The Finding Impact Podcast

The Finding Impact Podcast
The ultimate resource for social entrepreneurs in emerging markets to help them scale their social business, lifting people out of poverty, serving the BoP Base of the Pyramid, and changing the world one business at a time

123: How this young founder is bootstrapping his EdTech Startup, with Cyril Michino of Chaptr Global
Dec 18, 2019 • 40 min
This week on the Finding Impact Podcast, we find out out how a young founder bootstrapped his startup and the lessons he learnt in wannapreneurship. We talk with Cyril Michino, co-founder of Chaptr Global who shares his experiences around the challenges…
122: How to build processes and systems for scale, with Boston Nyer of BURN Manufacturing
Dec 4, 2019 • 36 min
This week on the Finding Impact Podcast, we are talking to Boston Nyer, co-founder of BURN. Boston’s played a wide variety of roles during his 8 years at BURN, including COO, where he was tasked with setting up processes in their factory in Nairobi…
121: Maintaining culture with growth through scale, with Paul Breloff of Shortlist
Nov 19, 2019 • 38 min
This week we are talking about the challenges of maintaining culture as your social business scales, and tactics for how to adapt and scale your culture, with Paul Breloff of Shortlist. Paul’s company, Shortlist, helps companies build and develop their…
120: Adapting managment and leadership styles for scale
Nov 6, 2019 • 36 min
Leadership and management styles as a company transitions to scale
119: Tips for young founders with Lamia Makkar who launched her first startup at age 13
Oct 22, 2019 • 39 min
This week on the Finding Impact Podcast, we’ve got Lemia Makkar and we’re going to talk about Lamia’s experience as a young founder, with the hope of inspiring and helping other young founders succeed at what they’re doing. Lemia started her first…
118: Building entrepreneurial ecosystems in emerging markets with Maryanne Ochola of ANDE
Sep 18, 2019 • 32 min
This week on the Finding Impact Podcast, we are starting off a new series to help social entrepreneurs understand and navigate the whole gamut of services and service providers in entrepreneurial ecosystems and we are talking with Maryanne Ochola, East…
117: Hardware entrepreneurs II 3/3 – Deploying a network of kiosks, automated fuel dispensers, with Sagun Saxena of KOKO Networks
Sep 12, 2019 • 37 min
Sagun Saxena, co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer of KOKO Networks, is a company operating in Kenya and India that builds and deploys a dense network of kiosks inside local corner stores that distribute bio-ethanol for the modern cookers they sell.
116: Hardware entrepreneurs II 2/3 - The inventor who’s creating Africa’s first CNC machines, with Simon Oshera of Proteq Automation
Sep 4, 2019 • 44 min
Simon Oshera is from Proteq Automation in Nairobi. We talk about Simon’s invention that is set to propel manufacturing in Kenya to compete with the likes of China and other industrialized nations.
115: Hardware entrepreneurs II 1/3 - PayGo Energy with Mike Hahn
Aug 21, 2019 • 49 min
This week on the Finding Impact Podcast, we are continuing our second series on hardware entrepreneurs, this one with Mike Hahn of PayGo Energy about his hardware development journey. This is the first episode in our second 3-part series on…
114: When to say ‘No’ to more investment with Solonia Teodros of The Change School
Aug 7, 2019 • 35 min
This week on the Finding Impact Podcast, we are talking to Solonia Treodos, Co-founder of The Change School, who describes why social entrepreneurs need a clear fundraising strategy and goal before starting their fundraising activities. Solonia shares her…
113: Funding for when things go wrong, with Caroline Bressan of Open Road Alliance
Jul 24, 2019 • 33 min
This week on the Finding Impact podcast, we will be speaking with Caroline Bressan, the Director of Social Investments at Open Road Alliance. This incredible service at Open Road Alliance provides capital (loans or grants) to social impact organizations…
112: Tips for Social Entrepreneurs Wanting to Apply to an Accelerator
Jul 10, 2019 • 17 min
Tips for social entrepreneurs applying to accelerators, from Village Capital, UnLtd, MassChallenge, Agora Partnerships, Bethnal Green Ventures, Fledge, The Accelerator Guy, OnPurpose.
111: Hardware entrepreneurs 3/3 - Creating a modem-cum-router device aimed at solving last-mile connectivity issues in Africa, with Erik Hersman
Jun 26, 2019 • 49 min
This third part episode is with Erik Hersman, co-founder of BRCK, which creates a modem-cum-router device aimed at solving last-mile connectivity issues in Africa.
110: Hardware entrepreneurs - 2/3 Creating electronic hardware products for businesses in East Africa, with Mary Mwangi
Jun 19, 2019 • 38 min
I’ve got Mary Mwangi here and we’re going to talk about her hardware development journey.
