We unleash talent
Developed at the University of Amsterdam and the Copenhagen Business School
Our program was developed over a period of four years (2010-2014) at the University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands) and at the Copenhagen Business School (Denmark). Recently, our program was accredited at Rhodes Business School.
SOCIAL INNOVATION, ENTREPRENEURSHIP,
I never ever would have
believed it was possible
to come up with, and
start businesses within
BRIDGIT EVANS - MD, SA Breweries Foundation
Socionext offers a five-day accelerated workshop that teaches people how to come up with, start and sustain a business. Does that sound fast? Yes, it does! but it leads to real and lasting results.
We focus on social innovation and entrepreneurship, and take participants through a step-by-step process: from the first ideas through prototype design and the development of a realistic viable product.
Working with partners is central to the vision of Socionext and key to successful outcomes in the communities in which we work.
Partners like Lathitha Development Centre in Gonubie, the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, who have a long-standing footprint in the community of Mzamomhle Township where we have run a number of successful workshops now.
Partners like these are crucial in helping us recruit participants for the workshops, in providing access to key resources like training venues and in assisting with hands-on coordination on the ground. By utilising this model, we are able to bring the Socionext programme to a wide variety of communities while supporting organisations on the ground and promoting entrepreneurship at scale.
RESULTS THAT MAKE US PROUD
In our most recent round of surveys (Completed early 2020) among 800 participants in our 2016, 2017. 2018 and 2019 programs we found some great results.
These programs are for unemployed youth in some of the poorest areas of the country, where unemployment is up to 60%.
Of the 800 people who responded to our survey, 57% are still active in business
30% are still in the businesses created during the workshop
while 70% have gone on to start other businesses
10% have found employment
8% have gone back to school or started university studies
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Become our partner and help us change the world
Socionext collaborates with universities and the business sector. That way we offer opportunities for both students and unemployed youth to develop social entrepreneurship.