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About us

Social Enterprise Connect is an exciting new Community of Practice (CoP) for social entrepreneurs in South Africa. The CoP was born out of a partnership between Social Enterprise Academy Africa (SEAA) and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC).

Our Ambitious Initiative

This ambitious initiative is aimed at recognising, sharing and amplifying the work of social entrepreneurs while building social capital amongst these impact makers.

The CoP will create a platform for social enterprises to discuss needs, problems and solutions within the social impact space in SA; either face-to-face or online. The Community will also seek to encourage engagement with policy and other macro-level discussions.met.

Our Partners


Financial Institution

The IDC is a national development finance institution, owned by the South African government under the supervision of the Department of Trade Industry and Competition.

What They Do

The organisation promotes economic growth and industrial development in South Africa.

Their Vision

To be the primary driving force of commercially sustainable industrial development and innovation for the benefit of South Africa and the rest of Africa

Primary Objectives

As a national financial institution, the IDC’s primary objectives are to contribute to the generation of balanced, sustainable economic growth in Africa, and to the economic empowerment of the South African population, thereby promoting the economic prosperity of all citizens.

Social Enterprise Academy

Transformational Learning

Social Enterprise Academy delivers transformational learning and development programmes for people and organisations working for social change.

Social Enterprise

We are a social enterprise driven by a vision of a society that combines economic activity with community benefit, led by dynamic social entrepreneurs and enterprises. Our unique approach to learning has helped thousands of social entrepreneurs and social change organisations to become stronger and more resilient, increasing both their impact and their economic sustainability.

Worldwide Network

Social Enterprise Academy South Africa is part of a worldwide network of 14 hubs, supporting social change within local communities and beyond.