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Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Catalysing Social Innovation

 

6000+

Citizens convened

R6 million

In scholarships awarded

250+

Case studies published

 

The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship is the first academic centre in Africa dedicated to advancing social innovation and entrepreneurship. It was established as a specialised centre at the UCT Graduate School of Business in late 2011, in partnership with the Bertha Foundation, a family foundation that works with inspiring leaders who are catalysts for social and economic change, and human rights. The Centre is now a leading academic centre in Africa. 


Its mission is to pursue social impact towards social justice in Africa, through teaching, knowledge-building, convening and catalytic projects with a systems lens on social innovation. In collaboration with the GSB, the Centre has integrated social innovation into the business school curriculum, established a wide community of practitioners and awarded over R6-million in scholarships to students from across Africa.


The Centre also works closely with the Raymond Ackerman Academy of Entrepreneurial Development, and the MTN Solution Space Space which are also part of the GSB.


Some of the Centre’s highlights include:

  • Awarded over R6 million in Bertha Scholarships to African students
  • Uncovered and documented over 300 innovative models and solutions, and convened over 6,000 people in support of our mission
  • Elevated Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship to one of three new strategic themes of the GSB
  • Integrated social innovation into the MBA & MPhil core curriculum
  • Presented with UCT’s Social Responsiveness Award in 2015
  • Benchmarked in the top five globally for social impact in a report from the Bridgespan Group in 2017


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About the Bertha Foundation

The Bertha Foundation supports activists, storytellers and lawyers that are working to bring about social and economic justice, and human rights for all.

Bertha envisions a society in which activists build collective power, stories come from many different voices and law is used as a tool for justice.

While powerful on their own, Bertha has learned that - if given the resources to connect and collaborate - their combined power is much greater than the sum of its parts. Bertha creates and responds to opportunities for the network to work together and exchange strategies to amplify.

 

GETTING STARTED

Statement from the UCT Graduate School of Business and Bertha Centre Steering Committee:

Dr François Bonnici announces planned end of tenure as director of the Bertha Centre in 2018

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MOOC: Becoming a changemaker - Introduction to Social Innovation Course

A free six week online introductory course to social innovation

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MOOC: Innovative Finance - Hacking Finance To Change The World Course

The MOOC will demonstrate how innovative financing can be used to create and catalyse greater social change, and will empower individuals and organisations to design workable financial strategies to tackle social issues.

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Leading Innovative Partnerships in Extended Education

Building strong networks of support around the education of children and young people
Application deadline: 5 February 2018

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Bertha Centre Alumni

Over five years, the Bertha Scholarship has supported the studies of 55 people who are engaged in the social innovation space in myriad ways.

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Bertha Centre Publications

View all the Bertha Centre publications here

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Social Enterprise 101 Podcast Series

The Bertha Centre and LeadSA have produced this free five part podcast series on the (social) enterprise landscape in South Africa.

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Bertha Scholarships

Financial Aid for GSB candidates

Bertha Centre Brochure

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THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

Fixing systems, not symptoms

By Schweer Rayner & Francois Bonnici
Social entrepreneurs are driving innovation, but there is a need to go beyond service delivery to influence the structures of a dysfunctional status quo.


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