This page is home to our Spark Bank and other exciting invitations to join a mission to facilitate transformative social change in South Africa.
In addition to those related to our portfolio, we also share opportunities offered by like-minded organisations.
Sometimes when promising ideas emerge, we don’t have all of the pieces of the puzzle to act. In order to hold onto these ideas, we’ve created the Spark Bank.
Have a look at the ideas below and see if any of them resonate with you. Perhaps your thinking could complete the puzzle.
Biometric verification for childrenThere are a number of existing solutions providing biometric verification through facial recognition software…for adults. We’re in search of biometric verification solutions for children aged 3 to 5, who attend early learning centres in impoverished communities.
Turning waiting spaces into engaging placesWhat if spaces, particularly where parents and other caregivers have to wait for long periods of time with their children, could be transformed into places that sparked engagement?
Regular, positive interactions between caregiver and child lay the foundation in the child’s developing brain for lifelong literacy, numeracy and self-control.
Do YOU have an idea of how waiting spaces could be sustainably transformed or created to be engaging places?
Supporting young momsThe last Recorded Live Births report produced by Statistics South Africa showed that out of the 969 415 birth recorded in 2016, 136 996 were born to mothers below the age of 20.
All mothers, no matter where they’re from or what their age, need support with ways to engage with and help build their childs’ developing brain and body during the earliest years.
While there are a number of initiatives for older mothers, we’d like to explore the possibility of funding an innovative and scalable parenting support initiative particularly for mothers under the age of 20.
Perhaps you’re a young mom with an uncoventional solution on how to do this; or an enthusiastic entrepreneur with a burning idea – we would LOVE to hear from you!
Innovation Edge Re-Purpose Driven Consultant, Durban
START DATE: September
Innovation Edge is looking for a Consultant to project manage the Barrows: (re)Purpose-driven Distribution and Production initiative. The ideal candidate has a combination of project management and supply chain management experience.
The Barrows: (re) Purpose-driven Distribution and Production initiative
Innovation Edge has partnered with Barrows Design and Manufacturing (Pty) Ltd, a South African Retail Marketing/Shopper Conversion company to test repurposing their production and distribution processes to benefit thousands of young children – in a way that’s also good for business.
Barrows produces thousands of retail display units for companies all over South Africa. Very often, the printing of those units result in ‘waste’ in the form of blank space – areas of cardboard or paper not covered with artwork. The team at Barrows found a way of repurposing that waste to generate educational material for young children without affecting the daily running of the business.
In just a few months, at little or no additional cost, Barrows produced 76 343 pieces of educational material. Making use of their existing transport infrastructure, they moved the material from their factory to depots around the country, where educare centres collected them. These high-quality education resources have reached approximately 150 000 children to date.
This is a six-month, part-time (approximately 1 day a week) contract position. The Consultant would start immediately to provide ongoing project management support and to onboard additional partners.
The position is Durban based and the Consultant will be working closely with members of the Innovation Edge Portfolio Management Team, Barrows management and operational team, NGO’s, Content Providers and Educare centres.
Keen to find out more? Please see the detailed job spec here.