The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation invests in the education and development of individuals with entrepreneurial potential within Southern Africa. We do so because we believe that these curious, driven and responsibly-minded young people are capable of significantly, positively and permanently impacting the economic lives of the communities, cities and possibly even the country they operate in.
The Foundation takes a holistic approach to entrepreneurship development and there are three critical aspects: The person in whom we cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset, the practice of developing entrepreneurial skills, competencies and the context of understanding the African and global ecosystems.
WHO WE ARE
Belief: We believe that it takes one responsible, high-impact entrepreneur to change the reality of a city, or even a country, by creating long-term, meaningful job opportunities.
Vision: An empowered, prosperous, productively engaged African citizenry thriving in ethical societies with dignity and hope.
Mission: We attack poverty by investing in, nurturing and empowering entrepreneurs and leaders who benefit society by helping to accelerate meaningful employment creation while embodying the values and behaviours of ethical leadership.
Value Proposition: We have deep knowledge fueled by research and practice on entrepreneurial mindset and behaviours, we use these insights to identify the potential for high-impact entrepreneurial leadership in youth and take a long-term approach to nurturing, developing and supporting them to create sustainable impact and generational change.
The Allan Gray Entrepreneurship Challenge is an entrepreneurship programme that is open to all primary school and high school students that seek to cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset through gamified learning in the form of online micro-challenges and 2D video games.
Our Scholarship Programme is a high school Scholarship opportunity for students with entrepreneurial potential. Scholarship Programme Participants are selected in Grade 6, prepared in Grade 7 and placed at an esteemed partner school to start in Grade 8. Participants engage in entrepreneurial mindset development interventions and also receive personal and academic development support.
Our Fellowship Programme is a university fellowship opportunity for students with entrepreneurial potential. Selected in Gr.12 or their first year of university, students receive educational funding to complete their degree at one of our 11 partner universities. Participants engage in entrepreneurial mindset development interventions as well as receive personal and academic development support.
All graduated Fellowship Programme Participants become part of the Association, which is the alumni of Allan Gray Fellows. This is a community of like-minded individuals who have access to entrepreneurial and business development support as well as funding from our partner E Squared.