Perth Masterclass with IIG & SEFA; Introducing Daniel Mackey & Emma Tomkinson; and 1week left to be counted in the WA enterprise map 🔥

August 2019 News
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The impact investment & blended finance Perth masterclass will be delivered by Impact Seed in partnership with Impact Investment Group (IIG) and Social Enterprise Finance Australia (SEFA).

It will address the launch of two important WA-focused initiatives to engage in impact investment, including:

  • Launch of the WA Impact Fund and partnership opportunities across regenerative agriculture, clean energy/community housing, and social enterprise
    (IIG and Impact Seed)
  • Launch of the WA Blended Finance partnership, exploring new opportunities and finance innovations in the market for foundations, private ancillary funds and not for profits
    (SEFA and Impact Seed)

This masterclass will be facilitated by Impact Seed, and conclude with a panel/Q&A with  Dan Madhavan, CEO of Impact Investment Group, and Hanna Ebeling, CIO of Social Enterprise Finance Australia.

This Perth masterclass at 9:30am Tuesday 10th September immediately follows the official launch of the Impact Investment WA Alliance and is exclusively for managers and trustees of foundations, private ancillary funds; family office and private client advisors. 

A limited number of reserved places are available for these sector guests.  Please contact Sven Stenvers by reply email or via for more information.

Welcoming Daniel and Emma to the Impact Seed Team

We're thrilled to introduce two leaders in their respective areas of impact investment/social enterprise specialisation to our team - Daniel Mackey, and Emma Tomkinson.

Daniel Mackey
Daniel was the Co-founder of Ethical Fields (, an environmental not-for-profit focused on empowering producers and informing consumers via evolving technology in agriculture, forestry, and supply chain sustainability. He was also on the Expert Services Panel for the Federal Government’s Farming Together Program ( and is a Board Member to the Forestry Stewardship Council - FSC Australia (

For the past 10 years Daniel has been working in the social impact and sustainable development arena, primarily in food and fibre supply chains. His focus has been on building and facilitating collaborations between NFPs, businesses and producers to deliver better outcomes for business, people and the environment.

He has led national business development and advocacy activities to grow the market for Fairtrade products along with leading the policy and standards negotiations to develop Australia’s first Forest Stewardship Standard for the Forest Stewardship Council. He has a particular interest in integrating the multiple social, environmental, cultural and economic needs of regional producers, Indigenous communities and their landscape.

Daniel has been with us since the beginning of the year, and has been instrumental in some of our key development projects this year.  We're thrilled to have Daniel spearheading Impact Seed's development work in to the areas of agroforestry and timber impact investment..

Emma Tomkinson
Emma has worked on social impact bond policy for the NSW Government and UK Cabinet Office. She intimately understands outcomes based frameworks and the link between innovation design and implementation through her years of experience in designing for measurable outcomes through social impact bonds, working across the not for profit, finance and government sectors nationally and internationally.

She is the founder of Community Insight Australia, which takes all the publicly available data about Australians and plugs it in the back end of a map. When people designing services need to know about an issue or a place, they can just go to the map and get it. Prior to embarking on a career as a social impact analyst, Emma was a maths teacher, with her first job in the Northern Territory.

Emma has a Bachelor of Arts (Mathematics, Politics and Philosophy) and a Master of Special Education (Psychometrics) from the University of Western Australia. In addition, she holds a Graduate Diploma of Education from Melbourne University and a Master of Science (Operational Research) from the London School of Economics. 

Emma is a 10-year veteran of the social investment sector in Australia and we're thrilled she is joining us to expand Impact Seed's capacity in the areas of social finance, measurement and innovation through design.   

Impact Business/Social Enterprises & NFPs:
Be Counted!

The WA Mapping Project Closes Next Week.

Be counted in this mapping project if you have or are exploring a social/ enviro impact business model, and want a representative voice for the sector for regenerative/circular systems, disability, health/education targeting vulnerable Australians, Aboriginal cultural impact, community inclusion, homelessness or international development.

We have had over 100 respondents so far, but are looking for full representation across the sector.  Please register if you identify as:

  • An impact business venture with a clear impact mission (possible social enterprise)
  • An NFP with a trading arm (possible social enterprise), or:
  • A Social Enterprise with at the core.

This Mapping Project will seek to understand the current and potential capacity of the sector in WA for imperatives such as Impact Investment, Social procurement policy and enterprise accreditation, Development potential and capacity building, and measurement of the impact of the sector in the economy in terms of job creation potential and social/environmental outcomes.

(The form takes around 5mins to complete)



West Kimberley or Gascoyne-based?
Register Now

EOI's Closing Soon.

