Socionext sponsor Bridgit Evans (Managing Director of the South African Breweries Foundation) attended one of our 5-day business start-up programs in Grahamstown, South Africa. She talks about her experience with the Socionext program.
Studies show that Entrepreneurship Development in South Africa is hindered by many constraints, especially where it is needed most – among the youth (18-35). With an unemployment rate of 60%, many refer to this situation as a ticking time bomb. Socionext successfully addresses this issues by using innovative approaches to activate and foster an Entrepreneurship spirit and capacity.
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Source: Feedback forms of 358 participants from South Africa, 2015
The Socionext programme has a very practical learning-by-doing format taking participants step-by-step through a series of practical exercises that result in a tested and validated business proposition. The goal is to reduce the product development cycle to a minimum to save time, resources and money.You can find more information about our methodologies at our Programme Page.
Since 2014, more than 1000 participants have completed the Soxionext Africa program in Southern Africa – developing and testing more than 90 business models in the field of Art & Culture, Crime Prevention, Skills Develpment, Tourism & Transport and more. For examples of the start-ups, visit our Project Page.
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The Socionext concept was developed by Tjaart Theron (1958), who is the Director of the Socionext Foundation. Tjaart is a South African living in Amsterdam. A graduate in Theology, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Stellenbosch and the University of Western Cape (1976-1984) and Masters in Development Economics at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. In 1994, he was Director of NEON, the civic organisation responsible for overseeing the 1994 elections in South Africa. He was also the main researcher for the BBC documentary The Death of Apartheid and director of an award-winning documentary for Dutch television. He has worked in ICT, PR and Advertising.
The Socionext Foundation was established in June 2010 as a not-for profit in the Netherlands. In February 2015 Socionext Africa was registered as an NPO in South Africa. Socionext Africa has a Level One BBEE status.
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