Make a difference in someone’s life – share yourself! The African Arts Institute, based in Cape Town, is running a 6- month Cultural Accelerator (November 2015 – April 2016) to help grow the social and cultural entrepreneurial environment in the greater Western Cape region.

17 inspiring creative entrepreneurs have been chosen to take part in this programme and were asked to identify the type of mentor they would like to link up with on their creative journey.

Meet some of the entrepreneurs online here.


Entrepreneurs were asked to identify the characteristics/qualities they would like to find in their ideal mentor. The following is a summarised version of their responses:

  • patient;
  • integrity;
  • knowledge;
  • experience;
  • visionary;
  • innovator;
  • networked;
  • servant leaders;
  • resourceful;
  • disciplined;
  • ambitious;
  • artistic;
  • approachable;
  • bilingual (English/Afrikaans);
  • professional;
  • confident;
  • inspirational.


If you share some of these qualities, and believe you have something to share with one of the entrepreneurs, please send us an email and join us in building one another! Mentors preferably based in the Western Cape are encouraged to apply. The commitment is 2 hours (online or off line) every month from November – April 2016 (18 hours only). A small gift is available as a thank you for your time.

E-mail your CV, and brief motivation as to what you would like to offer to this programme and submit to by Tuesday, 3 November 2015.

The Cultural Accelerator is supported by the Department of Arts and Culture, with support from the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sports and National Lotteries Commission. Click here to learn more about the African Arts Institute.