The Shuttleworth Foundation was established in January 2001 by
South African
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as an experiment with the purpose of providing funding for people engaged in social change. While there have been various iterations of the foundation, its structure and how it invests in social innovation, the current model employs a fellowship model where fellows are given funding commensurate with their experience to match a year's salary, allowing them to spend that year developing a particular idea. Notable past and present fellows include Marcin Jakubowski (who develops the
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(co-founder of the
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Funding model

The Foundation provides funding for people who have an unproven idea in the form of a 'salary', travel and office expenses. For every dollar invested by the Fellow in a project, the Foundation will put in ten or more, allowing the Fellow to own all Intellectual Property and processes once the active fellowship has ceased.


* Freedom Toaster * Kusasa * SchoolTool, student information system * Serval Project, for smart phone ad hoc networks * strong encryption for
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External links

Shuttleworth Foundation website
Information and communication technologies in Africa Youth organisations based in South Africa {{org-stub