Startup Room

EXPERIENCE AND SAMPLE OF PAST WORK

Some of the projects our team members have worked on in the past include:

  • Starting up, funding and running a range of social enterprises

  • Research project for an international organisation on the state of social and creative enterprise in South Africa

  • Research for the ILO to help set the social economy policy for the South African government

  • Helping a National Trust in southern Africa develop a social enterprise model for revenue generation as well as an overall resource mobilisation strategy

  • Helping a large public fund in Southern Africa develop a strategy to best support social enterprises in the country from an ecosystems level

  • Evaluation of a large public fund for social enterprise for an EU based funder

  • Research and strategy for funding startups in the circular economy space, culminating in funding guidelines and policies for a EU country representative in Africa

  • Design and implementation of incubation and acceleration programmes for Impact Hub Joburg (our founder, Lana Lovasic, was a co-founder of Impact Hub Joburg) focused on SDG related theme areas and with heavy innovation components

  • Facilitation and design of design thinking workshops / hackathons in various theme areas, including health and tech for impact

  • Advising and coaching social enterprises on their overall strategy but focused mostly on business model, market assessment, marketing and general operations as well as business development and fundraising - in particular in emerging markets

  • Supply chain/value chain and supplier and enterprise development strategy for a range of large multinational corporates 

  • Research and strategy work in food and agricultural systems utilising hydroponics and aquaponics

  • Running workshops, courses, and presentations on impact and development topics - including co-teaching an MBA level course on Social Enterprise and Impact Investing