Impact Makers and Creators Business Accelerator Programme 2019 for Social Creative Entrepreneurs

Impact Makers and Creators is a fully-funded, three-month business accelerator for ideation-and-growth-stage social and creative entrepreneurs.

The programme will support entrepreneurs to build their businesses, make their impact sustainable and reach wider communities and beneficiaries through their work.

Impact Makers and Creators is an ambitious programme that will work with 120 Ideation-and Growth-Stage social and creative entrepreneurs in Cape Town and Johannesburg and support them in building their social and creative businesses, make their impact sustainable and reach wider communities and beneficiaries through their work.

Impact Makers and Creators offers social creative entrepreneurs: 

      a learning programme by global social enterprise experts

      high impact business development support

      in-depth coaching from successful creative entrepreneurs

      funding readiness

      opportunities for access to market

Two programme opportunities in Johannesburg and Cape Town:

      An ideation: establishing a creative social enterprise – You are an entrepreneur who has a great idea/start-up for a creative business that also makes a difference. You want to build a viable business model, with social impact built in.

      Growth and scale stage: growing a creative social enterprise – You are running a creative social enterprise and you want to scale, or you are running a creative business and want to focus on building in social/community impact into your business model.

Recruitment Criteria

Creative social entrepreneurs (entrepreneurs with a business idea/business in the creative industry that has both a social (impact) or environmental and market focus. The mission being just as important as the return) who live in Jhb and Cape Town and are excited to take their idea/growing enterprise to the next level

  • Social and Creative entrepreneurs
  • Live in JHB or CT
  • Social Creative businesses that can scale
  • Demonstrate leadership capability in the communities in which they operate
  • Motivated to accelerate their business
  • Preferably Youth (18-35)
  • Preferably Female
  • Previously disadvantaged or beneficiaries of the social enterprise are previously disadvantaged
  • Strong sense that the business entity has impact or potential to have impact
  • South African Citizen – To be discussed
  • Businesses that fit the following stages:
    • Idea {The owner has not refined the business idea}
    • Early stage startup- pre-revenue {The startup has not earned money from customers or customer activity}
    • Early stage startup- post- revenue revenue {The startup has begun generating sales and working through stages of efficiency and scale }
    • Scale- up {The business is scaling up}

  • Business Sectors:
    • ​Agriculture
    • Healthcare
    • Information Technology
    • Performing arts (dance, music, theatre, drama, choreographer, comedian)
    • Creative Arts (Visual arts, architecture, ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, illustrator, colourist, fine artist, pottery, art history, arts management, fine art)
    • Creative Design – Fashion (Fashion Design, Textiles, Colour consultant, Costume designer, fashion designer, fashion management)
    • Creative Design – Interior Design (set décor, prop designer, interior decorator/ design, stage designer
    • Creative Design – Graphic Design (visual communication and problem-solving through the use of typography, photography, page layout and illustration to create visual compositions. Uses: typography writer, sign writer, corporate design (logos and branding), editorial design (magazines, newspapers and books), way finding or environmental designadvertisingweb designcommunication design, product packaging and signage
    • Creative Design – Film production (Cinematographer Film & Videographer)
    • Creative Design – Radio, TV & Advertising industry
    • Creative Design – Creative writing, publishing or journalism (literature – drama, poetry, prose, song writer, script writer, graphic novelist, graphic novelist)
    • Creative Design – Crafts artist (crafter, glass artist, furniture designer, mural artist, Graffiti artist, Jewellery designer)
    • Creative Design – Digital creativity (animator, app designer, video game designer, website designer, digital illustrator, magazine layout designer, multimedia artist, special effects designer)
    • Other art: Floral designer, Food stylist, make-up artist, picture framer, toy designer, festival organiser, stage director and wedding planner, computer games
    • Heritage
    • Software/electronic publishing
    • Cultural education

Learning programme:

Ideation phase programme: Creating a Creative Social Enterprise

  • Becoming a creative social entrepreneur.
    •  What change do you want to make in your community and country? (2 days)
  • Self-leadership and resilience (2 days)
  • From idea to business model and Viable Product (1 day)
  • Costs and revenues (1 day)
  • Marketing (1 day)
  • Pitching and selling (1 day)

Growth phase programme: Growing a Creative Social Enterprise

  • Where creative meets social: Making positive impact in your community and country through your creative enterprise. (1 day)
  • Leading self, leading teams and leading your enterprise (3 days)
  • Strategy and business model (1 day)
  • Advanced marketing (1 day)
  • Financial management & getting funding ready (1 day)
  • Pitching and selling (1 day)

How to Apply:
if you are interested in applying for this opportunity, kindly follow the link below

Click here to apply for the Impact Makers and Creators Accelerator Programme 2019

Application Deadline: April 1st 2019

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