Introducing Common Pitch: South Africa

Right now in Cape Town, I’m planning a party to fix the world! I’m project managing Design Indaba’s opening night gig on 29 Feb 2012 – COMMON Pitch: South Africa, with our partners, US-based COMMON.

We’re transforming the august City Hall (where Nelson Mandela gave his first Presidential speech) into a trendy, market-inspired space with food and drink and some fast-paced, life-changing entertainment.

Social entrepreneurs will pitch their ideas to a panel of high-flying creative and business professionals: think Dragon’s Den, but with a 500-strong audience, bar, food market and cool live music. In fact, think a social innovation version of Dragons’ Pen, my literary pitch night at the Edinburgh International Book Fest.

It’s also a competition – the winner stands to take home a grand prize of R200,000 in cash (that’s about £16,500) to make their plans into reality, and start changing lives.

The Entrepreneurs

More about these projects when the entrepreneurs arrive, but for now, here’s an overview of the 11 projects, and some of their pitch videos.

VENT! (South Africa) – art and performance platform for South African youth.

Wheel Farm (China) – Ferris wheel farming style for densely populated communities.

Bridgit (Sweden & France) – digital tool driving participation in global issues

Mine Kafon (Netherlands) – wind-blown devices for decommissioning land mines.

We the Change (Kenya) – education centres of excellence & innovation for ages 0-8.

EarthBagBuild (South Africa) – construction system & community home-building.

Mpower (South Africa) – menstrual management for women in developing countries.

Ecopost (Kenya) – creating plastic lumber products from recycled plastic waste.

Pacha’s Pyjamas (SA & USA) – digital social learning & gaming platform for children.

Crowdplaces (Chile) – crowd-funding platform to pitch neighbourhood improvements.

Cafe Mal (South Africa) – diverse café-society coffee shop for the creative community.

We’re running a Mentor Day – intensive workshops for all the entrepreneurs with five impressive creative business leaders. It’ll need a whole separate blog post or three when it happens, on Tuesday 28 Feb.


THE BLOG: creative Cape Town 

Adventures from Anna in creative Cape Town and at the inspirational Design Indaba.

Anna’s ICE Fellowship – my International Creative Entrepreneurs (ICE) Fellowship in South Africa is part of Creative Scotland’s innovative Creative Futures leadership fund.


Recent Stories from Cape Town

The Fringe Handmade – a buzzy creative goods market in District Six.

Welcome to Design Indaba – the mind-expanding conference & showstopping Expo.


2 responses to “Introducing Common Pitch: South Africa

    • Thanks – glad you like it! It’s a seriously cool idea – I’ll tweet from the event, and write a couple of posts about useful stuff from the event and mentor workshop.

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