Belle and Co. 24HR Challenge Judge

Belisa Rodrigues, Belle and Co. Director, is one of the judges for the 24 HR Pitch Competition

In 2017, the Switch Social Entrepreneurship Programme (SSEP) partnered up with Startup Safari and gave one lucky Switcher the opportunity to travel to India and participate in Startup Safari. Through creating exposure on an international platform, Startup Safari seeks to grow social entrepreneurs by ‘redefining learning models and  reimagining career paths’. The partnership with Startup Safari strengthens the objectives of the Switch Programme in supporting and developing social entrepreneurs who are in various growth phases of their business, to deepen the impact of their social enterprise in their community.

Due to the success and impact of our partnership in 2017, Switch will be sending two deserving participants to India for a 10 day Eco-System Immersion Programme, where they will be exposed to global networks, innovation frameworks, and mentoring sessions, while experiencing the rich culture of India.

On the 6th of June, Switch participants will be competing in a 24 HR Challenge where they will be developing a sustainable and viable business solution to a relevant problem in South Africa. Contestants will submit a Social Business Model Canvas and a 4 minute video pitch that presents their solution to the problem. Our external panel of judges will be scoring submissions and the two winners will be announced on the 11th of June. Those winners will take off to India from 3-10 July – stay tuned as we watch their journey’s unfold!

Read about the winners here.

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Belle and Co.as Design-thinking Coach in Germany

Munich, Germany: March, 2018

The International Academic Programme for Entrepreneurship (APE) Bootcamp is run by the Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship (SCE) at the Munich University of Applied Sciences. This Bootcamp is about doing, not about listening to lectures. This is why participants will spend most of their time working on a real-life business idea in
teams. In addition an experienced team of coaches and mentors will be present to guide the learners through the process.

Belle and co. has been invited to be one of the Coaches on the APE Bootcamp, mentoring 65 students from about 10 different countries. At the end of 10 days working through the Human-Centred Design Thinking Innovation Process, the teams are expected to pitch their prototype to a panel of judges.

View the APE Programme Info here: APE-Bootcamp-2018

Here are some of the method cards and tools used during the Bootcamp: Methodcards APE Bootcamp

Dive into SE: Romania Social Enterprise Job Shadow

Iasi, Romania: September, 2017

Belle and co. Associate, Mohlomi Motloung, participated in a job shadow / study tour of social enterprises in Iasi, Romania.

Main aim of job shadowing activities is to provide the participants an opportunity to learn from good practices directly in the place and have possibility to network with stakeholders coming from other country, brainstorm ideas for future development of their social enterprises. Project will include more shadowing activities. Each activity will take 5 days, excluding travel days, it means one working week. Participants of job shadowing will be selected by each organization reflecting the aims and goals of each organization, their future plans and needs, interests of the participants.

Read Report Here: SE Job Shadow Report

Dive into SE: Bulgaria Study Visit

Sofia, Bulgaria: June, 2017

Belle and Co. Associate Nthakoana Maema, participated in a tightly curated study visit of social enterprises in Sofia, Bulgaria as part of the Dive in Social Entrepreneurship Programme. The main objective of the tour was to analyse successful Social Enterprise Business Models. Visits included engaging with a range of Successful Social Enterprises, as well as Local Government Departments (Social and Labour Dept).

See Report Here: DiveIn_Report_Sofia

Cultural Entrepreneurship Hub Project Launch

Munich, Germany: March 2017

The Goethe Institut and Strascheg Centre for Entrepreneurship (Munich University) have partnered to create a consortium to help build Cultural Entrepreneurship Hubs at Goethe Institut Greece, Indonesia and South Africa. The project is financed by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany.

Belle and co. has been invited to be part of this consortium along with other local consultants from the three countries identified.

Read more about the project here.

Working with Echoing Green, New York

New York, USA: August/September, 2016

After completing the Mandela Washington Fellowship academic track in July, Belle and co. was lucky enough to be offered an additional 6 week professional development opportunity with Echoing Green in New York City.

Echoing Green identifies tomorrow’s transformational leaders today. Through its Fellowships and other innovative leadership initiatives, Echoing Green spots emerging leaders and invests deeply in their success to accelerate their impact. They have been funding social entrepreneurship and innovation globally for 30 years. Read more here.

Belle and co.worked closely with the fellowship team, in particular working on linking the fund with African based community leaders and entrepreneurs.  Various outreach partnerships were forged between African institutions and Echoing Green.

Belle and Co. also got the chance to pitch its business value proposition to the whole team.

Co-Creating Mowbray

Mowbray Cape Town: April, 2016

Belle and Co. held its first public engagement with Mowbray residents to explore possible avenues of re-imagining Mowbray through place-making and co-creation. Residents shared previous visioning exercises such as “Magic Mowbray” and the GSCID’s “Mowbray as Learning District” concept. RMCA, Open Streets, Old Mowbray Cottages, CPF, GSCID and others, were in attendance. Thank you goes to Enock Nkomo for the use of his business premises on Mowbray Main Road.