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 R7-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:
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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.
Learn what it takes to put together an impact investment deal from setting up an organisation to exiting the investment.
Application deadline: 17 July 2018
Building the social entrepreneurship sector in Africa and globally.
Application deadline: 20 July 2018
At this Collective, the Bertha Centre will highlight the current standing of social enterprises in South Africa with the GIBS report and showcase social entrepreneurs making an impact.
Date: 24 July 2018
In this course, wealth managers, consultants, funders, lawyers and other financial intermediaries will gain an understanding of the rapidly emerging field of impact investing and its ecosystem globally, with a specific focus on Africa.
Application deadline: 12 October 2018
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.APPLY HERE
A free six week online introductory course to social innovationApply here
Over five years, the Bertha Scholarship has supported the studies of 55 people who are engaged in the social innovation space in myriad ways.EXPLORE
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