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Date Posted: 23 November 2016
SocialStarters' mission is to bring together talented business professionals with grassroots entrepreneurs tackling issues in their communities - to share skills, solve problems, generate new ideas and provide a platform for cross-cultural co-creation, knowledge sharing and long term impact.
Anna Moran is the co-founder of _SocialStarters, a UK based social enterprise who provide pro bono Consultancy assignments with social enterprises around the world.Anna joined the EY Foundation’s Accelerate programme with a unique business challenge - how could she get professional expertise into the hands of social entrepreneurs in emerging markets whilst balancing the volunteers existing work commitments in the UK and at the same time providing a meaningful and impactful exchange.
With the support of her Accelerate business coach Saad Akhbar and guidance from Accelerate sponsor partner Gavin Jordan, _SocialStarters developed their business offer that balances the needs of the enterprises they organisation supports and the availability of consultants in the UK.
_SocialStarters has helped match over 120 'Social Impact Consultants' with meaningful projects and game-changing start-ups around the world. _SocialStarters’ new 2 Week Consultancy Assignment scheme provides a more manageable way for the professional who wants to give their time and share their skills.
Gavin Jordan, commented:
Linda Coyle, an investment and business development advisor from Ireland did an assignment in Hyderabad in June 2016 with car-pooling start-up RideIT,
The work involved everything from writing their business plan, capturing their marketing plan, going through their financial projections in detail, to amending their investor pitch and contacting as many VC funds, Seed funds and business angels as possible.
Anna told us that the 2-Week Consultancy Assignment has been designed with busy Consultants in mind. "This isn't about quitting your job and going travelling around the world to find more meaning in your life" she told us, "it's about an incredibly unique 2-week adventure - taking on a socially impactful consultancy assignment in order to do something completely different from your usual vacation."
To find out more about Accelerate visit: www.eyfoundation.co.uk/accelerate
More information about _SocialStarters is available on their website.