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Pathways to funding for social entrepreneurs

Sep 09 2016 17:18

Cape Town - The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship - a specialised unit at the University of Cape Town (UCT) Graduate School of Business - is partnering with the Awethu Project and LifeCo UnLtd SA to take the Pathways to Funding Do-ference to Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town.

The Do-ference roadshow aims to connect more than 500 early-stage entrepreneurs with successful (social) entrepreneurs, investors, business development experts and lawyers across the country. The Do-ference teaches delegates to raise funding through practical mini-workshops, inspirational talks, and one-on-one sessions.

It seeks to equip these early stage entrepreneurs - and potential entrepreneurs - with the tools they need to secure funding to start, incubate or grow their businesses.

The focus is on practical fundraising tools and aims to contribute to an increased understanding of the funding landscape in SA and improve the entrepreneurs’ effectiveness in accessing funding.

By having local investors and other industry experts present the content, the entrepreneurs get to build their network, ask the questions they always wanted to, and ultimately take their business to the next level.

“If you are you trying to seed or scale your enterprise, then our Do-ference is designed for you,” says Tine Fisker Henriksen, impact investing project manager at the Bertha Centre.

“The Do-ference is designed to help you 'do' - to go out and raise funding."

Tickets cost R300 per day, or R500 for both days with scholarships and group rates available. One-on-one sessions can also be pre-booked with certain experts.

The Do-ference will take place in Johannesburg: September 12 and 13 and in Cape Town on September 15 and 16.

Enquiries: innovativefinance@gsb.uct.ac.za.

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