The social need we address is ultimately Education yet it is not an isolated problem at the Fix Scholarship.
Hi, my name is Fix :-)
I started my career in the entertainment and media industry at the early age of 19, I have always believed that business, the arts, and social development are not mutually exclusive. I was fortunate to study Arts Entrepreneurship & Small Business, which lead me exploring the world of Social Enterprise.
It was at this point that a saw a gap for forward thinking social agents in South Africa (such as myself) that wanted to fix & solve problems within their communities but did not know where to start. As a local public figure/influencer in the media (particularly in the broadcasting industry) I knew I had a platform to communicate the social awareness that I felt strongly about. This became more than a need for education. It was a need for opportunity to start, formalise, grow and scale ones idea that is needed in South Africa.
Yes, I may be a known public figure in South Africa but social change is in my heart and funding does not come as easy as you might think. I funded the Fix Scholarship out of pocket for the first 4 years but knew I needed a sustainable model to continue seeing our students graduate every year.
For the past seven years The Fix Scholarship has partnered with Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) to give life-changing opportunities to South Africa's social agents that are creating change!
These are aspiring social entrepreneurs under the age of 35 (across the country) that need assistance to take their idea/social enterprise to the next level. We do this by offering funds to study Social Entrepreneurship at GIBS, alongside opportunities to meet like-minded social entrepreneurs, thought-leaders and investors. The concept is to start a supportive fellowship programme of Social Entrepreneurs that commit to the sector and maximize impact as individuals and as a collective.
We currently have x12 amazing Fix Scholarship Graduates and x1 current student that work on diverse social projects. It is our duty as the Fix Scholarship to assist them grow.