About this course
- 7 modules over 14 weeks, 2-3 hours per module
- How to pass
- Read all modules and complete each quiz
- Create a VC4A account to log in and sign up
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It is an exciting time for Inclusive Innovation in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). As international awareness grows on the inclusion of low-income groups in the development of products and services, new business opportunities arise for entrepreneurs that want to combine profit with social impact.
The SAIS Inclusive Innovation training provides you with a unique opportunity to discover the fundamentals of designing and delivering impactful business solutions for underserved communities or the “Base of the Pyramid”.
In this training course, Inclusive Innovation experts from Bopinc will share inspirational stories from African entrepreneurs, useful tips and practical assignments that allow you to apply new knowledge to your own case. Each course module will build your capabilities to better cope with the challenges that many startups and innovation support organisations experience when entering underserved markets.
The Inclusive Innovation course is best enjoyed in a 14-week period. This gives you 2 weeks to complete each module. Expect to spend approximately an hour to read the module, and another 1 or 2 hours to work on the assignment. That is 2-3 hours per module. While you can follow this course individually, we highly recommend you work in pairs or teams and use the assignments for your own innovation project. In the end, you learn most through practice.
Note that the order of the modules does not reflect their level of importance. All topics are crucial to the success of your Inclusive Innovation and should be considered and revisited throughout your journey.
Each module follows the same format:
The Southern Africa Innovation Support Programme (SAIS 2) aims to support the growth of new businesses through the strengthening of innovation ecosystems and the promotion of cross-border collaboration between innovation role-players in the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
SAIS 2 advocates for building capacity of innovation support organisations and their clients. The SAIS 2 Capacity building programmes have been designed to align with the needs of the SAIS 2 Innovation Fund projects funded under three funding windows: Stronger Ecosystems, Scaling Enterprises, and Inclusive Innovation.
For the delivery of the three capacity building programmes for SAIS 2 Innovation Fund grantees, SAIS 2 has teamed up with world class experts. For the design and delivery of the capacity building programme for Innovation Fund Window 3 “Inclusive Innovation”, SAIS 2 has teamed up with BoP Innovation Center.
Bopinc is an independent foundation with nearly 10 years experience supporting startups and SMEs to go from idea to impact in 15 African countries. For this course, the Inclusive Innovation Experts of Bopinc have selected the most relevant training modules and added new stories and lessons from Southern African entrepreneurs that the organisation worked with.