The SAB Foundation supports and invests in entrepreneurs and social innovation with a priority in benefitting women and youth, people in rural areas and people living with disabilities.
The SAB Foundation has created opportunities for entrepreneurs and innovators living with disabilities and we strongly encourage them to apply.
THE SOCIAL INNOVATION AWARD is aimed at innovators / social entrepreneurs / institutions / social enterprises with prototypes or early stage businesses that can solve a social problem.
THE DISABILITY EMPOWERMENT AWARD is aimed at innovators / social entrepreneurs / institutions / social enterprises whose innovations focus on providing solutions for people living with disabilities.
We find, support and scale social innovations – through challenge funding and tailored mentorship – which can directly and indirectly improve quality of life.
We define social innovation as innovation that demonstrates a sustainable business model while solving a social problem, with a particular emphasis on innovation that benefits women, youth, people with disability or those in rural areas.
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The SAB Foundation Social Innovation and Disability Empowerment Awards will be open to any innovation solution that offers a credible prospect of meeting a demonstrable social and / or economic need evidenced by the SAB Foundation’s target low-income beneficiary groups (with a particular emphasis on innovation that benefits women, youth, people with disability and those in rural areas), as well as demonstrating potential as a sustainable businesses.
1. Entries are welcomed from South African individuals, innovators, entrepreneurs, social enterprises and university departments.
2. Entrants may enter as individuals on their own, or as members of a team, in which case one individual team leader shall complete the online application form.
3. The innovation entered must be the original work of the applicant and a true innovation and / or a significant improvement on an existing technology, product, service, and production method or business model.
4. Applications are open to all South African citizens, 18 years or older.
5. The innovation / solution must have progressed past the “blue-sky” thinking stage: there must be some evidence of investment by the applicant. This means that applicants must be able to show proof that prior to applying, they have spent time and/or money developing the innovation: planning, developing and testing prototypes, market and industry research, developing a business plan.
In addition to the prize money (ranging from R200 000 to R1 300 000) the awardees are assessed on a case-by-case basis and placed on a tailored mentorship programme. This programme is flexible and adjusted to the needs of each awardee, as mutually agreed by both awardee and mentor.
Applications Close: 31 March 2021 @ 12:00 (Midday).
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