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.
In 2011 in partnership with the Bertha Foundation
The first in Africa dedicated to advancing social innovation and entrepreneurship
Benchmarked in the top five globally for social impact by the Bridgespan Group, 2017
R8 million awarded in scholarships for changemakers and social innovators
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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.
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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