The Silicon Valley model which looks for $1 billion “unicorns” that need large amounts of capital and create relatively few jobs does not work for Africa.

Africa needs entrepreneurs who can create businesses that create jobs for the rising youth population without the need for large investment capital.

We need more social entrepreneurs who will create businesses that solve Africa’s urgent challenges of water, energy, food security, unemployment, education etc.

Imagine what it would mean if communities that lack access to safe drinking water had a simple, affordable way to test their water supply for cholera, a water-borne disease that sickens 4 million people every year and causes an estimated 143,000 deaths? Or we should a way of providing access to affordable health care, electricity, food etc.

Whether it is by saving lives, protecting the environment or providing micro-lending to women in rural and marginalized areas, social entrepreneurs are more important today than ever before, especially in the time of COVID-19.

This programmes focuses on understanding challenges faced by the continent, how to develop a sustainable and impactful business model for your social enterprise and how to scale it to reach more people that really needs it.


Upon completion, the entrepreneur will receive a Certificate of Competence from Lora accredited by Services SETA.


Course fee: R 7,500.00 [Registration Fee: R 1,500.00]

The course price includes all the study material that will be required to complete the course.

Payment Plans are available.

Groups Discounts are available. For every group of 2 entrepreneurs who register, there is a 20% discount on each entrepreneur who registers for any LORA programme.

To apply online: Online Application Form

Closing date: Wednesday, 27 January 2021, Classes commences: Thursday, 27 January 2021 at 18:30 via Zoom]


  • The context of Social Entrepreneurship in SA and in Africa
  • Consider the role of a social entrepreneur vis-à-vis business and government in Africa
  • Understand what constitutes a systemic and long-lasting social change, and how we can achieve it
  • Catalytic Innovations for Social Change
  • Market Creating Innovations
  • Measuring Impact
  • How to Grow a Social Enterprise
  • Systems Thinking
  • Building a Sustainable Financial Model for your Social Enterprise
  • Strategy for Social Enterprises
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Design Thinking & Effectuation
  • Financial Management
  • Marketing Social Entrepreneurs Branding
  • Scaling Up a Social Enterprise
  • Measuring Impact
  • Managing Change
  • Personal Resilience
  • Managing People
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Learn from particularly innovative solutions as case studies                                    


This is a six months certificate programme based on the NQF national hours. The academic calendar is available at the start of your studies with dates and times of classes and other activities to help you plan your schedule.

To apply online: Online Application Form

Closing date: Wednesday, 27 January 2021, Classes commences: Thursday, 27 January 2021 at 18:30 via Zoom]


  • English and Mathematics Literacy at NQF L4 [Grade 12]
  • Minimum of five years’ work experience, including at management level 
  • Demonstrated motivation, conceptual skills, and drive
  • Tertiary qualification an advantage