E Squared events are open to the Allan Gray Fellow community at no cost and targeted at Fellows at various stages of their lives.
Our programme of events offers a range of formats to suit Fellows in different locations, with varying schedules and at different stages of entrepreneurial engagement. Fellows can choose an appropriate event to remain in touch, informed and engage with E Squared and the broader Fellow community on topical issues relating to entrepreneurship, poverty alleviation, job creation and doing ethical business in South Africa and beyond.
Your participation as a Fellow will equip you with hands-on entrepreneurial know-how, business intelligence and a rich network for impact. You also have an opportunity share and develop standpoints on issues that affect us all and not to mention a fantastic forum for networking with outstanding and inspirational individuals! Click here to see our upcoming events.
The E Squared seminar affords all Allan Gray Fellows the opportunity to connect and contribute in the creation of innovative solutions for equitable prosperity in South Africa and the broader continent.
Trends, opportunities and thought leadership
Designed to inspire and expose Fellows to trends, opportunities and thought leadership in social and economic impact, early-stage and impact investing, youth development, innovation, the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) and other burning 21st century conversation points; the seminar is our flagship event drawing >100 Allan Gray Fellows from various walks of life to connect, contribute and co-create a better future for South Africa and beyond.
E Squared Pathways is a new programme designed to better build the entrepreneurial pipeline of Allan Gray Fellows through earlier stage, bespoke and practical interventions that are critical to building investment-ready businesses that will create impact in attacking poverty and unemployment in South Africa. An initial limited pilot of the programme will run from April to November 2020 with the full launch in March 2021.
Details of the programme
Pathways has been devised based on learnings from our previous interventions for early-stage investment pipeline development. It is a consolidation of a number of E Squared’s soft funding entrepreneurship support programmes and is designed to deliver a consistent pipeline of quality ventures. Dependant on their business’ life-stage, Fellow entrepreneurs will have flexibility to participate in the programme on a full or part-time basis, thus allowing them to set their own pace in building their business and entrepreneurial experience.
Because every entrepreneurship journey is unique, each programme participant will enter Pathways at their assessed business life-stage and benefit from curated support that is designed and tailored to their specific needs in line with a clear ‘pathway’ to their progressive milestones. The programme provides support at each progressive stage of entrepreneurial development from ‘proof of concept’, to ‘establishing the business’ and ‘traction’. The support includes expert professional and industry coaching, practical in-field guidance, financial support for the business and founder, and other service offerings which are tailored individually to the business and the stage of each participating venture from entry to a maximum of 18 months.
Interested Allan Gray Fellows should please get in touch for more information and will be required to complete a pre-screening document for application.
BOC is an exciting programme for Fellows looking to transition from corporate to full-time entrepreneurship. Fellows are introduced to opportunities where they can join existing startups involved in high impact business, as investor-partners alongside E Squared.
E Squared collaborates with Fellows and other network partners to identify and profile a number of interesting, for-profit startups that have innovative approaches to addressing poverty, unemployment and equality. The most promising of these are catalogued and circulated within the Fellow community, culminating in events where interested Fellows have an opportunity to meet the founding team of those start-ups and ask questions to gain deeper understanding of the businesses, team and culture.
Matching Fellows with impactful start-ups
Where the business opportunity fits with a Fellow's passion, experience and ambition; an expression of interest (EOI) together with a business case for their intended role and input in scaling the business may be submitted.
***CURRENTLY SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID***
Intimate dinner sessions held bi-monthly to give Fellows with or without an interest in entrepreneurship, an opportunity to explore a particular topic relating to the social and economic prosperity of South Africa and the broader continent with E Squared staff and potentially, a relevant subject matter expert.
Send us your motivation to attend
EHD’s are a cool way for Fellows to share their views with their peers and the E Squared team. E Squared circulates video content and other material to the Fellow community, on topical issues affecting South Africa, Africa and/or our generation. Fellows that find resonance with the topic for discussion then have opportunity to motivate their attendance through a bidding process that will ultimately see 5-7 Fellows securing a spot at the table for a fully-paid dinner and an evening of rigorous conversation.
We collaborate with a network of organisations and individuals to best support responsible, high-impact entrepreneurship. Take a look at some of the images from our past events.