SOCIAL INNOVATORS

Devin De Vries

WEEK 2

23 Feb

“UCT Upstarts is encouraging collaboration and creation.” READ MORE

Kumbirai Gundani

WEEK 2

23 Feb

“UCT Upstarts is a fantastic initiative and I really believe it can be the platform to develop more aspiring entrepreneurs...” READ MORE

Kayli Vee Levitan

WEEK 2

23 Feb

“UCT was a big part of my life and has helped shape the person I am today. If I can give back to current students, I feel I have come full-circle and made the most of my education.” READ MORE

Francois Petousis

WEEK 2

23 Feb

“An amazing opportunity to grow a spirit of students who see their ability to contribute to this country!” READ MORE

Lufefe Nomjama

WEEK 2

23 Feb

“I would like to be part of UCT Upstarts because it will bring about the culture of innovation, and to my mind as an entrepreneur, as I believe that innovation normally comes from when you are a start up. Also I would love to share my challenges, experiences and opportunities of being a start up entrepreneur to add value to other aspiring entrepreneurs.” READ MORE

Thato Kgatlhanye

WEEK 3

2 MARCH

“There’s power in starting where you are, with what you have. UCT Upstarts sets the stage for what this looks like.” READ MORE

Philip Kiracofe

WEEK 3

2 March

“You represent some of the brightest minds with the greatest resources on the continent. There is no better place to pursue audacious, transformative goals.” READ MORE

Lauren O’Donnell

WEEK 4

9 MARCH

“I think everyone should know about social enterprise - I think it can change our world as we know it.” READ MORE

Ulrich Meyer-Hollings

WEEK 5

16 March

“This initiative is great as it taps into raw, fresh talent that is positively naive and starts a conversation that is enriched by multiple perspectives. Fostering a culture of entrepreneurship is vital for SA.” READ MORE

Dr François Bonnici

WEEK 5

16 March

“Upstarts speaks directly to the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s desire to inspire and challenge individuals, organisations, and systems to question what is, reimagine what can be, and to get behind and deliver those solutions that have the potential to transform the world we live in. Transformative change requires us to breakdown paradigms, draw on different skill sets and work across disciplines hence we’re encouraging multi-disciplinay teams to create new solutions together.” READ MORE

Mugendi K. M’Rithaa

WEEK 6

23 March

“This is an inspired and progressive idea worthy of support.” READ MORE

Sizwe Nzima

WEEK 6

23 March

“I think its a good program to promote entrepreneurship becuase people just want to go and study and wait till they get a job...” READ MORE

Mpodumo Doubada

WEEK 7

7 April

“My personal belief is that one of the reasons South Africa has a low level of entrepreneurship activity is that the people who have the greatest chance of succeeding...” READ MORE

Arthur Attwell

WEEK 7

7 April

“Anyone can change the world, but it's a freakin' hard journey. You're going to need tools. If Upstarts and I can help, then I'm all in.” READ MORE

Ludwick Marishane

WEEK 8

7 April

“It seeks to provide an engaging platform for students to develop an innovative mindset.” READ MORE

Guy Lieberman

WEEK 9

20 April

“Why has it taken so long for a university to realise the value of this new narrative? UCT Upstarts is the language all students should be speaking. ...” READ MORE

Ian Calvert

WEEK 10

28 April

“This is a great initiative and it is creative and innovative way of getting young people involved in business and giving them the capacity and support to succeed in this industry. ...” READ MORE

Luvuyo Rani

WEEK 11

6 May

“Teams of good people doing good things are more powerful than individuals. ...” READ MORE

Natasja Ambrosio

WEEK 12

11 May

“I like the UCT Upstarts’ initiative, because it stimulates collective discussion and innovative thinking with an ultimate commitment to develop ...” READ MORE

Raymond Ackerman Academy

WEEK 13

20 JULY

“Upstarts is providing a practical platform for young people to experience social innovation and entrepreneurship. An initiative of this nature ...” READ MORE

Saul Kornik

WEEK 14

27 JULY

“UCT Upstarts is an unique opportunity for students to imagine and then convert ideas into pragmatic plans through to real implementation. ...” READ MORE

Jonathan McKenzie

WEEK 15

3 AUGUST

“There’s an African proverb that says : If you want to walk fast, walk alone. If you want to walk far, walk together. UCT Upstarts represents...” READ MORE

STEVE SHERMAN

WEEK 15

3 AUGUST

“Poking a bear is not the only way to get a reaction.” READ MORE

Gina Levy

2015

All year round

“UCT Upstarts is igniting a ‘Start-up Student Nation’ by mobilising a movement of Innovation-Activists, creating an Innovation Culture that literally does make South Africa work better, and driving an Innovation Economy that actually does create jobs - starting from campus! Simply put, UCT Upstarts is going to put more South African role models on the map – so watch this space” READ MORE

Jake Bester

WEEK 16

11 AUGUST

“Great initiative as entrepreneurship really gives people control of their future. As an entrepreneur myself...” READ MORE

Tasos Calantzis

WEEK 17

17 AUGUST

“Social + Innovation + Entrepreneurship = A brighter future, starting now...” READ MORE

Heath Nash

WEEK 17

17 AUGUST

“After high school, I studied fine art at the University of Cape Town, majoring in sculpture in 1999...” READ MORE

Dr Mark Vella ND

WEEK 18

24 AUGUST

“Brilliant. An incubator of changemakers...” READ MORE

Chris Loker

WEEK 18

24 AUGUST

“We need to address poverty, inequality & the environment with an entrepreneurial mindset, programmes like Upstarts will catalyse this....” READ MORE