109: Hardware entrepreneurs 1/3 - Creating tools for manufacturing in Africa, with William Maluki
Jun 12, 2019 • 37 min
This week on the Finding Impact Podcast, we are kicking off a new series on hardware entrepreneurs, this one with William Maluki of Gearbox about creating tools for manufacturing in Africa. This is the first episode in a 3-part series on invention-based…
108: Last mile distribution 3/3 - How to pivot from a cash-based to a PAYGO model, with Washikala of Altech
May 29, 2019 • 62 min
This episode is with Washikala of Altech who operate in the Democratic Republic of Congo. We cover what Altech do, and Washikala’s personal story as a refugee in Tz, we talk about the model he first developed, why they decided to transition to PAYG, what…
107: Last mile distribution 2/3 - How to manage a merger of like-minded social enterprises, with Sita Adhikari and Alexie Seller of Pollinate Group
May 22, 2019 • 53 min
106: Last mile distribution 1/3 - How to pivot a distribution model from door-to-door to retail, with Philip Wilson of EcoFiltro
May 15, 2019 • 47 min
This is part of one of a 3-part mini-series on last mile distribution. This series is a collaboration between the Finding Impact Podcast and the Global Distributors Collective (or the GDC). The GDC is a collective of over 140 last mile distribution…
105: The view from inside an accelerator, with Fhiwa Ndou, formerly with MassChallenge
May 8, 2019 • 38 min
Accelerators for social enterprises
104: What I learnt from attending my first accelerator, with Nava Osembo of Enda Athletics
Apr 24, 2019 • 36 min
This week on the Finding Impact Podcast, we have Navalayo (Nava) Osembo-Ombati who is Co-founder and CEO of Enda Athletics, a Nairobi based running shoes manufacturer designing footwear to inspire customers to run like a Kenyan. Enda Athletics recently…
103: Do accelerators actually work? A look into the evidence, with Emily Eastman of GALI
Apr 17, 2019 • 35 min
This week on the Finding Impact Podcast, we are kicking off a new 3-part series about accelerators for early stage social enterprises. We are talking with Emily Eastman, Global Partnerships Manager at Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI), who has…
102: Why donor money is distorting the entrepreneurship ecosystem in East Africa, with Fiona Mungai of Endeavor
Apr 3, 2019 • 32 min
What entrepreneurs in East Africa need to know about foreign impact investors, and why donor money may be holding back entrepreneurship, with Fiona Mungai of Endeavor
FIP: 101 Experience from a recent investment raise with Dr. Christie Peacock of Sidai Africa
Mar 27, 2019 • 37 min
This week on the Finding Impact Podcast, we are talking to Dr. Christie Peacock, founder of Sidai. We’re going to do an interview about her recent experience of raising a round for her social enterprise Sidai Africa. Sidai offers farmers solutions to the…
100: What I’ve learnt building my social enterprise after 100 episodes, interview by Andrew Foote of Sanivation
Mar 20, 2019 • 45 min
We’re celebrating 100 episodes!! Andrew Foote interviews Andy Narracott to find out what he’s learnt building a social enterprise, learnt about himself and what’s the vision for Finding Impact for the next 100 or 1000 episodes.
99: How local founders can attract foreign impact capital with Andreas Zeller
Mar 13, 2019 • 30 min
We’re talking about how local founders can attract foreign impact capital, with Andreas Zeller of Open Capital Advisors
098 Mental stress and isolation with Bedriye Hulya
Mar 6, 2019 • 24 min
This week on the Finding Impact Podcast, we are talking about burnout in the social sector, the third in our interview series, and we talk about Bedriye Hulya’s own experience, and how it took a very unique project that aims to promote the inner…
97: The dangers of being a Corporate Insurgent with Gib Bulloch
Feb 27, 2019 • 37 min
This week on the Finding Impact Podcast, we are talking about burnout, corporate insurgency and a mental hospital. This is the second in the series of podcasts that we are covering on burnout and mental stress in the social sector. We are talking with Gib…
96: Burnout in Social Entrepreneurs with Ilaina Rabbat of Amani Institute
Feb 19, 2019 • 35 min
Today, we speak with Ilaina Rabbat (co-founder of Amani Institute) on burnout in social entrepreneurs—why it happens, what can be done to protect yourself from it, signs it’s happening, safety measure to put in place—which is so critically important when…
95: The ingredients of an effective government partnership with Ruth Ngechu of Living Goods
Feb 12, 2019 • 37 min
This interview will help you put yourself into the shoes of government so you can work with them effectively. Ruth Ngechu is the Deputy Country Director in charge of partnership with Living Goods in Kenya. Ruth shares her strategies and tactics she’s…
94: Shannon May from Bridge International Academies
Feb 5, 2019 • 33 min
In this episode we speak with Shannon May about scaling partnerships with government, in order to help you understand if this is the right option for your social enterprise, ie. doing the outsource model of government partnerships, which Erin Worsham in…
93: Scaling Pathways with Erin Worsham of CASE, Duke University
Jan 29, 2019 • 37 min
This week we’re kicking of a three-part series on how social enterprises can partner with governments to achieve greater scale and impact. We’re talking with Erin Worsham, Executive Director of the award-winning Center for the Advancement of Social…
92: Helping People Make the Right Choices with Kevin Green from Rare
Jan 23, 2019 • 34 min
We have Kevin Green from Rare, who leads their Center for Behavior & the Environment. He’s a whizz at qualitative and quantitative social research methods and behavior-centered design - and he’s on the show to talk us through using behavioural design in…
91: Alexandra Fiorillo on behavioral science and social impact
Oct 30, 2018 • 35 min
Today, we speak with Alexandra Fiorillo of GRID Impact on how to incorporate behavioral design elements into social enterprises to maximize impact.
