SOCIONEXT offers hands-on training in social innovation, entrepreneurship skills development and rapid prototyping based on Design Thinking and the Lean Start-up methodology.

WE UNLEASH TALENT

Learning by doing
A 5-day workshop in social innovation and entrepreneurship

OUR PROGRAM

Starting businesses in just 5 days

SOCIONEXT AFRICA provides a highly interactive, hands-on training in social innovation and entrepreneurship skills development based on Design Thinking and the Lean Start-up methodology.

Our workshop takes participants through a step-by-step process from idea-generation through prototype design to testing the critical assumptions underlying their business models with real customers, resulting in the actual validation of their business case.

The advantage of this rapid prototyping and testing approach is that it significantly shortens the product development cycle - saving time, money and other resources.

 

Click here to see a examples of our most recent projects.

We are committed to continuously expand, improve and strengthen the program so that it can reach its full potential. Because we believe that just talking about a better world does not make it a reality. Talent in action does.

SOCIAL INNOVATION SINCE 2010

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Our history

2010: the Socionext foundation was established
Following a successful pilot at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (IIS) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), the Socionext Social Entrepreneurship Challenge has been integrated into the university curriculum. In September 2011, the Socionext Challenge became part of the formal teaching program at the Department of Political Science at the UvA and students could earn study credits by participating in the Challenge. The course was offered as an elective open to students from all disciplines. In September 2014 the sixth official Challenge at the UvA. Socionext took place and was one of the first practical social entrepreneurship courses available at a Dutch University.

2013: Expansion to Denmark
Given the strong focus on (social) entrepreneurship and social innovation in Denmark, Socionext decided to explore the possibility of bringing the course to universities in Copenhagen. We encountered a strong interest in and support for expanding the Socionext program because of the practical and hands-on orientation of our course. In 2013 Socionext in cooperation with the Copenhagen Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab (CIEL) launched a pilot program at the Socionext Social Entrepreneurship Challenge at the Copenhagen Business School.
In total the students in Europe generated more than 32.000 euro in our courses in the period 2010-2014. This income went towards providing scholarships for talented young people in South Africa through our partners TSiBA and Studietrust.

2014: Socionext in South Africa
In 2013, Socionext decided to bring the challenge to South Africa and started with a trial with 15 students in Johannesburg. In 2014 Socionext was running the program in Cape Town and Johannesburg with over 150 students. In the same year, Socionext decided to move their focus to South Africa and developed a shorter version of the program for unemployed youth. In 2015 Socionext Africa was registered and reached and since then we have reached almost 1500 young people in South Africa with the program.

OUR VALUES

Things we live by

VISION

To promote entrepreneurship as a solution for unemployment and other societal challenges and provide young talent with the necessary skills set to become successful entrepreneurs.

MISSION

To constantly improve and expand the Socionext course and strive to make it perfectly suited to unleash entrepreneurial talent in young people, which in turn enables them to create further-reaching projects that solve the challenges of the 21st century.

INNOVATIVE ASPECTS

The programme combines the needs and interests of many sectors, social groups and geographical regions and creates win-win situation for all parties.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION

The nitty gritty

Chamber of Commerce / BTW / VAT

KvK dossier number: 50156861
BTW/VAT number: 8225.84.7365

Socionext Bank account numbers

Organization account: NL16 RABO 0115 3020 18
Scholarship Fund account: NL40 RABO 0157 5896 09

Socionext Africa

Socionext Africa has a LEVEL ONE BEE Status
Registration Number: 2015/026860/08
Enterprise name as per registration certificate: Socionext Africa NPC
Registration Date: 28/01/2015
Business Start Date: 28/01/2015
Enterprise Type: Non Profit Company

Postal Address:
P.O. Box 1200 Queenswood Pretoria 0121
Address of Registered Office:
192 Almeda Street, Queenswood 0185
Not VAT registered

Director Tjaart in Q&A with students

Tjaart Theron

Founder & Director

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. 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.

Richard Gerritsen

Richard Gerritsen

Manager Refugee program

Richard Gerritsen has an international law background. With a maintained interest in universal justice he has worked voluntarily for victim support, and did research on the flow of information regarding the conditions in Indian administered Kashmir.  He also continues to teach and coordinate the course Introduction to Conflict Studies, and supplies the theoretical base for Socionext exploring various new forms of development that avoid the inefficiency demonstrated by many NGO’s, or the earlier ideas on Corporate Social Responsibility.

Iqbal Thokan

Iqbal Thokan

Manager South Africa program

Iqbal Thokan has worked with people within all levels of an organisation from Directors and CEO’s of various multinationals to general sales personnel closing deals for various types of projects.

The board - Socionext Foundation in the Netherlands
Ronald Vles

Ronald Vles

Chairman of the Board

Ronald Vles is an attorney-at-Law with international experience in company law, technology transfer, intellectual property law and pharmaceutical law. He is also active as supervisor in a large number of cultural, medical and other organizations.

Rob Wijstma

Rob Wijstma

Management

Rob Wijstma is an interim-manager and a financial consultant specialized in the banking industry.

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Suzette Wyers

Managing Director

Suzette Wyers is managing director of an NGO, member of the commission of experts/ombudswoman NOS and Member Advisory Board of the Wij zijn Sport crowdfunding platform

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Geert de Groot

Management

Geert de Groot has been active for 35 years in several management and board positions at Akzo, (former) V, (former) WorldCom and KPN. He is at present advisor and coach to small companies and institutions.

The board - Socionext Africa Foundation in SA
Ronald Vles

Ronald Vles

Chairman of the board

Ronald Vles is an attorney-at-Law with international experience in company law, technology transfer, intellectual property law and pharmaceutical law. He is also active as supervisor in a large number of cultural, medical and other organizations.

Director Tjaart in Q&A with students

Tjaart Theron

Director

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. 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.

Babalo Xozwa

Babalo Xoswa

Director

Babalo Xozwa has a background around software development and has moved into team management and project manager. He has over 10 years experience in the ERP space (JD Edwards) and has been in team management for the last 4 to 5 years.