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

Our 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.

Our Vision

An empowered, prosperous, productively engaged African citizenry thriving in ethical societies with dignity and hope.

Our 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 behaviors of ethical leadership.

Our Value Proposition

We have deep knowledge fueled by research and practice on entrepreneurial mindset and behaviors, we use these insights to identify potential for high impact entrepreneurial leadership in the youth, and take long-term approach to nurturing, developing and supporting these for sustainable impact and generational change.

Our Programmes


The Allan Gray Entrepreneurship Challange is a entrepreneurship programme that is open to all primary school and high school students that seek to cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset through gamified learning on a form of online micro-challanges.


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 as well as receive personal and academic development support.


Our Fellowship Programme is a university fellowship opportunity for student with entrepreneurial potential. Selected in Gr. 12 or 1st year, 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 E2.


We introduce active Mentoring throughout our programme as part of the process of supporting our Programme Participants to start thinking beyond just their studies and towards their future.

Want to join our team?

Find us at the office:

Cape Town

+27 21 481 5400

46 Hof Street, Oranjezicht



+27 11 290 4940

1st Floor, Cliffe Dekker

Hofmeyer, 1 Protea Place

Cnr of Fredman Drive and Protea Place

Sandton, Johannesburg


+264 61 258214

13 Jan Jonker Road

Klein Windhoek, Namibia

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