90: Drones for Social Enterprise? Imagining What’s Possible with Lauren Fletcher
Oct 23, 2018 • 43 min
Today we’re doing a replay of my interview with Lauren Fletcher of Biocarbon Engineering - a social enterprise that is imagining what is possible with drones - and this, he describes, is about reforesting the planet at scale. This is the last in our three…
89: High Tech Bio Tech for Development with Eddy Agbo of Fyodor Biotech
Oct 17, 2018 • 37 min
For the second episode in our high tech for development episode, I’m speaking to Eddy Agbo of Fyodor Biotech. We speak about early diagnostic methods that are changing the game for global health and the opportunities these represent for social enterprise.…
88: Using Cryptocurrencies in Social Enterprise with Elizabeth Rossiello from BitPesa
Oct 10, 2018 • 31 min
This week we’re kicking of a mini-series on high-tech for business within a developing country context. First off, a look at how cryptocurrency is being used in social enterprise.
87: Audience Stories – Ravi Shankar from AcceleratED
Oct 2, 2018 • 28 min
We speak with Ravi Shankar of AcceleratED in Ethiopia on how Finding Impact has helped the company as it doubles its operations during its growth phase, for which learning from others’ mistakes has been critical.
86: Audience Stories - Rachel Sklar from Pit Vidura
Sep 25, 2018 • 32 min
Rachel Sklar takes the guest seat this week to tell us how the Finding Impact Podcast is helping her with her business in Rwanda. Rachel runs Pit Vidura, which offers pit latrine emptying services in dense urban areas where there are no sewers.
85: Audience Stories – Emily Woods from Sanivation
Sep 17, 2018 • 25 min
Today, we speak with Emily Woods of Sanivation on how one episode of Finding Impact helped her re-think how her company’s culture and values were created and defined. On this episode: Emily talks about the process of defining the company culture and…
84: How to Build a Relationship with Your Core Customer Base with Lindsay Stradley
Sep 12, 2018 • 38 min
Lindsay Stradley is co-founder of Sanergy which is making sanitation hygienic and affordable in Africa’s informal settlements using a franchised network of toilets run by local residents. Sanergy converts the waste into valuable byproducts, which are sold…
83: Marketing in Emerging Markets with Amanda Arch of Kasha
Sep 4, 2018 • 30 min
Today, we speak with Amanda Arch of Kasha on how it uses online and mobile platforms to market and deliver health products to middle class and BOP consumers in Rwanda. On this episode: Amanda explains Kasha’s development in Rwanda, which began with…
82: Building an Iterative Product Testing Platform with David Henia
Aug 29, 2018 • 34 min
David Henia has been the Lead Developer at Eneza for the last two years and is in charge of product, technical and back-end development. Prior to his role at Eneza Education, he held a variety of roles at different technology development and software…
81: What mobile data can do for social enterprise with Guilherme Lichand
Aug 21, 2018 • 37 min
In the final episode in our data series, we speak with Guilherme Lichand of mGOV on the use of the “anti-apps” to establish a two-way communication channel with citizens, program beneficiaries, and customers. On this episode, you’ll learn: Guilherme…
80: The case for not collecting impact data – and what to do instead with Loïc Watine of IPA
Aug 15, 2018 • 29 min
I talk to Loïc Watine about evaluating impact in your social enterprise. Loïc is with the right-fit evidence unit at Innovations for Poverty Action. He helps organizations consider what else they should measure if they’re not in a position to make the…
79: Lessons from a data driven social enterprise with Mina Shahid
Aug 7, 2018 • 36 min
This is our first in an episode series on data and social enterprises. Today’s guest is Mina Shahid of Numida who shares his thoughts on how to effectively incorporate data into social enterprises. On this episode you’ll learn: How Mina and Numida started…
78: Finding Strengths to Let Managers Shine with Raghu Krishnaswamy
Aug 1, 2018 • 32 min
This is the third part in our second human capital series, with seasoned leader and manager of people, Raghu Krishnaswamy. It’s a real honour to get him on the podcast to share some of his insights about managing teams. Raghu spent over 30 years with…
77: Company culture and ways to motivate and build cohesion with Julienne Oyler
Jul 24, 2018 • 36 min
Today’s guest is Julianne Oyler of the African Entrepreneur Collective who shares her thoughts on building organizational culture. On this episode you’ll learn: Why Julienne thinks that “culture eats strategy”, noting that even for herself it is important…
76: KPIs, Cohesion, and Driving Performance with Gayatri Datar of EarthEnable
Jul 18, 2018 • 37 min
Gayatri is co-founder of EarthEnable, a social enterprise with a mission to improve the health of low-income communities by replacing dirt floors with affordable and sanitary floors. She is incredibly passionate about scaling simple technologies that can…
