Make a Wave | Resources

Make a Wave Bootcamp SessionMake a Wave is a unique Specialist Pre-Incubator Programme for Women Social Entrepreneurs.

Make a Wave helps participants to be better equipped and more confident to present projects to funders, angels, or investment panels, and communicate their business better.


MAKE A WAVE PI #3 -2014 -  250 Future Women Social Entrepreneurs


Link to each session's feedback survey (online - Please fill in after each session, thanks!)

Link to Make a Wave Impact Questionnaire (online - Once filled in, you will receive a copy by email. Go back to this regularly, to remind you of your progress!


*** Link to Make a Wave learning journal/blog*** (Tumblr - post a short article and don't forget to tag!)

Action: How well do you know yourself? (Includes quizz - great before your form a ateam)

Action: 4 steps to prepare for your business plan

Action: Get funded! A Crowdfunding Advice Pack - (Zip File)

Read: Business model canvas - Business model YOU! Learning from Bootcamp.

Read: How to start designing your brand identity? (Blog) Olivia Knight - Ceo PatchworkPresent

Read: How to put yourself in the shoes of an investor! blog by Make a Wave Manchester Fellows.

Read: A few tips in introduction to crowdfunding, by Theresa Burton CEO Buzzbnk


Give your social enterprise a solid make up session (Branding webinar) -with Olivia Knight from PatchworkPresent. Goes to

Navigating the Funding Maze - With Erika Watson from PROWESS. Goes to

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MAKE A WAVE PI #2 - Learning Live Sessions - 2012-2013:

Suzanne Biegel: How to structure your board

Suzanne Biegel: What Angels might expect from you

Bonnie Foley-Wong: How Activist Angels show an integrated approach to decision-making.

Susan Aktemel: Never separate ideas from spreadsheets!

Ida Beerhalter: How to effectively build relationships with team & main stakeholders.

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Jenni Inglis : Things to think about before going through Social Impact Measurement

Kate Welch: Acumen Development Trust - On developing a social business

Sherine Mahmoud: How to prepare before speed-dating impact investors...

How to prepare for impact investment. 


Have a go at THE BUSINESS DIAGNOSTIC FORM HERE (word doc) to work on the questions - (guidance included)


For Angels: Give what you are good at and help charities grow through strategic support, not just painting walls... Impetus Trust


MAKE A WAVE PI #1 - Learning Live sessions - 2011-2012

Read "Don't Wait to turnover £1m to start nurturing relationships" 

Feedback Social Business Trust with CEO Adele Blakebrough

Read "Drop the "We are a Social Enterprise" from the pitch"
Feedback ASTIA EUROPE with board member Sarah Ryan

Read "Not all Social Entrepreneurs are Treehuggers"
Feedback Merism Capital - Hub Venture Labs with CEO Stephen Rockman

Read "Communicate your Values in a Way People can Understand"
Feedback The Impetus Trust with CEO Daniela Barone Soares

Read "Women Business Angels, it's not About Having a Soft Touch"
Feedback Sally Goodsell, CEO FSE Group, Incito Ventures and Social Impact Co-Investment Fund

Read "Impact Investors should be able to deal with growing pains and hurdles"
Feedback Venture Partnership Foundation with Victoria Anderson (Board Director) and Andrea Soccorso (CEO)

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Podcast Goodies

  • Kate Welch OBE is founder and Chief Executive of Acumen Development Trust which works to achieve social and economic regeneration through learning, employment and enterprise. Acumen works across the North East and Cumbria engaging people in disadvantaged communities and supporting them to achieve their potential. Kate founded Acumen in 2003 having previously worked for JobCentre Plus and County Durham Training and Enterprise Council. In this Make a Wave pre-incubator recording, Kate shares insights and top tips on funding, investment, behaviour, and business development approaches.

  • Sherine Mahmoud (investment Analyst) outlines the importance of monitoring finances and understanding variables. What to get out of numbers, on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. What impact investors really expect!


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