“FOR ME, STARTUPS ARE THE BEST WAY TO SOLVE PROBLEMS IN THE WORLD. ENTREPRENEURS TAKE IDEAS AND TURN THEM INTO SUSTAINABLE REALITY. THE BEST ENTREPRENEURS ARE OBSESSED WITH SOLVING A PROBLEM, FINANCIAL REWARDS ARE SECONDARY.”
“THE BEST WAY TO PREDICT THE FUTURE IS TO CREATE IT”
“BEING AN ENTREPRENEUR ISN’T REALLY ABOUT STARTING A BUSINESS. IT’S A WAY OF LOOKING AT THE WORLD; SEEING OPPORTUNITY WHERE OTHERS SEE OBSTACLES, TAKING RISKS WHEN OTHERS TAKE REFUGE.”
THE DNA OF
FutureProof gives kids the opportunity to architect their own futures by catalysing entrepreneurial thinking and action.
We are a seasoned national network of entrepreneurs who are committed to solving the unemployment crisis in South Africa by not only teaching entrepreneurship, but creating a safe space where young people can take action.
We believe that entrepreneurship is a mechanism for intervening in the poverty cycle that the majority of our youth is caught up in.
Full Program Course
A 12-week course for kids from the age of 6-16 that delves into detail about the world of entrepreneurship from understanding basic macroeconomic principles like supply and demand to learning cutting-edge business principles like the Lean Startup Method. More importantly, kids get a real chance to try out their business ideas in a safe environment with help from experienced mentors.
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
This short course gives a brief introduction into what it means to be an entrepreneur and start a business. It allows kids from the age of 8 to experiment with basic startup concepts like innovation, planning and execution.
The future of work is getting increasingly more uncertain as the speed of technology and innovation picks up pace. Parents have an impossible task of preparing kids for the world they will enter into as young adults. The parent’s workshops provide guidelines as to how to create a home environment that fosters an entrepreneurial mindset, even if you are not an entrepreneur yourself. The workshop is 90 min and gives practical ideas and advice from entrepreneurial parents.
The CAPS curriculum is not sufficient to equip kids during school time to explore what it really means to be an entrepreneur and start a business and the pressure of the timetable and additional responsibilities rarely allows teachers to upskill themselves. We offer workshops with teachers and in-class support to come alongside teachers and enhance their invaluable roles with materials and guidelines on how to grow entrepreneurship in their classrooms.
The young adults in the 21st century are entering a working world equipped with knowledge and skills that are irrelevant for the workplace. This coupled with a reduction in employment opportunities creates an increasingly hostile environment for new graduates to find work.
Even in the current CAPS curriculum, there is a token time allocation to entrepreneurship but there are very few teachers who have started their own businesses and are unable to effectively teach the mindset and the skills necessary.
The education system used in South Africa today is modeled on the industrial age where the economies of the day required production line workers that did not need the skills of agility, critical thinking and creative problem-solving. The classroom of today does not teach these skills or embed this behaviour.
Although there may be a desire to equip kids with the skills of entrepreneurship, many teachers and parents feel under-equipped to do so and don’t even know where to start, particularly when they aren’t entrepreneurs themselves.