WA’s for-profit social enterprises gathered on the evening of Tuesday 26th July at the Impact Seed pitch night, run in coordination with the UWA Centre for Social Impact.
Held at Woodside Auditorium, the evening featured keynote speaker, Bessi Graham, the CEO of The Difference Incubator (TDi), and co-founder of TDi, Benefit Capital and the Impact Investment Centre in Melbourne.
For the last five years Bessi’s work has focused on helping unlock the power of impact investment and social enterprise. TDi and Benefit Capital do this through designing, delivering and securing funding for the necessary capacity building required to develop Investable Social Enterprises (ISEs) in order to tap “Private Capital for Public Good”.
Charlie Gunningham, CEO of Business News MC’d the evening, during which five businesses pitched, outlining their business model and social impact created. A panel including Bessi Graham, Winthrop Professor Paul Flatau, and Derek Gerrard (Founder of Go Capital and Head of Innovation Bay Perth) judged the pitches and audience questions were facilitated. A generous audience choice prize sponsored by Corrs Chambers Westgarth was awarded at the end of the evening, and all social businesses will receive ongoing support and development assistance from Impact Seed beyond the pitch night.
Impact Seed’s mission is to “connect investors and social business founders” with each other, and the team worked with founders in the lead up to the evening to develop and articulate their social and commercial models. The pitch night was just be the start of Impact Seed’s work with founders on a journey to foster and raise the profile of these for-profit and purpose businesses in the WA start-up community, and facilitate connections with angel investors.
Founders interested in working with us, please tell us about your Social Business here. If you’re interested in attending in future pitch evenings, or accessing Impact Seed’s resources and workshops, please register below.