Understanding Social Enterprise

In partnership with Mensch, this program, gives you the opportunity to explore how social enterprise as a tool can create positive social impact without a reliance on donor income.


Cape Town


Past Programme


9.30pm – 4.30pm


2 days

Social enterprise is an international movement characterised by organisations that trade to earn income, but also achieve social and environmental benefits.


‘I had a very limited understanding of the potential for NPO’s to generate their own income. I didn’t understand what the boundaries were legally and how they could strive for sustainability. This has all changed for me and opened my eyes.’
Previous Learner 2016


During this programme you will:

  • Develop your understanding of the value and purpose of social enterprise

  • Explore the relationship between social enterprise, NPOs and traditional business 

  • Discuss real examples from social enterprises around the world and visit a local, successful social enterprise to learn from their experiences

  • Gain an overview of the legal structures available and identify a wide range of possible revenue models

  • Explore the challenges of balancing social and
    environmental aims with sustainability



Do you run a social enterprise or are considering starting one?

Are you an NPO leader who wants to learn more about making the transition from donor dependency to income generation and financial sustainabilty?

Do you run a for-profit business an are looking for ways to create more social impact through your business?

Are you a public sector official looking to understand more about what social enterprise could bring to the communities you serve?

This programme is for you!


Your Facilitators

This programme will be facilitated by Christoff Oosthuysen and Rachael Millson. Christoff supports social entrepreneurs and leaders of forward-looking NGOs to create healthy and impactful organisations. 

Rachael is passionate about enabling social and environmental change. A participatory facilitator for over 15 years, she has been a founder and Board Director for two social enterprises, and has supported social enterprises in the UK, South Africa and Asia.


About Us

The Social Enterprise Academy delivers learning and development programmes focused on leadership, entrepreneurship and social impact measurement for people working for social change.


How to Book

To book a place on this programme please email Gina Flash directly at gina@mensch.org.za