Social Entrepreneurship and Systems Change Executive Education Short Course

Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Systems change represents a wholesale shift in the way systems work for tens of millions of people, calling up both global and local examples, such as universal vaccine coverage, equal access to antiretrovirals and the current movement to ensure affordable housing development in South Africa.

Learn about how social entrepreneurs, funders and policymakers globally and locally are embracing systems thinking, looking beyond the scale of individual organisations with the aim of transforming sectors, systems and societies at large.

Is this course for me?
This Executive Education short course at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business gives leaders of social enterprises new tools and frameworks to scale their impact, looking beyond the scale of their own organisations to initiating and building movements for social change towards justice.

Convened by the Bertha Centre, this course will draw upon the Centre’s collaboration and research with the Rockefeller Foundation, the Schwab Foundation and the Motsepe Foundation to study social entrepreneurs engaged in systems change.

Past participant organisations represented include: Eskom, the Institute for Justice & Reconciliation, the British Council and UNISA. 

Course information:
This interactive five-day course offers a rich learning experience that blends theory and practice with a focus on the latter.

The materials for this course have been developed in collaboration with the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, with funding from the Motsepe Foundation.

The course runs in Cape Town on the UCT GSB campus. For more information please contact the Executive Education unit at the UCT Graduate School of Business on 0860 UCT GSB or email

Comments by Past Participants:
“I thoroughly enjoyed the stimulating and thought-provoking topics. Loved the diversity of the group. It awakened my hunger for knowledge and solutions to the ‘wicked problems’ that we face.” 2016 Participant

Course Convenors:
Dr. François Bonnici
Cynthia Schweer Rayner

Application deadline: 16 September 2017
Course Date(s): 16 - 20 October 2017
Tuition fee: R15 200

Fee support, scholarships and multiple participant discounts are available; please enquire for your particular circumstances. Please enquire at For more information, please follow this link

Event Start Date: 
Monday, 16 October, 2017
Event End Date: 
Friday, 20 October, 2017
Event Venue: 
UCT Graduate School of Business, 9 Portswood Road, Green Point, 8001
Event Type: 
Cape Town

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