UpLift is driving skills development and creating sustainable income opportunities for youth
Unlocking opportunities for young entrepreneurs is an important part of South Africa’s economic recovery and growth. UpLift seeks to connect aspiring youth to sustainable income opportunities, by helping to identify community needs and opening microbusinesses to address these needs. Keeping a keen eye on supply and demand, UpLift supports entrepreneurs as they test and grow their businesses.
With a persistent shortage of formal employment in South Africa, UpLift works on the ground to unlock the economic potential of young entrepreneurs.
We do this through interactive learning activities, including:
Innovation Hub established in KwaZulu-Natal in partnership with The Litterboom Project
First cohort of aspiring entrepreneurs completed online training in partnership with Startup School
Wastepreneur pilot completed in partnership with The Litterboom Project; 2nd cohort in training
The six-month Wastepreneur Programme in Durban is training entrepreneurs to unlock the value of plastic waste. Our new Innovation Hub in Cornubia (Durban) is an industrious operating hub where wastepreneurs repurpose waste using newly-acquired skills in production, pattern making and mechanics. We are proud to partner The Litterboom Project in these intiatives.
“The Wastepreneur Programme has changed my life in all kinds of ways. It has given me financial freedom. It has given me more ideas. It has given me life. If I didn’t do this, I think I would still be sitting at home without a job.”
1st Graduate of the Wastepreneur Programme
UpLift collaborates with like-minded partners to identify gaps in local markets and create sustainable small businesses. Contact us to discuss partnership opportunities – and let’s supercharge the future!
We run various programmes under UpLift. As a minimum, candidates should be unemployed South African citizens, aged 18 to 33, with no criminal record.
Currently, candidates do not apply to us. As far as possible, we source applicants online and from communities where training will be held. We engage with communities for suitable applicants to ensure we are working with, and uplifting, the target community.
We run various programmes under UpLift, ranging from the 12-week online Startup School programme to six-month wastepreneur training.
Training for the wastepreneur programme is held in Durban. Startup School is an online-based programme and is not location specific.
No, although preference is given to candidates who live in, or near, communities where UpLift is expanding into.
Follow this link to become a partner: https://mrpricefoundation.org/partners/