Get support for your idea.
We are currently not accepting applications if you would like to be notified when the process reopens please complete the following short form.
We have an open call for ideas and a 3-step approach to granting early stage funding of up to R1 million over the period of 2 years.
Step 1: Understand the Funding Criteria
We accept applications for support from individuals, registered non-profit and for profit organisations.
A successful submission will meet the following criteria:
The beneficiaries are children between the ages of 0 and 6 (this includes the period of development during pregnancy) in under-resourced South African communities
The idea convincingly demonstrates how the solution to the challenge will be reached, sustained and scaled without compromising quality
It’s SMART – specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and proof of concept can be executed within 2 years
It’s innovative in that it finds an entirely new way of doing things or repurposes an existing solution in order to solve the challenge
It has an enthusiastic and skilled person/team behind it
Innovations submitted for funding may be at any stage in their development journey. We do not, however, fund the actual scaling of the product. We do aim to link products ready to scale to funders who may be able to help.
Step 2: Understand the Process
Step by step process of how your application will work.
- We will need you to complete this application form to get a better understanding of who you are and your idea.
- Our Portfolio Management will assess submissions against the submission requirements and respond to you accordingly. Please expect a delay in feedback due to our Covid-19 responses but we will aim to respond within a month of applying.
- The successful applicant/s will be invited to work on an investment case for presentation to our Investment Committee. This includes diving deeper into the business model, theory of change and scaling strategy.
- Once the Investment Committee has approved the investment case, we’ll draw up the funding contract. This is the final step in this process, but the beginning of an exciting journey.
Step 3: Propose your Idea
Here’s your chance to grab our attention!
Tell us about why we should help make your idea a reality by completing this application form: Propose Your Idea