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From Idea to Impact: A Workshop

Wed 13 Nov 2019
Marlborough Theatre, Brighton

About the event

You’d like to start a business that alloys your talents with a cause that could nourish lives and nurture our planet. Or you’ve started, but you need to scale. Or maybe you’d like to invest in, or work for, an ethical business.

Our workshop will share experiences, insights and actionable advice. What we talk about is going to be guided by what you need to know but we could be touching on:

  • Make an offer, get a return: having purpose is just the start
  • Impact investors v orthodox capitalists - what’s the deal?
  • Profit is your secret weapon
  • The ‘impact pivot’: how collaboration builds scale

We’re going to start with a case study. Why did a Dutch impact entrepreneur believe he could bring electricity to Sub Saharan Africa, ending energy poverty for 125 million families on the continent, when charities and governments have utterly failed?

Bart Hartman is creating local impact enterprises in Rwanda that offer Africans sustainable solar light and power at a lower cost than kerosene and candles, and on a scale that NGOs can’t match.

Part of Meaning Fringe 

About the hosts

About - Bart HartmanBart founded NOTS Impact Enterprises in 2003, alloying entrepreneurship, innovation and activism. He then co-founded Triple Jump BV - a microfinance investment management firm - a partnership between NOTS, Oxfam and ASN Bank. Bart and NOTS launched renewable energy businesses in Mali in 2011, and Rwanda in 2014.In 2019 NOTS successfully piloted a highly innovative business and consumer finance model that makes Solar Home Systems (SHS) affordable by the poorest families in Rwanda - built for Africa, in Africa, with African investment.Previously a successful if regular kind of entrepreneur, Bart learned his stuff as a consultant with McKinsey and Co, where he completed an MBA at INSEAD.About - Andy WilliamsOld enough now to have lived a few lives, Andy’s tried engineering, product marketing and strategic communications - whatever that is. He’s worked at scale-ups, start-ups, big enterprise and for himself. He’s always told stories about tech and innovation. With hindsight, he’s happy to admit that he got a lot wrong - sometimes dazzlingly so. This current life is dedicated to putting that right.Your Ticket Will Help Tackle HomelessnessAll ticket sale proceeds will go to Llamau, a Welsh charity that works to protect the most vulnerable groups from homelessness: women, teenagers and children.www.llamau.orgCohesiveWe’ve reimagined Public Relations for an attention-deficit world. Working with innovative tech businesses, we’re telling stories and starting conversations - on purpose. Find out more here: www.wearecohesive.comAbout NOTS Solar LampsNOTS Solar Lamps improves lives and life opportunities for African families through offgrid, affordable light and power. We create local enterprises that build and sell SHS (Solar Home Systems), using a groundbreaking business and consumer financing model. Find out more here: