Stage Six
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Stage Six

Taking social enterprise to new heights

 

Our approach

We find franchise-ready social enterprises with the desire to expand.  Those that meet our standards are invited to join Stage Six as a portfolio company in exchange for a share of their future success.  Stage Six portfolio companies receive ongoing customized technical support designed to help them progress through the six stages of growth outlined in the diagram below.  Stage Six also connects its portfolio companies to a blend of financing options to support growth.

About us

Stage Six builds and supports impactful and sustainable social businesses that are using the franchise model to rapidly and dramatically scale in emerging markets around the world.  Companies in our portfolio tackle a wide spectrum of social needs (i.e. health, education, water, sanitation, food security, and clean energy) in a range of geographies.  What unites them is the model that they use to scale – franchising.

 
 

Our people

Our team

Julie McBride    Founder and CEO  Washington DC

Julie McBride
Founder and CEO
Washington DC

David Lehr    Social Franchise Advisor  San Francisco

David Lehr
Social Franchise Advisor
San Francisco

Patrick McAllister    Business Development Advisor  Washington DC

Patrick McAllister
Business Development Advisor
Washington DC

Graham Palmer    Director of New Business Development

Graham Palmer
Director of New Business Development

 
 

Advisory Board

Steven Bedford    Chairman, Blupoint Ltd., and Wessex Social Ventures CIC

Steven Bedford
Chairman, Blupoint Ltd., and Wessex Social Ventures CIC

Steven Chapman    Director of Evidence, Measurement & Evaluation, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF)

Steven Chapman
Director of Evidence, Measurement & Evaluation, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF)

Peter Holt    CEO of The Joint Chiropractic  Scottsdale, Arizona

Peter Holt
CEO of The Joint Chiropractic
Scottsdale, Arizona

David Koch    Founding Partner, PlaveKoch Franchise Law

David Koch
Founding Partner, PlaveKoch Franchise Law

 
Hachemi Aliouche    Director, Rosenberg International Franchise Center, Rosenberg Chair in Franchising, and Associate Professor, Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, University of New Hampshire

Hachemi Aliouche
Director, Rosenberg International Franchise Center, Rosenberg Chair in Franchising, and Associate Professor, Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, University of New Hampshire

Adrian Knight       Founder, Knight Franchises

Adrian Knight
Founder, Knight Franchises

Ramiro Lozano    Entrepreneur  Bogota, Colombia

Ramiro Lozano
Entrepreneur
Bogota, Colombia

John Simon    Partner, Total Impact Capital

John Simon
Partner, Total Impact Capital

 
Kelli Schroeder    Senior Director, International Development of Wingstop Restaurants Inc.  Dallas, Texas

Kelli Schroeder
Senior Director, International Development of Wingstop Restaurants Inc.

Dallas, Texas

Amolo Ngweno    East Africa Regional Director Bankable Frontier Associates (BFA)  Nairobi, Kenya

Amolo Ngweno
East Africa Regional Director
Bankable Frontier Associates (BFA)

Nairobi, Kenya

David Lehr    Lecturer in Social Enterprise, Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Innovations in Finance at UNC, Chapel Hill, and Hult International Business School  San Francisco

David Lehr
Lecturer in Social Enterprise, Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Innovations in Finance at UNC, Chapel Hill, and Hult International Business School
San Francisco

Walter Tukahiirwa    Entrepreneur  Kampala, Uganda

Walter Tukahiirwa
Entrepreneur

Kampala, Uganda

 

Our partners and professional services suppliers

 
 
 

Our portfolio companies

 

Get involved

  • Become a franchisee for a Stage Six Portfolio Company

  • Become a franchisor for a Stage Six Portfolio Company

  • Become a Stage Six Portfolio Company

  • Invest in Stage Six and its Portfolio Companies

  • Collaborate with Stage Six

  • Volunteer