A tech startup for social good: Dotforge Impact and Deliverd interview

Ricki Unger and Emily Hill

Ricki Unger and Emily Hill

What is an “accelerator and investment programme for social entrepreneurs who want to harness the power of digital technology to realise positive social change” – and what does it do? My guests on my Business Live radio programme, on Sheffield Live on Friday, explained. You can access the interview below.

Emily Hill is the programmes coordinator for Dotforge Impact – the aforementioned accelerator and investment programme for social entrepreneurs. Ricki Unger is one of the co-founders of Deliverd, an “elegant web and mobile platform that enables hungry, busy people to have healthy meals delivered at lunch.” In Sheffield Deliverd is working with The Archer Project to provide skills-based training and a path to permanent employment for individuals who are homeless or transitioning out of homelessness.

During the interview Emily discussed how the Dotforge Impact programme works and what kind of tech startups it is supporting; its impressive portfolio of business, tech and social mentors; and how the programme fits with other activity in sheffield and the UK.

Ricki introduced Deliverd and gave her insights on moving from idea to launch of a minimum viable product (MVP), lean startup principles, split testing, and scaling the business – whilst delivering social impact too.

Later in the show Hannah Lister, enterprise development officer at Sheffield Hallam University, told listeners about the Enterprise Challenge which challenges students and graduates to create a viable business idea – with a £5,000 pot of funding awarded to turn the idea into reality.

Listen to the interviews with Emily, Ricki and Hannah below (Emily and Ricki: 0 – 22 mins; Hannah 22 mins to end):

(You can also listen to the complete show including the music chosen by guests on the Sheffield Live website – it will be available until mid-July).

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