ABOUT THE SOLUTION SPACE

Solution Space is an ecosystem for high-impact early-startups, corporate innovation, and entrepreneurship development & research.

We provide an enabling environment in which South Africa’s entrepreneurial talent can work towards building innovation-led, scalable and sustainable enterprises that have a positive impact across our country and beyond.

Solution Space was founded in 2014 at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business. Its start-up capital came from the UCT Vice Chancellor’s Strategic Award, and our founding partner, the MTN Group, has provided significant support since 2015.

Through our multi-stakeholder approach, we fuse academia, industry and local communities. Through the university, we have access to state-of-the-art research and through our Philippi Hub, we are uniquely positioned to innovate relevant and high-impact solutions and engage with local communities while facilitating corporate innovation.

We operate from two sites in Cape Town: the V&A Waterfront in the city centre and the Philippi Hub. Located far outside the city’s traditional academic spaces, this facility is the first community hub that UCT has established in its 190-year history.

Together, the two sites expose emerging entrepreneurs to the social and physical contrasts that make Cape Town one of the world’s most dynamic cities.

With the focus on innovation through collaboration, our approach involves capacity building in entrepreneurs. We support entrepreneurs to learn and grow by giving them access to resources, corporate partners, mentors, advisory services, co-working space, speakers, and partnerships.

From day one, our vision has been consistent: to nurture breakthrough ideas that shape the future of Africa. Ultimately, our mission is to inspire, nurture and equip the next generation of leaders to build a better continent for all.

OUR TEAM

SIVUYISE NXU

Marketing & Communications Lead

MIKAEL SAMUELSSON

Director

SHIELA YABO

Programme Manager

PHIWE NJAPA

Community Lead

NDILEKA ZANTSI

Manager