Supporting Entrepreneurs and Equipping them for Future Success

8 September 2017 | Prepared for Tshikululu/ FirstRand Foundation | Research Report

The following report provides details of the findings for the FirstRand Foundation (FRF) and FirstRand Empowerment Foundation (FREF) research project. The project was initiated to provide the foundations with potential leverage points and recommendations of programmes and partners, through which to invest their Corporate Social Investment (CSI) funding.

The project was initiated by Tshikululu Social Investments, on behalf of the foundations, as part of a larger programme with various other research projects running in parallel (Basic Education, TVET, Land and Water). Tshikululu is South Africa’s leading social investment manager, providing a comprehensive social investment service for numerous private sector entities. Tshikululu focuses on identifying and partnering with champions of social change within the education, health and social development sectors.

The project was administered through Wits Enterprise, a subsidiary wholly owned by the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits). Wits Enterprise acts as an agent for and on behalf of the University, and therefore has access to the full spectrum of expertise available within the University. Furthermore, it has a network of experts from outside the University who can be brought in to complement skills gaps or capacity to ensure the best fit team for a particular project. Wits Enterprise provide the necessary experience and institutional support in the form of project management support, data management and the internal peer review mechanism; to ensure quality of deliverables on every type of project undertaken for external partners and clients.

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