Bertha Centre Alumni


The Bertha Scholarship programme has been in existence since the inception of the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, at the University of Cape Town's Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB).

The Bertha Scholarship programme is one of the core programmes of the Bertha Centre. It is one of the most direct ways through which the Centre contributes to achieving both inclusion and impact in its own work, and aligns strongly with the visions of the Bertha Foundation and the UCT GSB.

The Bertha Scholarship set out to achieve two major goals:

(i) to support the individual journeys of promising changemakers on the African continent through a business education; and

(ii) to influence a mainstream business school campus and classroom by bringing in these alternative thinkers and doers who were and are in pursuit of social, environmental and economic justice.

This book reflects and demonstrates the diversity within the 55 Bertha Scholarship recipients - the majority of whom now form our UCT GSB Bertha Centre Alumni - not only in terms of demographics; but also the fields within which they work, the impact the scholarship has had on their lives and careers, and the lessons that they have drawn from this.

In terms of the scholarship programme itself, in the first year, most scholarship recipients were full time MBA students. In 2014 the Bertha Centre was critically involved in the establishment of the UCT GSB MPhil in Inclusive Innovation and since then, many Bertha Scholars have also been MPhil students.

The book features their (current and former scholars) answers to one simple question: How did the Bertha Scholarship influence your life and career?

We hope you are as inspired as we have been in reading and learning more about their journeys to date.

Contact the Bertha Centre

Tel:  +27 (0)21 406 1524 / 1091


Video: Bertha Scholar

Mpodumo Doubada, Bertha Scholar speaks about his UCT GSB MBA and entrepreneurship journey.

Video: Bertha Scholarships

Our annual call for scholarship applications opens up around June of each year.

Video: Bertha Scholar

Mandisa Mbaligontsi is a current Bertha Scholar, working to complete her UCT GSB MPhil in Inclusive Innovation.



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Bertha Scholarships

Calling all social innovators, changemakers, creators, interested in an MPhil or MBA with UCT GSB. You could quality for a Bertha Scholarship.