The Fix Scholarship, in partnership with Software AG South Africa, has just launched the Software AG Social Innovation Startup Programme. This is an initiative that aims to provide assistance to tech-enabled startups to solve their biggest social challenges, providing networks, best practices, and capital to scale in the industry.
Fix Moeti, CEO and Founder of the Fix Scholarship says: “With technology advancing globally and the visible rise of tech social enterprises in South Africa, the partnership between Software AG and the Fix Scholarship is an important partnership in providing social innovators with the skills to not only exist but thrive in a rapidly changing digital space.”
“The Fix Scholarship believes in female entrepreneurship, leadership, and social impact through education. The Software AG Social Innovation Startup Programme calls all-female social innovators – that have an enterprise/idea with a social purpose to drive change – to apply for the scholarship. Candidates should be females leading social innovators and problem solvers who understand that income accompanies impact.
The programme will ensure that we reduce the shortage of scarce and critical skills and move women from low-skilled jobs to more formal positions that will, in turn, help develop the country.” The Fix Scholarship is a non-profit organisation that offers female social entrepreneurs, who pursue entrepreneurial solutions for urgent social development challenges, the opportunity to complete the Gordon Institute of Business Schools’ (GIBS) Social Entrepreneurship course. The course is aimed at assisting them to make an impactful social and economic change within their communities as well as an opportunity to be awarded capital to maintain or start-up their business.
Since 2013, the organisation has offered scholarships to several inspiring social entrepreneurs. One such person was Ntsiki Bereng, founder of Apple Tree Montessori, which aims to provide a safe and stimulating environment for the African child.
Bereng says after completing the Social Entrepreneurship course through GIBS, she was able to make a positive impact in her community and particularly on the lives of the children of the area. “Through the initiative, I have not only positively impacted my future, but the futures of the children that I teach and develop into tomorrow’s leaders.”
Applications are now open and will close on the31 March 2020. Interested applicants can register on www.fixscholarship.co.za.