Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Catalysing Social Innovation



Citizens convened

R6 million

In scholarships awarded


Case studies published


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 pursue social impact towards social justice in Africa, through teaching, knowledge-building, convening and catalytic projects with a systems lens on 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 R6-million in scholarships to students from across Africa.

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:

  • Awarded over R6 million in Bertha Scholarships to African students
  • Uncovered and documented over 300 innovative models and solutions, and convened over 6,000 people in support of our mission
  • Elevated Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship to one of three new strategic themes of the GSB
  • Integrated social innovation into the MBA & MPhil core curriculum
  • Presented with UCT’s Social Responsiveness Award in 2015
  • Benchmarked in the top five globally for social impact in a report from the Bridgespan Group in 2017

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About the Bertha Foundation

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.



Webinar - Pathways to Systems Change: Essential Do's and Dont's

Date: 23 May 2017
Time: 14:00 - 15:00 CEST
Venue: Online

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Bertha Centre UCT Social Impact Career Day

Date: 24 May 2017
Time: 09:30 - 14:30 CEST
Venue: Leslie Social Science Mezzanine level, UCT Upper Campus

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Social Entrepreneurship & Systems Change

Building the social entrepreneurship sector in Africa and globally.

Impact Investing in Africa

Gain an understanding of the field of impact investing and its ecosystem.

Bertha Centre MOOC: Becoming a changemaker - Introduction to Social Innovation Course

A free six week online introductory course to social innovation

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Bertha Centre Brochure

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Bertha Centre Scholarships

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