75: Board Effectiveness with Charity Chanda Lumpa
Jul 10, 2018 • 39 min
Today we continue our podcast takeover series with Tamsin Jones of The Boardroom Africa. Her guest today is Charity Chanda Lumpa, the first female Board chair for Zanaco, who shares her thoughts on board effectiveness. On this episode you’ll learn: How…
74: Gender Smart Investing with Suzanne Biegel
Jul 3, 2018 • 36 min
On this episode we continue our podcast takeover series with Tamsin Jones of The Boardroom Africa. Her guest today is Suzanne Biegel of Catalyst at Large. Suzanne has more than 25 years’ of experience as an entrepreneur, investor, board member, and…
73: Men Who Champion Women with Isaac Fokuo
Jun 26, 2018 • 45 min
Today we begin our new podcast takeover series with Tamsin Jones of The Boardroom Africa. Her first guest is Isaac Fokuo of Botho Emerging Markets Group who shares his thoughts on how men can be champions for women. On this episode you’ll learn: The tools…
72: Funding 4/4 – Breaking Down Term Sheet Terms with Nina Gené of Jasmine Social Investments
Jun 20, 2018 • 27 min
Our final episode in our 2018 fundraising series features Nina Gené of Jasmine Social Investments. The goal of this episode is to provide entrepreneurs with insights to better prepare them for negotiations with potential funders or investors. Nina joined…
FIP71: Fundraising 3/4 – Getting to First Close (Part 2) with Miora Randriambeloma of Chalkboard Education
Jun 12, 2018 • 26 min
Today we continue to hear from Miora Randriambeloma, co-founder of the ed-tech startup Chalkboard Education, which is changing the culture of African education through e-learning. Chalkboard Education aims to democratize learning by providing mobile…
FIP70: Fundraising 2/4 – Getting to First Close (Part 1) with Miora Randriambeloma of Chalkboard Education
Jun 5, 2018 • 28 min
Today we hear from Miora Randriambeloma, co-founder of the ed-tech startup Chalkboard Education, which is changing the culture of African education through e-learning. Chalkboard Education aims to democratize learning by providing mobile learning…
69: Funding 1/4 – Are you ready to raise money? With Elizabeth West of iGravity
May 29, 2018 • 34 min
Today we hear from Elizabeth West of iGravity on the subject of investment readiness and the first steps in fundraising as the first episode in our fundraising series. On this episode you’ll learn: What it means to be “investment ready” and what are some…
68: The Boardroom Africa with Marcia Ashong
May 22, 2018 • 35 min
Marcia Ashong and Tamsin Jones joined forces to start The Boardroom Africa (TBrA) with the objective of accelerating the appointment of women to boards across Africa. According to TBrA, it might take another 60 years, at the current rate, for gender…
67: Profit vs. Impact 3/3 – with Arielle Molino of Intellecap
May 15, 2018 • 27 min
Today we hear from Arielle Molino of Intellecap, which is a firm that supports business solutions to poverty through consulting, impact investing activities, and the Sankalp conferences in India and East Africa. On this episode you’ll learn: Why Arielle…
66: Profit vs. Impact 2/3 – with Tom Adams of Acumen
May 9, 2018 • 34 min
Today on the podcast Ashlee Tuttleman interviews Tom Adams of Acumen. As Chief Impact Officer, Tom leads the organizations’ work towards creating impact through patient capital investing. Acumen have pioneered Lean DataSM, an approach to data collection…
65: Profit vs Impact Series 1/3 – with Arjun Bolangdy
May 2, 2018 • 35 min
For the first episode in our three-part series on “Profit Versus Impact”, today we hear from Arjun Bolangdy, Associate Vice President – Strategic Projects of Pollinate Energy, with a mission to improve the lives of India’s urban poor. Through providing…
64: The Failure Files – Six Guests Share Their Stories
Apr 25, 2018 • 24 min
Six guests share their stories of failure. Our undercover reporter took to the streets of Oxford during the 2018 Skoll World Forum to uncover the stories of failure. Let’s face it – this isn’t talked about enough, and this is what this podcast is for:…
63: Human Capital Series 3/3 – Creating Company Culture and the Role of Self-Confidence with Ayla Schlosser
Apr 17, 2018 • 37 min
Today we hear from Ayla Schlosser, co-founder of Resonate, whose mission is to unlock the leadership potential of women and girls in East Africa. Through storytelling, confidence-building workshops and leadership training, Resonate is aiming to close the…
62: Human Capital Series 2/3 – Recruiting and Retaining High Performers at more Mature Organizations with Sarah Perrott
Apr 10, 2018 • 36 min
This week, Sarah Perrott is my guest for the second episode in our human capital series. We’re talking about recruiting and retaining high performers at more mature organizations. Sarah is the Founder and Managing Director of Cresco Consulting which is a…
61: Human Capital Series 1/3 – Building Strong Teams Through Trial and Error with Anastasia Uglova
Apr 2, 2018 • 36 min
