Social Enterprise


Investor Showcase For Socially Conscious Entrepreneurs

South Africa faces significant challenges of unemployment, food security, crime and environmental sustainability. SMMEs are critical to addressing these issues  and inclusive and sustainable economy through job creation and service delivery. It is therefore essential that we support these SMMEs. For the last 10 months the New Economy Accelerator has been incubating entrepreneurs that service […]

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The Emergence Of Social Entrepreneurs

Social entrepreneurs are starting businesses in all the major regions of the world, with the most social entrepreneurship activity being undertaken in the US, Australia, Western Europe, and Africa reports the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM)’s Special Report on Social Entrepreneurship. The report, released last week, is the largest comparative study of social entrepreneurship in the […]

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Social Hackathon

HACKATHON: How South Africans Are Using Technology To Develop Solutions To Social Challenges.

The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a specialised unit at the UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) and ECD social innovation fund Innovation Edge recently hosted a Hackathon with a focus on Early Childhood Development. Hackathons – also known as hack days or hack fests – are events where computer programmers collaborate intensively […]

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MXIT Enters The Classroom To Improve Writing Skills

The Deputy Minister of Communications, Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, recently visited Mxit’s offices in Stellenbosch to personally register herself on Mxit, and to discuss national opportunities for collaboration with the proudly South-African mobile social network. Deputy Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams is specifically interested in the innovative and far-reaching educational services that Mxit Reach* provides to millions of South […]

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School Entrepreneurship Olympiad To Be Launched In Collaboration With UCT

The School Entrepreneurship Trust in partnership with the University of Cape Town will be launching the first ever School Entrepreneurship Olympiad. The two organisations have formalised their working relationship and the first Olympiad Steering Committee meeting took place on Monday 14 April 2014. Making up the steering committee are: Alexander McLeod – founding Trustee of […]

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Innovation Network Established For The Western Cape

Cost savings of R1.45-million, 23.3 tonnes of industrial waste diverted from landfill, additional sales to the value of R2.09 million and energy savings of 1 820MWh per annum, count among the outcomes of the Western Cape Industrial Symbiosis Programme (WISP).The programme owns no resources, other than human capital, as it serves only to link firms […]

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First Accelerator For Social Enterprises In The World Established At UCT GSB

The world’s first Social Franchising Accelerator has been established at the UCT Graduate School of Business Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship in partnership with the International Centre for SocialFranchising (ICSF), and Franchising Plus. With funding from the Rockerfeller Foundation, the initiative is a unique academic-NGO-private sector partnership and will help meet the needs of poor and vulnerable people […]

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