The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Bertha Centre) at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (GSB) was established in 2011 as the first academic centre in Africa dedicated to research, teaching, dialogue and support of social innovations that positively change and challenge rules, policies, technologies, structures, beliefs and institutions.
Today the Bertha Centre is an innovative and dynamic space with priority areas including:
- Local and civil-led solutions
- Private sector and public-private partnerships (PPP) in education, health, innovative financing mechanisms, poverty and inequality in Africa
- Involvement with the specialised unit, the Raymond Ackerman Academy of Entrepreneurial Development, hosted at the UCT GSB
- Inclusive Innovation Studies: The programme creates an environment for multidisciplinary teams to find new and future-focused practical solutions for market or social challenges in Africa.
Beginning in 2014, CHMI partners with the Bertha Centre's initiative on Healthcare Innovation. The Inclusive Healthcare Innovation Initiative (IHII) serves as a trans-disciplinary and cross-sectoral platform for thought leadership, capability building, research and development of inclusive, effective, and affordable health innovations. The Bertha Centre's education initiatives also partner with CHMI's education counterpart organization, the Center for Education Innovations.