Social Entrepreneurship Programme

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A multi-disciplinary training programme to run a profit-making, socially conscious organisation.

Social Entrepreneurship is a growing global movement driving social innovators to build strong and sustainable social enterprises. This flagship programme of the GIBS Entrepreneurship Development Academy is designed to provide social change makers and entrepreneurs with the strategic, management, and technical skills, creative thinking and networks to tackle the social and economic realities of the communities within which they work. Classes have a reputation for passionate debate as theories, experience and the diverse worlds of entrepreneurs, NGOs, business and government meet. The programme brings together the best practices in civil society with the best practices in business from around the world.

Programme content:

Learners can expect an interactive, challenging programme with:

  • Theory delivered in lectures and reading material
  • Analysis of socio-economic context using robust case studies and guest speakers who are leading industry authorities
  • Knowledge application through assignments, syndicate work and projects 

The programme has constant assessment with pre-reading, pre-block assessments and two post-block assignments per block. The grading of the assessments follows the rigorous scrutiny and marking process as with any other GIBS programme.


Social Entrepreneurship Programme Brochure 2020.pdf

Subjects include:

Action Learning Research Project;  The context of Social Entrepreneurship in SA; Systems Thinking; Strategy for Social Enterprises; Monitoring & Evaluation; Design Thinking & Effectuation; Financial Management; Project Management; Marketing Social Entrepreneurs Branding; Scaling Up; Measuring Impact; Managing Change; Personal Resilience; Managing People; Stakeholder Engagement; Funding Panel and Legal Framework for Social Entrepreneurs.                                                                                                                                                      

The programme is divided into three training blocks along the following themes:

I. Creating Change: Understanding Systemic Change, Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship

II. Sustaining Change Operationally: Institutional and Project Management

III. Scaling Change: Organisational Growth, Monitoring & Evaluation and Marketing Principles

Programme dates for 2020:

Orientation24 April 2020
Block 14 - 8 May 2020
ALP Submission for Block 1TBC
Block 2
22 - 26 June 2020
ALP Submission for Block 2
Block 317 - 21 August 2020
ALP Submission for Block 3TBC
ALP Presentations

Syndicate group work is done throughout the year which requires you to regularly meet with your group to work on assignments and attend ALP feedback sessions. These are excluded from the actual programme dates. 


  • 100% Attendance is required in order to graduate from the programme.
  • You will receive a certificate of completion. 

Application criteria:

Successful candidates will have: 
-  minimum of three years' work experience, including at management level 
-  demonstrated motivation, conceptual skills, and drive
-  tertiary qualification an advantage

*Applicants who are highly qualified but lack sufficient work or academic experience may be considered by exception. 

Applications will be reviewed and evaluated on a rolling basis.

A non-refundable application fee of R1500.00 is required when applying for the programme.

Name of Account: GIBS, Div of University of PTA. Bank: Standard Bank. GIBS Account Number: 421018011. Branch Code: 019205.

Closing date for acceptance confirmation and submission of debit order form will be covered.

In 2018, we published the first-ever national survey of social enterprises in South Africa. The aim of this, the first and largest study of its kind, was to understand social enterprises in South Africa – WHO they are, WHERE they are, WHAT they do and HOW they operate. Click here for the full report.

Who should attend?
  • Social entrepreneurs or anyone looking to start a social enterprise;
  • Non-profit leaders
  • CSI managers;

  • BBBEE and transformation experts;

  • Trustees of boards;

  • Those working in sustainability and triple bottom line;

  • Development practitioners

  • Change makers

  • Funders; and

  • Government.     

How you will benefit
  • Gain insight into the complex challenges of social change, financial sustainability and innovation;

  • Develop a deeper understanding of strategy, leadership and governance;

  • Acquire entrepreneurship training and business skills in finance, operations and management; and

  • Ensure practical application of theoretical ideas to your immediate work​

  • Once registered, you will receive a reference number to confirm your registration and thereafter will be invited for an entrance interview. 
  • A 50% deposit (R22 500, which includes the application fee) is required to secure your place in the programme. Please note full payment of the remaining 50% is required before the commencement of Block 2 of the course, failing which you will be de-registered from the course.
  • Due to the customised nature of this programme, around addressing the needs and demands of Social Enterprises, this programme is not accredited.
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