About SVA Upscaler
Australia is on the tip of a social procurement wave as businesses and governments increasingly seek to create social value by buying products and services from for-purpose suppliers.
We work with mid- to later-stage social enterprises who want to build their capability to compete for these contracts, access flexible capital, and grow their business and social impact.
How SVA Upscaler works
We help build capabilities and financial sustainability for business to business (B2B) and business to government (B2G) social enterprises. We provide a unique balance of clear-eyed business rigour and flexible social capital to upscale growth and amplify impact, leveraging access to complimentary professional business intermediaries for complex legal, tax and governance advice.
Our formula for success
SVA Upscaler is uniquely skilled in helping organisations achieve the step-change growth required to service complex and large-scale social procurement contracts. Our approach is simple:
We help our partners towards:
- Balanced entrepreneurial/managerial leadership
- Customer centric, structured and proactive business development
- Differentiated product or service replicated to open/other Australian markets
- Operational and commercial capability to find, win and service large and complex contracts
- Good governance with quantified outcome measurement, evaluation & reporting
There is rarely a one-size-fits-all process to build capacity or boost capability. SVA Upscaler uses a ‘fit for purpose’ approach that applies the right tools for the job at the right time. Our services include:
- mapping potential demand and competition for new market entry;
- support navigating procurement processes;
- financial modelling and structuring advice;
- upscaling options, including mergers and acquisitions, site replication and licensing;
- investment advice and arranging; and
- support measuring and evaluating social impact performance.
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Transformation projects in action
SVA's Upscaler is working with Social Traders to help Jigsaw, a document digitisation social enterprise, replicate its model. Services include identifying new business opportunities for Jigsaw, financial modelling and capital raise.
Yarra View Nursery
Yarra View Nursery is a wholly owned social enterprise of Knoxbrooke Inc. SVA's Upscaler is supporting the acquisition of land and/or associated business that will provide significant expanded capacity to service the growing demand from commercial contracts.
Outlook Environmental is a wholly owned social enterprise of Outlook (Vic) Inc, specialising in waste management services. SVA's Upscaler is supporting the acquisition of associated businesses to provide additional capacity to service commercial waste disposal and recycling contracts.
Since 2002, SVA has incubated and invested in some of Australia’s leading social enterprises.
SVA provided a loan and ongoing support to convert the office furniture supplier to a social enterprise. Support: Acquisition
SVA conducted a SROI analysis for STREAT, a diversified social enterprise ending homelessness. Support: Measurement & Evaluation
Our sector insights
Social enterprise in the economic recovery
Aurora Elmes (Centre for Social Impact), Mark Daniels (Social Traders) and Colin Stimpson (SVA) consider the role of social enterprise in creating employment for Australians experiencing disadvantage.
The social procurement mismatch
SVA Upscaler's Nathan Sowell explores how major infrastructure projects need more ‘at scale’ social enterprises in order to meet social procurement targets.