“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.”

MICHAEL JORDAAN

“THE BEST WAY TO PREDICT THE FUTURE IS TO CREATE IT”

PETER DRUCKER

“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.”

MICHAEL BLOOMBERG

About Us

THE DNA OF

FUTUREPROOF

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.

WHAT WE DO:

Using experienced entrepreneurs as coaches and community young adults to overcome the barriers to learning, we activate entrepreneurial thinking and action. We not only teach the skills needed to start and run a business but we build the behavioral competencies which provide a strong foundation for success. This is done in face to face lessons supported by online learning resources and the startup starter kit.

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Our Programs

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.

 

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.

Parent’s Workshop

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.

Teacher’s Workshop

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 Challenges that we Face:

YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT IS AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH

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.

Solution:

FutureProof equips kids with the ability not to accept their current opportunities as their only opportunities and create economic transformation.

TEACHERS NEED TO BE DEVELOPED TO TEACH ENTREPRENEURSHIP

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.

Solution:

FutureProof harnesses active entrepreneurs to teach the lessons and provide mentorship.

THE EDUCATION SYSTEM IS OUTDATED

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.

Solution:

FutureProof educates young people from the age of 9 to be entrepreneurially active using proven methodologies of entrepreneurial education from around the world.

ONE-SIDED APPROACH

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.

Solution:

FutureProof provides holistic workshops and coaching with a 360° approach for parents and teachers. Our vision is to help, support and nurture the entrepreneurial child, giving practical guidelines of how to create an enterprising environment both at home and in the classroom.

Testimonials:

What others say about us.

Miguel Naude

Alumni

 

Miguel is 14 years old and lives in Gauteng. He attended one of the first programs that was conducted when he was 11 years old.

Miguel’s first business with 2 of his friends stopped after a while but he persisted with FutureProof because he wanted to make a difference in the lives of his peers and kids his age.

Miguel now consults to FutureProof while he is figuring out what his next problem is to solve. He joins in on the programs to give feedback on how FutureProof can improve on the concepts and delivery of the program to increase the impact on the kids that come through the programs.

“Entrepreneurship is more than starting a business. It’s a way of changing your own life and other people’s lives by creating employment…”

Sarah-Jane Boden

Parent

 

Sarah-Jane is an entrepreneur and has 2 young boys whom she wanted to see learn formally about entrepreneurship and asked FutureProof to run a private Biz Club in the afternoons at her company’s office, SoulProviders.

Sarah-Jane had this to say about the program:

“The feedback from the SoulProviders kids after one session was absolutely amazing – they’re so excited and enthused – their parents are delighted to see their kids feeling this way – this is how kids should feel about education in 2019. Instead of being held up to old fashioned ways of critiquing their skills or personalities – with a goal to move them all into being quiet and listening and fitting an average in the middle, even being told to test them or put them on medication to quieten them, they are encouraged to bring their whole selves, as they are, to the table – best idea ever. Thanks so much! My hope is renewed.”

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You can teach a child about economics, if you make it visual, practical and fun! Understanding the world as a set of systems is vital for entrepreneurs to be able to make sense of it & by stacking cups & showing the flow of money as water. DM us for the full lesson. #curriculum

The biggest benefit I’ve seen from kids learn to think and act entrepreneurially is their belief in their own agency. They believe they have the ability to affect their circumstances and the trajectory of the own future. Whether that’s starting a business or not. #entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs are secretly superheroes. #inforgraphic #entrepreneurs #superheroes #kidpreneur #teenpreneur #futureproofsa

All the upcoming introduction to entrepreneurship course dates for the programs in Gauteng, Western Cape and KZN are available here: https://t.co/6D8hj3J5rx.
Sign up now as places are limited! #futureproofsa

55,2 % of the youth between the ages of 15 and 24 are unemployed. There are not enough jobs being created to solve this crisis. We need to make them #futureproof by equipping young adults with the thinking, skills and knowledge of #entrepreneurship.
#unemployment #futureproofsa

FutureProof CEO, @Lisa_Journo, spoke to Abigail K, Confidence Crusader on what confidence means being a female founder of a purpose business: https://t.co/9QdX2I4jWD #entrepreneurmindset #confidence #women #femaledirector

Running the proceedings today is #Entrepreneurial evangelist, Radio Presenter, CEO and co-founder of
@Futureproofsa, Lisa Illingworth. As our moderator for the day, she will be care taking all activities pertaining to our exciting running order. #SBTopWomen

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