Why Two Feet?

All entrepreneurs face hurdles in their business journey. Often they question their purpose and where they’re putting their effort, and both their business model and management team are challenged. To survive these difficult times, they and their business need to learn to stand on their own two feet.

 

“We got to bounce our ideas, our current business model, our preconceived ideas off a whole bunch of very informed people… both the TDi staff, who were brilliant, and our cohort”

-Steve Morriss, Circular Food

 

TDi developed our Two Feet program, an accelerator where enterprises can drive to clarity, build their capacity and maximise their potential for building an investable business all in a supported environment. Our curriculum has been intentionally designed to suit any business seeking to do good and make money.

We place emphasis on creating connection and community for all of our Two Feet cohorts. Many entrepreneurs understand the feeling of being isolated and lacking community; we seek to create an environment where entrepreneurs are supported and around like-minded people.

 

“Two Feet has helped me create a roadmap for the future, as cliché as that sounds, it’s guided me to know what I need to be doing to be sustainable and sound, and a healthy profit for purpose business”

– Anna Robertson, YEVU Clothing

 

There is a lot of talk in the market about the gap between enterprises seeking investment, and impact investors. TDi’s programs get results and are actually closing that gap. Some Two Feet enterprises in the past have gone on to take part in our Investment Readiness Program, to take them to that next level.

 

To line up a coffee with us to discuss your participation in Two Feet 2017, email info@tdi.org.au

YuMi Tourism Partners (Alotau) – Milne Bay Organics

“Coconut has been incredibly embedded in the Milne Bay tradition – from the food consumption through to the traditional dancing.” Last year, the YuMi pilot program took us to Alotau in Papua New Guinea, where we worked with difference maker, Rhona.

Indigenous tourism is key to economic recovery

Long-time friend, and associate of TDi, Ash Bartley has just started a new role with Visit Victoria.  We caught up with her recently to celebrate her new role and ask about the opportunity for Indigenous tourism in Australia’s economic recovery.

YuMi Tourism Partners (Alotau) – VilLink Tours & Expeditions PNG

“With what I’m doing, I want to encourage the other young women out there, that they can also have the chance to make a difference.  Not only in earning money, but sharing what they know, and getting other communities involved.”

Flexible and responsive coaching is key to sustaining women’s economic empowerment during a crisis

While each business owner faces their own set of challenges in response to the uncertainty and upheaval of COVID-19, we are observing a series of consistent coaching requirements emerge.

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.

Supporting Social Enterprise during COVID-19

Following a tumultuous year of bushfires, COVID-19 and recent floods in Southern NSW, lots of small businesses and the families and communities they serve, are doing it tough.  One way we’ve seen people showing their support for these local businesses is through the #shoplocal #shopvictoria and #buyfromthebush movements.  We’ve been inspired by this and wanted to share a #shopsocialenterprise guide based on some of the businesses we’ve been working with over the last 18 months.

Resilience, at what cost?

Over the past six months we as a team have navigated our own business and helped hundreds of others to do the same. We went from having a clear business model and ready to write our best year ever to having nothing as certain and many parts of our own business model under threat.

Finding motivation to continue business during COVID-19

As the current economic climate evolves with COVID-19, we have been sharing some perspective from both our own work and the continual conversations and support we’re offering others. Initially, we shared a metaphor about what this first felt like – like our house was...

Pivoting during COVID: responses from Fiji

Recently, we caught up with Deb Sadranu at Essence of Fiji to see how things are going for her, her business, and Fiji in the face of COVID-19.  Tourism is a key industry for Fiji, and Essence of Fiji usually serves the tourists. As a result of COVID-19, Deb’s whole business model has pivoted from predominantly local, in-store sales, to predominantly international, online sales.

A letter to my daughter about Black Lives Matter and racial inequality

Dear Willow,  I’m writing to you because I want to share some rumblings in my gut that have troubled me.  You are at an age now, where it is time for you to step into a conversation that for us as Australians is long overdue. I have tried to teach you about love,...