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Beginner Level

Approx. 21 hours to complete

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
3 hours to complete

Choosing Your Issue Area

13 videos (Total 48 min), 3 readings, 4 quizzes
13 videos
Course Introduction6m
Why We Innovate8m
Themes of Impact: Access to Housing2m
Themes of Impact: Financial Inclusion2m
Themes of Impact: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene2m
Themes of Impact: Access to Healthcare1m
Themes of Impact: Access to Clean and Safe Energy2m
Themes of Impact: Access to Education2m
Themes of Impact: Agriculture2m
Case Studies: Introducing the Innovators3m
Case Studies: Choosing an Issue Area9m
Thinking about Your Issue Area48s
3 readings
How This Course Works10m
What to Expect: Week 15m
Week 1 Recommended Resources10m
4 practice exercises
Financial Readiness Quiz18m
Themes of Impact Practice Quiz16m
Choosing an Issue Area Practice Quiz10m
Week 1 Graded Quiz30m
Week
2
4 hours to complete

Understanding Challenges and Roadblocks

7 videos (Total 45 min), 4 readings, 3 quizzes
7 videos
Due Diligence in Your Issue Area8m
Using Due Diligence for Design Thinking7m
What is Impact?7m
Applying Impact Measurement: Theory of Change4m
Case Studies: Understanding Challenges11m
Engaging With Your Issue Area4m
4 readings
What to Expect: Week 25m
Design Thinking10m
Vroom case study10m
Week 2 Recommended Resources10m
2 practice exercises
Due Diligence and Design Thinking Practice Quiz14m
Impact Measurement - Practice Quiz14m
Week
3
4 hours to complete

Identifying Resources

8 videos (Total 43 min), 2 readings, 4 quizzes
8 videos
Recognising Value3m
Revenue Streams and Monetising Assets7m
Types of Funders6m
Identifying Impact Funders2m
Outcomes-Based Financing6m
Case Studies: Identifying Resources12m
Thinking About Resources3m
2 readings
What to Expect: Week 310m
Week 3 Recommended Readings10m
3 practice exercises
Practice Quiz - Identifying Revenue Streams8m
Practice Quiz - Identifying Funders10m
Week 3 Graded Quiz20m
Week
4
3 hours to complete

Discovering Opportunities

12 videos (Total 56 min), 3 readings, 4 quizzes
12 videos
Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships4m
Business Model Innovation6m
Risk, Return and Impact4m
Real vs Perceived Risk3m
Impact Risk3m
Early Stage Risk and Scalability5m
Manager Risk2m
Liquidity and Exit Risk4m
Social Impact Insurance2m
Case Studies: Discovering Opportuntities14m
Identifying Opportunities2m
3 readings
What to Expect: Week 410m
Summary of Risk and Funding Structures10m
Week 4 Recommended Readings10m
3 practice exercises
Practice Quiz - Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships8m
Practice Quiz - Risks12m
Practice Quiz - Case Studies10m
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Top reviews from Innovative Finance: Hacking finance to change the world

By ESMar 10th 2019

Very insightful and hands-on! Assignments are practical - you really feel that you are working on the issue that concerns you from week 1!

By KLOct 18th 2018

I loved this course! I learned so much about innovative financing and strategy formation around social entrepreneurship.

Instructors

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Aunnie Patton Power

Innovative Finance Lead
Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
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Tsakane Ngoepe

Investment Analyst
AHL Venture Partners

About University of Cape Town

The University of Cape Town is the oldest university in South Africa and is one of the leading research universities on the African continent. UCT has over 25 000 students, of whom 30% are postgraduate students. We offer degrees in six faculties: Commerce, Engineering & the Built Environment, Health Sciences, Humanities, Law, and Science. We pride ourself on our diverse student body, which reflects the many cultures and backgrounds of the region. We welcome international students and are currently home to thousands of international students from over 100 countries. UCT has a tradition of academic excellence that is respected world-wide and is privileged to have more than 30 A-rated researchers on our staff, all of whom are recognised as world leaders in their field. Our aim is to ensure that our research contributes to the public good through sharing knowledge for the benefit of society. Past students include five Nobel Laureates – Max Theiler, Alan Cormack, Sir Aaron Klug, Ralph Bunche and, most recently, J M Coetzee....

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