SOLUTION SPACE

Equipping the next generation of leaders to build a better future.

The Solution Space at the UCT Graduate School of Business is an ecosystem for high impact early-stage start-ups and a research and development platform for corporates. Founded in 2014, the initial startup capital came from the UCT Vice Chancellor’s Strategic Award, thereafter MTN Group quickly became a founding partner, providing considerable support since 2015. Today, Ayoba, a subsidiary of MTN Group, carries on the legacy primary investment partner.

We provide an enabling environment in which South Africa’s entrepreneurial talent can work towards building innovation-led, scalable and sustainable enterprises that have a positive impact across our country and beyond. We support entrepreneurs learning and growth by giving them access to resources, corporate partners, mentors, advisory services, co-working space, academic and industry experts.

Our vision is to nurture breakthrough ideas that shape the future of Africa and beyond. Our mission is to inspire, nurture and equip the next generation of leaders to build enterprises that positively impact the globe.

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LOCATIONS

The Solution Space is located at the V&A Waterfront and Philippi

The UCT GSB Breakwater Campus, at the V&A Waterfront, offers state-of-the-art research support and the Philippi Hub, a satellite hub in the community of Philippi, offers community engagement to inspire socially-driven innovations. Together, the two sites expose emerging entrepreneurs to the social and physical contrasts that make Cape Town one of the world’s most dynamic cities.

Breakwater Campus
Philippi Hub

RESEARCH AND TEACHING

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SPECIALISATION FOCUSED ON INNOVATION

The Innovation and Entrepreneurship stream is a future-looking specialisation that focuses on innovation and the creation and scale-up of new ventures.

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E-TRACK PROGRAMME

Run in partnership with Ayoba, the E-Track Programme is a three-phase early-stage venture acceleration and a capacity building programme for high impact entrepreneurs in South Africa and beyond.

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INTERNATIONAL IMMERSION

Working with local and international partners and visiting universities to customise an appropriate programme for you.

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Mikael Samuelsson

MEET THE DIRECTOR

MIKAEL SAMUELSSON

Director, Solution Space, UCT GSB

Mikael Samuelsson is the director of the Solution Space. His current research interests include start-up funding, with an emphasis on long-term effects of different types of funding and business incubation/acceleration in developed and developing countries.

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