Charity Meetup: Start-ups for Good Event Summary

17th October 2019

The 17th Charity Meetup event took place in London on the 8th of October 2019. We began with a mixing game (fortune tellers) then we had three lightening talks and a panel discussion. We explored how organisations can learn from start-ups and new opportunities to generate income through products and services.

Thank you to the Good Innovation team for hosting. You can download their insightful Good Lab report for free here.

A huge thank you to our speakers and panellists Wai Foong Ng, Mel Nurse and Andrew Bathgate.


Wai Foong Ng – Founder at Matchable

Matchable is a platform matching companies and their top talent with innovative, high impact skilled volunteering projects at non-profits and impact startups.

Foong is also co-founder of Suits & Startups a community bringing together people working in big City organisations and start-up founders and was a Tax Director at PwC specialising in complex tax structuring on Private Equity and Real Estate deals in the UK and overseas.


Mel Nurse – Mission 3 Founder at Zinc VC

Previously Co-Founder – Disruptive Innovation Lab @ CRUK
Mel is a very clever spark – she started as an engineer at Rolls Royce and joined the charity sector 5 years ago when she joined CRUK. She was head of Innovation then became Co-Founder of CRUK’s Disruptive Innovation Lab. Her aim was to “Rapidly built an entrepreneurial ventures team to respond to the threat of disruption to CRUK’s income. Tested alternative business models to futureproof the charity’s impact in a rapidly changing market context. Product Managed the team and the ventures.” Ultimately the Innovation Lab failed after its first year and she is now setting up her own start up business. She is keen to talk about what she learnt especially learning from the failures.

Andrew Bathgate – Partner at Good Innovation, Co-Founder at Good Lab

Andrew helps organisations that do good grow through designing, developing and delivering new products and services.
Andrew’s passion is working to help changes people’s lives and solve some of society’s biggest challenges through a combination of raising more money and developing new services. Andrew believes in doing this through using insight to understand what needs to be designed and following this up with a combination of creative thinking and a solid commercial approach.

Andrew has worked with a wide range of social-purpose organisations including some of the UK’s largest charities, social enterprises and Local Authorities. With almost fifteen years experience of innovation, also working for industries including telecomms, media, information services and financial services and also launched his own startup. Andrew has spoken at numerous conferences and have been interviewed by the BBC, Al Jazeera and CNBC as well as many radio stations.
Specialties: Idea development and opportunity identification, market and consumer insights, proposition development, market entry strategy, customer segmentation, market sizing, storyboarding, and business case development.


  • Presentation Slides (PDF)
  • Event Programme with attendee list (PDF)
  • Fortune teller game template (PPT)
  • Collection of Tweets from the day (Wakelet)
  • Video playlist (YouTube)
  • Photo album

Related reading:

Founder Insights from Anne-Marie’s journey Co-Founding JustGiving and leading to their acquisition by Blackbaud in 2017 –

The Future Charity – Practical steps for overcoming the charity sector’s crisis of confidence. The UK charity sector is in crisis. The rapid pace of technological and societal change demands a bold new approach and greater innovation in fundraising. Find practical steps to put your organisation on the path to future fitness.  (charity model canvas tool)

Charity Comms Innovation report –

Call for collaboration –

Opportunity –

Eyes Down Charity of The Year
Eyes Down Digital is looking for a charity to support in 2020. The chosen charity will receive a benefits package including free support and heavily discounted fees over a 24 month period. Past beneficiaries include Veterans Aid and Womankind Worldwide. Apply now >


Hosts Needed: Please get in touch if you would like to speak at, sponsor or host a future Charity Meetup event.