Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

 

7000+

Citizens convened

R7 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 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 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:

  • Awarded over R7 million in Bertha Scholarships to African students
  • Uncovered and documented over 300 innovative models and solutions, and convened over 7,000 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

The Politics and Governance of Basic Education Book Launch

On 13 November, join the Bertha Centre and The Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance at the launch and discussion of the book "The Politics and Governance of Basic Education: A Tale of Two South African Provinces". The role of school governance in improving educational outcomes in SA will also be unpacked.

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Impact Investing in Africa

The Centre now offers an Impact Investing in Africa as well as an Impact Measurement and Management for Investors course. Find out which course will best meet your impact investing needs and questions here.

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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.
Application deadline: 15 November

APPLY
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.

APPLY HERE
MOOC: Becoming a changemaker - Introduction to Social Innovation Course

A free six week online introductory course to social innovation

Apply here
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 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.


NEWS

First Early Childhood Development Social Impact Bond Launched in South Africa

Bertha Centre integral in launching SA’s first ECD Social Impact Bond

IN THE MEDIA

A Scholarship Programme For Social Innovators And World Changers On The African Continent

The Bertha Centre will welcome its next cohort of change agents, innovators and system entrepreneurs to its Bertha Scholar Community, for programmes commencing in 2019.


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Bertha Centre Brochure

View our latest brochure here

Bertha Scholarships

Calling all social innovators, changemakers, creators, interested in an MPhil or MBA with UCT GSB. You could quality for a Bertha Scholarship.
Application deadline: 15 November