Eduvator Wins at Design Indaba

Eduvator Wins at Design Indaba

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From left: Blaise Dobson, Jacqui-Noluthando Watson, Executive Mayor Alderman Patricia de Lille, Batandwa Alperstein, Mbali Sikakana – Image by Hayley De Vantier

Seven Allan Gray Fellows have banded together to launch a social enterprise called ‘Eduvator’. Galvanised by the Association of Allan Gray Fellows Startership Challenge, their collaboration was borne out of a desire to contribute towards solving the urgent crisis in South Africa’s education system. The concept involves a crowd-sourced funding platform that allows citizens to donate a small contribution, which is then used to make improvements to the classroom environments of underprivileged schools. Benefactors are able to observe the results of their contributions in real time, via a technological platform.

In October 2012, E2 pledged a once-off grant to support the seven Allan Gray Fellows in their goal of making Eduvator a reality. Since then, the Eduvator team has been prototyping and testing the concept of crowd-sourcing solutions for underprivileged schools in South Africa. Recently, the group was excited to receive news that Design Indaba had committed an additional R50 000 in seed funding to the project, via their Your Street Live Challenge. All seven Fellows are thoroughly enjoying the collaborative working space they are occupying as well as the challenge of directing their entrepreneurial efforts towards addressing a critical need in South Africa.

First cohort of Allan Gray Scholars graduate

First cohort of Allan Gray Scholars graduate

Scholars Graduation_Jan2013_2The first cohort of Allan Gray Scholars graduated from the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Scholarship in a ceremony held recently at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.

The theme of the graduation ceremony was ‘Celebrating Pioneers’, which was appropriate as the twelve bright and ambitious grade 12 learners who were accepted into the programme in 2008 are the Foundation’s first ever cohort of Scholars to successfully complete and graduate from the Scholarship since its inception.

All 12 Allan Gray Scholars have achieved bachelor’s passes, making them eligible for further studies at university. Anthony Farr, CEO of the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation says: “The Scholarship selection process is rigorous and the programme challenging; but these learners have excelled in their studies and faced the challenges presented to them with admirable courage and determination. We are immensely proud of what they have achieved.”

The Scholarship was created to broaden the pool of eligible applicants into the Foundation’s Fellowship. The Scholarship is open to learners who show potential to excel academically, who have the desire to engage in available opportunities as well as those who demonstrate financial need. Scholarship recipients receive comprehensive financial support, and are given access to entrepreneurial and personal development programmes as well as mentorship opportunities to ensure their continued progress.

Applications to Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Fellowship now open

Applications to Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Fellowship now open

Allan Gray Fellowship Selection Camp 2012The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation is offering bright young learners the opportunity to become South Africa’s future high-impact entrepreneurial leaders. Applications to its Fellowship are now open to current grade 12 and first year university students.

Anthony Farr, CEO of the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation, says: “We aim to support and develop talented young South Africans through our Fellowship, which provides comprehensive financial support, access to entrepreneurial and personal development as well as mentorship opportunities to ensure the individual’s continued progress.”

“What distinguishes us from other scholarship and bursary programmes is our focus on developing high impact entrepreneurial leaders. It is the Foundation’s belief that such individuals are capable of shaping and transforming the future of the Southern African region as they drive positive change in the world. 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,” concludes Farr.

Applications to the Fellowship close on 30 April 2013 for grade 12 learners and on 31 August 2013 for current first year university students. Visit www.allangrayorbis.org for more information.

Largest cohort of Allan Gray Fellows graduates in Cape Town

Largest cohort of Allan Gray Fellows graduates in Cape Town

Fellowship GraduationThe Allan Gray Orbis Foundation is offering bright young learners the opportunity to become South Africa’s future high-impact entrepreneurial leaders. Applications to its Fellowship are now open to current grade 12 and first year university students.

Anthony Farr, CEO of the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation, says: “We aim to support and develop talented young South Africans through our Fellowship, which provides comprehensive financial support, access to entrepreneurial and personal development as well as mentorship opportunities to ensure the individual’s continued progress.”

“What distinguishes us from other scholarship and bursary programmes is our focus on developing high impact entrepreneurial leaders. It is the Foundation’s belief that such individuals are capable of shaping and transforming the future of the Southern African region as they drive positive change in the world. 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,” concludes Farr.

Applications to the Fellowship close on 30 April 2013 for grade 12 learners and on 31 August 2013 for current first year university students. Visit www.allangrayorbis.org for more information.

Association Welcomes the Fellowship Class of 2012

Assoication InductionOn 23 February 2013, the Association of Allan Gray Fellows welcomed 53 new Allan Gray Fellows into its fold after their successful graduation from the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation’s Fellowship. The new Allan Gray Fellows were inducted by the Association’s Executive Committee at a ceremony hosted at The Cape Grace in Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront.

The theme for the evening was the notion of the new members steering the Association in the direction they, themselves, wanted it to go. The Association’s President, Suzie Nkambule, encouraged the new Allan Gray Fellows to direct and navigate the Association towards its vision of an engaged association of high impact entrepreneurial leaders at the forefront of driving long-term economic and societal wealth in Southern Africa. The Vice-President of the New Graduates Portfolio, Zayne Imam, echoed this call by asking the new Allan Gray Fellows to acknowledge the hard work required by the collective community and encouraging them to avail themselves to leadership positions within the Association.

The evening celebrated the achievements of the graduating class, but the air was predominantly filled with excited discussion around the future endeavours of the Fellows. With one of their first steps into the “real world” being their induction into an association geared towards driving their success, it’s safe to say they are off to a great start