This week, Anastasia Uglova is my guest on the Finding Impact Podcast. Anastasia is Co-Founder and Managing Director of MindSky, which is an online platform connecting current university students and graduates in Rwanda with employment opportunities,…
60: David Auerbach Interviews Samir Ibrahim of SunCulture
Mar 27, 2018 • 29 min
This week, Samir Ibrahim is David’s guest on the Finding Impact Podcast. Samir is CEO and Co-Founder of SunCulture which designs and sells solar-powered irrigation systems that make it cheaper and easier for farmers to grow fresh fruits and vegetables.…
59: 11 Social Entrepreneurs Answer “What I Wish I’d Known Before Starting My Social Enterprise”
Mar 21, 2018 • 29 min
In this week’s episode, I’m trying something new. Instead of just hearing from one guest, you’ll hear from 11. I asked several past guests on the show “What do you wish you’d known before starting your social enterprise?” On this episode, you’ll hear…
58: David Auerbach Interviews Premal Shah of Kiva
Mar 14, 2018 • 39 min
Once again, David Auerbach takes the mic to find out from other social entrepreneurs how they go about making critical decisions. This week, Premal Shah of Kiva is David’s guest. Premal is President and Co-Founder of Kiva and is a long time friend and…
57: David Auerbach Interviews Lauren Russell Nkuranga of GET IT
Mar 6, 2018 • 27 min
David Auerbach of Sanergy is on the mic again this week interviewing Lauren Russell Nkuranga, Founder and CEO of GET IT, a text-to-order model for food-service distribution in Rwanda. Lauren first moved to Rwanda in 2012 on assignment with the Nike…
56: David Auerbach Interviews Andrew Youn of One Acre Fund
Feb 28, 2018 • 36 min
David Auerbach of Sanergy has taken the mic this week, not only to give Andy a vacation after a full year of non-stop podcasting but also to dig into a topic he’s pondering with Sanergy right now. He’s interviewing his old buddy Andrew Youn of One Acre…
55: Tools and Tactics to Maintain Strong Founder Relationships with Edith Elliott
Feb 21, 2018 • 30 min
Edith Elliott is the co-founder and CEO of Noora Health, a nonprofit that unleashes the potential of patients and their family members by training them with skills to tremendously improve clinical outcomes, provide care and save lives. Today she tells us…
54: Gender-lens Investing with Shloka Nath
Feb 14, 2018 • 39 min
This episode triggered a few ‘a-ha’ moments for me and it’s a topic I’m proud to cover on the show. Gender-lens investing is a growing trend in the impact sector and Shloka Nath has some valuable lessons to share from her experience setting up such a fund…
53: Distributing Social Products to Rural Markets with Gaurav Mehta
Feb 7, 2018 • 25 min
Dharma Life supports women and subsistence farmers to sell products such as solar lamps, stoves and sanitary napkins to villagers to improve their quality of life. They recruit people with a basic education, who are in need of money and don’t have a…
52: Bridging Education Gaps in Rural India with Umesh Malhotra
Jan 30, 2018 • 36 min
Umesh Malhotra is the co-founder of Hippocampus which is a network of libraries and schools that is attempting to change the face of rural education in India. A graduate of one of India’s leading engineering institutes, IIT Madras, he began his career in…
51: Social Franchising Series 4/4 Franchising in Nairobi with CJ Bak
Jan 23, 2018 • 38 min
Christopher Bak, also known as CJ, is Co-founder of Liberty Eagle African Holdings, owner of several commercial franchises operating in Kenya. CJ and his co-founder joined forces to use their collective knowledge of retail, finance and emerging markets in…
50: Social Franchising Series 3/4: What Everyone’s getting Wrong about Social Franchising, with Ben Litalien
Jan 17, 2018 • 45 min
We’re going deep into the commercial side of franchising in this episode with Ben Litalien, seasoned franchise expert in the commercial world, having taught at Georgetown on franchising for close to 12 years, started his own franchise consulting firm…
49: Social Franchising Series 2/4: Social Micro-franchising with Beth Meadows
Jan 9, 2018 • 34 min
Beth Meadows is a psychologist turned entrepreneur. She built a travel franchise that grew to over 250 locations in just 5 years, which was purchased by an American Express affiliate before the age of the internet. She’s still in the travel business, as…
48: Social Franchising Series 1/4: Social Franchising 101 with Bill Maddocks
Jan 2, 2018 • 28 min
Bill Maddocks is University of New Hampshire’s Director of Social Sector Franchise Initiative, Director of Sustainable Microfinance and Development Program and Community and Economic Development Advisor for UNH Cooperative Extension. Bill has been…
47: Most Downloaded Episode of 2017
Dec 27, 2017 • 39 min
Howdy from the Kenyan coast! I’m taking some time off this week, so I thought I’d treat you to the Most Downloaded Episode of 2017. I hope you enjoy the holiday – or the quiet if you’re not 😉 – and take some time to define what you want to achieve in…
46: Tackling Unit Economics with Steve Andrews
Dec 19, 2017 • 35 min
