- Many children in our country grow up without their fathers
- Innovation Edge launched a funding venture for dads to pitch solutions and get up to 1.3 million in funding
A report from StatsSA between 2014 and 2018 revealed that most children in South Africa live in non-standard family structures with mostly one biological parent.
Across all four South African racial groups, 74% to 92% of children stay with their mothers only at home, stated this report.
This is a problem, given that children who grow up with the absence of a father tend to "suffer more than their peers who have a father figure at home," revealed by the StatsSA report.
Research reveals that there are numerous benefits that come from a father's involvement in raising his child. Those benefits include, "better performance at school, the likelihood of stable employment and better mental health," reveals heatlines.
With this in mind, Innovation Edge launched funding for ventures focused on positive parenting by South African fathers to solve early childhood challenges in South Africa.
This funding will support solutions that aim to overcome these barriers. Selected applicants will pitch their solutions to the Innovation Edge Investment Committee.
Successful applicants will receive up to 1.3 million each in grant funding, strategic coaching, customised operational support, and connections to social capital.
This funding call has been launched on 23 August and the deadline to submit applications is 30 September 2021.
For more information, visit the website and apply here.
Submitted to Parent24 by Innovation Edge
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