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Bertha Centre


Leading Social Entrepreneurship Course

Markets & Movements: The Next Chapter

Social entrepreneurship is heading into a new era, with social entrepreneurs, funders, and policymakers looking at scale and impact in new ways, focusing efforts beyond technical fixes and seeking to transform sectors, systems and societies at large.

Leading Social Entrepreneurship is a new short course at UCT’s GSB that gives leaders of social enterprises exposure to the most recent developments in the field, providing them with the tools and frameworks to take their social enterprises to the next level. Convened by the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, this course will also promote local and global networking amongst senior-level participants and leading speakers, providing a unique community of practice that will serve participants far beyond the duration of the course.

The field of social entrepreneurship is experiencing a dramatic shift, grappling with the challenge of responding to large-scale, systemic issues. This course is designed to go beyond the current thinking in the social and civil society sectors, challenging and promoting new ways of framing the debate between impact and scale.

In this course, nonprofit leaders and those operating in the social enterprise space will be given tools to strategically grow the impact of their organisations and businesses, while also exploring models to positively influence the systems within which they operate.

This course will also look at leadership and management principles, which can assist in efficiently evolving organisations, while considering the unique challenges that social enterprises and nonprofits face. The course will feature a series of case studies highlighting leading social entrepreneurs from around the globe who are engaged in scaling impact and shifting systems for social change.

Workshops will be led by a diverse group of faculty and experts in their field. Ultimately, the course will allow participants to build a practical toolkit that will immediately be applicable once they return home to run their organisations.

"At the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, we have been partnering with entrepreneurs and networks to understand best practices of leading social benefit organisations. This course offers
an opportunity to learn from and participate in a community of practice that we hope will 
assist social entrepreneurs in reaching a pivotal level of impact.”

- Dr François Bonnici, Director of the Bertha Centre

Is this course for me?

This management short course is for senior leaders and managers in social enterprises and nonprofit organisations seeking to grow their social benefit companies and organisations; policymakers with an interest in promoting social entrepreneurship ecosystems; funders seeking to become more effective in their grant-making and investing; and senior-level stakeholders in the social enterprise system.

This management short course is open to entrepreneurs and executives from companies or organisations involved in furthering the common good.

Applications are welcome from founders, CEOs and senior managers of established social ventures, generally operating for at least 3 years. We welcome participants from both for-profit and non-profit organisations. 


  • The “current state” of social entrepreneurship, including local and global trends, developments and policies;
  • The opportunities and trade-offs of scale, introducing advanced thinking and models for impact that go beyond technical fixes toward systemic change;
  • Practical skills in leadership and management, including strategic planning, human resources, and change management for maximum impact;
  • Business models for social change, including revenue generation, financing and fundraising;
  • A community of practice that will serve far beyond the duration of the course.

Course information

This interactive five-day course offers a rich learning experience that blends theory and practice with a focus on the latter.

The materials for this course have been developed in collaboration with the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, with funding from the Motsepe Foundation.

The course runs in Cape Town on the UCT GSB campus. For more information please contact the Executive Education unit at the UCT Graduate School of Business on 0860 UCT GSB or email

Course Convenors:
Dr. François Bonnici
Cynthia Schweer Rayner


16 - 20 October 2017

Application deadlines:
1 September 2017

Tuition fee:
R15 200

Fee support, scholarships and multiple participant discounts are available; please enquire for your particular circumstances. Please enquire at

Delegates will be awarded a certificate from the University of Cape Town, Graduate School of Business, on successful completion of the programme.

The course is run by the Bertha Centre, a specialised unit at the UCT GSB and forms part of its efforts to advance the social entrepreneurship sector in Africa and globally.

(Highlighting leading social organisations)*
Dr Francois Bonnici, Bertha Centre
Child & Youth Finance International
Associate Professor Warren Nilsson, UCT GSB
Marlon Parker, R-Labs
Silulo Ulutho Technologies
Leif Peterson, Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation
Luvuyo Rani, Silulo Ulutho Technologies
Solange Rosa, Public Policy Professional, Former Chief Director of Policy & Strategy, Western Cape Government

*Speakers and Case Studies subject to change