This week’s Finding Impact Podcast (FIP) features, Steve Andrews, Founder and CEO of NewLight Africa. After spending years in the solar industry, Steve found himself asking what else did his customers need? Since 2010 Steve has been hard at work bringing…
045: Product design and validation for the urban poor with Simon Dixon
Dec 12, 2017 • 28 min
In Nairobi alone, 1.4 million people live in informal housing settlements. The individual structures’ are built using meager resources, often poorly constructed, and are prone to fire. In 2015, Simon Dixon co-founded Kwangu-Kwako, a social enterprise that…
FIP044: Product Prototyping with Fausto Marcigot
Dec 5, 2017 • 26 min
Fausto Marcigot is one of five Co-founders at PayGo Energy, a technology company enabling low-income households in Kenya to afford clean cooking fuel. Inspiration for the company came straight from Kenyan users – Fausto and his team were working on…
43: Bootstrapping with Audrey Cheng
Nov 28, 2017 • 23 min
Audrey Cheng is the Founder and CEO of Moringa School, where she is transforming higher education in Africa – starting with computer science. During her time at the venture capitalist firm, Savannah Fund, Audrey noticed a mismatch between the skills of…
FIP042: Franchising Social Enterprise with Randy Welsch
Nov 21, 2017 • 30 min
This week we learn how the franchise model has made its way to social entrepreneurs in the form of a clean water company, Jibu, with Randy Welsch, Jibu’s Co-founder. Decades of entrepreneurship and investment in small enterprises led Randy to partner with…
41: World Toilet Day with Jack Sim
Nov 14, 2017 • 29 min
Jack Sim, Founder of the World Toilet Organization (WTO) has been a successful businessman for all of his adult life. After achieving financial success in his 40s, he felt a strong desire to give back to humanity. Jack found that toilets were often…
40: Cash Flow Fundamentals with Alex Eaton
Nov 7, 2017 • 29 min
Growing up on a small farm in the US, Alex Eaton was raised with a sensitivity to the reality of smallholder farming. It’s no surprise that after 8 years of leading the International Renewable Resources Institute, Alex, a serial entrepreneur, built…
39: Product Design and Market Fit with Charlie Nichols
Oct 31, 2017 • 32 min
Charlie is co-founder of SunCulture and today we’re talking about product design and market fit. Charlie’s background is in mechanical engineering and economics, it’s the fourth company he’s founded and co-founded, though his first in Africa. He was…
38: Designing for Impact at Scale with Kevin Starr
Oct 24, 2017 • 44 min
Kevin Starr, Managing Director at Mulago Foundation and Founder of the Rainer Arnhold Fellows Program, has been scaling social ventures that provide the best solutions to the biggest problems in the poorest places, since 1994. Kevin also serves as the…
37: The Key to Success is Knowing Your Why with Ken Njoroge
Oct 17, 2017 • 32 min
This is the second part of my interview with Ken – co-founder of one of Africa’s’s exciting homegrown multinationals – Cellulant. In this episode, he shares some of his hard learned lessons, including how he got through one of the darkest times in his…
36: A Billion Dollar Homegrown African Business with Ken Njoroge
Oct 10, 2017 • 21 min
Ken’s first business was a web development firm called 3mice – which became pretty well known as one of the first web development firms in the region. After selling the business, he would sit for four hours a day over coffee with his buddy wondering why…
35: Optimising business models for impact entrepreneurs, with Jon Shepard
Oct 3, 2017 • 24 min
After leaving the army in his late twenties, Jon’s work with the Prince’s Trust set him on a path of finding purpose in his life. Later, Jon worked with Gib Bulloch at Accenture Development Partners in 2003 on a model that became the influence for setting…
34: Avoiding Burnout, Maximum Employee Output and Hiring with a Dog, with David Goldberg
Sep 26, 2017 • 26 min
Founders Pledge asks tech entrepreneurs to make a commitment early on in their journey, that when they come into some liquidity, be that an exit or payout, they will give a portion of that to their favourite charity. This is an honest conversation and…
33: Charity Revenue via Consulting with David Goldberg of Founders Pledge
Sep 19, 2017 • 30 min
Founders Pledge asks tech entrepreneurs to make a commitment early on in their journey, that when they come into some liquidity, be that an exit or payout, they will give a portion to their favourite charity. David shares stories of what happens when the…
32: Designing an Organisation that People Love to Work For with Jim Taylor
Sep 12, 2017 • 42 min
Proximity Designs started in 2004 in Myanmar as a social enterprise focusing on the rural sector. Starting out with smallholder farmers, they first introduced a simple pump that dramatically improve water use and boosted productivity and incomes. They’ve…
31: Tips on Building Trust and Hiring People by Founder-CEO, Grant Brooke
Sep 5, 2017 • 28 min
