McCombs in South Africa
ThinkImpact is an international Social Enterprise builder. We work with poor, rural communities around the globe to connect them with folks who see opportunities where they have grown thinkers and create, grow and nurture social enterprises. Over 9 years, our entrepreneurs and scholars have founded 192 social enterprises in many different sectors. Some enterprises have expanded across their entire countries or regions, some are still operating in the same village they were created in. But one thing remains constant, they change lives and leave a lasting impact.
This webpage is a chance to see examples of the incredible innovations that can be sparked in just 10 days, and how you, as a McCombs student, can make a difference. Join us in an experience that will change your life and leave a lasting impact in a rural community in South Africa.
March 5 - 15, 2017
In four days in a rural community in the Western Cape, you'll get a chance to learn about social innovation and international development while working alongside community members as equal partners in the Innovation Process. You'll innovate something real, a catalytic change to a functioning social enterprise; something that will elevate it to the next level.
You'll go through a 5 step human-centered design thinking process to help a social enterprise:
1. Mind: Understand Social Enterprise and Design Thinking.
2. Immerse: Live like a local, and bring your unique viewpoint.
3. Inspire: Map what assets and capacities you've seen and partner with an enterprise.
4. Innovate: Prototype your idea alongside your community partners as a design team.
5. Shift: Build a plan to implement your combined work after the Institute.
Below are three examples of innovation that have been sparked through ThinkImpact and are looking for innovative new techniques to solve entrepreneurial hurdles:
Questions about the program? Find some FAQ below, or feel free to reach out to us at or call us at 303-377-3776. Just put McCombs in the subject line and we'll get back to you shortly!