Expressions of Interest are now open for social enterprises in the West Kimberley and Gascoyne region to seek Impact Seed’s incubation and development support under the Regional Social Enterprise Incubation Pilot to be delivered under the McGowan Government’s $4.5M Regional New Industries Fund.

Impact Seed’s support program fills an unmet need in piloting place-based incubation of emerging social enterprises including Aboriginal social enterprises that have the capacity to deliver blended financial, social and environmental returns to remote and regional communities.  

Successful applicants will receive:

  • Practical one on one development support for their social enterprises towards commercialisation and investment readiness
  • Group workshops covering social enterprise development and impact investment readiness, business modelling, governance, market validation, impact strategy and measurement and team structures
  • Access to Impact Seed's social enterprise development toolkits and resources, and professional mentoring and connections through Impact Seed's network

Importantly, Impact Seed’s approach will also support local capacity building through on-the-ground partnerships and skills-transfer, enabling sustainable development, driving social innovation and economic diversification in the Kimberley and Gascoyne.

This EOI closes 31 August 2019 and successful applicants will be informed by email by 30 September 2019.  The application process preferences existing social enterprises or existing organisations seeking to develop a new social enterprise. 

Please note that a co-contribution may be asked from successful applicants based on project scope and capacity. Click here for more information.


Our Top Articles & Opportunities of the Month

We’ve trawled the innards of the internet to bring you a curated look at the world of impact investment, innovation, social enterprise, critical thought and reflection.
  1. Kylie Hansen will be presenting on impact investment, regional impact measurement and social enterprise incubation, and attending a subsequent panel discussion at the Peel Investment Seminar on 29 August. This event is open for registration now. $10 admission. If you're in the Peel region, and interested in innovation in a regional context, book now.
  2. Beyond Paradigms - new economy - new ecology - new ways of being in the world is the NENA 2019 Annual Conference, and this year it is coming to Perth.  With an awesome national and international speaker lineup, this event from 4-7 October is not to be missed!  The main streams of the conference are:
    - Brilliant Cities (because being "smart" won't be nearly enough);
    - Positive Futures (because yes, we can);
    - Emerging/Converging Technologies (applying our worlds-colliding powertools responsibly); and
    - Full-Spectrum Wellbeing (firing on all our jets, as whole human beings)
    Book Now. We look forward to seeing you there!
  3. Perth-based Urbotanica is launching a Crowd-Sourced Equity Funding raise through Equitise.  A number of current trends are making it both more important, but also more difficult for us to grow our own food. With rising urbanisation and increasing demand for limited agricultural resources and of what we do grow, we are throwing out $8 billion of useable food each year.  Growing even small amounts of food at home can make a great impact by reducing food miles & waste. Urbotanica is about supporting the grow your own movement for these reasons and want to bring everyone the tools to join in no matter the challenges.
  4. The importance of supporting social enterprise with policy, procurement, finances, and our consumer dollar. As always, the numbers are compelling.
    A new report out today by The Centre for Social Impact Swinburne in collaboration with Westpac Foundation, shows about 7000 of Australia’s estimated 20,000 social enterprises focus on creating employment...”
    Vanguard Laundry Services: “And the change in the employees’ lives is profound. Nearly 80 per cent of workers in Vanguard’s employment services reported their health was either stable or improved within a year, and their median fortnightly income increased by $304. In the 18 months since Vanguard’s launch in December 2016, more than $153,000 was saved in Centrelink payments and more than $231,000 in direct hospital costs.”
  5. IPCC climate change report calls for urgent overhaul of food production, land management "Systemic changes to agriculture to reverse soil erosion, rehabilitate degraded lands, minimise water and fertiliser use are all identified as short- and long-term strategies for reducing greenhouse gases.  Recent research also estimates that reforesting a billion hectares of degraded land globally could stall atmospheric carbon dioxide increase by around 20 years. Rehabilitating these carbon-sink ecosystems can achieve significant greenhouse-gas draw-down in the near future." This is why regenerative agriculture will be in the WA impact fund mandate. 
  6. Foundations and impact investing: Why is it taking so long? Do we think its ok to invest in negative impact with the corpus, for an annual impact on annual grant making? Foundations should be investing fully in impact, they exist purely for public good
  7. The Invention of Money - In three centuries, the heresies of two bankers became the basis of our modern economy.
  8. Forget the 'Innovators'.. How 'Maintainers' Make the World Turn
  9. The Costs of Climate Change - Nordhaus, Nobel Prize winner in Economics encourages policy makers to manage global climate so it stabilizes at 4 degrees.  However, the last time earth was 4 degrees hotter it had 500ppm carbon concentration and sea levels were 80 metres higher.
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