We talk about how to think about a CEO-Founder’s transition from day-to-day firefighting of operations to looking more on the horizon. Grant Brooke moved from fire-fighting day-in, day-out as a new start-up and getting involved in every facet of the…
30: Disrupting Markets with Grant Brooke
Aug 29, 2017 • 28 min
I was introduced to Grant through Christie Peacock (Episode 6). When I later met with him in a Nairobi lunch spot, he came across as an unassuming guy just minding his own business. A little into the conversation, I was struck by his immense curiosity –…
029: Breaking Taboo with Shawn Shafner
Aug 22, 2017 • 47 min
When taboos exist, issues are skipped over. This is bad news when you’re encouraging people to come together to solve societal issues. Shawn Shafner is a master at breaking the taboo of shit. He created The People’s Own Organic Power Project – AKA The…
028: Fundraising, Media and Conferencing with David Auerbach
Aug 16, 2017 • 38 min
This is part two of an interview I had with David in which he dishes out tons of advice on all things communications and fundraising. David Auerbach is the co-founder of Sanergy – a social enterprise making hygienic sanitation affordable and accesible in…
027: Founders with David Auerbach
Aug 8, 2017 • 32 min
David Auerbach is the co-founder of Sanergy – a social enterprise making hygienic sanitation affordable and accesible in Africa’s informal settlements. It’s a huge pleasure to get David on the show, he’s been a friend and peer in the sanitation sector for…
026: Disrupting the Coffee Industry with Vava Angwenyi
Aug 1, 2017 • 51 min
Vava is the entrepreneur behind Vava Coffee – a social enterprise here in Kenya which has the lives of 30,000 coffee farmers at heart. Having studied in the US, Canada and Europe, she drank alot of coffee – like many people in the west – and so began her…
025: Time for Slow Innovation with Ken Banks
Jul 25, 2017 • 44 min
Ken Banks went from working at a primate care centre in Nigeria to being a mobile technology social entrepreneur. He is the creator of FrontlineSMS, one of the first uses of mobile technology for positive social and environmental change in developing…
024: Finding Your Calling, with Jonathan Golden
Jul 18, 2017 • 36 min
Jonathan setup a coffee company with a conscience – called Land of a 1000 Hills – which provides employment and community investments to over 2,500 Rwandan farmers and their families. He’s also a business coach, a priest and a public speaker, and a true…
023: Local Talent and Learning to be a CEO, with Xavier Helgesen
Jul 11, 2017 • 39 min
Xavier is a veteran entrepreneur, having founded two million-dollar businesses in his 20’s, including Better World Books – a profitable social venture with $60M in revenue selling books online to fund literacy. In 2011 he received a Skoll scholarship to…
022: Creating Your Own Political Strategy, with Carne Ross
Jul 4, 2017 • 50 min
Carne Ross is a Skoll Awardee and TED speaker. He’s a principled man, having walked away from his diplomatic career in the British Government in protest over the Iraq war. The non-profit he founded, called Independent Diplomat, is geared towards tackling…
021: A Fireside Chat with Jonathan Lewis
Jun 27, 2017 • 63 min
Jonathan is a social entrepreneur and social justice advocate, as can be seen from his illustrious career in a life of purpose. He’s started a fund to invest in micro-finance funds, he setup one of the leading social sector conferences – Opportunity…
020: Systems Entrepreneurship with Jordan Kassalow
Jun 20, 2017 • 49 min
Why do so many problems in the world persist? Could it be that our individual actions don’t make up to the sum of the potential whole? Do we need to focus our attention on the system level and take coordinated collective action to really move the needle…
019: Scaling People Reading with Colin McElwee
Jun 13, 2017 • 42 min
Worldreader focuses on getting people reading, whatever form and whatever content. In this episode, Colin talks us through Worldreader and the injustice that he’s fighting for, which is the unequal distribution of books and information around the world.…
018: Welding Corporate Partnerships with Yasmina Zaidman
Jun 6, 2017 • 41 min
Yasmina Zaidman is Chief Partnerships Officer at Acumen, who has been working with social entrepreneurs to see how solving problems of poverty might align with the activities of large global corporations. As of 2017, Yasmina has been with Acumen for…
017: Teaching the Skills to Make a Difference with Roshan Paul
May 30, 2017 • 38 min
Roshan talks us through his journey to create Amani Institute – an organization educating professionals with the skills needed to make a difference. Previously, Roshan spent five years with Ashoka working with over 100 enterprises to help them scale up.…
016: Credit Scoring for Under-Served Populations with Nicole Van Der Tuin
May 23, 2017 • 41 min
For nearly ten years, Nicole has been working to get capital to places where it is scarce. She believes the cost of capital is central barrier to economic growth and development and she’s been focusing on ways to bring that cost down. In 2010 she set up…
