Head of Marketing and Communications at Innovation Edge, Nicole Biondi, talks to Heart Breakfast.

Research shows that when a child has an active and positive father or father figure in their lives, they benefit in numerous ways. Better performance at school, the likelihood of stable employment and better mental health are all outcomes that are influenced by a child’s sense of closeness to a father or father figure. This is true irrespective of whether the father lives in the house with the child. This is because it is the involvement, not the co-habitation that plays a vital role in the child’s wellbeing.

Innovation Edge has launched a call for bold solutions to increase positive involvement by South African fathers and father figures in the early years of their children’s lives.

Selected applicants will be supported to pitch their solutions to the Innovation Edge Investment Committee. Successful ventures will receive up to R1.3 million each in grant funding, strategic coaching, customised operational support and connections to social capital. The deadline for submissions is 30 September 2021.

For more information, please see the detailed brief here, sign up here for a virtual briefing session on 30 Aug or visit their website here to submit an application. innovationedge.org.za