Innovation Award Blog #2
Its been a busy first few months for me and The BioFactory! I have been a guest speaker for SETsquared’s First Tuesday, November edition and had a lot of interesting questions present from the audience. During the networking session following my presentation I was made to feel welcomed into the community, and even though I wasn’t pitching for investment, I had a few people say they would be interested in supporting the venture.
The First Tuesdays event was not the only event I have been able to practice my pitching skills in the last few months, with the University of Bath’s Management Society inviting me to present on my journey to where I am, my experience as a social entrepreneur and if I had any advice for those looking to start their own social enterprises.
Unfortunately, most of my time has been spent doing the less exciting items on my to-do list. One of these has been developing my pitch deck into a tool I can use to get a foot in the door of partners and potential investors. It’s getting there slowly and is of course, an ever-developing document, however I am close to the point where I would be comfortable presenting this to the many key stakeholders to my business. I have also spent a lot of time researching and developing a long list of these stakeholders to get in contact with in the next couple of months. Contacting as many of these as possible will allow me to keep to my May 2019 target for prototype funding to be in place, and for us to start development of a prototype in Kenya.
With the way the BioFactory is progressing, it is becoming an uphill battle to stay on top of my task-list and it is getting to the point where I need to find my team. As such I have been working on finding suitable candidates for positions in the company and have had lots of positive responses, with many wanting to join the team.
See you in 2019!
Eoin Sharkey, The BioFactory