015: Pro-bono Data science with Jake Porway
May 16, 2017 • 30 min
In this episode, Jake Porway talks us through DataKind, the organization he founded that helps connect data scientists with non-profits. He was previously with the New York Times as a data scientist so is a great person to have on the show to unpack how…
014: The Importance of Story with Avery Bang
May 9, 2017 • 37 min
In this episode, Avery Bang talks us through the importance of story and staying clear of poverty porn. Avery is the CEO of Bridges to Prosperity, a non-profit working to connect rural communities to essential services, like education, healthcare and…
013: Planting Trees with Drones, with Lauren Fletcher
May 2, 2017 • 43 min
Lauren Fletcher talks us through his startup journey at Biocarbon Engineering, which quite simply, plants trees with drones. He has been a NASA engineer where he designed artificial environments for space shuttles and space stations. He’s studied Mars…
012: Selling High Price Products to Rural Farmers with Mirik Castro
Apr 25, 2017 • 68 min
In this episode, we join Mirik in Northern Tanzania as he talks us through their strategy of selling relatively expensive biogas products to poor rural farmers in East Africa. Mirik has been working in business since 2005, working to turn businesses…
011: Raising Early Stage Finance with Nicky Khaki
Apr 18, 2017 • 47 min
In this episode, Nicky Khaki talks us through early stage finance. He runs the EWB Venture fund that specifically targets early stage businesses and provides them with high-quality professionals to provide expertise to drive them forward. Nicky Khaki…
010: Why Human Connection is Good For Your Social Enterprise, with Devin Hibbard
Apr 12, 2017 • 43 min
In this episode, Devin Hibbard from Beads for Life talks to us about the skill of connecting with people and how it can be so good for you and your social enterprise. Devin started Beads for Life with the simple idea of improving the lives of a few bead…
009: Raising Equity Investment with Patrick Watson
Apr 5, 2017 • 46 min
In this episode, Patrick Watson talks us through the process of raising equity investment for social enterprises. Based in South America, he is Director of I-DEV’s Global Investment Advisory Group. He’s worked for KPMG and Inter Pipeline Fund, a…
008: Raising Debt Investment with Rob Mills
Mar 28, 2017 • 41 min
In this episode, I talk to Rob Mills from Social Finance about raising debt investment for your social enterprise. This is particularly useful for a later stage social enterprise, who is looking to raise debt finance, or for social entrepreneurs with an…
007: Developing Middle Management in Africa with Rebecca Harrison
Mar 21, 2017 • 43 min
“Effective managers hold the key to Africa’s prosperity”. A bold statement, but fair. So much focus by companies in Africa has been on technical training of employees, and management skills are woefully lagging. In this episode, Rebecca Harrison gives us…
006: Building a National Distribution Network, with Christie Peacock
Mar 14, 2017 • 43 min
In this episode, Christie talks us through how she built out Sidai with a national distribution network. Christie has been supporting small farmers and livestock keepers in Africa for years, as CEO of Farm Africa for over 10 years, and setting up Sidai as…
005: Not Going it Alone on your Social Enterprise Journey, with Mark Hemsworth
Mar 7, 2017 • 33 min
In this episode, I have a candid conversation with Mark Hemsworth about this subject of not going it alone and reaching out for help. This is such a big issue, because I think as social entrepreneurs, we might tell ourselves we need to have all the…
004: Micro-promotion: an effective way to train and retain a low-skilled workforce, with Michael Kuntz
Mar 1, 2017 • 30 min
In this episode, I talk to Michael Kuntz who tells us about a unique way to keep a low-skilled workforce engaged and motivated, whilst improving retention and productivity. Through this model, he’s achieved retention rates of over 90%, low-skilled…
003: Transforming Your Sales Capability with Scott Roy
Feb 20, 2017 • 52 min
In this episode, I talk to Scott Roy who talks to the importance of sales in every social enterprise. You’ll learn about his unique formula he developed over 30 years ago and how he now applies the same foundational sales process to social enterprises in…
002: Using Human-Centered Design to Create Solutions with Jocelyn Wyatt
Feb 19, 2017 • 36 min
In this episode, we talk to Jocelyn Wyatt about using human centered design to solve problems faced by social entrepreneurs. Specifically, on this episode you’ll learn: How you can use HCD early on in your business to figure out what resonates with the…
001: Motivating Community Health Workers with Liz Jarman
Feb 19, 2017 • 42 min
In this episode, we talk to Liz Jarman about how to motivate a network of community health workers whilst ensuring real-time performance management through their health mobile phone app. Specifically, on this episode you’ll learn: About the decision to…