To be part of the Association is to be part of a lifelong support system, so you can realise your vision not just today, but every day.

To be part of the Association is to be part of a lifelong support system, so you can realise your vision not just today, but every day.

The Aim of the Association of Allan Gray Fellows

The aim of the Association of Allan Gray Fellows is to foster an ethical culture of lifelong learning, creating opportunities for world-class entrepreneurial development and equipping Fellows to start enterprises well.

The Association of Allan Gray Fellows is made up of Candidate Fellows who have successfully completed their degree as well as met the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation programme requirements, they are known as Allan Gray Fellows.

Our Association is therefore the Alumni Network of graduates. More than a supportive framework, the Association serves as a sounding board for Fellows to test their entrepreneurial ideas, glean feedback, hone skills and develop mutually beneficial relationships with each other and partners of the Foundation.

The Allan Gray Fellows are further supported and nurtured so that they can: gain deliberate industry experience, find an entrepreneurial flair within their context, engage in entrepreneurial action and create socio-economic value through responsible entrepreneurship.

Testimonials

I’m in that phase where I’m building up my work experience, building up that skill set I believe I would need to start up in the future. To me the Foundation is helping me build that skill set; so we’re getting a lot of exposure through the Startership Seminar for instance: the basic first steps you need to start up. And you’re also building your network through the Fellows you interact with.

– Eunice Steyn, Association of Allan Gray Fellows, 2015

What the Association covers

Graduated Fellows become members of the Association
To provide support for each graduated Fellow’s lifelong entrepreneurial journey
Workshops      
Speakers and seminars
Entrepreneurial induction
Three month business accelerator                    
Access to business funding
Ethical business practices
Forums
Networking and social events
Like-minded communities
Entrepreneur - focused experiential national and international trips
Start your own business
Job creation
Lifelong membership
Access to postgraduate funding                     

Disclaimer: Official statistics are released on an annual basis

Ideation, Validation and Creation

As a means of encouraging ideation, the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation has developed a carefully refined internal Ideation Accelerator, known as the IVC programme (Ideation, Validation and Creation). The IVC programme is open to any Programme Participants who might have a business idea which they would like to pursue. The programme allows for exploration of an idea through curriculum, business coaching and market testing and has seen a lot of success.

The Ideation process is designed for Candidate Fellows and Fellows who are yet to discover a problem or potential solution but would like to actively embark on an intentional journey through entrepreneurship and the IVC Programme. The aim of the Ideation process is for Programme Participants to learn about the key processes, tools and mindset required to spot opportunities and develop solutions to these problems.
The Creation Process for Candidate Fellows and Fellows who have validated their business idea, have found product-market fit and are post-revenue. The aim of the Creation process is to get the Programme Participants ready for funding or acceleration.
The Validation Process is for Candidate Fellows and Fellows who have identified a problem they wish to solve. A business is only created once there is proof that the idea solves a real customer problem and creates value for those customers. The aim of the Validation process is for Programme Participants to make sure their ideas are desirable, viable and feasible.

FAQS

Membership of the Association is exclusive to graduates of the Allan Gray Fellowship.

No, the Association doesn’t invest in or financially fund entrepreneurial ideas, but rather seeks to support the endeavours of Fellows in their efforts to start businesses of their own with access to financial and other resources. Fellows have access to E2; a venture capital channel for any ideas emanating from the Association.

Organisations who are interested in partnering with the Association can contact the Association Director, Daniel, or the Community Manager, Wande, to explore any potential partnerships.

Daniel Hampton: danielh@allangrayorbis.org / 0799336834
Wande Madikane: WandeM@allangrayorbis.org / 0721972014

Please refer all opportunities to the office of the Association Director or the Community Manager.

Daniel Hampton: danielh@allangrayorbis.org / 0799336834
Wande Madikane: WandeM@allangrayorbis.org / 0721972014

No one ever changed the world alone. Great things happen at the confluence of dreams where visions validate each other and like-minds provide support for the road ahead. It’s much more than just an association, more than networking, mingling and common conversation. To be part of the Association is to be part of a lifelong support system, so you can realise your vision not just today, but every day.