Social Entrepreneurship Maymester Summer Course

Cape Town is not only an iconic city, but it is home to Africa’s oldest start-up incubator and the fastest growing economy in South Africa. Having a reputation as the best run city in South Africa, this is an excellent place to experience social entrepreneurship in an emerging market, and specifically in an African context. One of the biggest challenges to face the country is the continued effort to transition from a history defined by segregation and to address the poverty level amidst limited government and public services as nearly 40% of the population lives well below the poverty line in informal settlements. Fortunately, and most impressively, this challenge has become an opportunity for entrepreneurs who are looking to provide innovative solutions to address social and economic growth.

This four-week course explores theoretical assessment models on how individuals and communities cope with the many challenges the ongoing processes of globalization provokes; methods for analyzing and evaluating the sustainability and profitability of social impact initiatives; and the development of workable business plans in an African context.

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  • Benefit from an internationally acclaimed academic lead
  • Gain an intimate understanding of the relationship between business and social development in context
  • Develop a tailored business plan for a local social enterprise
  • Enjoy a variety of activities in your free time – many of which have positive social impacts

Quick Facts

  • Location Cape Town, South Africa
  • Recommended Credit 3 US Credits
  • Academic Focus Anthropology, Business Development, Social Development
  • Academic Prerequisites None

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Destination Description

South Africa’s world-famous city of Cape Town is a buzzing metropolis; alive and diverse. One of the most beautiful cities in the world, it is set picturesquely between soaring mountains and the sparkling ocean. While the city is chic and modern, a few kilometers away, a different way of life prevails. The townships on the outskirts of Cape Town however provide a stark contrast.

Almost 40% of the city’s inhabitants live well below the poverty line in sprawling informal settlements. Housing is largely improvised; with structures made from sheets of corrugated iron. Here, without access to running water or electricity, and little in the way of community infrastructure such as schools and transport, life is hard. Health and hygiene problems are widespread, education is poor and many people turn to crime.

Despite this, Cape Town is an entrepreneurs’ dream; keen interest, a fast growing middle class, a new market and a liberal approach to the market.

The current strain on the market is due to the large inequality that still exists in the City and low employable skills which feed into the high unemployment rates. With the backdrop of exceptional natural beauty, rich culture and home to many a world leader, Cape Town is a perfect destination for the study of social entrepreneurship as an alternative to other business strategies.

Learning Outcomes

Get first hand exposure to the realm of social enterprise and its intrinsic relationship between business and social development by assisting with developing a local entrepreneur’s business. This summer course gives you a unique opportunity for active learning. You learn a skill which you are also able to expound on the same trip. This is the true meaning of experiential learning. In addition, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Acquire greater understanding and appreciation for development issues in South Africa as it relates to its domestic and international market
  • To stretch your knowledge and lived experience of Social Entrepreneurship within context
  • Participate in a project which will impact your chosen local Social Enterprise
  • Understand how to use business skills and market knowledge to create social solutions
  • Research community needs, financial impact, and other relevant areas to analyze a business model
  • Develop a customized business plan working directly with a local social enterprise

Service Impact

Cape Town provides an ideal platform for the study of social entrepreneurship; being characterized by high levels of unemployment, a lack of skills development opportunities and a market which has the potential to be socially conscious. Through the course, you will have the opportunity to use your new-found knowledge and skills to promote social entrepreneurship. You will work alongside a budding local entrepreneur to develop a comprehensive business plan.

  • WEEK 1

    Your first week will comprise an in-depth orientation where you will be introduced to the overarching themes of the course, familiarize yourself with the course schedule and set expectations. You will be exposed to the challenges that social entrepreneurship faces, as well as one of South Africa’s 11 official languages for a broad understanding of the subject in context.

    Practical examples and your first group reflection will leave you with a sound understanding of the subject matter and concepts to be explored by the end of your first week.

  • WEEK 2

    Your second week will be characterized by deeper study into the areas outlined in your first week. This will be facilitated by methods workshops, guest lectures, structured field trips and  further reflections. You will meet your entrepreneur and undertake a needs and assets analysis, with support from your academic lead.

    This week will prepare you for the practical implementations to be completed in week 3.

  • WEEK 3:

    In your third week, you will design a proposed business plan using the skills developed in your methods workshops. Peer review and individual consultation with your academic lead will give you a deeper understanding of the concepts and processes, and allow for effective refining.

    A guided reflection at the end of the week will help you analyze your methods.

  • WEEK 4:

    Your course culminates in the presentation of your business plan to your entrepreneur, as well as a discussion of your process and observations.

    During the course of this week, you will have further opportunity to consult with your academic lead.

May 21st - June 18th 2018

$4995 for the 4 weeks

$500 early bird discount – book before February 15th, 2018

This fee includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Three meals per day Monday – Friday
  • Transfers from Cape Town airport
  • Support services from African Impact with daily guidance.
  • All lectures and talks
  • Academic support and guidance
  • Any administrative support to help you get credit with your home university

Not included in this fee:

  • International flights to Cape Town
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals at weekends
  • Travel insurance


Check out what’s included:

We know for you to get the best out of your time, we need to take care of you. This is what you can expect from us ……

  • You will be collected from the airport and taken to your new home (look out for the sign with your name on)
  • Our accommodation will be home away from home in areas we have personally selected to ensure your safety and in a central bohemian location in Cape Town
  • On arrival you will have a full induction to your new home, location and how the next 4 weeks will evolve
  • All your meals will be provided for the duration of the course, by our cooks onsite, catering for all dietary needs (with a few exceptions of free days and weekends)
  • It’s a given that any transport needs whilst on our program will be provided from our qualified drivers
  • Our cleaning team will ensure shared living is easy and your washing is ready for the next day
  • 24 hour emergency support is always provided
  • No one is ever in a hurry to leave but we will ensure that we supply a ride back to the airport for you