Please note that this is our temporary website. Our new and official website will be launched in the coming months. If after going through our website, and you still have questions for us, please feel free to call or email our team on +27 021 406 1524 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
For more information on our work and core initiatives, please subscribe to our newsletter, or connect with us on social media platform.
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.
The Student Seed Fund (SSF) provides all UCT, UCT GSB and RAA students, with innovative ideas for tackling social or environmental problems, with access to seed capital at the business model discovery phase and the startup phase.
Applications open 1 April 2019.
Date: 02 April 2019
Time: 17:30 for 18:00 - 20:00
Venue: Exhibition Hall, UCT GSB, 8 Portswood Road, Green Point
Building the social entrepreneurship sector in Africa and globally.
Application deadline: 13 September 2019
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
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
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
A free six week online introductory course to social innovationApply here
By Mayra Hartmann
By Kosheek Sewcharran and Tine Fisker
Studying at the GSB is a career-making move. From our top-ranked MBA to our suite of executive education short courses, the GSB caters to leaders and managers at every stage of their learning journey.
View our latest brochure here
Calling all social innovators, changemakers, creators, interested in an MPhil or MBA with UCT GSB. You could quality for a Bertha Scholarship.