Social innovators vie for GTP prize

Four social innovation projects have been selected as finalists in the Social Innovation Challenge of the Greater Tygerberg Partnership (GTP).

The project is aimed at facilitating social upliftment in the Tygerberg region, with the two winning entries receiving R32 000 in funding.

“It was very encouraging to see the range of social innovative initiatives submitted and it bodes well for Tygerberg’s harnessing of innovation to tackle socio-economic problems in the region,” said GTP CEO Chris O’Connor, who is behind the Social Innovation Challenge.

GTP is a non-profit organisation which facilitates collaboration between stakeholders to build social and economic prosperity in the greater Tygerberg region.

The Social Innovation Challenge was conceived to help GTP tackle the socio-economic problems facing the region, including unemployment, homelessness, crime, drug abuse, urban grime, limited transport and accommodation.

The shortlisted entries include a proposal to create jobs and generate rental income by building flats on vacant land next to RDP houses; the use of football coaches as mentors and positive influences for children who don’t have a father figure in their lives; the development of an affordable mobile power station; and a project to create a better life for street children.

The finalists will present their proposals to a panel of judges on Friday June 3. The winners will be announced at the end of the evening presentations.