned permanence. It’s more likely that this idea contains the DNA of a highly successful model, but it needs to go through some refinement in order to get it out. What ... READ MORE

Five Tips from Ben to Broaden Your Network

Five Tips from Ben to Broaden Your Network

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How to Make Your Organisation Investment Ready

How to Make Your Organisation Investment Ready

When an investor is looking to make an impact investment, they’re looking for a business that will be able to use those funds to scale something of value that already exists in the business. In other words, when taking on investment, it’s best to take something that already works and make it bigger and better. So how do you make your business investment ready?An investor also wants to see that the business is one that is ready to scale. This generally means your organisation will need to have proved there’s a market for it’s value proposition, by demonstrating that your product or ... READ MORE

The Importance of Your Value Proposition

The Importance of Your Value Proposition

In every social enterprise, there’s a tension; two competing ideas that will shape almost every decision you make. These ideas are so important that they’re the focus of the first two sessions of our Two Feet Program. The first is your ‘Intent’; why your organisation exists and what change you want to see happen in the world. There’s a skill in creating a clear statement of intent, but it’s also easy for social entrepreneurs to talk for hours about their passion for social impact. I find these sessions quite inspiring. The second is your ‘Value Proposition’ to your customer; why ... READ MORE

Three Unhelpful Obsessions

Three Unhelpful Obsessions

If the macro problem is: “How do we solve social and environmental challenges with a marketplace approach?” there are three unhelpful obsessions that are read as ‘the problem’ and subsequently lead to unsatisfying outcomes.   Finance First A ‘Finance First’ approach takes the macro problem and names the issue as “money”. This leads to “if I had more money I could…”, with the solution then being articulated as “find more money”! This has lead to solution designs like the Social Enterprise Development and Investment Funds (SEDIF). In the case of SEDIF, by focusing on ... READ MORE

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