The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a specialised unit at the UCT Graduate School Business (GSB), is hosting the second annual Pathways to Funding Do-ference, an event created especially for social entrepreneurs looking to seed, scale or grow their business.

The Cape Town event will take place at the Woodstock Exchange on 15th to 16th September 2016. This event is part of the 2016 Do-ference Roadshow, which has already successfully taken place in Durban and Johannesburg earlier this month.

This year’s event is sponsored by Flanders and the SAB Foundation, and partners include the Awethu Project, LifeCo UnLtd SA, Bandwidth Barn and Smart Space.

According to the event organisers, the Do-ference has been designed to deliver practical knowledge and tools around raising early-stage finance that can advance the growth of businesses.

The two-day event in Cape Town is intended to connect attendees with successful social entrepreneurs, investors and other professionals through interactive workshops, specialised one-on-ones and Ted-style talks. All sessions focus on access to finance to help attendees take their social enterprise to the next level.

The event includes an array of sessions that are relevant to eHealth startups, including a double session that will give an introduction to relevant local government funding. The session will be facilitated by Managing Director at Perfect Solutions, Darren Barnes, who will be joined by a panel of government funders who will introduce their funds and how to best approach them.

Another session of interest is opportunities in enterprise development (ED) funds, which will explore various ED funds and requirements – looking closely at repayment terms and what you need to watch out for.

The full two day programme can be found here. To find out more about the event, email or phone 021 406 1315/1524.

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