Entrepreneurship pathway opens for Grade 12 change agents

Entrepreneurship pathway opens for Grade 12 change agents

February 2021: In an uncertain world, it is evident that developing an entrepreneurial mindset and skillset is pivotal. This is an opportunity for Grade 12 learners who dream of ideas that could better the world; and the individuals who aspire to work with purpose and bring about much-needed change to their communities.

For more than 15 years, the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation has substantially invested in the education and development of young South Africans with dreams and potential to develop into successful entrepreneurs. Grade 12 learners across the country are invited to apply now to be selected for the Foundation’s 2022 Fellowship Programme which is an exciting opportunity for successful individuals to nurture their entrepreneurial mindsets.

With four distinct entrepreneurship programmes, the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation recognises entrepreneurship as a lifelong quest requiring a long-term, holistic approach. For high achievers amongst the current Grade 12 cohort, it’s the opportunity to not only secure financial support for their tertiary studies at a top partner university, but selected Candidate Fellows will also enter into a realm of 360º entrepreneurial training and become part of a vibrant entrepreneurial community. Successful applicants need to demonstrate a curious mindset, leadership skills, ethical values and commitment to using their entrepreneurial thinking to bring about positive change.

At a time when the formal economy is shedding thousands of jobs due to the pandemic, Nontando Mthethwa, Head of Public Affairs and Communications at the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation, emphasizes the importance of the country’s investment in job creators. “At the Foundation we believe that entrepreneurial training should be a basic human right. Our education sector, from school through to tertiary studies, is primarily focused on turning out job seekers. This means that fewer Grade 12s leave school confident that they have what it takes to be successful business owners. Our Fellowship Programme is designed to step into this gap, and ensure that as they undertake university studies, they are simultaneously exposed to entrepreneurial training and a community that passionately believes in the powerful possibilities of entrepreneurship.”

The Foundation’s Fellowship is available at 10 partner universities across five provinces including the Western Cape, Gauteng, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Free State. “The goal of the Fellowship Programme is to ensure that qualifications taught at institutions are aligned to entrepreneurial outcomes, and can be applied in an entrepreneurial context,” says Mthethwa.

“The Fellowship Programme sets students on a pathway that nurtures their entrepreneurial potential so that they develop personally and professionally as responsible entrepreneurs with the potential to bring much-needed change to South Africa, and the world.”

Are you a Grade 12 who ticks these boxes?
  • South African citizenship
  • 21 years of age or younger in 2021
  • Minimum of 60% in Pure Mathematics or a minimum of 80% in Mathematical literacy for final grade 11 results
  • Minimum average of 70% for final Grade 11 results (excluding Life Orientation)
  • Intention to study towards a Commerce, Science (excluding Medicine, Veterinary Science and Dentistry); Engineering, Law, Humanities or Arts degree at the Iniversity of the Witwatersrand, University of Johannesburg, University of Cape Town, Nelson Mandela University, Rhodes University, University of the Western Cape, Stellenbosch University, University of Pretoria, University of the Free State and University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • Indications of an entrepreneurial mindset
  • Belief in the future of South Africa

Applications accepted between 8 February and 30 April 2021, 17:00 SAT.

How to apply:

The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation believes that entrepreneurially-minded individuals with ethical values and strong leadership skills hold the promise of change. We stand behind entrepreneurs improving the socio-economic landscape of Southern Africa. Our mission is to foster such impact by providing youth demonstrating the highest potential access to education and cultivating within them an entrepreneurial mindset.