The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship and the SAB Foundation (SABF) have partnered to offer the Student Seed Fund to social innovators and entrepreneurs as part of their joint missions to catalyse and invest in change makers.
The Student Seed Fund (SSF) is open to all UCT, UCT GSB and RAA students and recent alumni, and entrepreneurs that have gone through UCT programmes such as the Impact Venture Incubation Programme. The Fund supports entrepreneurs with innovative ideas for tackling social or environmental problems in low-income communities, with access to seed capital at the business model discovery (or pre-startup) phase and the startup phase. The Student Seed Fund will support innovative ideas with test funding of up to R20 000 and social enterprise startups with seed funding of up to R100 000.
Pre-Startup: The student/entrepreneur has identified a specific issue, which he/she is passionate about. The problem solution and product market fit needs validation and the business model could still be unclear. At this phase, activities typically concentrate on the development of a feasibility plan, pitching deck, prototypes and early market testing. The overall goal is to develop a tested blueprint for a startup.
Startup: The business model is clear, repeatable and scalable, the product development is finalised and initial marketing has taken place. At this phase, activities typically concentrate on the first commercial sales, the establishment of the organisation and a final business plan. The overall goal is to test and conduct market validation for an early stage venture.
The test funding supports current students who have developed and researched an innovative idea and require cash funding for further development and pilot to refine their business model. The test funding is up to R20 000.
The seed capital supports current and recent students who have made significant steps towards product development and require cash funding for market validation and enterprise sustainability. The seed funding is up to R100 000.
The evaluation criteria for test and start-up funding will relate to the impact potential, overall sustainability of the business model, as well as team capabilities (or "delivery potential").
Potential for Impact
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