The SA Innovation Summit Competitions are now closed.

Watch this space to enter 2017 competitions!
Hope to see you at the 2016 SA Innovation Summit.


Please attend 23 and 24 September at Market on the Edge, our exhibition area to see the pitchers in action and learn how tough it is to sell your concept to a panel of judges. Click here to buy your ticket for  Market on the Edge.

The SA Innovation Summit is proud to have two competitions for inventors, start-ups and high growth companies.

Finalists will be given the opportunity to present at the SA Innovation Summit at the Birchwood Hotel in Johannesburg on 23 – 24 September 2016.

Entering one or both of the SA Innovation Summit Competitions give you the opportunity to win!

  • Stand a chance to win an overseas trip to meet international investors in Europe
  • Showcase your technologies / ideas to a wider audience
  • If you are selected as a finalist, you will receive PR exposure to the value of R 200 000
  • Obtain access to funds and acceleration support (the judges will commit to second interviews if the pitches are of interest)
  • Tap into different markets (the audience will watch to make connections)
  • Gain access to technical expertise (advisers, IP specialists and venture capitalists)
  • Gain access to the Match and Invest Lounge, where key funders will be available for consultation (we put together a high impact group that would otherwise take years to identify and pitch to)
  • R 5 000 cash prize for the entry with the most likes on Facebook. (Inventors Garage Competition only)

Note: Some prizes are competition specific.

R5 000 cash prize for the most likes on Facebook
Intellectual Property advice
Visit to Helsinki, Finland to visit SLUSH events
Up to R1m for early  learning innovations
SA Summit 2016
Spoor & Fisher
Up to R1m for Early Learning Innovations

The Innovation Edge will once again be partnering with the South African Innovation Summit this year, following a successful collaboration in 2015.

The Innovation Edge is a social innovation platform dedicated to early learning in South Africa.  When children access quality learning early in life, the whole of society benefits.  The Innovation Edge works to find radical solutions to give children under age 6 who live in poor communities a fair start in life.

At SAIS 2016, the Innovation Edge will be on the search for early learning innovations and will offer up to R1 million in funding, as well as additional support such as incubation bootcamps, to brave ideas with the potential to change the early life experiences of children.

More about the prize sponsored by Tekes

Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Finland, works with the top innovative companies and research units in Finland. Every year, Tekes finances some 1,500 business research and development projects, and almost 600 public research projects at universities, research institutes and universities of applied sciences.

Research, development and innovation funding is targeted to projects that create in the long-term the greatest benefits for the economy and society. Tekes does not derive any financial profit from its activities, nor claim any intellectual proprietary rights.

BEAM – Business with Impact – a development innovation funding programme backed by TEKES, is sponsoring a prize for the winner of the Pitching Den, consisting of:

  • 1 x return air ticket Johannesburg-Helsinki-Johannesburg
  • Accommodation for 6 nights in Helsinki (Sunday 27 November -Saturday, 3 December 2016), Hotel TBC
  • 1 x Ticket to SLUSH Impact and SLUSH events

The approximate value of this prize is R40,000.

The package does not include:

  • per diem or any other daily allowance
  • local travels

Tekes will collaborate with Slush, a European start-up and innovation event, to offer the winner as much exposure as possible. Slush connects startups and tech talent with top-tier international investors, executives and media. In 2015, Slush brought together 15,000 attendees from a hundred countries for the two-day event in Helsinki. It is one of the leading start-up events in Europe.

VentureBurn Pitching Den

Inventors’ Garage Competition