Impact 2 Innovate

Impact 2 Innovate  (I2I) is a multi-year program to provide capacity building and investment readiness support to Western Australian social enterprises/impact ventures, and investors.

The program, delivered with funding support from Paul Ramsay Foundation, will focus on development of social enterprises and impact ventures, along with impact investment to support them.

Each selected venture will have the opportunity to work alongside expert mentors and partners including Minter Ellison, who have generously provided their in-kind support.

Impact 2 Innovate will provide a comprehensive range of capacity-building support aimed at growing impact ventures and social enterprises in WA. Program support will be provided in a number of streams:

  • Capacity building for social enterprises and impact ventures at the ideation and validation stage including advisory, and coaching on our toolkits; Workshops and programs for impact ventures at various stages of development
  • Accelerator residencies for growth-stage ventures
  • Mentoring from local and national domain experts
  • Impact strategy, measurement and management: co-design support for tools including program logic, theory of change and impact management strategies to deepen impact and support stakeholder communication of impact value propositions
  • Investment-readiness support
  • Catalytic stakeholder support across the impact and innovation ecosystem, corporate and government social investment enablers, investors targeting impact, not-for-profit organisations, and granting foundations

Read the media release here.

Program Mentors


Adam James

Director, Caladenia Advisory

Adam has over 15 years’ experience across research and technology commercialisation and complex systems transformation; And is a founder of Emyria (ASX:EMD). He holds a degree in Neuroscience (Pharmacology), an MBA and is WA committee member for Ausbiotech; the representative body for the life sciences sector in Australia. and is a Foundational Fellow of the Collaboration for the Advancement of Sustainable Medical Innovation (CASMI) UCL UK.


Alan Beattie

CEO, Noongar Land Enterprise Group (NLE)

Alan is a recognised industry leader, having held a number of senior roles across sectors sector since 1997 and joined NLE in 2020 after 3 years in the role of Social Enterprise Manager at Holyoake, where he was responsible for development and growth of the DRUMBEAT, DRUMBEAT Quest and Wellbeing@Work Social Enterprises. NLE develops innovative land based enterprises such as Bush Produce, Cultural Tourism, Honey and mainstream enterprise such as Prime Lamb Production on Noongar country. NLE identifies successful business enterprises managed by Noongar People, on Noongar land, as an opportunity to provide better social and cultural outcomes for Noongar people and the broader community.


Ben Hawthorn

Founding CEO, Suitsme

Ben has worked as an Executive Manager, Non-Executive Board Director, Founder and Advisor with both private and public organisations,most recently as the CEO of Suitsme, an app based service providing mental health support under the NDIS. Ben has had a diverse career having worked internationally and locally across education and health to engineering and sustainability on large scale infrastructure projects. He also has a strong interest in social enterprise and digital ventures, having co-founded an online disability marketplace, the Impact Collective and advised a number of startups both locally and internationally as a Partner at Health Disrupt. Ben is currently a Board Director of WA Blue Sky, an NDIS service provider.


Vanessa Rauland

CEO, Climate Clever

As a passionate entrepreneur, researcher, author and public speaker, Vanessa has dedicated her career to addressing climate change and increasing awareness about the vast benefits of sustainability and low carbon living. After completing her PhD in the field of decarbonising cities and working as an academic for over 10 years, she founded ClimateClever, a data-driven, climate-tech startup that helps communities to reduce their carbon footprint and save money on their utility bills. She is passionate about social enterprises and impact-driven businesses and is a Founding Board Director and Co-Chair of WA Social Enterprise Council (WASEC), which aims to grow this sector in WA.


Keith Rovers

Partner, Minter Ellison

Keith Rovers Partner, Minter Ellison Keith brings this commercial expertise and a passion for social justice together as the firm's Pro Bono & Community Investments Partner and in this role, advises over 100+ social enterprises, indigenous businesses, for-purpose businesses and charities sponsored by the likes of Westpac Foundation, AMP Foundation, Social Ventures Australia, First Australians Capital, Many Rivers and Social Traders. He has also been involved in the establishment of social enterprise peak bodies, such as SECNA, SENVIC and Social Enterprise Australia, as well as advising QSEC, Impact North and Impact Seed. Keith is on Social Trader's Expert Advisory Committee. Keith holds a number of board positions, including the Westpac Foundation and is chair of social enterprise incubator - White Box Enterprises, as well as MothersBabies, a health promotion charity educating and empowering families, including research into the microbiome and impacts on the health of mothers and babies. He is also a board member of Constellation Project – an initiative with Mission Australia, Australian Red Cross, Centre for Social Impact and PwC, seeking to end homelessness in a generation and Humanitix – the humane ticketing platform, with an education aligned mission. Keith is recognised by Best Lawyers in Banking & Finance, and is regularly published in the Australian Banking and Finance (AB+F) magazine.


Rowan Foley

CEO, Aboriginal Carbon Foundation

Rowan Foley comes from the Wondunna clan of the Badtjala people Traditional Owners of K’gari (Fraser Island) and Hervey Bay, Queensland. Rowan is the founding CEO of the Aboriginal Carbon Foundation (AbCF). Rowan arrived in the Northern Territory in 1989 working as a ranger at Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park and returned in 2005 as the Park Manager living in Mutitjulu community for a total of six years.The Kimberley Land Council employed Rowan as their first Land Management Officer 1995 where he established their Land and Sea Management Unit and negotiated the first Indigenous Protected Area in Western Australia.