About Us

Social Enterprise Connect

Who We are

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.


Members can
Look Forward to

For Members

• Collaboration opportunities
• A dedicated online resource portal
• Access to a funder’s database
• Access to best practice resources on social enterprise
• Online and face-to-face support programmes.
• Networking opportunities at events in the SE space

Who can
Become Members

If you can say yes to:

• Do you run a social impact organisation
• Are you reinvesting most of your profit back into the fulfilment of your mission
• Do you run a business with the purpose of uplifting your community through economic activity
• Do you run a Non-Profit organisation that’s transitioning from donor funding to self-sufficiency

Our Partners

The British Council build connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language.


Although we receive a government grant in aid, the British Council is operationally independent from the UK government.

All our work contributes to our purpose and Royal Charter (PDF 180kb) aims:

'[to] advance, for the public benefit, any purpose which is exclusively charitable and which shall

(a) promote cultural relationships and the understanding of different cultures between people and peoples of the United Kingdom and other countries;
(b) promote a wider knowledge of the United Kingdom;
(c) develop a wider knowledge of the English language;
(d) encourage cultural, scientific, technological and other educational cooperation between the United Kingdom and other countries; or
(e) otherwise promote the advancement of education.'

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.

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.