Impact Hub Joburg in partnership with Simanye have concluded their 2nd annual IMPACT INSPIRED Launchpad, a programme designed to support and incubate early-stage social enterprises.
From a group of 11 participants, 6 were chosen to compete in the final event for prizes of R50 000 and R25 000 on Friday 3 August 2018.
Simanye Group is a cluster of entities dedicated to helping businesses, communities and the public sector find effective and sustainable solutions for transformation and economic development in South Africa, Africa and beyond.
Impact Hub Joburg is a member-based co-working and event venue that unities and empowers impact-driven entrepreneurs! It forms part of a global network of 85+ Impact Hubs in major cities around the world.
Impact Launchpad offers incubation to social enterprises at an early stage of development and operation in an environment where they can learn from each other and hack challenges together.
The programme brings together business support, expert facilitators, technical partners and funding advice and opportunities to ensure success. Participants receives post programme support, physical office space and access to networks for continued success.
The 2018 cohort was a group of entrepreneurs focused on finding solutions to South African health challenges. The programme consisted of several modules designed to move these social enterprises from concept stage to market ready ventures.
Between modules participants immersed themselves in the environment of their end-users, tested their solutions, received feedback on their prototypes and guidance from mentors and industry experts.
Midway through the process they participated in a hackathon where participants and community members worked together to find solutions to operational challenges; and a pitch event where they pitched for small loans to help them implement solutions and strategies on their way to market-readiness.
The 2018 finalists pitched their ideas to the 5 judges who selected the winners of the prizemoney sponsored by Novartis.
The winner of the R50 000 first prize was Geluksdal Dance Academy; an academy that not only teaches youth to dance and in doing so keeps them active and healthy, but also trains dance instructors who can eventually open their own studios and create jobs. For more information,
please visit their website: https://www.geluksdaldanceacademy.co.za.
The runner-up, winning R25 000 was Mammo on the Move; a mobile clinic that goes to patients to do cancer screens and referrals. For more information, contact them on https://twitter.com/breastcadvocacy
Rusha Malan, Project Manager: Simanye, 010 525 2370, firstname.lastname@example.org
Iviwe Rwayi, Operations Coordinator: Impact Hub Joburg, 011 048 2542, email@example.com