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November 2013-Newsletter







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Red Ochre News


Kickstarter at the RSA
The popularity of crowdfunding is increasing exponentially. There is a constant stream of new platforms being launched and they are attracting thousands of enterprises, social economy organisations and individuals looking for funding of a few hundred pounds to trillions of dollars to create death stars!

The Royal Society of arts, RSA, has launched a crowdfunding platform curated specially for its members within the Kickstarter platform.

The RSA has been running a number of events to inform members of the possibilities and to pilot a number of social enterprise projects, participating in the Catalyst Programme to raise finance from members.

Uday Thakkar, together with Ed Whiting from NESTA, participated in a workshop on the 16th of October – giving 6 projects some general advice and then specific pointers to their individual projects.

Uday had a number of pointers for the RSA members:

  • Raising finance through crowdfunding is not a shortcut
  • You need to plan – it is a campaign
  • Make sure you have your own supporters – the platform will not magic them up for you
  • The project has to show that it will create change and why this change is needed
  • You need to demonstrate value
  • You need to have thought about sustainability
  • You need to make supporters lifetime givers – Excite them! Engage them! Make them feel good!

Uday will be participating in a further workshop at the RSA on the 14th of November

RSA Journal

Red Ochre have been quoted in the latest edition of the RSA journal. See the latest issue for some of our thinking on crowdfunding and crowdsourcing.


Red Ochre partner BuzzBnk has been taking on food and farming-related projects since its inception, with charities and social enterprises looking at alternative, environmentally sustainable ways to bring healthy food to the table. Click here to learn more about the projects they are supporting and how you can get invovled.

China Private Foundations Forum visit

From the 5th-16th November, Robert will be lecturing in China on social enterprise, social impact and social investment. To keep up with Robert's university visits with the British Council China, and discussions with the CPFF remember to follow Robert's blog.

Other News

National Enterprise Network

Red Ochre is now an associate member of the National Enterprise Network. NEN is a national membership organisation dedicated to the support and development of enterprise.

Shutl Sale

We are pleased to be able to share with you the news that one of our clients, shutl - the same day delivery company has been bought by EBay. Click here for more details.


The Samosa, a new and culture media project, has with The RSA launched Pakistan Calling, a film project to promote cross-cultural dialogue. The films depict Pakistani civil society organisations attempting to tackle the country's many problems and also Pakistan's many links with Britain. If you would like to contribute or be involved then please get in touch, or visit the website.

The Clarence Centre

The Clarence Centre for Enterprise and Innovation is offering entrepreneurs a range of facilities a few minutes from Waterloo Station. The Centre is particularly keen to attract social economy organisations and has some tempting offers until the ends of the year.

Great office space availability

Oxford House has a fabulous large mixed use space available from January 2014. All rooms have natural light including wonderful views across Weaver’s Fields, (London E2). To get more details contact John Ryan.

Red Ochre training
Don't forget our upcoming training.

Impact: Understanding and Quantifying Your Social Value
When: 21st november
Where: DSC, Euston, London NW1 2DP

Robert will be running an interactive full-day workshop that will provide delegates with the tools to understand and quantify the value they create. Click here for more details and to book.

Introduction to Crowdfunding

When: 20th November
Where: City Business Library, Guildhall, London

Robert will be running a brief introduction to crowd funding and crowd sourcing for blended value businesses.Click here for more details or to book.





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