BRIEF: TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR INNOVATION PROGRAMME FOR ENTREPRENEURS

 

The Purpose of this Brief

The Greater Tygerberg Partnership (GTP) has identified innovation as a potential economic driver within

the Tygerberg region and has accordingly included social innovation as a key component of its focus on

Innovation – specifically to address the serious socio-economic challenges the area faces.

 

The GTP seeks to appoint a service provider to run a Social Innovation project for the GTP and its partner

the Stellenbosch University’s School of Public Leadership (SPL).

 

This brief is to appoint a service provider to identify, assess and select social innovation projects in

consultation with the GTP and SPL with the end result of identifying one project that can be implemented

in 2017/18.

 

The service provider will be required to identify, assess and select social innovation projects in

consultation with the GTP and its partner the Stellenbosch University’s School of Public Leadership (SPL)

with the end result of identifying one project that can be implemented in 2017/18.

 

Documents to be read in conjunction with this brief are:

  • Beta+ edition of the Regeneration Framework
  • GTP Regional Innovation Assessment
  • The GTP and VRCID Status-Quo: Bellville CBD Social Issues.
  • Bellville Precinct Map

1. Project Context:

Innovation has been identified as a key component in the Greater Tygerberg Partnership’s vision to

create a sustainable economically prosperous region for the benefit of its citizens and inhabitants.

Enhancing innovation provides the opportunity to influence various facets including social development,

economic growth, and specifically business growth in the region and to promote the establishment of

new business, thereby increasing job opportunities as well.

 

The Greater Tygerberg Partnership’s work within the innovation sector includes the establishment of an

innovation ecosystem, completion of an Innovation Assessment for the Tygerberg region, hosting of

seminars dealing with innovation ecosystems and has also published an Innovation Booklet for

businesses.

 

In 2016 the GTP held its first Innovation Challenge. Due to the previous success, the 2017 programme is

taking place in partnership with Stellenbosch University and specifically the School of Public Leadership

(SPL) and the Stellenbosch Good Governance Forum (SGGF). Through this partnership we seek to make

use of the theoretical knowledge and networks that the SPL provides and the GTP’s on the ground

understanding/ local area knowledge to ensure the programme is a success.

 

2. Problem Statement:

The greater Tygerberg Region has enormous socio-economic potential that is being unlocked through

several projects, but the region also faces significant socio-economic challenges – high levels of inequality,

poverty and unemployment – that need to be overcome for the region and its citizens to prosper. Social

innovation projects aimed at creating value primarily for society rather than private individuals offer an

effective mechanism to simultaneously address social challenges and bolster the region’s innovative

capacity.

 

The Bellville CBD is undergoing a significant transformation through investment in the built environment

and public spaces. Some of these investments are already underway whilst others are in the planning

phase. Whilst this bodes well for the area, the social challenges that the area is experiencing needs urgent

attention. This can be achieved through social innovations which use design, art, culture and drama as a

vehicle for social innovation and entrepreneurship – to bring about the necessary change and

improvement in the lives of people and to the environment.

 

The GTP will run a Social Innovation Challenge which will focus on receiving proposals from participants

that seek to provide a holistic approach to addressing the social challenges such as homelessness,

poverty, unemployment, substance abuse, anti-social behaviour etc. which the Bellville CBD is

experiencing.

 

The outcome of the project will be the selection of two social innovation project plans, the proponents of

which will receive prize money to implement their projects in the Tygerberg area which will have a direct

impact on the Bellville CBD. The winning projects will be selected through a Dragon’s Den-style process.

 

3. Innovation Context:

Social Innovation is key to tackling societies’ challenges and ensuring the socio- economic development

of communities. The GTP wishes to identify and champion social innovation projects that will benefit the

population of the greater Tygerberg region, promote innovation in the region and provide templates for

future social innovation. However, the GTP realises the vastness of the Tygerberg region spatially, and is

therefore taking the approach of strategically focussing on a precinct in the Bellville CBD for analysis and

implementation. An additional reason for this is, that the Bellville CBD is undergoing a significant

transformation through existing investment which is either already underway or in the planning phase

and that this should be enhanced through addressing the social challenges that the area is experiencing

by means of social innovation project proposals which use design, art, culture and drama as a vehicle for

social innovation and entrepreneurship – to bring about the necessary change and improvement in the

lives of people and to the environment.

In addition to the above, the GTP along with key stakeholders in the area have realised that design, art,

culture and drama has a deeply entrenched history in the Tygerberg area and should be celebrated. The

GTP has thus proposed this project to utilize the above assets (design, art, cultural and drama) to

address urban management issues within the Tygerberg area, specifically focusing on Bellville. Therefore

the project seeks to be focussed but allowing innovation and strategic thinking to take place.

 

To this end, the GTP is inviting proposals to develop and implement the identification, assessment and

selection process for social innovation projects that meet the criteria of advancing the well- being of the

population, or a segment of the population of the greater Tygerberg region. The aim is that in the 2016/17

financial year, with the support of the GTP and the appointed service provider the selected proposals can

be piloted in the GTP’s geographical area of influence.

 

4. Study Parameters and Requirements

This initiative has a fixed maximum budget of R100 000 VAT EXCL and must be completed by 23 June

2017.

4.1. The project will be managed by the Greater Tygerberg Partnership.

4.2. The successful proposal will demonstrate:

  • Understanding of social innovation and its application in the greater Tygerberg Region, specifically the Bellville CBD.
  • How design, art, culture and drama can be used as a vehicle for social innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Examples of previous social innovation projects or incubation experience.
  • Ability to design and implement a process of identification, assessment and selection of social innovation projects.
  • Preparation and incubation of selected innovation projects for implementation and/or next phase development.
  • Promotion of social innovation in the greater Tygerberg Region, specifically the Bellville CBD.
  • A realization that innovation and incubation in the Tygerberg Region is different to other parts of the world, and therefore motivate how this can be addressed.

5. Submission Requirements

5.1. Prospective service providers must email a written proposal by 17:00 on 3 March 2017 to Lyle van

der Merwe lyle.vdmerwe@gtp.org.za which shall include at least the following:

5.1.1. A Project proposal that includes but not limited to:

  • A Concept Plan
  • Draft Roll-out and Implementation Plan (including workshops, networking sessions and marketing collateral and roll out plans)

5.1.2. Short (200 word) resume of each key staff member to be made available.

5.1.3. List of relevant experience in similar settings over the past three years with contactable references.

5.1.4. Brief (600 word) motivation as to why and how the service provider will deliver both excellence

and value for money, given that the Partnership is a non-profit organization.

5.1.5. Unique innovations, value adds and networks that the service provider will deliver.

5.1.6. Company profile.

5.1.7. An outline of timeframes and methodology for the project outlined above.

5.1.8. BBEEE status and certificate.

For more information kindly contact Lyle van der Merwe 021 823 6714 or lyle.vdmerwe@gtp.org.za

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