Social Entrepreneurship Programme

GIBS Business School

GIBS Business School

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About the course

A multi-disciplinary training programme to run a profit-making, socially conscious organisation.

Social Entrepreneurship is a growing global movement driving social innovators to build strong and sustainable social enterprises. This flagship programme of the GIBS Entrepreneurship Development Academy is designed to provide social change makers and entrepreneurs with the strategic, management, and technical skills, creative thinking and networks to tackle the social and economic realities of the communities within which they work. Classes have a reputation for passionate debate as theories, experience and the diverse worlds of entrepreneurs, NGOs, business and government meet. The programme brings together the best practices in civil society with the best practices in business from around the world.

Programme content

Learners can expect an interactive, challenging programme with:

  • Theory delivered in lectures and reading material
  • Analysis of socio-economic context using robust case studies and guest speakers who are leading industry authorities
  • Knowledge application through assignments, syndicate work and projects

The programme has constant assessment with pre-reading, pre-block assessments and two post-block assignments per block. The grading of the assessments follows the rigorous scrutiny and marking process as with any other GIBS programme.

Subjects include

Action Learning Research Project; The context of Social Entrepreneurship in SA; Systems Thinking; Strategy for Social Enterprises; Monitoring & Evaluation; Design Thinking & Effectuation; Financial Management; Project Management; Marketing Social Entrepreneurs Branding; Scaling Up; Measuring Impact; Managing Change; Personal Resilience; Managing People; Stakeholder Engagement; Funding Panel and Legal Framework for Social Entrepreneurs.

The programme is divided into three training blocks along the following themes:

I. Creating Change: Understanding Systemic Change, Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship

II. Sustaining Change Operationally: Institutional and Project Management

III. Scaling Change: Organisational Growth, Monitoring & Evaluation and Marketing Principles


  • 100% Attendance is required in order to graduate from the programme.
  • You will receive a certificate of completion.

How you will benefit

Gain insight into the complex challenges of social change, financial sustainability and innovation;

Develop a deeper understanding of strategy, leadership and governance;

Acquire entrepreneurship training and business skills in finance, operations and management; and

Ensure practical application of theoretical ideas to your immediate work.

Additional information

  • Once registered, you will receive a reference number to confirm your registration and thereafter will be invited for an entrance interview.
  • A 50% deposit (R22 500, which includes the application fee) is required to secure your place in the programme. Please note full payment of the remaining 50% is required before the commencement of Block 2 of the course, failing which you will be de-registered from the course.
  • Due to the customised nature of this programme, around addressing the needs and demands of Social Enterprises, this programme is not accredited.

Who should attend

  • Social entrepreneurs or anyone looking to start a social enterprise;
  • Non-profit leaders
  • CSI managers;
  • BBBEE and transformation experts;
  • Trustees of boards;
  • Those working in sustainability and triple bottom line;
  • Development practitioners
  • Change makers
  • Funders; and
  • Government.

Successful candidates will have:

  • minimum of three years' work experience, including at management level
  • demonstrated motivation, conceptual skills, and drive
  • tertiary qualification an advantage

Trust the experts

Buyani Zwane

Profile Buyani has been involved in human resources management and leadership development for over 25 years, with both local and international companies. He served as facilitator, director and executive chairperson at FranklinCovey Southern Africa between 2002 and 2010 and continues as director ...


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