2015 Spark* Changemaker Program for South African Social Entrepreneurs


Location: Cape Town

Dates: 26th-31st July 2015

The Spark* Changemaker Program is a powerful opportunity for passionate South Africans who are at the early stages of building social businesses and organisations that exist to make a difference for people living in poverty.

Eligibility Criteria:

Spark is looking for South African social entrepreneurs who:

– Are based in Cape Town or surrounding provinces.

– Have already launched a social enterprise that is already making a difference in the lives of tens of people living in poverty.

– Want to scale their social enterprise to impact many more people living in poverty.

Program Detail:

If you are successful in your application you: 


  • An intensive five day live-in workshop in Cape Town where you join a small group of Spark* Changemakers and access world class social entrepreneurship training designed to help you focus your non-profit or business and accelerate the growth of your venture.


  • Beyond the accelerator you receive ongoing training and support from Spark* International and we connect you to experts and professionals who can help you as you launch and grow your non-profit or social business.
  • Specifically Spark will provide you with three years of access to graphic designers, website creators, business coaches, mentors, research assistants, lawyers and accountants (all super helpful for you as a social entrepreneur working to grow your venture). 
  • You also have the opportunity to continually apply for small grants (approximately 2000 – 2500 rand) to help you overcome barriers and test ideas to grow the impact or sustainability of your venture.


  • Spark* is an official pipeline partner with a number of powerful organisations that can help you scale a proven social enterprise including Ashoka, Echoing Green and the Unreasonable Institute as well as impact investors to help you raise capital if you are a social enterprise.
  • Spark can prepare you for these opportunities and make connections for you.



  • Spark ask that each successful applicant contributes R1000 to the cost of the program. This amount helps Spark* provide you with 5 days of accommodation, food, transport and world class training as well as three years of ongoing support and connections.
  • The cost to Spark* is much higher but we request that you make this contribution to help us cover a small portion of the expenses we will incur.
  • If you are not able to make R1000 contribution, you are encouraged to seek sponsorship from friends, family, or your community.


You will be notified of the status of your application by the 15th of June 2015.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Spark* Changemaker Program



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