BERTHA CENTRE FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Researching for action. Educating for impact. Convening for results. Catalysing for change.

The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the UCT GSB is a globally ranked centre of excellence dedicated to advancing social innovation and entrepreneurship. The first academic centre of its kind in Africa, our mission is to build capacity and knowledge– with partners, practitioners and students – to advance the discourse and systemic impact of social innovation. In collaboration with the UCT 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 work covers various sectors including innovative finance, systems change, social entrepreneurship, education, youth development and healthcare. 

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ESTABLISHED


In 2011 in partnership with the Bertha Foundation

FIRST OF ITS KIND

The first in Africa dedicated to advancing social innovation and entrepreneurship

TOP 5 GLOBALLY

Benchmarked in the top five globally for social impact by the Bridgespan Group, 2017

SCHOLARSHIPS

R8 million awarded in scholarships for changemakers and social innovators

RESEARCH AND TEACHING
RESEARCHING FOR ACTION

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EDUCATING FOR IMPACT

The Centre offers specialised short courses and online MOOCs. 

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CONVENING FOR RESULTS

We convene and engage multiple sectors through difficult conversations that matter. 

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CATALYSING FOR CHANGE

We are dedicated to advancing social innovation and entrepreneurship and catalysing for change.

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SCHOLARSHIPS

The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship in partnership with the Bertha Foundation awards scholarships to nurture a new generation of social innovators and promote entrepreneurial solutions to help solve some of the urgent social and environmental problems of our time. To date the Centre has awarded over ZAR 7 million in funding to more than 60 students from across the African continent.

Candidates must meet the admission criteria for their respective programme and be accepted into the programme in order to receive the scholarship.

OUR PEOPLE

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SOLANGE ROSA

Dr Solange Rosa was recently appointed the Director for the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, an organisation she has been involved with since 2016. She also serves as Associate Faculty and Advisor at the Allan Gray Centre for Values-based Leadership, and teaches on Executive Education and MBA programmes at the UCT Graduate School of Business and the UCT School of Economics.

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