In February 2016, the Global Knowledge Initiative (GKI) will hold a high-level, entrepreneurship skills training at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. GKI is a non-profit organization that focuses on using collaborative innovation to build sustainable networks aimed at solving complex global challenges. Through one of our flagship programs—LINK (Learning and Innovation Networks for Knowledge and Solutions)—we offer training to groups chosen as finalists through a challenge prize competition. Last year, Dr. Sandy Turketti and Dr. Elke Crouch of Stellenbosch University were chosen as finalists for their work on post harvest food loss. During an initial training in June 2014, Stellenbosch faculty and students gained skills for exploring complex challenges, analyzing unknowns and assumptions surrounding those changes, and building a strategy for problem solving.
As part of the LINK initiative, and funded by the Carnegie Foundation, this training is designed to build on the skills, tools, and concepts introduced during the first LINK IV Training. Participants will begin by conducting an in-depth analysis of their initiative strategy, building a visual prototype of the key activities, resources, and partners needed to achieve intended outcomes. Next, participants will consider how to refine their solution, taking into account considerations such as differing market segments, distribution channels, and their value proposition. Finally, participants will acquire key skills needed to forge and maintain productive partnerships, such as writing and presenting to professional audiences and monitoring and evaluation techniques for effective reporting. Over the course of the training, participants will take part in a number of modules, each with an interactive component designed to facilitate palpable, real-time progress. At the end of the training, participants will take forward a refined project vision and roadmap, bolstered by the firsthand knowledge of new tools and concepts to empower success.
We have limited space in the training and only 10 spots remaining, so please submit your RSVP here. We look forward to you joining us in February for this exciting hands-on training!