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.

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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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Emerging Market Business

COVID-19 vaccination is the social justice challenge of our time

The first COVID-19 vaccines have arrived in South Africa amid much fanfare – drowning out the voices of those asking why we are paying double for them in the first place and why they are unlikely to help those who need them most.

Entrepreneurship & Innovation

The backpack is too heavy: what schoolchildren are carrying into 2021

Many hope that the new year will bring new energy and stability to the education sector, but as the country finds itself still very much in the grip of COVID-19, there is much work that needs to be done to ensure that schools deal with the baggage of 2020.

Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Building a safety net for young people who drop out of school is everyone’s problem

Low attendance rates and lost school time are signalling a looming skills crisis for the country, as high numbers of young people are likely be lost to the education system and the economy across the next year. To solve this, we need to act together, and we need to do things differently.

Learning & Development

Our world needs empathetic intervention - not heroes

As the world battles big systemic challenges, it’s clear that no single person has the answer. Instead, companies, organisations and individuals need to look at processes informed by many different perspectives to point the way forward.

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