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"Business as usual" will never do the extraordinary, and only extraordinary can change the world.

Business as usual relies on the familiar; the tried and tested - the ordinary. However, for the world we live in, ordinary will no longer do. Every day, the world over, people face challenges; every-day people with real challenges need real solutions.

The world needs problem solvers - doers, makers, movers and creators. It needs

people who dare to make a difference by being the difference. The world needs a

new generation of leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs who find value not in

prestige or profit, but in people.

What if we were to challenge "business as usual"? What if there was a space that existed between business and education - where learning meets action and practical solutions meet real world challenges? It was from these questions that the Solution Space was born.


The Solution Space is an ecosystem for early-stage startups and a research and development platform for corporates. Our startups are innovation-driven companies building viable and scalable businesses.

The Solution Space was founded in 2014 at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business. The university's Vice Chancellors Strategic Award provided initial capital, and our Founding Partner, the MTN Group, provided significant support from 2015.

Our vision is to be known and recognized for pioneering ideas that impact and shape the future of Africa. Our mission is to inspire, nurture and equip the next generation of leaders to build a better future on the continent.

We believe that behind all great companies are reliable founders. We support entrepreneurs to learn and grow, providing them with access to resources, corporate partners, mentors, advisory services, co-working space, speakers, and partnerships.

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