The Foundation is investing in a long-term legacy of greatness through inspiring and developing individuals who will become high impact leaders and/ or entrepreneurs. It is the Foundation’s belief that such individuals are capable of shaping and transforming the future of the Southern African region as they will be driven to make a life-altering positive impact on the world around them. The Foundation therefore seeks to nurture and develop an entrepreneurial mindset in the most promising of Southern Africa’s youth through its Scholarship and Fellowship opportunities.
To promote progress through entrepreneurship in an integrated Southern Africa by fostering high impact leaders and entrepreneurs.
In the coming years there will emerge from diverse communities, a new generation of high impact entrepreneurial leaders. Individuals of passion, integrity and innovation who will be at the forefront of the continuing economic and social transformation of this region.
These individuals will be ambassadors of the power of initiative, determination and excellence, acting as role-models so that many more will follow in their pioneering footsteps.
The Foundation’s ethos, or shared fundamentals, is made up of its tactical focus on Education and Experience complemented by the personal traits of Effort and Ethics.
The Foundation’s philosophy is informed by its economic context which focuses on the genuine value creation ability of business for the benefit of society; its leadership context whereby leaders are enrolled who can activate opportunities and who are able to influence others to do the same; and its community context which recognises diverse backgrounds and the need for social transformation. This philosophy is intentionally embedded within an African context.
The Foundation provides full financial support to pursue secondary or tertiary studies at selected schools or universities. These opportunities, known as the Allan Gray Scholarship and Fellowship, explore entrepreneurial mindset and leadership development building on the base of a solid academic platform. These interventions, focusing on education, personal development, entrepreneurial and leadership growth, work experience and mentoring, are the first stage in a longer term systematic approach to fostering high impact individuals.
The Foundation’s Entrepreneurial Values are made up of its 5 Pillars which are: Intellectual Imagination; Achievement Excellence; Personal Initiative; Spirit of Significance and Courageous Commitment.
The high level vision is to activate the Foundations’ Pillars in individuals by establishing an entrepreneurial mindset that gives rise to the ability to become high impact leaders or high impact entrepreneurs. Based on these Pillars, the Foundation’s Programmes will facilitate the development of an entrepreneurial attitude by providing access to a range of challenging opportunities and experiences. Compelling practical learning methods, both directed and self-directed, expose, unlock and develop these attitudes into habitual entrepreneurial behaviour.
The Fellowship’s objective is to equip talented young individuals with the skills, attitudes and motivation to become successful high-impact entrepreneurial leaders. Success will have been achieved if Fellows complete their degrees with excellence while exposing them to incredible opportunities and an entrepreneurial way of thinking and being.
The Scholarship’s objectives are to broaden the pool of Fellowship applications from economically disadvantaged groups and to provide access to quality high school education to those who otherwise would not have been able to afford it. Scholars are assisted to integrate smoothly into the high school environment and are provided with leadership and entrepreneurial development opportunities during their high school career.