Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

 

8000+

Citizens convened

R8 million

In scholarships awarded

250+

Case studies published

 

Please note that this is our temporary website. Our new and official website will be launched in the coming months. If, after going through these page, you still have questions for us, please feel free to call or email our team on +27 021 406 1524 or berthacentre@gsb.uct.ac.za


ABOUT US

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 build-capacity and pioneer practices in Africa - with partners, practitioners and students - to advance the discourse and systemic impact of 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 R8-million in scholarships to students from across Africa.

Our team works across various sectors these are: innovative finance, systems change, social entrepreneurship, education innovations and youth development, as well as inclusive healthcare innovations. 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 R8 million in Bertha Scholarships to African students
  • Uncovered and documented over 300 innovative models and solutions, and convened over 8,000 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.

 

Shifting The System

Date: 01 August 2019
Time: 17.30 - 19.30
Venue: Impact Hub, 9 Walters St, Rosebank, Johannesburg

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Systems Change & Social Impact

Building the social entrepreneurship sector in Africa and globally.
Application deadline: 13 September 2019

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Impact Investing in Africa Course

Develop a sophisticated understanding of the impact investment ecosystem globally, with best practices on how to balance risk, return and impact.
Application deadline: 25 October 2019

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Impact Measurement and Management for Investors

This four-day workshop will provide a detailed overview of the key stages and decisions of developing an impact thesis, measurement approach and management strategy for an impact investment fund.
Application deadline: 26 October 2019

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Bertha Centre Projects

The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship is involved in various catalytic projects with a variety of partners.

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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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MOOC: Becoming a changemaker - Introduction to Social Innovation Course

A free six week online introductory course to social innovation

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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

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

Bertha Centre Brochure

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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 Scholarships

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