Dragon's Den with a bit of Comic Relief
Two members of the Shared Interest team travelled to London in
July to join the internal communications team for a Comic Relief
staff conference. The aim of the session was to help discuss the
rationale behind social investment versus grant-funding.
Designed a little like TV's Dragon's Den, there was a mock up
pitch where Shared Interest's Elisabeth Wilson and Tim Morgan went
head to head with other socially responsible organisations.
Business Development Manager Elisabeth Wilson said: "The Comic
Relief staff split into three groups of about 15 people and each of
them had £250,000 of 'Monopoly money' to award to projects.
"Following the pitches, each group had about five minutes to ask
us questions so that they could decide where their 'money' would
have greatest impact.
"We were awarded a total of £320,000 and were then invited to
describe fully the hypothetical project we were pitching."
Shared Interest's pitch focused on a tea producer who needed
additional finance for the purchase of fertilisers to achieve good
yields from their plants.
Elisabeth concluded: "It was a great opportunity for us to share
skills with other likeminded organisations. Although the situation,
and the money awarded, wasn't real, we were very proud of our
achievement on the day and learn a lot from the other teams."
Comic Relief's Sian Herschel said: ""It was great for staff from
across Comic Relief to understand more about social investment from
such an inspiring organisation as Shared Interest. It was
particularly brilliant that we fund Shared Interest in reality and
so had already supported the tea producer who received £320,000 in
'Monopoly money' with actual money!"